The heroic of star forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy helped Mohammedan Sporting Club earn a 5-3 victory over Usha Krira Chakra in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey league at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Jimmy alone scored five goals including a hattrick which not only gave the Black and Whites the victory but also provides a new calculation in the title race. Usha, the joint champions of last edition, now have 38 points from 15 matches while Mohammedan have 32 from same number of outings.
With yesterday’s result, Mariner Youngs Club stayed solely at the top of the table for the first time playing same number of matches. The new leaders now have two point more than Usha.
The title will be decided on Friday when Usha will face Mariners in their final match of the league. Usha have no alternative than to win if they want to retain the title while a draw would be enough for Mariners to clinch their first ever league title.
Jimmy put Mohammedan ahead with only three minutes into the clock with an angular hit after Salman Hossain broke Usha defence from the right side. Asaduzzaman equalised the margin for Usha in the 25th minute from first penalty corner of the match.
Jimmy netted two more goals in the 29th and 31st minute to complete his hattrick and put Mohammedan in driving seat. Asaduzzaman reduced the margin from another penalty corner six minutes later but Jimmy scored again in the 42nd and 61st minute to seal the victory. Asaduzzaman also scored hattrick when he converted another PC a minute before the stipulated time.
Meanwhile in the day’s other match, Abahani defeated Bangladesh Sporting 6-2. Kasif Ali, Shakeel Abbasi, Razib Da, Sheikh Md Nannu, Rumman Sarkar netted one apiece for the Sky Blues while Belal and Prince scored one each for Bangladesh SC.