In the other matches of the day, Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity secured a vital victory over Uttara Sporting Club by 39 runs at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, while Legends of Rupganj cruised to a commanding victory of eight wickets against Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited in Savar
League leader Abahani Limited clinched a tense four-wicket win against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in their Dhaka Premier League encounter in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Thursday.
In the other matches of the day, Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity secured a vital victory over Uttara Sporting Club by 39 runs at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, while Legends of Rupganj cruised to a commanding victory of eight wickets against Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited in Savar.
Abahani v Doleshwar
Abahani elected to field first and the start was good as Doleshwar lost opener Imran Uzzaman in the third over.
In-form opener Saif Hasan also got out in the eighth over scoring 12.
Mashrafe bin Mortaza took the wicket of Saif.
After the fall of two early wickets, Farhad Hossin (47) and Saykat Ali (23) formed a 57-run partnership for the third wicket.
Snaps of Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club vs Abahani Limited, Round 9, Walton Dhaka Premier Division League 2018-19. pic.twitter.com/9sYwVIK6p0— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 4, 2019
Two quick wickets again brought Abahani back in the hunt but later Marshall Ayub (40) and Saad Nasim (34) checked the slide for Doleshwar, adding 53.
Taibur Rahman scored 41 in the latter part of the innings.
Captain Farhad Reza is in red hot form for Doleshwar as he has scored plenty of runs with a great strike rate in recent times.
But the experienced Mashrafe took the crucial wicket of Farhad in the slog overs and eventually Doleshwar managed to score 224 in their 50 overs losing nine wickets.
Medium pacer Soumya Sarker took four wickets for Abahani conceding just 34 runs in his 10 overs.
In reply, Abahani’s start was shaky as they lost three wickets within six overs with 23 on the board.
Opener Soumya (10), Nazmul Hossian Shanto (nought) and Priyank Kirit Panchal (nought) went back to the pavilion early.
But in-form opener Jahurul Islam played confidently and held his nerve, stitching together a 63-run partnership with Mohammad Mithun for the fourth wicket.
Mithun scored 40 before getting out in the 23rd over.
Abahani lost two more wickets - Sabbir Rahman (24) and Mosaddek Hossian (two) - and felt some pressure during their chase.
But Jahurul added 92 with Saifuddin to steer his team to victory.
Saifuddin was unbeaten on 55 off 63 balls while Jahurul was not out on 91 off 127 with 10 boundaries.
Jahurul was adjudged player of the match for his match-winning innings.
Legends of Rupganj won by 8 wickets against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd.— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 4, 2019
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Sk Jamal v Rupganj
Rupganj rose to second position in the points table with 16 points from nine matches following their convincing victory over Sheikh Jamal.
Asked to bat first, Sheikh Jamal were bundled out for a below-par 141 in 43.2 overs with spinner Nabil Samad and seamer Muktar Ali bagging three wickets each.
All-rounder Tanbir Hayder top-scored for the Dhanmondi outfit with 37.
In reply, Rupganj cantered to their target in 28.4 overs, thanks to half centuries from opener Mohammad Naim (63) and No 3 batsman Mominul Haque (60 not out).
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Uttara Sporting Club
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Khelaghar v Uttara
Second from bottom Khelaghar registered only their second victory this season, against the bottom side Uttara.
Invited to take first guard, Khelaghar posted 257 losing four wickets in their allotted 50 overs, riding on half centuries from opener Shahriar Komol (56) and No 3 batsman Mahidul Islam Ankon (77 not out).
In pursuit of the target, Uttara were restricted to 218 for the loss of eight wickets, middle-order batsman Mohimenul Khan’s 93 proving to be nothing but a consolation in the end.
Abahani 227/6 in 48.5 overs (Jahurul 91*, Mithun 40) beat Doleshwar 224/9 (Farhad 47, Soumya 4/34) by four wickets
Uttara 218/8 (Mohimenul 93, Minhajul 37) lost to Khelaghar 257/4 (Ankon 77*, Komol 56) by 39 runs
Rupganj 145/2 in 28.4 overs (Naim 63, Mominul 60) beat Sk Jamal 141 in 43.2 overs (Nabil 3/30, Muktar 3/33) by eight wickets