25th match, Chattogram, Nov 24 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 159)
Titans won by 9 runs
Player Of The Match
Khulna Tigers
• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Khulna hold nerve in tight game to move top of the table

Junaid Khan's economic last spell helped Khulna Titans defend 158 in the face of a 100-run partnership between Ravi Bopara and Nahidul Islam

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Scorecard summary
Khulna Titans158/8(20 overs)
Rangpur Riders149/6(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs • 2 wicket
RPR: 149/6CRR: 7.45 
Thisara Perera1 (1)
Junaid Khan4-0-20-1
Jofra Archer4-0-33-0

5:46pm That's all from our coverage of the first fixture of today's BPL round. Join us for Chittagong Vikings v Sylhet Sixers in about 40 minutes.

Mahmudullah: A win is a win. We could have bowled better in the middle, but we came back really well. It's always good to contribute to the team but upfront we need to work it out, especially in the top order.

Mahmudullah is the Player of the Match.

Mashrafe Mortaza: I think Junaid bowled really well in the last two overs. It was always difficult to chase down after early wickets. Ravi has been in good touch and Nahid batted so well for us, but the early wickets were crucial. We all know in Chittagong 150-160 is a good score, so I think the bowlers did a good job. We were happy with the bowlers.

5:35pm A good bowling effort in the start and end of their chase from Khulna Titans. They lost their way in the middle overs of both innings, but the bowling has done it. Junaid Khan's last two overs were top class. And have propelled them to the top of the table. Gargantuan effort by Bopara and Nahidul. Rangpur shouldn't have been anywhere close to this target after the start they got. Fifties for both of them, but they were up against a genius in that last over.

Junaid Khan to Bopara, OUT
he holes out to long-on. A stunning over from Junaid. This one is full at middle stump as well. Bopara finally gets under on, but he lifts it off the toe-end. Afif runs to his right in the deep and holds on with no fuss
RS Bopara c Afif Hossain b Junaid Khan 59 (44b 4x4 1x6) SR: 134.09
Junaid Khan to Perera, 1 run
drags it out to deep square. Another attempted yorker. Gets it a tad wrong. It's a full toss at middle, tailing in a touch. He gets the front leg out of the way and swings hard but it dribbles out feebly into the deep

11 off 2. As far as instructions go, it's straightforward. This has to be six.

Junaid Khan to Bopara, 1 run
oh too good. Too good for Bopara. Yorker nailed at middle stump again. Driven straight to long-on

This one will have to be a boundary. 12 off 3.

Junaid Khan to Bopara, 2 runs
another yorker. Driven to sweeper's right and and it's only two
Junaid Khan to Nahidul Islam, OUT
superb from Junaid. Nails the yorker at middle stump line. The batsman charges and looks to open up the off side but he can only push it back down the pitch. Bopara runs anyway. Nahidul is forced to do the same but he has no chance. Junaid sprints back and flicks the bails off
Nahidul Islam run out (Junaid Khan) 58 (43b 7x4 0x6) SR: 134.88

That's the century stand done. 14 to win off 5. Third man, point, cover are in.

Junaid Khan to Bopara, 1 run
nails the yorker at off stump. Bopara can only bunt this past his non-striker to long-off
end of over 1914 runs
RPR: 144/4CRR: 7.57 • RRR: 15.00
Ravi Bopara55 (40)
Nahidul Islam58 (42)
Jofra Archer4-0-33-0
Junaid Khan3-0-15-0

Right, they've done sensationally to bring it till here. 99-run stand so far. It'll be remarkable if they pull this off. Fifteen to win. Six balls. Bopara is the experienced man, and he's facing the first ball from Junaid.

Archer to Bopara, 1 run
yorker at off stump, gets the front leg out of the way and squeezes it to sweeper cover
Archer to Nahidul Islam, 1 run
short ball at middle stump. Swivels and pulls aerially. Straight to fine leg
Archer to Bopara, 1 run
bouncer at off stump, swings at it with a pull and finds deep square
Archer to Bopara, SIX runs
what a shot. Stays deep in the crease, gets a full ball at leg stump and sends it flying over wide long-on to bring up his fifty. Clean swing
Archer to Nahidul Islam, 1 run
full and down leg side, can't get it away with the slog. Square leg cleans up

Free hit

Archer to Bopara, (no ball) 1 run
beamer. Into his body at middle stump line. Slogs it towards to long-on. That looks marginal and like it's under the waist...
Archer to Bopara, 2 runs
lovely work by deep square. Archer bowls the perfect yorker at his toes. He looks to dig it out and gets it between his legs towards the long leg boundary. Deep square runs to his right and slides to cut it off
end of over 186 runs
RPR: 130/4CRR: 7.22 • RRR: 14.50
Nahidul Islam56 (40)
Ravi Bopara44 (35)
Junaid Khan3-0-15-0
Jofra Archer3-0-19-0

29 off 12. Bopara will look to switch gears in this over. Archer to bowl. Mid-off is in.

Junaid Khan to Nahidul Islam, 2 runs
low full toss outside off. Slight dip away from the right hander. He looks to smash it across the line again and ends up slicing it over the point region. Point and short third chase it down
Junaid Khan to Nahidul Islam, no run
yorker in the corridor. Swipes hard across the line but this is too quick for him. Beaten again
Junaid Khan to Nahidul Islam, no run
slower ball, dug into the pitch and climbing above off stump. Looks to reverse-ramp this through the slip region. Beaten
Junaid Khan to Bopara, 1 run
yorker at middle stump, squeezed out to long-off
Junaid Khan to Nahidul Islam, 1 run
full and just outside off, drives off the bottom of the bat to long-off
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossRangpur Riders , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20
Match days24 November 2017 (20-over match)
Twenty20 debut
Tanvir Islam
Morshed Ali Khan
TV Umpire
Anisur Rahman
Reserve Umpire
Tanvir Ahmed
Match Referee
Raqibul Hasan
PointsKhulna Titans 2, Rangpur Riders 0