Prime defeat opens three-way raceStaff Correspondent
Gazi Tank Cricketers’ Nasir Hossain (101) struck his maiden century of the campaign to revive his side’s chances of winning the Dhaka Premier League with 20-run victory over Prime Bank Cricket Club that spoiled the celebration of the league leaders as a win could have sealed the title for them on Tuesday.
A Gazi win blew the league wide open as Victoria Sporting Club are also in the race, making it a three-way battle and the winners will be decided in the last round matches of the super league on Friday.
Meanwhile, second-placed Victoria lost a golden opportunity of joining Prime Bank at the top of the table when they went down by 66 runs to their bitter rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club won by a huge 127-run margin in their derby against Abahani Limited at the BKSP with the league’s leading run-getter Jamal skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (858) once again getting out in the 90s.
Gazi Tanks v Prime Bank
A 152-run third-wicket partnership between Alok Kapali (76) and Nasir enabled Gazi to pile up a challenging 259-6 in their all-important match at the Fatullah stadium.
Nasir struck seven fours in his 106-ball knock while Alok hit three sixes in his innings of 112 balls.
Coming in at number six, Nazmul Milon clobbered two fours and two sixes to stay not out on 37 runs from 29 balls.
Prime Bank also had a good start in their run-chase as Ziaur Rahman (76) and Indian Uday Kaul (51) adde 105 runs for the second wicket after they had lost their first wicket on 35.
Zia, recently called into the national T20 squad, displayed his hitting abilities as he smashed seven sixes and four fours during his 92-ball knock.
Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria claimed 3-53 as he ripped through the Prime middle-order to ruin their chase.
Faisal Hossain was unbeaten on 38 as Prime ended their 50 overs at 239-8.
Victoria v Mohammedan
A quick-fire 30-ball 49 from number nine Nur Hossain took Mohammedan to a respectable 213-8 which in the end turned out to be more than a winning total.
Earlier, Imrul Kayes (45) gave Mohammedan a good start as they were 71 for no loss at one stage, but lost their way in the middle overs after some good bowling from Sakib al Hasan (3-48) and Sharifullah (2-34).
Victoria had a terrible start to their chase as they lost both the openers without any score on the board and failed to recover from the disaster as they were soon reduced to 72-7.
Chathura Peiris (4-33) did the damage with the ball as Victoria were all out for 147 runs in 41.3 overs.
Sheikh Jamal v Abahani
Abul Hasan (4-46) and Farhad Reza (3-38) provided early breakthroughs to Abahani as they reduced Jamal to 35-3 before a brilliant 155-run fourth-wicket stand between skipper Mushfiq (90) and Mahmudul Hasan (70) stemmed the rot.
Mushfiq’s 94-ball knock saw him hit six fours and two sixes as Jamal were all out for 251 in the last over.
In reply, the sky-blues were bundled out for just 124 runs in 37.1 overs following some good bowling from Rubayet Haque (3-22), Tapash Baisya (2-11) and Mahmudul (2-23).
Prime Bank v Gazi Tank
Gazi Tank 259-6 in 50 overs (Nasir Hossain 101, Alok Kapali 76; Nabil Samad 2-36) v Prime 239-8 in 50 overs (Ziaur Rahman 79, Uday Kaul 51; Danish Kaneria 3-53)
Result: Gazi Tank won by 20 runs.
Victoria SC v Mohammedan SC
MSC 213-8 in 50 overs (Nur Hossain 49 not out, Imrul Kayes 45; Sakib al Hasan 3-48, Sharifullah 2-34) v Victoria 147 all out in 41.3 overs (Sharifullah 40; Chathura Peiris 4-33, Amit Kumar 2-21, Syed Rasel 2-23)
Result: MSC won by 66 runs.
SJDC v Abahani Ltd
SJDC 251 all out in 49.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 90, Mahmudul Hasan 70; Abul Hasan 4-46, Farhad Reza 3-38) v Abahani 124 all out in 37.4 overs (Farhad Hossain 26, Farhad Reza 24; Rubayet Haque 3-22, Mahmudul Hasan 2-23)
Result: SJDC won by 127 runs.
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