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Sabbir ton floors Pakistanis

Update : 15 Apr 2015, 08:08 PM

Sabbir Rahman’s sensational hundred enabled Bangladesh Cricket Board XI to a thrilling one-wicket win over the visiting Pakistanis in Fatullah yesterday. Although it was a mere practice game, the intensity was high among both the teams ahead of the first ODI in Mirpur tomorrow.

In pursuit of the visitors’ 268/9, BCB XI were in early trouble at 81/4. Sabbir, however, alongside Imrul Kayes, added 124 runs for the fifth wicket to rescue the chase. Sabbir blasted 123 off just 99 balls while Kayes chipped in with 36 from 56 deliveries. Sohag Gazi’s 28-ball 36 at the latter overs ensured BCB XI would reach their destination with one wicket and seven deliveries remaining.

While Imrul played the role of an anchor, Sabbir frustrated the opposition bowlers and showed little mercy, hammering seven fours and eight sixes.

Imrul and Sabbir’s departure though made things interesting. The home side were soon reeling at 228/8 with victory still some distance away. That’s when tailender Gazi stepped up. Gazi scored a quickfire 36 but he was dismissed with BCB XI still requiring 10 runs for victory. The two batsmen in the middle – Mohammad Shahid and Taijul Islam - had 3.1 overs in hand to chase down the target. The pair appeared shaky as left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz bowled a maiden in the 48th over. However, with two edges going for boundaries in the 49th and penultimate over, BCB XI reached their destination with Taijul unbeaten on six and Shahid undefeated on 12.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s inclusion in the BCB XI squad in place of Nasir Hossain surprised many. It was learned that Tamim wanted to play the game in order to give himself a chance of ending his run drought on the eve of the Pakistan series. However, the southpaw was left frustrated as made his way to the dressing room after scoring only nine runs. The uncapped Rony Talukdar also disappointed, having been dismissed for nought.

Earlier, the visitors posted 268/9 in 50 overs after batting first. Veteran Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez led the way with a fine 79-ball 85 while middle order batsman Fawad Alam provided valuable support, scoring 67 off 58 balls.

Shuvagata Hom bagged three wickets while Shahid, Gazi, Muktar Ali, Taijul and Jubair Hossain all picked up a wicket apiece.

The first of three ODIs will take place at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow. The match will begin at 2:30pm. 

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