Having previously lifted the title in 2011, Stamford University Bangladesh were triumphant in the 12th edition, riding on the back of a disciplined effort in the final, which swung like a pendulum right till the very end
Stamford University Bangladesh clinched their second ULAB Fair Play Cup when they beat Independent University Bangladesh by 19 runs in the grand finale at ULAB Cricket Ground in Mohammadpur, Dhaka Thursday afternoon.
Having previously lifted the title in 2011, Stamford were triumphant in the 12th edition, riding on the back of a disciplined effort in the final, which swung like a pendulum right till the very end.
Batting first, Stamford lost wickets at regular intervals but eventually posted 134 losing nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
Captain Saddam led from the front, scoring a vital 35-ball 43, laced with three fours and a couple of sixes, while opener Shakib Murad and middle-order batsman Liton Chandra chipped in with 26 and 21 respectively.
The 45-run partnership between Shakib and player of the final Saddam for the second wicket laid the platform for Stamford’s batting.
Independent’s Omar Mojahad and Hiru Mia shared five wickets between themselves but the losing finalist will no doubt rue letting Stamford off the hook.
Stamford stumbled from 52/1 to 58/4 and 117/5 to 118/8 but Independent couldn’t capitalise, thus giving the former the initiative.
As it were, Stamford, who put on some crucial runs at the end of their innings, carried on the momentum when they came on to bowl.
Independent faced the music as they found themselves at 6/3, and up against a difficult task.
No 3 batsman Moinul Islam though held firm at one end, making a fine 34-ball 52, featuring five fours and two sixes.
Sporting the No 75 jersey like his idol, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, Moinul also bats left-handed and some of his shots were reminiscent of the ace Tigers cricketer.
He received valuable support from Basit Ali (20), but from there, Independent lost the plot in the face of some inspired catching, ground fielding and bowling by Stamford.
Moinul lost his composure at a crucial stage and played a needless shot with not that much required.
Later, Moinul’s teammates undid all his good work as Stamford’s Nuhash Alamgir took four wickets while Enamul Ashiq notched two to take their side to victory.
In the prize-giving ceremony Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, vice president of the BFF and Member of the ULAB Board of Trustees was present as chief guest.
ULAB Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Jahirul Haque was also present among others.
The winning side received Tk 50,000, while the runners-up got Tk 30,000.
Independent 115 in 19.4 overs (Moinul 52, Nuhash 4/21) lost to Stamford 134/9 (Saddam 43, Omar 3/18) by 19 runs
Man of the final – Saddam (Stamford, 43 runs and 1 wicket)
Highest wicket-taker – Abdullah al Yasir (Prime, 14 wickets)
Top-scorer – Saddam (Stamford, 274 runs)
MVP – Anjum Ahmed (ULAB, 239 runs and 11 wickets)
Best fielder/keeper – Sourav Das (Independent, 8 catches, 4 stumpings)