MIRPUR - Nasir Jamshed's rapid half-century helped Chittagong Kings beat Khulna Royal Bengals with five balls to spare in Mirpur. They and Barisal Burners are the only unbeaten teams in the Bangladesh Premier League after two games.
The Kings lost the toss at the Shere Bangla Stadium and watched the Royal Bengals openers make a strong start. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Herschelle Gibbs had added 89 by the 11th over, when Gibbs was dismissed by Mahmudullah for 34 off 39 balls. Mahmudullah also dismissed Chanderpaul in the 15th over, for 59 off 50 balls with his team on 114 for 2. Two other West Indians, Dwayne Smith and Andre Russell, ensured the Royal Bengals had a strong finish. They scored 52 in five overs and gave their bowlers 171 to defend.
Jahurul Islam fell early but Jamshed, the Pakistan batsman, gave the Kings a quick start. He had a partnership of 88 with Jason Roy for the second wicket and put the chase on course. The innings stumbled when Roy and Mahmudullah fell in the 11th over, and Dwayne Bravo didn't make much either.
BRIE SCORES: Chittagong Kings 174 for 4 (Jamshed 86*, Razzak 2-7) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 171 for 3 (Chanderpaul 59, Mahmudullah 2-18) by six wickets