Reza cameo pushes Khulna to 157-9

Khulna Tigers pacer Wahab Riaz celebrates after taking a wicket against Chattogram Challengers in BPL9 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on 20 January, 2023Khulna Tigers Facebook page

Farhad Reza’s late blitz after Usman Khan’s 45 off 31 balls and Afif Hossain’s 35 off 31 balls helped Chattogram Challengers post 157-9 against Khulna Tigers in their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023 match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Friday.

Usman and Afif shared a 70-run stand for the second wicket off 43 balls but after their dismissals, the Chattogram innings lost momentum.

Farhad, who was one of the three changes made by Chattogram, then struck a nine-ball 21 with a couple of fours and a six to push the total over 150.

Pacer Wahab Riaz was Khulna’s most successful bowler, finishing with 4-36 including two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the final over.

Dutch pacer Paul van Meekeren remained wicketless, but conceded only 24 runs off four overs.

Earlier, Khulna won the toss and asked Chattogram to bat first.