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Rubel Hossain took 2 for 19 Getty Images

After winning the toss, Khulna Titans captain Mahmadullah captain elected to bat first against Rangpur Riders, looking to put up a big total on the scoreboard. The star of the previous match Arafat Sunny started off the proceedings. However, he did gave away runs, unlike he did in the last encounter: 3 for 0 (dumbfounding, I know). Moving on, Abdul Mazid scored a stunning boundary to third-man and kept the scoreboard ticking. But as fate would have it, Arafat got the better of Mazid, knocking him over with an absolute jaffa. The same mechanism repeated after a couple of overs, for Arafat dismissed Fletcher after he scored a boundary.

Meanwhile, Riki Wessels blasted two remarkable off Anwar Ali to take his team to 33 for 2 after 6 sixes. All the same, wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. Next to go was the talismanic batsman and captain Mahmudullah. Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi lured him into playing a big shot, putting Titans in further trouble. The scorecard read 38 for 3 after 7.1 overs. And then came the resurgence. Wessels, along with Taibur Rahma, took the bull by its horn and provided the much-needed impetus. Given the context of the game, they put a price on their wickets and scored runs according to the merit of the ball in the first few overs of their partnership.

And once they got their eye in, they fired on all cylinders and scored 19 runs off Liam Dawson’s over. First to fire was Rahman. He smashed one over deep mid-wicket, followed by a single. Wessels then took over the rampage and switch-hit over deep mid-wicket, followed by a powerful drive past cover region. Rahman then bludgeoned a boundary off Afridi to bring the crowd on its feet.

Nonetheless, Hossain then broke 56-run partnership, dismissing Wesse for 27. To make matters worse, he sent Rahman back to pavilion in the same over. However, Afriful Haq reduced Afridi to nothingness in the last over, hammering two sixes to end Titans’ innings to 125 for 7.

Brief scores:

Khulna Titans 125 for 7 (Taibur Rahman 32, Riki Wessels 27; Arafat Sunny 2 for 16) vs Rangpur Riders