Pakistan left-arm pacer Junaid Khan was on fire against Rajshahi Kings in the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Wednesday as he inspired Khulna Titans to a three-run victory in Mirpur.
Khulna, who opted to bat first, could only manage 133-8 in their 20 overs courtesy a five-for by Rajshahi’s Abul Hasan who gave away 28 runs in his four overs.
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Riki Wessels and captain Mahmudullah were the top-scorers for Khulna with 32 runs each.
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When Khulna came out to defend the meagre total, Junaid instantly proved to be a force to be reckoned with and dismissed Nurul Hasan (4) LBW in the second over.
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In the fourth over, the 26-year-old then claimed two wickets on consecutive balls to bring his team back in the game. Sabbir Rehman was bowled on four runs while Junaid’s compatriot Umar Akmal was caught behind on the very first ball he faced for a naught.
Later, in the penultimate over, with only 13 runs required off 12 balls, Junaid accounted for Farhad Raza who was caught at short cover by Mahmudullah.
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Khulna had to defend seven runs off the last six balls and captain Mahmudullah was up to the task as he dismissed three batsman on the third, fourth and last ball of the over to guide his team to victory.
Today’s next match will be played between former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi-led Rangpur Riders and his Peshawar Zalmi teammate Tamim Iqbal-led Chittagong Vikings.
Courtesy : Express Tribune