Legends of Rupganj and Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club’s wins in the Super League phase of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2017-18 season have suddenly made the title race interesting. Victories registered by the two clubs have cut short the difference with table-topper Abahani Limited, who lost their second game in the phase Tuesday. Two centuries were recorded on the day, by Sheikh Jamal’s overseas recruit Unmukt Chand and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club opener Liton Das. To add to that, six half-centuries were posted in the round with Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza scoring 90 in his maiden DPL appearance this season.
Sk Jamal v Abahani
Chand’s 101 and a joint effort by the bowlers steered Sheikh Jamal to a 26-run win against Abahani at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium in Fatullah.
Asked to bat first, Sheikh Jamal put on 256 losing eight wickets in their stipulated 50 overs as Chand blasted a 138-ball 101, featuring eight fours and three sixes. Abahani’s in-form veteran pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza picked up three wickets while off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagged two.
Chasing the target, Abahani managed to score 230 in 47.2 overs before the Sheikh Jamal bowlers dismissed all of the former’s batsmen. Seamers Robiul Haque and Abu Jayed bagged three wickets each for Sheikh Jamal as Miraz scored 35 to top the Abahani innings. However, Abahani never really recovered following the fall of wickets at regular intervals.
Sheikh Jamal with the win moved to joint second in the points table while Rupganj also have 16 points, same as the former. Abahani are at the summit with 18 points after 13 matches.
Doleshwar v Rupganj
Liton’s 107 went in vain as Doleshwar failed to defend 258, losing the game by five wickets against Rupganj at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
In pursuit of 258, Rupganj openers Abdul Mazid and Mohammad Naim added 140 to lay the platform for a comfortable chase. Naim before getting dismissed scored 88 while Mazid added 58 to the tally. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored 41. Doleshwar pacer Farhad Reza took two wickets but Rupganj eventually chased down the target in 48.4 overs.
Earlier, Liton struck a 126-ball 107, including nine boundaries and two over boundaries, to boost Doleshwar’s total to 257 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 50 overs. No 3 batsman Fazle Mahmud and Indian recruit Iqbal Abdulla scored 46 and unbeaten 42 respectively. Spinner Naeem Islam picked up two wickets for Rupganj.
Gazi Group v Khelaghar
Raza’s 90 inspired Gazi Group to a much-needed win as they defeated surprise package Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity by 34 runs at BKSP.
Invited to take first guard, Gazi Group, riding on two half-centuries, posted 304/6 in their 50 overs. Raza in his maiden Dhaka League game of the season struck a 111-ball 90 with seven fours and four sixers while opener Imrul Kayes made 63. Khelaghar’s Tanvir Islam took two wickets.
Later, high-flying Khelaghar lost their second game of the phase after scoring 270, losing all of their wickets in 49.3 overs, despite a sound start to their chase. Openers Robiul Islam Robi and Mahidul Islam Ankon scored 67 and 69 respectively. Gazi Group’s Abu Haider bagged three wickets while Mehedi Hasan took two.
SUPER LEAGUE, ROUND 2
230 in 47.2 overs (Robiul 3/35, Jayed 3/51) lost to Sk Jamal
256/8 (Chand 101, Mashrafe 3/46) by 26 runs
270 in 49.3 overs (Ankon 69, Robi 67) lost to Gazi Group
304/6 (Raza 90, Imrul 63) by 34 runs
260/5 in 48.4 overs (Naim 88, Mazid 58) beat Doleshwar
257/5 (Liton 107, Fazle 46) by five wickets
Agrani Bank v Kalabagan, BKSP 4 (Relegation league)
The game will start at 9am
M W L PT NRR
13 9 4 18 0.749
13 8 5 16 0.345
13 8 5 16 0.26
13 7 5 15 -0.13
13 7 6 14 -0.071
13 7 6 14 -0.221