Bangladesh Premier League was set ablaze with century and counter century as Usman Khan of Chattogram Challengers overtrumped the ton of Khulna Tigers’ Azam Khan on Monday at the Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium.

Chasing 178, Usman started hitting from the word go and remained not out on 103 off 58 balls to ensure a comprehensive nine-wicket victory for his side.

Usman, a 27-year-old who has played just seven T20s and two first-class matches and came into spotlight through Dubai T10 League, struck 10 fours and five sixes in his innings that made the daunting chase seem like a walk in the park.

Dutchman Max O’Dowd played a supporting role and scored 58 off 50 in an 141-run opening stand off 85 balls.

By the time O’Dowd was dismissed by Nahidul Islam, the match was almost over and the only real interest was whether Usman would reach three figures or not.

The Pakistani, who reached his half-century off 34 balls, brought up his century in style when he honked a six against Mohammad Saifuddin in the 19th over.

Earlier, the SBNS was hit by a storm named Azam Khan, who blasted 109 off 58 balls thanks to nine boundaries and eight sixes.