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Khulna’s Abject Surrender To Chattogram Left Many Questions.

Saleque Sufi |
Update: 2020-11-28 16:32:54
Khulna’s Abject Surrender To Chattogram Left Many Questions.

Bangabandhu T20 Tournament 5th match 
Gazi Group Chattogram VS Gemcon Khulna Played at SBNCS Dhaka on 28 November 2020 
Gazi Group Chattogram 87/1 in 13.4 Overs (Liton K Das 53, Soumya Sarkar 26, Riad 1/16) beat Gemcon Khulna 86 All Out in 17.5 Overs (Imrul Kayes 21, Ariful Haq 15, Jahurul Islam 14, Mustafizur Rahman 4/5, Nahid Islam 2/15, Taijul Islam 2/30) by 9 wickets.
Player of The Match: Mustafizur Rahman 

Well-drilled smart Chattogram outfit bulldogged pathetic Khulna crushing them to 86 all out and cruising merrily over and across them in majestic fashion by flamboyant openers Liton and Soumya. Chittagong won by 9 wickets. This big win takes them to the top of the table at least till the end of the second match of the day. 

Gemcon Khulna netted big fishes in players draw for the Tournament. From the way their big guns played three matches so far lets off enough bad breadth about the sincerity of the big fishes specially Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riad. With wealth of experience behind them they batted very poorly in all matches. They had a lucky escape in the first match. The second and third Khulna just got blown away.  Does it mean that Shakib is not mentally ready? Does it mean that Riad lost concentration from a bout of COVID? Whatever be the case there cannot be any excuse for a star-studded team getting bundled out for 86 in 17.5 Overs. Ok Mustafiz bowled exceptionally well. But is that enough reason for senior pros failing like novices. Why did Shakib open?   It was for his mistake Anamul got run out. He fell to a poor stroke. So did Riad. Jahurul and Kayes could not do much. By 10th over Khulna was reeling again at 5/57. Chattogram has the best bowling unit and under Salahuddin’s able coaching they are not a team not exploiting the situation. We all know that Mustafiz is a very difficult customer to the late order batsmen. His 4 wickets for 5 runs put the last nails in Khulna coffin as they crushed to 86 all out.   7 of the 11 players did not even reach double figure. Imrul with 21 was the highest scorer.      

On the same wicket whether Khulna wickets fell like a pack of cards Liton and Soumya made merry racing to 73 in the first wicket partnership. Soumya fell to Mahmudullah for 26. Liton remained unbeaten on 5 as Chattogram cantered past paltry Khulna set target winning big by 9 wickets. It is great that Mustafiz is in tune. Liton and Soumya are in good nick.
Chattogram with two wins in two is in good position now. Khulna has task at hand as their last opponent in the first round is Beximco Dhaka which itself is in dire state not to play that match easy.                                     

BDST: 1633 HRS, NOV 28, 2020

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