Abahani continue their stay at the top of the points table, Mohammedan's fortunes refuse to improve while Khelaghar maintain their impressive run
Abahani Limited regained top spot of the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League Twenty20’s points table by winning Thursday, while Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited tasted their third consecutive defeat to slide down the standing.
Abahani beat Shinepukur Cricket Club by 26 runs at the ground-4 of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan in Savar, while Mohammedan conceded an embarrassing nine-wicket loss against Legends of Rupganj at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
At ground-3 of BKSP, Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity continued their surprise run as they stunned Brothers Union to pick up their third win in six matches so far in the T20 League.
Abahani v Shinepukur
After losing the toss, Abahani openers Mohammad Naim and Afif Hossain got off to a blistering start with a 111-run stand off 73 balls, before the latter was dismissed for 54 off 42 balls.
Naim, who was later adjudged man-of-the-match, continued his onslaught before getting dismissed in the 18th over after scoring 70 off 50 balls with four fours and equal number of sixes.
Other Abahani bowlers chipped in with some quick runs to help their side accumulate 183/5 in their stipulated 20 overs.
Due to inclement weather, Shinepukur’s target was revised to 149 from 17 overs and they suffered an early setback as opener Rahmat Mia was out for a duck in the fifth ball of the first over.
Other opener Tanzid Hossain scored 29 but consumed 35 balls that cost his side the match as the required run rate reached so high that the innings of Tawhid Hridoy (36 off 32) and a whirlwind unbeaten 31 off 15 from Mahidul Islam Ankon could only reduce the defeat margin.
Saifuddin grabbed three wickets for Abahani.
Mohammedan v Rupganj
After winning the toss, Mohammedan made a shambolic start as their opener Mahmudul Hasan got out in the final ball of the first over conceding a maiden.
Their situation turned from bad to worse with each passing over as they lost a flurry of wickets, including skipper Shakib al Hasan for a duck, and after 9.2 overs they were reduced to 27/6.
Shuvagata Hom showed rearguard action from that sorry state and his swashbuckling 52 off 33 helped his side get past the 100-run mark to finish on 113/9.
Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Shahid, Naeem Islam and Qazi Onik grabbed two wickets apiece for Rupganj.
Mohammedan’s only hope was to get early wickets, but Rupganj openers Pinak Ghosh and Mehedi Maruf gave them no chance whatsoever by scoring 51 and 41 respectively and forming a 89-run stand.
Khelaghar v Brothers
Brothers skipper Mizanur Rahman scored 66 opening the batting and was eventually adjudged the man-of-the-match, but his innings raised eyebrows as he required 61 balls to amass those runs.
Other batters also scored with similar strike-rate and in the end they compiled 134 losing five wickets.
Khelaghar were given a target of 105 in 16 overs and lost both the openers when the score was five.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz and captain Jahurul Islam formed a 58-run stand for the third wicket from 48 balls.
Jahurul was dismissed for run-a-ball 26, but Miraz remained not out on 40 from as many balls, while Farhad Hossain took his side home with an unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries.