Jamaica Gleaner / DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):
West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite played a key role to help lift Khulna Titans to an 18-run win over Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League at the Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Sent in, Titans rallied to 170 for seven off their 20 overs, with Ariful Haque and captain Mahmudullah top-scoring with 40, while Brathwaite smashed an exciting 30 late on.
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was the best bowler with three for 43.
Titans started poorly, losing West Indies batsman Chadwick Walton for five to the fifth ball of the innings as three wickets tumbled for 29 runs.
Mahmudullah, who struck a pair of fours and sixes in a 33-ball knock, then added 39 for the fourth wicket with South African Rilee Roussouw (25) and another 35 for the fifth wicket with Ariful.
When Mahmudullah perished in the 16th over, Brathwaite took responsibility for the innings, slamming two fours and three sixes in a thrilling 14-ball knock as he added a hasty 55 off 21 balls with Ariful for the sixth wicket.
In reply, Kings were limited to 152 for seven with Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza stroking 37 not out and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, 30.
Fast bowler Abu Jayed led the Kings attack with four for 35 while Brathwaite and fellow Barbadian Jofra Archer claimed one wicket apiece.
In the second match of the doubleheader, Windies batsman Lendl Simmons smashed 40 off 23 balls with six fours and a six before retiring hurt, but the innings was unable to prevent Rajshahi Kings from a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Marlon Samuels’s Comilla Victorians.