Chittagong Kings v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL, Chittagong February 20, 2012

Bowlers spin Khulna to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Khulna Royal Bengals 137 for 6 (Nasir 42, Haque jnr 3-22) beat Chittagong Kings 93 (Roy 30, Ayub 4-20) by 44 runs

Khulna Royal Bengals' spinners set up an unlikely win for their side, bowling out hosts Chittagong Kings for 93 while defending 137. The win puts Khulna at the top of the points table after seven matches.

Chittagong chose to bowl, and the decision seemed to pay off as they struck at regular intervals. None of Khulna's top five could go past 20 and it was chiefly due to a 38-ball 42 from Man of the Match Nasir Hossain down the order that they were able to push on past a hundred. Enamul Haque jnr produced the best figures for Chittagong, claiming three middle-order wickets while conceding just 5.50 runs an over.

Khulna's ploy of predominantly bowling spinners in the chase worked: they bowled 16 of the 18.1 overs it took to bowl out Chittagong. Legspinner Marshall Ayub was the most effective, taking four wickets for 20 in his four overs. The other wickets were shared among Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan and medium-pacer Dwayne Smith. The only batsman who could get past 12 in the chase was No. 3 Jason Roy, who picked up a couple of fours and sixes before being run out for 30.