Holder Abahani Limited, Gazi Group Cricketers and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club are battling it out in the Super League for the title of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League season 2017. The three sides are jointly at the top of the points table with 20 points each following their victories on Saturday.
For Gazi, middle-order batsman Nasir Hossain blasted his second century this season while left-arm pacer Abu Haider Rony picked up six wickets to guide their side to victory over Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Cricket Club in Fatullah.
At BKSP 3, Abahani put up a joint effort to beat arch-rival Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited in a low-scoring game.
In the third game of the day at BKSP 4, national discards Shahriar Nafees and Marshall Ayub struck half-centuries as Doleshwar won against Prime Bank Cricket Club.
Abahani v Mohammedan
Opening batsman Liton Kumar Das smashed his fifth fifty this year as Abahani bulldozed Mohammedan by five wickets.
Mohammedan batted first but failed miserably, getting all out for only 100 runs in 33.4 overs. Opener Shamsur Rahman top-scored with 23 but only four other batsmen reached double figures. Abahani left-arm spinners Manan Sharma and Saqlain Sajib shared seven wickets between themselves
In reply, Liton fired a 22-ball 50 as Abahani reached their destination in 15.3 overs. The right-handed batsman hammered four boundaries and five over-boundaries. With 713 runs at a scorching average of 59.41, Liton is the highest run-scorer of the tournament so far. The second best is 565 by Imtiaz Hossain of Doleshwar.
Gazi v Sheikh Jamal
Nasir hit a century before retiring hurt while Rony took six wickets to propel Gazi, invited to take first guard, to an 117-run victory over Sheikh Jamal. Nasir, who flew back to Dhaka following Bangladesh’s tour of Ireland, was sensational as he made 134 off 113 balls to steer Gazi to 350 in 50 overs for the loss of five wickets. Nasir bludgeoned seven fours and half a dozen sixes. Indian cricketer Gurkeerat Singh and No 3 Mominul Haque added 74 and 66 respectively.
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Nasir goes big during his 113-ball 134 DHAKA TRIBUNE
All-rounder Ziaur Rahman and left-arm spinner Elias Sunny notched two wickets each for Sheikh Jamal.
Defending 351, Gazi's bowling attack gave the Sheikh Jamal batsmen no room whatsoever. Rony caused the most damage, dismissing six batsmen. In the process, he registered his second five-wicket haul and best ever career bowling figure. Sheikh
Jamal were restricted to 173 in 38.1 overs. Ziaur’s 46 off 29 deliveries was the best in Sheikh Jamal's chase.
Doleshwar v Prime
Marshall and Shahriar posted half-centuries to set up Doleshwar's six-wicket win over Prime. Asked to bat first, Indian recruit Abhimanyu Easwaran scored 71 while captain Asif Ahmed made 62 as Prime put up 241 in 50 overs losing eight wickets.
Right-arm seamer Rajat Bhatia picked up three wickets for Doleshwar.
Later, Marshall scored an 89-ball 84 while Shahriar added 78 to the tally as Doleshwar reached their target in 48.4 overs losing four wickets.
104/5 in 15.3 overs (Liton 50, Shadman 24*) beat Mohammedan
100 in 33.4 overs (Sharma 4/21, Saqlain 3/24) by five wickets
242/4 in 48.4 overs (Marshall 84, Shahriar 78) beat Prime
241/8 (Easwaran 71, Asif 62*) by six wickets
173 in 38.1 overs (Ziaur 46, Rony 6/35) lost to Gazi
350/5 (Nasir 134*, Gurkeerat 74) by 177 runs
Khelaghar v Partex, Fatullah
M W L Pts
13 10 3 20
13 10 3 20
13 10 3 20
13 8 5 16
13 7 6 14
13 7 6 14