They climbed to third position in the BPL by handing a 15-run defeat to Sylhet Sunrisers
Khulna Titans 182 for 3 (Soumya 82*, Mushfiqur 62*) beat Sylhet Sunrisers 167 for 6 (Anamul 47, Mosaddek 38*) by 15 runs
How the match played out
Khulna didn’t mind any of it. They recovered from 46 for 3 at the end of the powerplay, when Mushfiqur and Sarkar added 136 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket, taking Khulna to a match-winning total.
Mushfiqur hit his 16th fifty in the BPL, but the first in this season. He struck some of his trademark shots, including sixes over midwicket and backward square leg, and six fours around the ground. Sarkar reached his fourth BPL half-century, which included two sixes over midwicket and long-on. As a pleasant surprise, Sarkar seemed to focus less on the nice shots, and more on accumulating the runs
Bopara’s blunder of not using their top wicket-taker Nazmul was a major talking point. There wasn’t a question of dew for most of the innings, as both offspinners Mosaddek Hossain and Sohag Gazi bowled their full quota of four overs each.
At times captains in the BPL have tended to keep their left-arm spinners away when a left-hand batters are at the crease. And course Sarkar was around for a long time, but right-hander Mushfiqur was in the middle too. ESPNcricinfo also learned that Nazmul wasn’t injured; he fielded the entire 20 overs. Unless something has been missed, there was no cricketing reason for not giving even one over to Nazmul.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84