Both Abahani and Legends of Rupganj had finished the season with 26 points each and were equal as per head-to-head record. Abahani however took the leap to the title thanks to their superior net run rate
Abahani Limited lifted the Dhaka Premier League title for a record 20th time. The side boosted with national cricketers registered a nine-wicket victory against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on Tuesday and finished as the champions of the premier 50-over tournament of the country, for the second consecutive year. Abahani were in a must-win situation in the last round game of the 2019 season, and they did it in style with Soumya Sarkar leading the way at BKSP ground.
Both Abahani and Legends of Rupganj had finished the season with 26 points each and were equal as per head-to-head record. Abahani however took the leap to the title thanks to their superior net run rate.
Rupganj also won their respective last game of the season, defeating Prime Bank Cricket Club by 88 runs and finished as runners-up in the tournament for the second consecutive time.
Congratulations to Soumya Sarkar for becoming the first Bangladesh batsmen to score double-century (208*) in List A against Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. in the final round of Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2018-19.#BCB #DPDCL pic.twitter.com/aeVIkdUmP4— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 23, 2019
At BKSP, Sheikh Jamal were in trouble after winning the toss as they lost half of their side for just 85 runs. But Tanbir Hayder and Elias Sunny added 91 runs in the sixth wicket before the latter fell for 45 while trying to resurrect the innings.
Tanbir, who is known as a leg-spinner, continued the repair and received good help from Mehrab Hossain (45 off 46) to form a 98-run stand off 85 balls to take the score to 278.
Even after the fall of Mehrab, the 27-year old continued the onslaught and remained not out on 132 off 115 balls to help his side reach a total of 317-9. The first ever List A century of Tanbir consisted of 10 fours and six sixes, and it seemed that his brilliant ton would put Abahani’s title chase in jeopardy.
However, his innings was completely overshadowed by one of the finest innings in Bangladesh's domestic history. Soumya’s majestic 208 not out and a 128-ball century from Jahurul Islam made the chase seem like a cakewalk.
Jahurul was dismissed when the score was 312 and Abahani were just six short with more than four overs to go. Soumya finished the match in style putting a Taijul Islam delivery beyond the boundary.
On the run feast day, Abahani pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza was the only bowler with a substantial figure as the grabbed 4/56 bowling ten overs.
The experience of Mashrafe and exuberance of Soumya once again made Abahani the indomitable force it is, in the domestic circuit.
Sheikh Jamal INNINGS R B
Imtiaz lbw b Mashrafe 15 21
Fardeen lbw b Miraz 34 46
Rakin c Jahurul b Mashrafe 1 7
Nasir run out (Sabbir) 13 13
Nurul c Miraz b Mosaddek 17 8
Tanbir not out 132 115
Elias c Miraz b Soumya 45 46
Mehrab c Shanto b Mashrafe 44 36
Taijul c Sabbir b Mashrafe 1 2
Shahidul lbw b Saifuddin 0 1
Afridi not out 4 6
Extras (lb 5, nb 1, w 5) 11
TOTAL (9 Wickets, 50 Overs) 317
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Imtiaz, 5.4 ov), 2-25 (Rakin, 7.1 ov), 3-63 (Nasir, 12.6 ov), 4-83 (Nurul, 15.3 ov), 5-85 (Fardeen, 16.1 ov), 6-176 (Elias, 31.1 ov), 7-274 (Mehrab, 45.2 ov), 8-276 (Taijul, 45.5 ov), 9-278 (Shahidul, 46.2 ov)
Mohammad Saifuddin 10-0-69-1, Mashrafe Mortaza 10-1-56-4, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 8-0-32-1, Mosaddek Hossain 7-0-46-1 Sunzamul Islam 9-1-62-0, Soumya Sarkar 6-1-47-1
Abahani INNINGS R B
Jahurul c Shahidul b Imtiaz 100 128
Soumya not out 208 153
Sabbir not out 0 7
Extras (lb 4, nb 5, w 2) 11
TOTAL (1 wickets 47.1 Overs) 319
Fall of wickets: 1-312 (Jahurul, 45.4 ov)
Mehrab Hossain 8-0-64-0, Nasir Hossain 7-0-48-0, Shahidul Islam 8-0-38-0, Minhajul Abedin Afridi 10-0-63-0, Elias Sunny 4-0-28-0, Taijul Islam 5.1-0-57-0, Tanbir Hayder 2-0-7-0, Imtiaz Hossain 3-0-10-1
Abahani won by 9 wickets
MoM: Soumya Sarkar (AL)