41-year old Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer came to number four and utilised his vast experience to form a match-changing 146-run stand with Nazmul Hossain Shanto to resurrect the innings from ruin
Abahani Limited bundled out Prime Doleshwar Sporting club for just 86 runs and picked up a commanding 165-run victory at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium as super-six phase of the Dhaka Premier League begun on Monday.
Prime Doleswar won the toss and elected to field first. The decision seemed a brilliant one as Abahni lost three wickets in first five overs socring just 12. The defending champions lost both their opners Jahurul Islam (one) and Soumya Sarkar (two) cheaply before losing one-down, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who was promoted in the order, for just five.
But 41-year old Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer came to number four and utilised his vast experience to form a match-changing 146-run stand with Nazmul Hossain Shanto to resurrect the innings from ruin.
Jafar was ultimately dismissed by Arafat Sunny in the 33rd over but his innings of 71 off 97 deliveries proved pivotal for the match.
His young partner Shanto also played a great hand and scored a well made 70 off 83 balls that took Abahni’s score close to 200.
The partnership was broken by spinner Arafat Sunny in the first ball of 33rd over. Jaffer scored a crucial knock of 71 off 97 deliveries with six boundaries.
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Shanto also played brilliantly before being judged leg before wicket after scoring 70 off 83 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Abahni lost three quick wickets at a stage but Mohammad Mithun made 41 useful runs to keep the tempo and Mashrafe bin Mortaza gave a good finish with a 21-ball 24 that took the score beyond 250-run mark.
Abu Jayed Rahi took three wickets while Farhad Reza and Saif Hasan took two wickets for Prime Doleswar.
In reply, Prime Doleswar were in disarray from the beginning as they lost regular wickets from the start. Abahani pacer Mohammad Saifuddin produced a superb display of fast bowling as the right-arm medium pacer bowled with good pace, accurate line and significant bounce and ended up with hair-raising figure of 6-2-9-5, his best ever in a list A.
As a matter of fact, the 22-year old took all first five wickets of Doleshwar innings to break their backbone completely and was adjudged man of the match.