Junaid Khan took three wickets to assist in his side Khulna Titans’ six-wicket win over Dhaka Dynamites during their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Junaid claimed the important wicket of captain Shakibul Hasan in addition to dismissing Seekkuge Prasanna and Ravi Bopara to finish with figures of 3-22 from four overs.
His team then did the rest and reached the 159-run target with two overs and six wickets to spare.
Junaid now has 16 wickets to his name in the T20 league and is the fifth-highest wicket-taker behind Mohammad Nabi, Shafiul Islam, Shahid Afridi and Dwayne Bravo.
Meanwhile in the match between Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders, Khalid Latif smashed three boundaries and two sixes in his 36-ball 43-run knock to help the Victorians post a strong total of 170 runs.
Latif and Imrul Kayes registered an 88-run opening stand before the latter fell in the 11th over, while Latif was dismissed off Arafat Sunny’s delivery three overs later.
Latif’s dismissal led to a batting collapse by the Victorians but they managed to reach the 170-run mark which proved more than enough for the Riders to chase.
Afridi, who had earlier claimed a wicket in the first innings, smashed two sixes and three boundaries in his 19-ball stay to make 38 runs.
He, however, was unable to guide his side to a win who fell just eight runs short of the 171-run target.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2016.
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