Khulna Tigers have set Cumilla Warriors a target of 180 in their match in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019-20 at Dhaka.
Winning the toss, Cumilla skipper Dawid Malan decided to field and invited Khulna to bat first.
Batting first, Khulna were brought a good start by the openers Nazmul Hossain and Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz as they notched up 44 in the powerplay. Their stand of 71 eventually broke when Soumya Sarkar struck to pick up Shanto for 38 as his 12th scalp of the tournament.
Mehidy was the next to go in the 13th over as David Wiese managed to go through Miraz's defences to send him back.
But Rilee Rossouw and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim took it on from where the openers left and put up a brilliant stand to take Khulna to a commendable total as Rilee Rossouw picked up his fifty off just 26 balls.
Rossouw was lucky in the last over as he edged Soumya's wide yorker to the keeper but none albeit keeper Mahidul Islam Ankon appealed and the umpire did not respond. Replays suggested that Rossouw had indeed edged it and the batsman punished Cumilla as he took 12 off the last over to take Khulna to 179-2.
Khulna managed to score 58 runs in the last five overs as Rossouw was unbeaten on 71 with Mushfiq staying unbeaten on 24. Soumya and David Wiese picked up a wicket each for Cumilla.