Khulna Tigers secure second win after chasing down 144
Khulna Tigers 144 for 4 (Fletcher 58, Mushfiqur 44*) beat Chattogram Challengers 143 for 8 (Afif 44, Perera 3-18) by six wickets
How the match played out
Fletcher gave Khulna the perfect start despite them losing Soumya Sarkar and Rony Talukdar early. He scored most of his runs on the leg-side, but struck four sweetly-timed fours with square and late cuts. He held the Khulna innings together till the 15th over when, after hitting his second six of the day, he top-edged Miraz to long-on. Mushfiqur and Prasanna had the perfect base to wrap up the chase quickly.
Afif top-scored for Khulna with 44 off 37 balls, but he couldn’t convert his start into something more significant. Towards the end, the veteran Naeem Islam struck a six and two fours in his unbeaten 19-ball 25. Apart from Perera’s three-for, there was one wicket each for all the other five bowlers Khulna deployed.
After two middling innings in his three previous knocks, Chattogram’s Sabbir Rahman only made four in this game. Howell too missed out with the bat and ball for the first time in the tournament, after making a big impact in Chattogram’s first three matches.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84