Rajshahi Kings 112 for 4 (Franklin 63*, Saqlain 2-9) beat Chittagong Vikings 111 for 9 (Malik 67*, Afif 5-21) by six wickets
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Kesrick Williams and Afif Hossain picked up seven wickets between them for only 42 runs © BCB
Debutant offspinner Afif Hossain became the youngest player to pick up a five-wicket haul in T20s as Rajshahi Kings swept past Chittagong Vikings in Mirpur. The six-wicket win helped Rajshahi draw level with Chittagong, Rangpur Riders, and Khulna Titans on the points table. Rajshahi, though, will have to hope for tomorrow’s results to go in their favour if they are to make the last four. Chittagong, on the other hand, are through to the playoffs.
Afif did the star turn for Rajshahi, and also became the first Bangladesh to collect a five-wicket haul on T20 debut. He was brought into the attack in the fifth over, and Jahurul Islam welcomed him with back-to-back lofts over mid-off for fours. He then had Jahurul lbw off the next ball; given out by umpire Nadir Shah despite an inside edge onto the back pad. In his next over, Afif accounted for Chris Gayle with a very full delivery. He pressed on to remove Zakir Hasan – caught superbly by Sabbir Rahman running in from long-on – and Saqlain Sajib and Imran Khan to complete his five-wicket haul.
Amid the damage, Shoaib Malik fought his way to an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls, including six fours and three sixes. He scored just more than 60% of Chittagong’s 111 for 9. West Indies fast bowler Kesrick Williams pitched in with two wickets, including that of Tamim Iqbal, who was bowled for a first-ball duck.
Rajshahi lost Nurul Hasan and Mominul Haque early in the slim chase, but finished it off in 13.5 overs to lift their net-run-rate. New Zealand allrounder James Franklin led the way with the bat, making an unbeaten 63 off 27 balls, including five fours and four sixes.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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