Opening batsman Shadman Islam struck a brisk century to take holder Dhaka Abahani Limited to second position in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2016-17 season points table on Friday. Abahani got the better of Prime Bank Cricket Club, who were previously second.
Powerhouse Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited and Legends of Rupganj also registered victories, against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club and Victoria Sporting Club respectively.
Abahani v Prime, BKSP 3
Batting first, Abahani got off to a flying a start, riding on a brilliant 119-run opening wicket stand between Shadman and wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das. The latter was dismissed for a 63-ball 65, featuring four boundaries and three over boundaries.
Shadman went on to score 103 off exactly 100 balls, composed with nine fours and three sixes. Saif Hasan later added 51 to the tally as Abahani posted a huge 305 losing all of their wickets in 49.2 overs.
Pacers Al Amin Hossain and Ariful Haque took three wickets each for the bowling side.
In reply, Prime struggled right from the start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They were eventually all out for 198 in 44.5 overs, falling short by a convincing margin of 107 runs. Salman Hossain top-scored with an unbeaten 61.
Spinner Shuvagata Hom bagged five wickets as Abahani clinched their fifth win in seven attempts. With equal 10 points, Prime are behind Abahani due to inferior run rate.
Mohammedan v Doleshwar, Fatullah
Asked to take first guard, Doleshwar posted a modest 228/9 in 50 overs after some controlled bowling from pacer Sajedul islam and Sri Lankan spinner Charith Asalanka, who both picked up three wickets each for Mohammedan. Opener Abdul Mazid’s 50 was the highest score for the batting side.
In pursuit of 229, Mohammedan reached their target with six wickets and 14 balls to spare, thanks to opener Avishek Mitra’s 95 off 134 balls with three fours and two sixes. Skipper Raqibul Hasan remained not out on 49 off 60 deliveries.
This was Mohammedan's fifth win while Doleshwar suffered their third loss this season.
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Mohammedan's Mitra and Shamsur Rahman run between the wickets DHAKA TRIBUNE
Rupganj v Victoria, BKSP 4
Rupganj clinched their fourth win of the tournament after bundling out Victoria for 155 in 45.3 overs. Victoria's decision to bat first backfired as Rupganj's Pakistan spinner Raza Ali Dar, slow bowler Mosharraf Hossain and seamer Mohammad Sharif shared seven wickets between themselves.
Chasing 156, Rupganj lost four wickets before reaching their target with opener Pinak Ghosh top-scoring with 62 while skipper Naeem Islam remained not out on 29 as they won with 27 balls to spare, keeping Victoria winless.
198 in 44.5 overs (Salman 61*, Shuvagata 5/47) lost to Abahani
305 in 49.2 overs (Shadman 103, Liton 65) by 107 runs
232/4 in 47.4 overs (Mitra 95, Raqibul 49*) beat Doleshwar
228/9 (Mazid 50, Farhad 46) by six wickets
156/4 in 45.3 overs (Pinak 62, Naeem 29*) beat Victoria
155 in 45.3 overs (Uttam 35, Raza 3/13) by six wickets
Gazi v Brothers, BKSP 3
Kalabagan v Partex, Fatullah
Sk Jamal v Khelaghar, BKSP 4
M W L Pts
6 6 0 12
7 5 2 10
7 5 2 10
7 5 2 10
6 5 1 10
7 4 3 8
7 4 3 8
6 2 4 4
6 2 4 4
6 1 5 2
7 0 7 0
6 0 6 0