A 20-ball 50 from Kusal Perera hands NY Strikers' a comfortable win

Thursday, 30 November 2023 - 12:36

New York Strikers 103 for 2 (Perera 50*, Waseem 41) beat Bangla Tigers 101 for 7 (Cox 38, Karunaratne 3-22, Jawadullah 2-21) by eight wickets

A 20-ball 50 from Kusal Perera combined with the efforts of bowlers gave New York Strikers their first win of the season as they beat Bangla Tigers by eight wickets.

Having been put in, Tigers lost opener Chris Lynn third ball of the innings to left-arm quick Muhammad Jawadullah. Kusal Mendis then joined Jordan Cox to plunder 59 runs off the next 24 balls before Jawadullah struck again in the fifth over to remove the latter. In the next over, Sunil Narine had Mendis caught at deep midwicket. Tigers' innings never took off after that, as Chamika Karunaratne and Akeal Hosein struck to restrict them to 101 for 7.

In return, Strikers lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz early, but Muhammad Waseem and Perera struck a strong partnership, making 58 runs together off 28 deliveries. Benny Howell removed Waseem in the seventh over for the breakthrough, but Perera launched him for 4, 6, 4 in the same over to take Strikers closer to win. With 11 runs needed off 18 balls, Perera then hit a four off the first ball of the eighth over and then launched a six fourth ball to hand Strikers a comfortable win.

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