Paul Stirling has made a strong start in his opening two games for Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League, but was unable to stop his team losing both matches.

The 'Belfast Blaster' clubbed 8 fours and a six as he made 61 from 46 balls, but Rangpur Riders prevailed in a tight run chase by eight runs.

In Tuesday's encounter against Dhaka Dynamites Stirling took 2 for 2 in the solitary over he bowled, dismissing Afghan opening sensation Hazratullah Zazai (56) and the former number one ranked all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan with successive deliveries.

Shakib gained revenge though as he dismissed Stirling for just a single as the Titans slid to a comprehensive 105 run loss.