A sensational innings from West Indies player Carlos Brathwaite allow Dhaka to post 156 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets against Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites.
Having won the toss, the Dhaka captain chose to bowl first and the decision seemed to pay dividends early on as Dhaka bowlers put the pressure on the Khulna batsmen with some tidy bowling. Shakib got the first breakthrough when he removed Michael Klinger in the fourth over as Titans failed to break loose.
At the end of the first ten overs of play, Khulna were 47 for three and soon in the 13th over skipper Mahmudullah Riyad fell to Shahid Afridi as he tried a reverse sweep but only managed to glove it to the wicket-keeper.
Rilee Rossouw had been holding up one end when Carlos Brathwaite joined him at the crease. The West Indian saw off a few deliveries before he took to smashing the bowlers all around the park. Rossouw contributed with a 30-ball 34.
It was Braithwaite’s innings which allowed Titans to pile up 77 runs in the last six overs. The 29-ball 64 knock from Brathwaite four four’s and six sixes. In the 15th over he hit Afridi for two massive sixes to announce his intentions and in the next over Shakib conceded 17 runs as Brathwaite hit him for a four, a six and then another four in three successive deliveries. Rossou
Brathwaite reached his 50 off just 25 deliveries when he hit Sunil Narine 13 runs in the 19th over. In the final over of the innings he got stuck into Abu Hider, hitting him for two massive sixes as Titans finished on a high after a slow start.