30th match (N), Chattogram, Nov 27 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(19/20 ov, target 214)
Titans won by 68 runs
Player Of The Match
Khulna Tigers
• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Khulna's local boys take them to top of table

Khulna posted the season's highest total courtesy fifties from Afif and Pooran, after which Abu Jayed and Shafiul ran through the Rajshahi batting

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Khulna Titans213/5(20 overs)
Rajshahi Kings145(19 overs)
end of over 197 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 145/10CRR: 7.63 • RRR: 69.00 • Need 69 from 6b
Mustafizur Rahman0 (1)
Shafiul Islam4-0-26-5

9.50 pm That's all from Chittagong today. Khulna go on top after a dominating win today against Rajshahi. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the 30th BPL game. Time for me, Sreshth Shah, to sign off. Enjoy the rest of your evening!

9.45 pm We're ready with the presentation. First up, the losing captain Darren Sammy. He says: "Khulna, congratulations. They outsmarted us. It was always going to be tough to chase 214. We didn't execute our plans in the back overs. It was a good batting pitch, and we thought 180 could be chased. But Khulna were better today in all three disciplines. Their bowlers had a plan, and they stuck to it. We just didn't have any response. "

Now the winning captain, . He says "It was a good total, but we knew we had to come hard with the ball, because we knew they'd come hard at us. The early wickets were useful, and so was the fact that the bowlers were hungry. Happy to see Shanto smack the ball all over, and Afif too. Good to see them performing and Carlos & Pooran batted really well as well. Yes, it was hard to bowl, but you have to embrace the dew. Shaiful was good. Top of the table is good, but we need to maintain."

And the Man-of-the-Match award goes to Nicholas Pooran for his fifty. He says: "This is brilliant, but we still had to get in, and then capitalise. I had a setback (past poor form), and now I've lived from my mistakes and just looking to play good. Khulna is a wonderful team, and most of us are Under-25 guys. Afif, Shanto were excellent as well."

karim: "I am dreaming as Haturisinghe has left BCB, the pair of Mahmudullah and Jayawardhane can be a good option for us :). Like the way they are doing for KT"

Mahneel: "Junaid Khan recently in an interview compared Mahmudullah's captaincy to the likes of MSD and Misbah particularly because how calm he is on field. Really, Mahmudullah has been a revelation for Bangladesh and its tragic how we fail to utilize him. Make him the skipper, back him and he'll win us matches, big ones, like the one against NZ in the Champions Trophy. You watching this, BCB?"

9.40 pm A dominating show from Khulna Titans, who once again jump to the top of the table. The local boys really came to the party today: first, Afif and Shanto with the bat (with some assistance from Pooran), and then Abu Jayed and Shaiful ran through the Rajshahi batting order. Eventually, Khulna's 213 - the BPL's highest total of the season - was just too much for Rajshahi. They'll stay at sixth, as their charge for the play-offs get more difficult. We'll be back with the presentation very soon. Many people can stake their claim to the Man-of-the-Match award tonight.

Mahneel: "Mahmudullah is not in the race to be BD's t20 captain because Shakib has just been appointed recently. As for ODI, Mahmudullah should definitely be the one who gets to be the skipper. Only needs to cement his place in the Test and hopefully he'll be both ODI and test captain of BD. Junaid Khan recently in an interview compared Mahmudullah's captaincy to the likes of MSD and Misbah particularly because how calm he is on field. You watching this, BCB?"

Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, OUT
It's all over! Full on middle and straight to long on! In the slot to be hit but the tail-ender can only hit it off the bat's toe end. Khulna Titans win by 68 runs as Shaiful finishes with his first-five wicket haul in T20s
Mohammad Sami c Ariful Haque b Shafiul Islam 18 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 128.57
Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, 2 runs
full and wide outside off, driven past cover for more runs. All these runs are important, given net-run rates may come into play in the BPL's final stages
Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, 1 wide
full on leg stump, angling down the leg side. He's got to bowl that once again
Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, no run
full on middle, driven on the up to cover.

Tasmia Tahia: "Thank you publishing my comments Sreshth . you really made my day. Amazing commentary btw. Lovely to be able to pretend to work while not missing a single detail on field! :D" -- I just hope they don't pretend to pay you! And thanks for your company, the pleasure is mine

Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, no run
full on off stump, offers the full face of the bat. Punched to mid off

Waleed Zahoor: "So Sammy is playing as a specialist captain? This is simply not good enough. Regardless of how good your leadership is, you have to keep contributing in the role you specialize in. For Sammy, he needs to start bowling and bat higher up at 5 maybe. In franchise cricket, it becomes even more of a responsibility cause he is using a spot of an oversees player without utilizing himself. That's probably the reason he was dropped by WICB."

Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, FOUR runs
very slow on off stump, somehow manages to pull this over short fine leg. Four consolatory runs
Shafiul Islam to Mohammad Sami, no run
full on off stump, driven down the ground, but for no run

anand: "I just fail to understand about James Franklin selection over and over again. What does he bring to the team?" -- Middle-order slogging, and experienced bowling. But, I agree, that there are some other options Rajshahi can use instead.

end of over 182 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 138/9CRR: 7.66 • RRR: 38.00 • Need 76 from 12b
Mustafizur Rahman0 (1)
Mohammad Sami12 (8)
Afif Hossain1-0-7-1
Mahmudullah to Mustafizur Rahman, no run
back of a length on middle, pushed back
Mahmudullah to Williams, OUT
good length on middle and the batsman charges down the wicket. He's stranded! as the quicker ball goes past his edge. Stumped by Pooran with ease
KOK Williams st †Pooran b Mahmudullah 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

The captain is using only slow bowlers to catch up on the time, I guess. He would've used the pacers if the game was close. The fielding captain is doing his best to not accumulate any fines for slow over rates.

Mahmudullah to Mohammad Sami, 1 run
tossed up full on middle stump, driven to long off
Mahmudullah to Williams, 1 run
full length on leg stump, pushed to long on for a single
Mahmudullah to Williams, no run
full on middle, pushed on the up back to the bowler
Mahmudullah to Williams, no run
back of a length on off stump and angling away, tries to poke at it but takes the inside edge onto his body

Sydee: "Mahmudullah is not a regular member in test . Mash is handling ODI side . So, BCB should considered Mahmudullah as T20 captain after Mash retired from T20 . They should give ODI captaincy to him as soon as Mash retires."

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 136/8CRR: 8 • RRR: 26.00 • Need 78 from 18b
Mohammad Sami11 (7)
Afif Hossain1-0-7-1
Afif Hossain to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, OUT
full on off stump and slogged. It's in the air, and Mehidy must go too! Topspin this time and takes the leading edge off Mehidy's slog. Eventually slices it and long off does the rest
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Ariful Haque b Afif Hossain 29 (23b 1x4 2x6) SR: 126.08
Afif Hossain to Mohammad Sami, 1 run
full on middle this time, slogged along the ground to long on. Good bowling from Afif
Afif Hossain to Mohammad Sami, 2 runs
pushed wide outside off again, lifted over point for some more runs
Afif Hossain to Mohammad Sami, 1 wide
wide outside off stump and angling away from the right hander, left alone
Afif Hossain to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run
pushed wide outside off, slogged over Afif's head but mistimed
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossRajshahi Kings , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Nicholas Pooran
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50-21.20
Match days27 November 2017 - night match (20-over match)
Mahfuzur Rahman
Gazi Sohel
TV Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Reserve Umpire
Manjurul Islam
Match Referee
Neeyamur Rashid
PointsKhulna Titans 2, Rajshahi Kings 0