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Spinner lands best T20 figures ever

Arafat Sunny takes 3-0 and Shahid Afridi 4-12 as the Titans are bowled out for 44 in BPL match

Bangladeshi spinner Arafat Sunny has picked up the most economical bowling figures in Twenty20 history, finishing with 3-0 in a Bangladesh Premier League match on Thursday.

Sunny bowled 16 consecutive balls without conceding a run to finish with 3-0 from 2.4 overs as his Rangpur Riders routed the Khulna Titans for just 44 in their match in Mirpur.

It's the first time in the 20-over format's history that a bowler hasn't conceded a run in a spell of more than two overs and it's only the fifth instance of a bowler taking two or more wickets without conceding a run.

Sunny and Bangladesh teammate Taskin Ahmed were suspended by the International Cricket Council during the ICC World T20 this year due to illegal bowling actions, but both bowlers were cleared in September following remedial work.

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Sunny has taken 36 wickets for his country in 26 limited-overs matches since his debut in February 2014.

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Pakistan veteran Shahid Afridi joined the party in Mirpur, taking four wickets for a relatively expensive 12 runs in his three overs as a batting order featuring Bangladesh star Mahmudullah, West Indies keeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran and Englishman Riki Wessels crumbled to be all out in just 10.4 overs.

The Titans' innings of 44 is the equal-third lowest in T20 history (the record is 30 set by Indian side Tripura in 2009) and it's only the fifth instance of a team being bowled out inside 11 overs.

The Riders lost the wicket of Afghanistan cult hero Mohammad Shahzad for 13 in the run chase but cruised to victory with 12 overs to spare to win by nine wickets.

The fourth edition of the BPL includes 46 matches over a month of cricket and features big names like Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene as well as West Indians Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite.

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