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2nd Match (N), Mirpur, January 21, 2022, Bangladesh Premier League
(19/20 ov, T:184) 186/5

Tigers won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)


Talukdar's 61, Russell's freak run out headline Khulna's triumph on BPL opening day

Tamim Iqbal's 50, and Dhaka's total of 183 for 6, proved insufficient

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Rony Talukdar top scored for Khulna Tigers with 61 off 42, Minister Group Dhaka vs Khulna Tigers, BPL 2022, Dhaka, January 21, 2022

Rony Talukdar top scored for Khulna Tigers with 61 off 42  •  BCB

Khulna Tigers 186 for 5 (Talukdar 61, Ebadot 2-27) beat Minister Group Dhaka 183 for 6 (Tamim 50, Shahzad 42, Rabbi 3-45) by five wickets
How the match played out
Khulna Tigers romped to their 184-run target against Minister Group Dhaka, winning by five wickets to round off an action-packed opening day in BPL 2022. This was their third 180-plus successful chase in tournament history, having done it twice during the 2019-20 season.
Dhaka had posted 183 for 6 in 20 overs, a formidable total especially considering the capricious Dhaka pitch. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Shahzad gave them a fast start, adding 69 in 8.1 overs before Mahmudullah hit the big shots in the end.
Khulna, too, responded brilliantly. Rony Talukdar top-scored with 61, but it was his 72-run second-wicket stand with Andre Fletcher that fired up Khulna's chase. Later, Thisara Perera and Mahedi Hasan took them home with an over to spare, adding 33 runs in 2.3 overs.
Big hit
Fletcher made 45 off 23 balls with seven fours and two sixes. He struck 22 runs off Rubel Hossain, hitting him for four fours and a six in the fourth over. Talukdar played the anchor role, making 61 off 42 with seven fours and a six.
For Dhaka, Tamim hit 50 off 42 balls, while Shahzad blasted 42 off 27 with eight fours. Their innings got a final flourish from Mahmudullah, who struck three sixes and two fours in his 20-ball 39.
Dhaka innings earned an element of timelessness when Mahedi ran out Andre Russell, who fell short at the non-striker's end after the ball struck both sets of stumps in a incredible instance of geometry.
Big miss
Dhaka's bowling came unstuck, with Rubel, Isuru Udana and Russell going for 121 runs in their combined 11 overs. Earlier, with the bat, Russell had made only seven runs, which played a part in them not being able to reach 200.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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