Prime Bank’s five-wicket victory against Mohammedan means the former are now top of the points table with a better run rate, compared to Abahani, as they both have 20 points from 13 games each
Abahani Limited defeated Gazi Group Cricketers in a thrilling encounter by just one wicket with one ball to spare while chasing 130 in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Monday.
In the other matches of the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League Twenty20 super six stage Monday, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club and Prime Bank Cricket Club won their respective matches against Lt. Skeikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd and Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd.
Prime Bank’s five-wicket victory against Mohammedan in pursuit of 154 in the evening match means the former are now top of the points table with a better run rate, compared to Abahani, as they both have 20 points from 13 games each.
Gazi Group v Abahani
Abahani won the toss and elected to field first.
Gazi Group made a decent start despite losing opener Mahedi Hasan (three) early as Soumya Sarkar and Zakir Hasan added 45 for the second wicket.
But after Soumya (30) and Zakir’s (27) dismissals, Gazi Group lost the plot as regular wickets fell in the middle period.
Mominul Haque scored 25 off 12 balls with five boundaries in the late stage of the innings for Gazi Group, but Abahani bowlers took wickets in the death overs to restrict Gazi Group to an average total of 130.
During the chase, Abahani lost their in-form opener Munim Shahriar (nought) in the last ball of the second over.
Liton Kumar Das was impressive at the other end, but his innings ended after scoring 22 off 17 deliveries, including three boundaries.
Soon, Gazi Group picked up key wickets in the form of Mushfiqur Rahim (12), Mosaddek Hossain (nought) and Mohammad Naim (two) and Abahani were under pressure in pursuit of 130.
No 3 batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto though kept his cool at the other end, and played an anchoring role to take the game to the closing stage.
Shanto got out in the fifth ball of the 19th over after scoring 58 for the Sky Blues with four fours and two sixes.
When Shanto was dismissed, Abahani still needed 13 from seven deliveries.
Mehedi Hasan Rana then struck two boundaries and eventually Abahani reached their target despite losing one more wicket with one ball to spare.
Abahani’s Shanto was adjudged man-of-the-match for his vital knock.
Doleshwar v Sheikh Jamal
Taking first guard, Sheikh Jamal scored only 123 in their stipulated 20 overs.
Sheikh Jamal were struggling from the beginning as they lost both the openers Saykat Ali (one) and Mohammad Ashraful (four) within three overs.
Sheikh Jamal were in more trouble as they lost six wickets in 12 overs scoring just 56 runs.
Skipper Nurul Hasan then played an aggressive innings to lift the tempo for Sheikh Jamal as the in-form wicketkeeper-batsman scored 42 off just 24 deliveries with four fours and two sixes.
But Sohan’s impressive innings came to an end in an unusual way as he was out obstructing the field during the 19th over.
Sohan was running from the non-striker's end for a quick single after batsman Mohammad Enamul was unable to connect the ball properly while trying to play a pull shot.
The ball was rolling on the pitch and Sohan touched the ball with his toes while taking the run and thus bowler Kamrul Islam Rabbi was unable to collect the ball.
Doleshwar players appealed and after TV replay, the third umpire called him out.
Eventually Sheikh Jamal only managed to score 123.
In reply, Doleshwar chased down the target with ease - 14 balls to spare - riding on an aggressive innings from opener Saif Hasan.
Saif scored 60 off just 33 balls with seven fours and three sixes and was later adjudged man-of-the-match.
Mohammedan v Prime Bank
Mohammedan scored a challenging 154 runs in 20 overs batting first against Prime Bank.
Opener Parvez Hossain Emon gave them a blistering start as the left-hander smashed five sixes and two boundaries in his 45-run innings off 20 deliveries.
Mahmudul Hasan and Shuvagata Hom helped Mohammedan get past the 150-mark with 32 and 25 respectively in the death overs.
Shariful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman took a couple of wickets for Prime Bank.
In reply, Prime Bank chased down their target with five balls and as many wickets in hand.
Rubel Mia was the top-scorer for Prime Bank with 65 off 40 deliveries with nine fours and two sixes.
Experienced Raqibul Hasan was unbeaten on 31 from 25 balls to ensure victory for Prime Bank.