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Prime Bank hand Abahani first defeat

MSC tie with Prime Doleshwar
Sports Reporter
Prime Bank hand Abahani first defeat
Prime Bank’s Al Amin poses for a photograph with the man of the match award after beating Abahani Limited in their Dhaka Premier Cricket League match at BKSP ground yesterday. Courtesy photo

Prime Bank Cricket Club broke Abahani Limited’s winning streak as the former edged out the latter by nine runs in the seventh-round fixture of the Walton-Dhaka Premier League (DPL) at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan (BKSP) ground yesterday.

This is Abahani’s first defeat in their seven-match road string but their position on the points-table has not been changed as they led the chart with 12 points.

Despite Liton Kumar Das’ brilliant hundred, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club spoiled their golden chance to tie the match with Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.

Elsewhere at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club thrashed Gazi Group Cricketers by a comprehensive 95 runs.

Abahani vs Prime Bank

Prime Bank Cricket Club opted to bat on the BKSP’s batting deck after winning the toss and compiled a modest total of 246 for all-out in 49.2 overs with Al Amin Junior making 84 and Zakir Hasan scoring 62 shrugging off the initial loss of wicket.

A stand of 69 runs between wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan and Al Amin Junior for the third-wicket stand that laid a foundation for the Bankers. Zakir Hasan brought up his half century before being caught. He clubbed half-a-dozen boundary in his 81-ball 62.

Al Amin, thereafter, tried to stretch the innings with fellow batsmen by stitching together a string of partnership including a successful 66 runs with Yusuf Pathan, who belted for 28 for the fourth-wicket stand en route to his 84.

Before caught behind, the all-rounder sent the Bankers to a suitable position while Prime Bank were 211 for seven. Al Amin’s 98-ball 84 that contained seven fours and one six.

Later, Monir Hossain’s late blitz 15-ball 20 with two fours and one six helped Prime Bank set 247 for Dhanmondi-outfit.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza grabbed four wickets, while Manpreet Singh Gony and Saqlain Sojib claimed two wickets each for the bowling side.

Abahani Limited, in reply, fumbled to lose three top-order batsmen in the space of 17 runs when Shafiul Islam removed Nazmul Hossain Shanto for five and Mohammad Mithun for two-ball duck following Enamul Haque Junior’s first breakthrough for the Bankers.

Together with Nasir Hossain, opener Saif Hasan thereby paired and handled the initial batting collapse with 127 runs fourth-wicket stand. Though captain Nasir Hossain went for 65, Saif then attempted to accelerate the strike but along with Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (16), he trudged back to the pavilion having run-out in the gap of 10 runs. Before being run-out, Saif top-scored for Abahani with 75. The young batsman faced 124 balls and hit five fours and one six in his 180-minute stay at wickets.

Finally Mohammad Rakin and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza accelerated but that was not enough to avert the defeat as Abahani managed to put on 237 for nine in the stipulated 50 overs. Mashrafe was the last man to depart on 22 off 21. Rakin holed out for 25. Shafiul Islam took four wickets for the winners and was named for the player of the match award.

MSC vs Doleshwar

Mohammedan Sporting Club elected to bat first and piled on 286 in 49.5 overs with the help of trio half century from Shamsur Rahman (75), Rakibul Hasan (72) and Bipul Sharma (53).

Before being dismissed, captain Shamsur Rahman clobbered three sixes and as many fours in his 93-ball 75, while Rakibul Hasan clubbed five sixes and one four in his 60-ball 72. Bipul Sharma smashed 53 off 31 that laced with three fours and as many sixes.

Forhad Reza picked up three and Mamun Hossain snapped up two wickets for Prime Doleshwar.

Chasing the target, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club though lost their opener Imtiaz Hossain cheaply Liton Kumar Das kept them in race but man-of-the-match Mohammad Azim outstanding bowling performance forced them to tie the match. Azim gave away 67 runs to take up his career best bowling figures of 6-67 in 10 overs.

Liton Kumar plundered 129 off 122 with eight fours and two sixes before being caught by Taijul Islam off Mohammad Azim. Forhad Hossain made a ball-a-run 52.     

Sheikh Jamal vs Gazi Group

Riding on Shykat Ali’s 115, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club posted 265 for eight on the board. Hasanuzzaman (45), Sohag Gazi (42) and Elias Sunny (33) were the other contributors for Jamal. Shykat Ali cracked five sixes and six fours in his 118-ball 115.

Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Nayeem Hassan bagged two wickets each for Gazi Group.

Chasing the target, Gazi Group Cricketers lost two wickets for 28 and then three wickets for 79, the situation from where they could not back.

Gurkeerat Singh made a little bit resistance but that was not enough to ward off the inevitable and finally the defending champions were wrapped up for 170 in 42.4 overs despite Singh’s effort. Gurkeerat hit 77-ball 67 with seven fours.

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