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  • 9:38 PM IST

    That is it from the 2nd Qualifier. The Rajshahi Kings have comfortably won the match against the Khulna Titans by 7 wickets and now they will meet against the Dhaka Dynamites on the 9th of December in the finals of the Bangladesh Premier League 2016-17! 2daystobpl onelasttime yaaayyyayyy goodriddance
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  • 8:15 PM IST

    Live: KTvsRK: RK 56/2 in 10 Overs | Batting: Sabbir Rahman 09 (23), Afif Hossain 20 (23):The Kings are playing an easy game here. No pressure as such, no hassles. They have a small target which can be chased down easily without taking any risks and that is what they are doing currently. 2daystobpl 2morematchesforbpl
    GOOD RIDDANCE

  • 7:24 PM IST

    The Titans have reached a total of 125 in their allotted 20 overs. It was Ariful Haque who played some big shots towards the end of the innings and made sure that they crossed the 120 runs mark. He remained unbeaten on 32 runs from 29 deliveries to help his side post a decent total of 125.

  • 6:59 PM IST

    Live: KTvsRK: KT 107/9 in 18 Overs | Batting: Ariful Haque 16 (18), Junaid Khan 0 (3): The Titans have somehow managed to get beyond the 100 run-mark. With just 2 more overs remaining of the first innings and with the last man at the crease, how muh more can they manage to put up on the board in thus crucial match? 2morematchesforbpl letitgetoversoon

  • 6:36 PM IST

    Live: KTvsRK: KT 87/7 in 14 Overs | Batting: Ariful Haque 6 (8), Naeem Islam Jnr 0 (0): Khulna Titans have lost their 7th wicket. Samit Patel has taken his 3rd wicket of the match so far and this looks like the Rajshahi Kings would be entering the finals with the way they have performed so far in this qualifier. 2daystobpl
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  • 5:37 PM IST

    Live: KTvsRK: KT 13/2 in 3 Overs | Batting: Nicholas Pooran 0 (0),Shuvagata Hom 1 (3): The Titans started off well but suddenly against the run of play, they have lost 2 wi.ckets in 3 balls. Run-out fashion. The first one was too hilarious to be ignored! 2daystobpl
    Hoping for this match to end soon and also the tournament

  • 5:21 PM IST

    Rajshahi Kings: Nurul Hasan (wk), Mominul Haque, Afif Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Samit Patel, James Franklin, Darren Sammy (c), Mehedi Hasan, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Kesrick Williams

  • 5:20 PM IST

    Khulna Titans: Hasanuzzaman, Abdul Mazid, Mahmudullah (c), Benny Howell, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ariful Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Mosharraf Hossain, Junaid Khan, Kevon Cooper, Naeem Islam Jnr

  • 5:20 PM IST

    Khulna Titans have won the toss and have opted to bat

Darren Sammy © Getty Images
Darren Sammy © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Qualifier 2 of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016 match between Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings at Shere Bangla National Stadium at Dhaka. Rajshahi Kings won their thrilling contest against Chittagong Vikings in the Eliminator by 3 runs and as a result have made it to this stage. Khulna Titans on the other hand lost their Qualifier 1 match against Dhaka Dynamites. As a result of this win, the Dynamites directly progress to the final. Since Khulna Titans finished in the top 2 of the BPL 2016 table, they get another crack at making it to the final. The winner of this match as a result, will face Dhaka Dynamites in the final of the BPL 2016 on December 9.

Skipper Mamudullah has led from the front in this tournament, scoring 374 runs so far in the tournament at a strike rate of  over 120, which include a couple of crucial fifties. As far as the Rajshahi Kings are concerned, Sabbir Rahman has been their star batsman, scoring 308 runs, striking at over 125, but has scored just  one fifty in his 13 innings. Among the wicket-takers, Junaid Khan of the Titans leads the way with 20 wickets in the tournament at a miserly economy rate of just 6.08. It is indeed baffling as to how he does not find a place in the Pakistan side, after a string of consistent performances. As far as the Rajshahi Kings are concerned, Abu Hasan with 12 wickets is the leader of the pack with 12 scalps. Not far behind is off-spinner Mehedi Hasan, who has picked up 11 wickets in the tournament so far.

Rajshahi Kings skipper Darren Sammy has been in many crunch matches in his career and will look to inspire his side to a win in this match and go into the final with a chance of winning the tournament. He has led West Indies to two World T20 triumphs, with the last one being earlier this year. A win in the BPL will be a perfect way to round the year off for him.

Mahmudullah on the other hand has shown great leadership qualities and with the likes of Junaid, Shafiul Islam, Hasanuzzaman in the side, they certainly pose a huge threat. This will be alosely contested match. The team, which holds their nerves at crucial moments will walk away as winners and also a chance to win this edition of the BPL.

Squads:

Khulna Titans:  Mahmudullah (c), Alok Kapali, Lendl Simmons, Mosharraf Hossain, Andre Fletcher, Kevon Cooper, Ben Laughlin, Shafiul Islam, Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Shuvagata Hom, Riki Wessels, Ariful Haque, Noor Hossain, Naeem Islam jnr, Nicholas Pooran, Abu Sayeem, Abdul Halim, Mohammad Asghar, Abdul Mazid, Hasanuzzaman, Taibur Rahman, Nur Alam

Rajshahi Kings: Darren Sammy (c), Mohammad Sami, Upul Tharanga, James Franklin, Farhad Reza, Junaid Siddique, Samit Patel, Umar Akmal, Raqibul Hasan, Milinda Siriwardana, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Nazmul Islam, Abul Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Salman Hossain,  Rony Talukdar, Delwar Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Kesrick Williams, Ebadat Hossain, Afif Hossain