The match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi at the BKSP ground 4 was a fascinating one as the latter broke the List A record while chasing 340 runs. To add to that, the match was highlighted by national discards like Mohammedan duo Shamsur Rahman and Rony Talukder and Sheikh Jamal trio Sohag Gazi, Tanbir Hayder and Elias Sunny as every one of the mentioned players played brilliantly to convert the game into a blockbuster encounter on Sunday.
Mohammedan opening batsman Shamsur smashed an unbeaten 144 from 152 balls and carried his bat through the innings. Shamsur was brilliant last season scoring 558 in 11 matches. But this year, the stylish right-hander was struggling a bit in the first part of the season as he was unable to convert starts into big knocks.
Shamsur however, was right on the money in an important match, scoring a big hundred. His 144 was eye catching as he controlled his innings beautifully with seven fours and as many sixes. He also rotated the strike regularly with ones and twos.
The right-hander was adjudged player of the match, despite being in the losing side, and said Mohammedan's bowling was not upto the mark.
“It feels great to score a big hundred for the team. But unfortunately, we lost the match. We should have bowled better,” Shamsur told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.
Shamsur said he is currently focusing on the premier league, rather than thinking of the national team. However, there was a tinge of regret in his voice at being overlooked repeatedly for the national squad despite performing in the domestic circuit consistently.
“At the moment I am focusing on domestic cricket, rather than a national team return. But I think the national discards who perform in the domestic circuit consistently should get more opportunities, at least in the national camp. It will be encouraging for the players who get dropped from the national fold,” said Shamsur.
Another national discard Rony also played a stunning 110-run innings off just 99 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and three over boundaries. Prior to Sunday's match, Rony had scored only 163 in 10 matches. Sunday's brilliant innings therefore, will give him confidence to perform better in the Super Six stage.
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Jamal's Sohag Gazi played a handy knock against Mohammedan DHAKA TRIBUNE
With that said, three Sheikh Jamal all-rounders in the form of Gazi, Tanbir and Elias stole the show, swinging the match in favour of their side. Gazi’s 89 off just 64 balls, Tanbir’s 77 off 72 deliveries and Sunny’s 39 off 45 balls guided Sheikh Jamal to the next stage of the tournament. All these three players previously played for the national team before being dropped due to off-form.
In the other match at BKSP ground 3, Mohammad Ashraful also played a vital 56 for his side, Kalabagan Krira Chakra. His knock went a long in ensuring his side would be safe from regulation worries.
Meanwhile in Fatullah, Mominul Haque (79) and Jahurul Islam (66) also scored half-centuries to truly mark the day as one that belonged to the national discards.
And by continuing to play well in the competitive DPL, the national discards can certainly hope to script a return to the national side in the not too distant future.