Result
23rd match, Dhaka, Nov 21 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
166/8
(19.2/20 ov, target 167)
168/8
Titans won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Khulna Tigers
2y
• ESPNcricinfo staff

Ariful scores Khulna's last 36 runs to pull off heist

Mahmudullah top-scored with a 44-ball 56 to help Khulna ace their 167 chase, consigning Rajshahi Kings to their fifth loss in seven games this season

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Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Rajshahi Kings166/8(20 overs)
Khulna Titans168/8(19.2 overs)

4.50pm A terrific finish from Ariful Haque, who has changed not only the game, but possible the tournament for Khulna. Rajshahi looked set for the win, taking seven wickets in the first 17 overs, but things turned dramatically thereafter. Ariful struck 43 off just 19 balls to damage Rajshahi's chances in this tournament. A wild T20 finish.

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Ariful Haque is the Man of the Match

Mahmudullah: "Unbelievable the way Ariful played. I always to bat with Rilee, we have good chemistry. We got some depth in our batting, but we need to work it out in our batting."

Darren Sammy: "A tough pill to swallow, a tough lesson for us. We didn't execute well in the end there. Khulna wanted to win more than us."

19.2
4
Smith to Ariful Haque, FOUR runs
gets some bat on his scoop and the game is done! A low full toss on middle and leg, Ariful stays low and scoops the ball past short fine leg for four. Khulna are jubilant, what a comeback this has been. They win with four balls to spare
19.1
6
Smith to Ariful Haque, SIX runs
oh my, that's terrrrrrrrible bowling. A low full toss down leg is heaved away over deep square leg. The worst possible ball at this time.

Dwayne Smith to bowl the final over. Khulna need nine off six.

end of over 199 runs
KT: 158/8CRR: 8.31 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Ariful Haque33 (17)
Junaid Khan1 (3)
Mohammad Sami4-0-29-3
Hossain Ali4-0-38-1
18.6
1
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, 1 run
full and wide outside off, driven to the sweeper cover for one. Half of the 18 got in that over

He will want just one/three/five

18.5
2
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, 2 runs
low full toss on middle and leg, shovelled to midwicket. Should have been run-out but the bowler doesn't pick up the collection cleanly
18.4
4
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, FOUR runs
fantastic execution. Gets low, picks his area with square leg up, Ariful sweeps it through square leg for four
18.3
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, no run
another lovely yorker outside off. All Ariful can do is dig it out
18.2
2
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, 2 runs
full outside off, 134 kph, heaved away into the gap at midwicket for a couple
18.1
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, no run
full outside off, a thick inside-edge into the pad. Ariful refuses the single

18 off 12. This is evenly poised.

end of over 1818 runs
KT: 149/8CRR: 8.27 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Junaid Khan1 (3)
Ariful Haque24 (11)
Hossain Ali4-0-38-1
Mohammad Sami3-0-20-3
17.6
Hossain Ali to Junaid Khan, no run
136 kph, wide yorker, Junaid can't make contact
17.5
1
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, 1 run
138 kph, good length outside off, a scoopy-sweep to deep backward square leg
17.4
6
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, SIX runs
134 kph, that's six! Wow, fantastic hitting from Ariful. Terrible bowling, just bad. With mid-off up, he bowls a full delivery outside off. Ariful just lofts the ball over mid-off, and it clears the boundary.
17.4
1w
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, 1 wide
128 kph, short and wide outside off, wide called
17.3
4
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, FOUR runs
superb shot! Full around off, Ariful backs away and absolutely hammers a drive right back at the bowler, who hurries out of the way and allows four
17.2
2
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, 2 runs
full outside off, a thick outside edge flies down to third man. Good stop from the fielder
17.1
4
Hossain Ali to Ariful Haque, FOUR runs
shortish and wide outside off, Ariful tries to hit the ball straight. Somehow, he finds a gap between cover and mid-off

36 off 18 to win. Too tough a task?

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
KT: 131/8CRR: 7.7 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 36 from 18b
Ariful Haque7 (6)
Junaid Khan1 (2)
Mohammad Sami3-0-20-3
James Franklin4-0-30-2
16.6
1
Mohammad Sami to Ariful Haque, 1 run
short around middle, pulled towards square leg, 133 kph
16.5
1
Mohammad Sami to Junaid Khan, 1 run
137 kph, full on middle, worked down to fine leg for one
16.4
Mohammad Sami to Junaid Khan, no run
full and wide outside off, Junaid can't connect. Khulna falling behind too quickly
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossKhulna Titans , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Ariful Haque
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-14.50, Second Session 14.50-16.20
Match days21 November 2017 (20-over match)
Umpires
Sharfuddoula
Nadir Shah
TV Umpire
Moniruzzaman
Reserve Umpire
Morshed Ali Khan
Match Referee
Samiur Rahman
PointsKhulna Titans 2, Rajshahi Kings 0