Chittagong Vikings 151 for 8 (Yasir Ali 41, Mushfiqur 34, Brathwaite 2-30) beat (via One-Over Eliminator) Khulna Titans 151 for 6 (Malan 45, Mahmudullah 33, Sunzamul 2-37)
How the game played out
Chittagong Vikings prevailed in the One-Over Eliminator against Khulna Titans, after Robbie Frylinck, whose two sixes had earlier taken Vikings close to their target of 152, bowled a wide yorker beyond Paul Stirling with three needed off the last ball. Chittagong ended up defending the 11 runs they made in their over, to get their second win.
There was more drama before the tie-breaker too, particularly in the last over. With Chittagong needing 13 off the last three balls, Frylinck hit Ariful Haque for successive sixes, before failing to connect with the last ball and being run-out in an attempt to steal what would have been a match-winning bye.
Yasir Ali’s 41 had carried Chittagong to within 66 runs of the target, and they needed just under nine an over with 7.3 remaining when he was the fourth batsman dismissed. Mushfiqur Rahim made a 26-ball 34, but Chittagong lost regular wickets at the other end to fall behind the asking rate, before Frylinck’s big hits brought them back in contention.
Sent in to bat, Khulna posted 151 for 6 thanks largely to a third-wicket stand of 77 between Mahmudullah and Dawid Malan, who top-scored with 45.
Khulna hit just one boundary in the last three overs of their innings, losing three for 20 in that crucial period.
With Chittagong needing 23 off the last two overs, Junaid Khan bowled a critical penultimate over, conceding just four runs with a mix of slower bouncers and full deliveries.
Chittagong required seven off the last two balls, and Frylinck deposited Ariful’s full-toss high over midwicket for his second six.
With three needed off the last ball in the One-Over Eliminator, Stirling missed Frylinck’s wide yorker from round the wicket.
Star of the day
Two sixes in the last over made Robbie Frylinck the star of the day. He had earlier bowled tidily to end with 1-32 from his four overs. Then he bowled a fantastic Super Over to give Chittagong the win.
The big miss
Chittagong Vikings’ Mohammad Shahzad found Paul Stirling at point in his attempt to reach out to cut a short ball from Junaid Khan. Shahzad was irate with the dismissal, understandably because he has lurched from one low score to another this season. So far, he has only scored 43 runs in three innings.
Where the teams stand
Khulna remain winless with four losses in a row, while Chittagong have won two out of three.