Talha Kamal

Chittagong Vikings edged out Khulna Titans by 1 run in the first ever Super Over in the history of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla national Stadium on Saturday.

It was the second win of the Vikings in the season while Khulna suffered fourth loss in a row.

Robbie Frylinck’s all round performance helped Vikings win a cliffhanger for his team. In the Super Over, the South African recruit defended 11 through his disciplined and clever bowling and restricted Titans to 10.

Frylinck made amends with his bowling after getting out in Super Over bowled by Khulna’s Junaid Khan. Replying to Khulna’s 11, Carlos Brathwaite managed only one in the first ball and then Dawid Malan hit the second ball for a four through the cover. In the third ball, Malan managed a double but in the fourth ball Brathwaite ran himself out. Stirling was the next batsman of Khulna who scored two in the fifth ball, and they were needed three runs from the last ball but could manage only one run. Eventually, Chittagong Vikings won the match.

Earlier, Vikings won the toss and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim opted to field first. Titans main problem was batting so Mushfiq wanted to exploit that area of weakness and restrict Titans to a low score. However, Titans opener Paul Stirling and Junaid Siddique had a blistering start to the innings. They added 31 runs before Stirling fell to Nayeem Hasan, leaving Titans 31/1 after 2.3 overs. After three overs Siddique was dismissed Frylinck at 20, leaving Titans 41/2 after 5.3 overs. From there, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and David Malan tried to steady the ship; they had an alliance of 77 runs for third wicket stand, before Malan fell to Abu Jayed, leaving Titans 118/3 after 16.1 overs. Then Braithwaite and Mahmudullah’s wicket fell in quick succession, leaving Titans 132/5 after 17.2 overs.  Mahmudullah and Malan scored 33and 45 respectively before getting out. Ariful Haque and Mahidul Islam Ankon ensured Titan’s surpass the 150-run mark as their innings ended at 151/6 after 20 overs. For Vikings, Sanzamul Islam bagged two wickets. Frylinck, Nayeem, Mosaddek, Khaled and Jayed scalped one wicket each.

Chasing a challenging total of 152 runs, Vikings started their innings slowly in contrast to Titans. They lost Mohammad Shahzad after 2.2 overs, leaving Vikings at 12/1 after 2.2 overs. From there Delport and Yasir Ali started to bat in an aggressive manner. They added 39 runs in quick secession before Delport fell to Taijul Islam, leaving Vikings at 51/2 after 6.5 overs. Yasir Ali at the other end was still batting in an elegant manner along with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. They had a partnership of 35 runs for the third wicket stand, before Ali was dismissed by Shoriful Islam. He played an important knock of 41 runs off 34 balls before getting out. After Ali’s dismissal, Brathwaite rattled Sikandar Raza’s stumps in the next over, leaving Vikings 87/4 after 13.2 overs. Skipper Mushfiq tried to reach as close to the target but he was out after scoring 34. Titan’s bowler Ariful Haque conceded 18 runs in the last over while the Vikings were struggling to chase down the target of 152 as they needed 19. Nayeem Hasan struck a six in the second ball of last over while Robbie Frylinck hit two in the fourth and fifth ball. They needed 1 run from 1 ball, but Frylinck missed the ball and Vikings innings ended at 151/8 in 20 overs. So the match was drawn and then it went to the super over.