23rd match, Dhaka, Nov 21 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, target 167)168/8
Titans won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match
Ariful Haque
Khulna Tigers
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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 Royals166/8(20 overs)
Khulna Tigers168/8(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."

Smith to Ariful, 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

Smith to Ariful, 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
Sami to Ariful, 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

Sami to Ariful, 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

Sami to Ariful, FOUR runs

fantastic execution. Gets low, picks his area with square leg up, Ariful sweeps it through square leg for four

Sami to Ariful, no run

another lovely yorker outside off. All Ariful can do is dig it out

Sami to Ariful, 2 runs

full outside off, 134 kph, heaved away into the gap at midwicket for a couple

Sami to Ariful, 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
Hossain Ali to Junaid, no run

136 kph, wide yorker, Junaid can't make contact

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 1 run

138 kph, good length outside off, a scoopy-sweep to deep backward square leg

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 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.

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 1 wide

128 kph, short and wide outside off, wide called

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 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

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 2 runs

full outside off, a thick outside edge flies down to third man. Good stop from the fielder

Hossain Ali to Ariful, 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: 7.70 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 36 from 18b
Ariful Haque7 (6)
Junaid Khan1 (2)
Mohammad Sami3-0-20-3
James Franklin4-0-30-2
Sami to Ariful, 1 run

short around middle, pulled towards square leg, 133 kph

Sami to Junaid, 1 run

137 kph, full on middle, worked down to fine leg for one

Sami to Junaid, no run

full and wide outside off, Junaid can't connect. Khulna falling behind too quickly

Sami to Junaid, 1 wide

strays down leg, another wide

Sami to Shafiul, OUT

got 'im. Looking for a yorker, misses his length, it ends up a low full toss. Shafiul gives himself some room, misses a cut and the ball hits off stump. Good bowling, attacking the stumps.

Shafiul Islam b Mohammad Sami 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossKhulna Titans, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League
Player Of The Match
Ariful Haque
Ariful Haque
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 - day match (20-over match)
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Nadir Shah
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TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Morshed Ali Khan
Match Referee
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Samiur Rahman
PointsKhulna Titans 2, Rajshahi Kings 0