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Picture Credit: Twitter

Khulna Tigers notched up a thrilling win against Fortune Barishal in their last game of the Bangladesh Premier League on Friday evening, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. While chasing 169, Tigers' batter Mahmudul Hasan Joy (64 off 43) and Habibur Rahman (30 off 9) played a blinder to ensure the season ends on a high. Tigers needed nine runs in the final over which was easily chased down by Habibur Rahman, who smashed a four and a six on second and third delivery to take his side home. 

Meanwhile, Khulna Tiger’s coach Khaled Mahmud is grabbing a lot of traction on social media after one of his controversial acts was captured on a broadcast camera. As per the video which has gone viral on social media, Mahmud was caught smoking during the live match. While there is no official notification from the BPL organizers in regards with any breach of conduct by Mahmud, the video is being widely circulated on social media. 

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Talking about the match, Barishal posted 169/8 in the first innings as Dwaine Pretorius played a blistering knock of 48 runs in 29 deliveries. Pretorius got much-needed assistance from Ibrahim Zadran (21 off 15) and Karim Janat (18 off 9) also made valuable contributions. For Tigers, Mohammad Saifuddin bagged four wickets while Nasum Ahmed and Hasan Murad returned with two wickets each.

In response, Khulna Tigers suffered an early blow as Sabbir Rahman could only add 2 runs before he was trapped leg-before wicket. However, Andrew Balbirnie (37 off 33), Shai Hope (15 off 13), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (64 off 43), Habibur Rahman (30 off 9) batted sensibly to take their side home.  

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Mahmudul Hasan Joy was adjudged player of the match for his incredible batting display.  While Khulna Tigers have been knocked out of the competition, Rangpur Riders will take on Fortune Barishal in the Eliminator followed by Sylhet Strikers going up against Comilla Victorians in Qualifier 1.