Dhaka go top of the table with the win, with six points and a net run-rate of 1.97
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Jahurul Islam is the Man of the Match
. "It was my first opportunity to bat in the centre I was just happy to finish the game. Pollard did most of the work. When he came in, the required rate was 14, when he left, it was only 8 and I and Mosaddek were able to do it."
"Today we showed character. Carlos played a great knock for Khulna, that gave them the momentum and we lost early wickets which set us back. But Pollard and Jahurul played really well. That shows we aren't a one-man team," Shakib Al Hasan says. "When you lose more than two-three wickets in the Powerplay, it's difficult to chase 160 runs. But we did that today and that gives us confidence. These games are very good for BPL, it will improve our cricket"
"I think up front we bowled really well. In the end, it was a bit disappointed. I was really happy with how the boys played though," Mahmudullah says. "With the new ball, it was gripping in the pitch a bit, as we saw both teams struggling in the Poweprlay. But Brathwaite and Rilee's partnership was crucial. And Pollard did the same for them. Happy to have held on to that catch [for Shakib's wicket], happy to contribute."
4.30 pm Heartbreaking loss for Khulna, and for Brathwaite in particular, who struck his maiden T20 fifty, and then was pulling off an outstanding final over. But his heroics come second best to compatriot Kieron Pollard, who slammed a 19-ball fifty.
Khulna brought the game back in the balance when they knocked over Pollard in the 15th over. That's when Jahurul Islam took over. He was 19 off 21 balls, slogging hard, but never finding the timing. He gutsed it out in the middle and finally walks away with the winning hit.
"I was under pressure after Shakib fell," he says. "But Pollard came and played an outstanding innings. It was most crucial, and it helped me finish it later because the required rate was only 8. I got in the wicket after a long time, I didn't play any big innings in the BPL. This is my first time. I was struggling for the first 20-25 balls. But then I started getting set and I said, if we bat through the innings, we would win" Big props to the man for admitting he was struggling.
Dhaka need four off two balls.
Fine leg and square leg are inside the circle
Dhaka need six off the last six balls. Carlos Brathwaite, who set Khulna up with an innings of 64, to close things out
Akter Hossain: "Mahmudullah has make a big mistake here Aby Zayed to be bowl over no. 18 & 20 and archer to be bowl in 19th over OMG!"
Looked like Carlos Brathwaite was about to bowl, but then Abu Jayed has been brought on instead. Dhaka need 19 off 12 now...
Fine leg is back. Square leg, midwicket and long-on are back as well
Dhaka need 27 off 18. The highly impressive Jofra Archer has one over left. Abu Jayed, who took four wickets recently, has two left. Khulna are still in this