Shahid Afridi and Arafat Sunny dismantle Khulna
- Sports, Published on: Friday 11th November 16 - 10:40am
Shahid Afridi and Arafat Sunny took 7 for 12 between them as Rangpur Riders demolished Khulna Titians for 44, before breezing to the target in eight overs, with nine wickets in hand. In their second dominating performance in as many days, Rangpur swept to the biggest win in BPL in terms of balls remaining.
Khulna's score of 44 surpassed Barisal Bulls' 58 as the lowest team total in BPL history. They also became the ninth team in T20 history to be bowled out for below 50. Afridi took his fifth four-wicket haul while Sunny, bowling his left-arm spin with a revamped action, had dream bowling figures of 3 for 0 in 2.4 overs.
Rangpur took just two balls to seize the initiative. Nicholas Pooran was bowled behind his legs for the second game in a row, this time to Sohag Gazi. Gazi then threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, where Abdul Mazid was lazily short of his ground, to make it 10 for 2..
Mahmudullah fell leg before to Richard Gleeson in the next over before Afridi and Sunny waded into the Khulna innings.
With his first ball, Afridi bowled Rikki Wessels with one that kept low before trapping Alok Kapali leg before with the second ball. Shuvagata Hom struck two fours at the other end but, in Afridi's next over, made the mistake of going back to his full ball, to be bowled for 12, the only Khulna batsman with a double-figure score.
There were two more fours in the Khulna innings before Arafat Sunny tore up the tail with three wickets in his 2.4 overs. Ariful Haque was trapped leg before before Junaid Khan was caught at midwicket in the same over. Afridi then took his fourth wicket - Nur Alam - and Sunny added his third, bowling out Khulna in just 10.4 overs.
As if to show that the pitch had no demons, Mohammad Shahzad came out to slam three fours off Junaid Khan. However, he chipped one back at the same bowler in the third over to depart for 13. Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun closed out the chase to complete a thrashing that took less than 19 overs, all told.
Rangpur Riders 45 for 1 (Mithun 15*) beat Khulna Titans 44 (Afridi 4-12, Sunny 3-0) by nine wickets