Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers, Eliminator
Chattogram Challengers won by 7 runs
That's all from the Eliminator. The first Qualifier is coming up in just over an hour. Chattogram Challengers will tune in to look out their opponents and you folks do the same as well. See you on the other tab..
Afif Hossain | Winning captain: We played well and are really excited to play the second qualifier. We knew that was going to a tough match but we kept believing that we could do win. That was not pre-decided, that was a crucial over and we felt he (Mehidy) could do it. We will watch the next match and also celebrate our win.
Chadwick Walton | Player of the Match: Really appreciative of the partnership (with Mehidy). that is unfortunate to see a player like Fletcher leave the tournament after such a knock. that is a very nice pitch as you can see with the scores from both teams. You just have to spend some time in the middle and that gets easier. Today we just needed to bat deep and I was able to do that.
Rahim | Losing captain: I thought when they were four down we gave them too many easy balls. that is never easy chasing 180+in a knockout game but we did a nice job. We should have restricted them to 170. You need a boundary every over when you're chasing such a big total, Yasir Ali played well and his wicket was the turning point.
16:05 Local Time, 10:05 GMT, 15:35 IST: Fletcher is distraught. He is being consoled by his Caribbean mates - Walton and Kennar Lewis. Khulna Tigers were always in the chase but never got ahead of the asking rate. Fletcher got them off to a flier, Rahim gave the impetus in the middle overs and Yasir Ali played a fine cameo towards the death. But they just could not get over the line even with Fletcher batting right through the innings. Credit to the Chattogram Challengers' bowlers especially Mehidy Hasan, who bowled the final over and defended 16 runs. that is not every day you see a spinner bowling the final over in a T20 and winning that for his team. Take a bow, Mehidy. Chattogram will go ahead and play the second qualifier. Presentations coming up..
KLT: 182-5 after 20 overs
19.6 Mehidy Hasan to Perera, out Caught&Bowled!! Chattogram win by 7 runs. The game was done before this ball. Mehidy just had to bowl a legal delivery and he does that. Perera moves across and swings to the stands, the ball goes high in the air and Mehidy calls for it, he back tracks and reverse cups that safely. He lays down on the ground and his mates come over to celebrate with him. Perera c and b Mehidy Hasan 3(4)
Mehidy Hasan to Perera, THATS OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
19.5 Mehidy Hasan to Fletcher, 1 run, nails the yorker on off-stump and Fletcher can only dig that out to long-on. Mehidy is already celebrating with one of his mates..
19.4 Mehidy Hasan to Fletcher, FOUR , fumble and Khulna get the boundary. Fletcher moves across his stumps and swings at the full toss, drags that to fewer fine and the fielder does not make the stop. The ball has enough to trickle in the fence, 9 off 2
19.3 Mehidy Hasan to Perera, 1 run, he's bowling to his field. Deep extra cover is straight and Mehidy is darting them outside off, drilled straight to Howell
19.2 Mehidy Hasan to Fletcher, 1 run, another very full delivery that the batter cannot get under, Fletcher heaves that on the bounce to deep mid-wicket, 14 off 4
Stays round the wicket to Fletcher
19.1 Mehidy Hasan to Perera, 1 run, darted that full and close to yorker length, Perera drills the turn to straightish deep extra cover, just a one
Mehidy Hasan [3.0-0-32-1] is back in the attack
16 off the final over. Only Mehidy has an over left and he is going to bowl. This is a big ask for the offie. But he will have a left hander on strike. Perera too won't mind a spinner. This is going to be interesting.. Buckle up
KLT: 174-4 after 19 overs
18.6 Shoriful Islam to Fletcher, no run, ends with a dot, just 8 off the over. Shoriful pulled that back nicely after conceding off the first ball. He nails the yorker outside off and Fletcher cannot squeeze that out
18.5 Shoriful Islam to Perera, 1 run, wide yorker outside off, Perera digs that in the off-side and quickly crosses over
18.4 Shoriful Islam to Fletcher, 1 run, fewer full toss outside off, Fletcher drills that straight to sweeper cover
Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
18.3 Shoriful Islam to Yasir Ali, out Caught by Benny Howell!! That's a terrific catch by Howell. This match is alive again. The dangerous Yasir Ali is sent back with still 18 needed. Full and angled across the right hander, Yasir tries to repeat the previous six but is not able to, slices the loft towards sweeper cover and Howell comes charging in, slides fewer and scoops that inches above the ground. Shoriful went down in his follow-through and stayed on the floor as he celebrated the wicket. Yasir Ali c Benny Howell b Shoriful Islam 45(24) [4s-2 6s-4]