The match between Chittagong Vikings and Khulna Titans at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium yesterday turned out to be a cliffhanger. After the 40 overs, the match was tied and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) saw its first ever super-over.
In the end, it was Rahim’s Vikings who won the super-over. Robbie Frylinck was needed to defend 12 runs and the South African did his job with sheer expertise.
The Chittagong Vikings have squeaked out a win against the Khulna Titans in the first super over finish in BPL history.
Khulna Titans: 151/6 (20 Overs, RR: 7.55), DJ Malan 45, Mahmudullah Riyad 33. Sunzamul Islam 37/2 in 4 overs, Nayeem Hasan 16/1 4 overs.
Chittagong Vikings: 151/8 (20 Overs, RR: 7.55), Yasir Ali 41, Mushfiqur Rahim 34. Brathwaite 30/2 in 4 overs, Shoriful Islam 31/2 in 4 overs. Match Drawn
Chittagong Vikings: 11/1, Khulna Titans: 10/1. Khulna win by 1 run.
The super over tie-breaker gives each team one over to score the most runs with a total of three batsmen at the crease (meaning the over ends if the batting side loses two wickets).
South African Robbie Frylinck took the Vikings to the edge of victory in the twentieth over in the innings by hitting two consecutive sixes, but lost the plot in the final delivery and was run out to leave the scores tied.
The match went right down the wire and resulted in the first super over in the entire tournament’s history.
Chittagong then managed 11 off the Super Over bowled by Junaid Khan. Khulna managed to score 10 as Chittagong won by Super Over.
The Vikings won the toss, elected to field first and restricted the Titans to 151 for six.
Replying to Vikings, Titans innings ended at 151/8. In a post match press conference, Khulna Titans skipper Mahmudullah Riyad was clearly frustrated with the result. “To be honest, 11 runs in an over is not much and we should have been able to make the target. Unfortunately, it did not work out,” he said.
“It’s not about coping up,” Mahmudullah said in the press-conference after the match. “It about kopao option ” the skipper said, using a trendy Bangla word to indicate that in the Super Over one has to hit big or get nothing.
“The choice was between Stirling and maybe me, I felt that he is good through the off-side and so it was him who batted after the wicket in the Super Over.
When asked about Titans chances to qualify after losing 4 consecutive matches, Mahmudullah was not optimistic. However he said it is still possible if they play as a team and rectify the mistakes they made on the field during previous matches. “It’s difficult now since out of the next 7-8 matches, we will have to win atleast 5 or 6.
In this bad time it’s important that we don’t seek each other’s mistake and to find our individual flaws so that we can give our input to make the team win,” he concluded.