Holder Dhaka Abahani Limted and Gazi Group Cricketers continued their winning run, registering their third consecutive victory, against Brothers Union and Legends of Rupganj respectively in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2016-17 season on Thursday
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, meanwhile, clinched their second win of the tournament, against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club.
Abahani v Brothers, Fatullah
Abahani were off to a flying start after electing to bat first with opening batsmen Liton Kumar Das (48) and Indian cricketer Uday Kaul (94) adding 96 runs for the opening wicket stand, thus laying the foundation for a big total.
Youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto (49) and skipper Mahmudullah (49*) continued the tempo of the innings while all-rounder Shuvagata Hom smashed a blistering 17-ball 44, featuring seven fours and a six at the end as the Sky Blues posted a huge total of 327/6.
In reply, despite opener Junaid Siddique’s 112-ball 114, composed with eight fours and three sixes, Brothers fell short, ending their chase on 295/8. Top-order batsman Mizanur Rahman added 42 while lower-order batter Nihaduzzaman remained not out on 41 as they lost their third game in a row.
Player of the match Shuvagata had a great game, posting an all-round effort, after scoring a quick knock earlier. He picked up 3/45 from his quota of 10 overs while all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin took two wickets.
Gazi v Rupganj, BKSP 3
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim encountered a rough a day as Rupganj faced their first defeat in the league after a batting disaster saw them bundled out for 156 in 44 overs. Mushfiq had won the toss and decided to take first guard in the 47-over per side affair.
Mushfiq, who scored 26, was only the fourth batsman to reach double digits as none of the batters were able to put up a significant score. In what was a sorry batting display, No 9 batsman Mosharraf Hossain’s 37 was the highest score.
Seamer Abu Haider Rony picked up four wickets and was adjudged man of the match while Indian spinner Parvez Rasool took three.
Gazi reached their target with eight wickets and 11 overs to spare with opener Jahurul Islam remaining not out on 62 and No 3 Mominul Haque adding 44. Nasir Hossain was unbeaten on 15 and he is yet to get dismissed in the DPL so far.
Sk Jamal v Doleshwar, BKSP 4
It turned into a 38-over per side game after heavy overnight rain forced the game to be delayed. Sheikh Jamal posted 235/7 after electing to bat first. Imrul Kayes was the top-scorer with 67 off 74 balls with seven fours and a six while opener Fazle Mahmud added 55. Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan remained undefeated on 47 off 41 balls.
Spinners Habibur Rahman and Arafat Sunny took two wickets each for the bowling side.
In pursuit of 236, Indian cricketer Puneet Bisht scored the highest 83 off 60 balls while Marshall Ayub scored 42 but Doleshwar were unable to chase down the target, eventually posting 230/7.
Experienced spinner Abdur Razzak picked up three wickets while pace bowler Shahadat Hossain bagged two wickets for Sheikh Jamal.
Brothers 295/8 (Junaid 114, Shuvagata 3/45) lost to Abahani 327/6 (Kaul 94, Mahmudullah 49*) by 32 runs
Gazi 157/2 in 36 overs (Jahurul 62*, Mominul 44) beat Rupganj 156 in 44 overs (Rony 4/26, Rasool 3/17) by eight wickets
Doleshwar 230/7 in 38 overs (Bisht 83, Razzak 3/39) lost to Sk Jamal 235/7 in 38 overs (Kayes 67, Fazle 55) by five runs