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Jubair stars in Abahani win

Update : 23 Apr 2016, 02:03 AM
Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain spun the Kalabagan Krira Chakra batsmen into a tangled web as local giant Abahani Limited began their Dhaka Premier League mission with a comprehensive seven-wicket win yesterday. In the other matches of the opening day, Mahedi Hasan hammered a scintillating century to propel Gazi Group Cricketers to a thumping 106-run win over reigning champions Prime Bank Cricket Club while Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club also registered a straightforward eight-wicket victory Cricket Coaching School.Abahani v Kalabagan KC, FatullahAt the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium, Kalabagan were in all sorts of trouble after being asked to bat first. And it was Jubair who was the wrecker in chief, picking up six wickets conceding 34 runs. The 20-year old leggie was so impressive that Abahani captain Tamim Iqbal decided to bowl his 10 overs out in a single spell. Jubair’s most impressive wicket was that of Kalabagan’s Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza (41), who was totally deceived by a brilliant googly. The youngster went to bag his maiden five-wicket haul of his List A career as Kalabagan were skittled out for just 140 in 33.1 overs. Left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib provided valuable support, taking two wickets. In reply, Abahani lost two early wickets – Tamim (seven) and Liton Kumar Das (12) – but opening batsman Avishek Mitra (32), Indian recruit Uday Kaul (44 not out) and youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto (35 not out) ensured a comfortable ride to their target thereafter. Following the game, Jubair sounded out his ambitions for the remainder of the Dhaka League. “My first goal is to become a regular in the playing XI for my side. It’s important for me to play well in the league. Start was good and I hope I can play the next match. I want to continue the performance in the upcoming games and my aim is to be among the top five bowlers of the tournament,” said Jubair.Gazi GC v Prime Bank, MirpurMahedi was the star of the show at the home of cricket, striking an impressive 89-ball 103, as Gazi, asked to take first guard, posted a huge 303/4 in 50 overs. Openers Anamul Haque (67) and Shamsur Rahman (56) struck contrasting fifties to give their side a flying start to their campaign and Mahedi later put the finishing touch with his quickfire ton. In pursuit of 304, Prime Bank lost wickets in clusters with Yasir Ali’s half-century the only consolation in a disappointing total of 197.Prime Doleshwar v CCS, BKSPRejaul Karim and Al Amin Hossain’s three-wicket hauls enabled Prime Doleshwar to bundle out Cricket Coaching School for a paltry 177. A target of 178 was never enough as Prime Doleshwar strolled to their destination with 28 balls remaining, opener Imtiaz Hossain leading the way with his 140-ball 100, featuring a dozen boundaries.
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