The Bangladesh Premier League witnessed its first ever Super Over on Saturday where South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck held his nerve to help Chittagong Vikings beat Khulna Titans by one run in Mirpur.
Chittagong scored 11-1 in their Super Over bowled by Junaid Khan and Frylinck restricted Khulna to 10-1 to defend the total, winning a thrilling contest.
Frylinck had only himself to blame for throwing the match in Super Over after he failed to score a single in the last ball of the innings with their score tied with Khulna.
Replying to Khulna’s 151-6, Chittagong needed 19 runs in the final over and Frylinck did the hard work to level the score by hitting two sixes in the fourth and fifth ball after Nayeem Hasan had sent the second ball over the rope.
Frylinck failed to connect the last ball of Ariful Haque with his bat and took his time to start running for a single. By the time he started for running it was too late as Khulna ran him out to take a BPL game into Super Over for the first time in history.
In the Super Over, Cameron Delport and Frylinck each struck a four but could not take more than 11 runs for Chittagong. In reply, Khulna scored nine runs in first five balls, but Frylinck restricted Paul Stirling to one run in the last ball, guiding Chittagong to their second win in three matches.
‘I think it was a really good game. Unfortunately someone had to lose…,’ Frylinck told reporters after the match.
‘And I should have won it at the end as well and should not wait for the super over. At the end, it was exciting for everybody.
‘It was my first super over and I thought 11 runs were decent. I backed myself to defend it. Obviously I missed a little bit with Malan when he hit a four but you just needed to stay calm,’ he added.
Khulna have now lost their all four matches and they remained at the bottom of the point-table.
Earlier, Khulna reached a respectable total thanks to England’s Dawid Malan and skipper Mahmudullah, who made 45 and 33 runs respectively after they were sent into bat first.
Both Malan and Mahmudullah were involved in a 77-run third wicket stand after losing Stirling (18) and Junaed Siddique (20) in the power-plays.
Chittagong, who dropped Mohammad Ashraful and brought Yasir Ali in his place, got immediate result as he made a brilliant 41 off 34 balls to put them on course before few late wickets left them in disarray.
Frylinck’s late cameo of 23 off 13 balls brought them back into the game before they nearly spoilt it.
‘There were two times when we could have won the game,’ Khulna’s losing skipper Mahmudullah told reporters after the match.
‘We had a good opportunity today [Saturday] after losing three matches at a stretch. But we lost the opportunities in both times. It’s not difficult to score 11 runs in the Super Over and it was chasable. But we could not do it,’ he lamented.
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