Abahani were given a revised target of 76 from nine overs but the Dhanmondi-based club finished on 44/6, losing the match by 31 runs
The rain-affected day of the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League Twenty20 was highlighted by the Shakib al Hasan controversy, but amid all those fiascos, Shakib’s Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity and Gazi Group Cricketers won their respective matches Friday at different venues.
MSC v Abahani
At Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, the two teams started with contrasting form as Abahani Limited were on top of the points table, while Mohammedan lost three consecutive games before this match.
After winning the toss, Shakib decided to bat first and the openers gave a steady start with 37 from 34 balls.
At one stage, Mohammedan lost three quick wickets and were reduced to 68/4, but Shakib resurrected the side.
The left-handed batsman, who was struggling for form prior to this game, scored 37 off 27 and Mahmudul Hasan remained not out on 30 off 22 to propel their side to 145/6 at the end of their stipulated 20 overs.
Young Abahani pacer AKS Swadhin picked up three wickets, while Tanzim Hasan Sakib got two.
In reply, Abahani faced all sorts of trouble as Mohammedan spinner Shuvagata Hom got two wickets in the first three deliveries before any run was registered on the board.
Shuvagata, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, got another wicket in the third over as Abahani were reduced to 9/3.
Mushfiqur Rahim however, started a counter-attack by hitting a six and a four off Shakib before the controversial moment arrived.
Umpire turned down Shakib’s leg before appeal against Mushfiq in the fourth over and the enraged bowler uprooted a stamp with a kick.
Not only that, when umpire decided to stop the match due to inclement weather in the sixth over, Shakib came from deep extra cover and uprooted all three stumps before smashing them on the ground.
After resumption of play, Abahani were given a target of 76 from nine overs but the Dhanmondi-based club finished on 44/6, losing the match by 31 runs.
Taskin Ahmed grabbed two wickets conceding five runs from two overs.
Gazi v Brothers
Mahedi Hasan and Soumya Sarker made a flying start for Gazi Group, who lost the toss, before the latter was dismissed for 15 when the score was 48 in the fourth over at BKSP Ground 3.
Mahedi got out a couple of overs later after scoring a swashbuckling 47 off just 21 and skipper Mahmudullah was dismissed for a golden duck in the very next ball of Alauddin Babu.
But Yasir Ali and Mominul Haque continued the onslaught, adding 48 for the fourth wicket stand before Bangladesh’s Test captain got out for 25 off 27.
Yasir, who was eventually dismissed on 47, formed another well constructed 41-run stand with Ariful Haque and the latter’s 39-run cameo off 21 balls helped their side post a formidable total of 173/6.
Brothers batsmen tried to keep up with the run-rate but lost wickets at regular intervals and were on 85/5 when rain stopped proceedings, hence they lost by 15 runs according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Nasum Ahmed was the pick of the Gazi Group bowlers with three wickets for 16 runs from three overs.
Mahedi was adjudged man-of-the-match.
Khelaghar v Partex
After winning the toss, Partex showed an awful display of batting as they could post only 106/8 in 20 overs with Rajibul Islam, the No 7 batsman scoring unbeaten 28, highest of the innings.
Ifran Hossain bagged three wickets while Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Tipu Sultan got two apiece.
In reply, Khelaghar made a quick start thanks to opener Imtiaz Hossain’s 27 off 15 balls.
Miraz, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, remained unbeaten on 12 and his side were on 50/2 when rain stopped the match.
According to D/L method, Khelaghar needed just 36 runs at that stage and as a result they won by 15 runs.