Yasir Ali's counter-attacking century gave topper Abahani Limited a scare before they recovered to post a thrilling 14-run win over Brothers Union in the ongoing Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) match at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.
Chasing 237 to win, Brothers lost four wickets inside 62 runs before middle order batsman Yasir Ali counterattacked with an unbeaten 106 off 112 deliveries to bring them back in the hunt. As it turned out, Abahani managed to stave off the threat.
Earlier, skipper Mosaddek scored 95-ball 54 that had three fours while Mohammad Saifuddin provided some late flurry with 45-ball 59 as the table-topper Abahani were able to post a challenging 236 for four in their stipulated 50 overs. Yasir Ali's stunning knock was managed by eight fours and two sixes.
Abahani pacer Mashrafe Mortaza who finally returned to the competitive cricket, claimed two wickets for 39 runs in his eight overs spell. In the day's other fixture, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club pulled off an exciting 12-run triumph over Shinepukur Cricket Club at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
A brilliant all-round performance by Ziaur Rahman inspired SK Jamal to a thrilling win over Shinepukur Cricket Club. Zia who was adjudged the player of the match, took the highest score of 41 to help Jamal recover from a poor start to make 106 before all-out in 35.1 overs.
He then took five wickets and as Shinepukur crumbled in the run chase to be dismissed for just 94 in 29 overs.Paceman Salauddin Sakil also provided valuable support by grabbing four wickets for Jamal. At Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) Ground 3 in Savar, Prime Bank Cricket Club pulled off a comprehensive nine wicket triumph over Legends of Rupganj.
Prime Bank rode on a brilliant unbeaten century by skipper Anamul Haque to past the comfortable 164 run target with 111 balls to spare after dismissing their opponents within 163 in 46.1 overs. The player of the match Anamul architected his classic innings with 12 boundaries and two sixes. Prime Bank bowlers dominated throughout Rupganj innings with their tight and good length bowling as Rupganj were able to post a modest total. Opener Mohammad Naim top scored 52 while wicketkeeper Jaker Ali provided 47 runs.
Prime Bank all bowlers kept good economy bowling towards the end of the innings. Pace duo Al Amin Hossain and Mohor Sheikh alongside Ariful Haque, leg spinner Alok Kapali and veteran Abdur Razzak claimed two wickets each. Prime Bank made formidable start during run chase as their opening duo Anamul and Rubel Mia put on 125 runs for the first wicket.
---Adnan Hadi, AA
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