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Sunday, 30 March 2008

Biman Bangladesh Airlines for the first time has been on top of the point table (solo lead) in the Metropolis Premier Division Cricket League with a 70-run win over Abahani Limited in a 9th round match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in the city on Friday, reports UNB.

The day was not good for title contender Mohammedan SC as it was forced to concede a four-wicket defeat to Old DOHS, their first loss in the ongoing league.

In the day’s other matches, BKSP beat City Club five wickets at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium (DCS) while Victoria SC defeated Sonargaon Cricketers and Sutjotarun Club beat Partex SC, also by the same margin.

After the day’s results, Bangladesh Biman secured 17 points from eight matches, leaving behind Mohammedan SC in the 2nd place with 16 points from 8 matches.

Abahani Limited is in the 3rd position with 13 points, also playing the same number of matches. Chose to bat first at the SBNS, Bangladesh Biman piled up a fighting 255 for 8 in 50 overs with three useful fifties from National coloured Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Alok Kapali. Mashrafe hammered 76 off 56 balls that featured fours and three sixes while Kapali made 68 off 70 balls, including three fours and a six.

Tamim also contributed 59. Arafat Sunny and Ziaur Rahman bagged two wickets each for 34 and 49 runs respectively. In reply, Abahani Limited were forced to fold their innings at 185 in 49.2 overs with number four Shahriar Nafees making team highest 60 off 115 balls with two fours and a six. Openers — Jahurul Islam 30 and Mahbubul Karim 23 — were the other notable scorers for the popular Dhanmondi outfit.

Right-arm leg spinner Kapali claimed three wickets for 30 while Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Niaz Morshed bagged two wickets each. Mashrafe also took one wicket to be adjudged man of the match. Sent in to bat first at the NOS, Mohammedan SC were restricted at 214 for 9 in 50 overs with middle order Nadimuddin contributing team highest 41 off 68 balls colouring two fours.

Aqeel Arshad 37, Abdur Razzak 31 and Suhrawardy Shuvo 27 helped their side score over 200. Rashedur Rahman and MA Mustakim bagged two wickets each for 36 and 38 runs respectively. In response, Old DOHS reached home scoring 216 for 6 in 48.2 overs with skipper Mehrab Hossain Jr. making not out 48 off 81 balls with one four and a six to be named man of the match.

Wasiur Rahman was the other unbeaten batsman with 35 while Mustakim made 30. Spinner Shuvo grabbed two wickets for 60 while Arshad, Tareq and Taposh took one wicket apiece. In a curtailed 33-over per side match at the DCS, City Club managed 177 for 7 in 33 overs with opener Rasel Al Mamun contributing innings highest 48 off 57 balls featuring three fours and three sixes.

Raihan Anasi and Nasir Hossain claimed two wickets each giving away 26 and 34 runs respectively. In reply, discarded national wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim contributed 81 off 87 balls that included six fours and a six as BKSP reached the target scoring 180 in 32.3 overs losing five wickets.

Opener Ashraful Aziz also came up with a handy 56 off 64 balls decorated with four fours and two sixes. Mushfiqur was later adjudged man of the match. Pakistani recruit Zahoor Elahi claimed three wickets for 28 runs.

Asked to bat first at the BKSP ground-2, Sonargaon Cricketers managed 183 for 9 in 37 overs (curtailed match) with some mediocre scores from Arman Hossain 32, Sharifullah 30 and Arafat Chowdhury 29. Pacer Mohammad Shahjada clubbed three wickets for 29 while Kaisar Iqbal took two for 34.

Chasing the target, skipper Ehsanul Haque Shezan hammered 55 off 45 balls hitting four fours and two sixes as Victoria SC scored the required 184 for 5 in 37 overs. He was later adjudged man of the match award.

In the day’s another match at the BKSP ground-1, coin-favoured Partex SC batted first to be all out for 153 in 38.1 overs with middle order Rashed Hanif making 47.

Monwar Hossain and Faisal Hossain snatched three wickets each. In reply, Surjotarun Club reached home scoring 155 for 5 in 43.4 overs with former national skipper Habibul Bashar contributing innings highest 37 followed by Nayeem Islam not out 32, Shakil Haider 30. Tariqul Islam bagged three wickets for 20 runs.

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