Dhaka Premier Division 2013

Munaweera, Siddique blitz put Sheikh Jamal on top

Mohammad Isam

October 7, 2013

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Junaid Siddique hit five sixes during his knock of 89 not out, Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, Chittagong, February 20, 2012
File photo - Junaid Siddique was part of a 130-run stand in just 17 overs for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmodi Club © BPL T20

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club cantered to an eight-wicket win against Prime Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier League. They won with 20.1 overs to spare after being set 201 to win in 48 overs.

Dilshan Munaweera and Junaid Siddique got their chase off to one of the most scintillating starts this season.

The opening pair added 130 runs in just 17 overs. Munaweera blazed 95 off 57 balls with 15 fours and three sixes, completely dominating the opening partnership. Junaid took over after Munaweera's departure. He hammered an unbeaten 74 off 79 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Prime Bank's bowling was taken to task, particularly Tapash Baisya and Ziaur Rahman, who gave away 18 and 19 off their only overs respectively.

Earlier, their new English recruit, Ravi Bopara, made 74 off 78 balls with 12 fours. Gulbadin Naib took four for 31 in seven overs. The match had started an hour late due to a wet outfield in Bogra.

Mohammedan Sporting Club reversed their recent poor form with a 42-run win over neighbours Victoria Sporting Club. They had previously lost their last three matches in the league, slipping to eighth position.

Batting first, Mohammedan were bowled out for 240 runs in 50 overs with Upul Tharanga making 73, with Ezaz Ahmed and Shamsur Rahman hitting 44 each. Victoria's makeshift captain, Monir Hossain, took four wickets.

In reply, the defending champions couldn't recover from a poor start, although Milinda Seeriwardana and Soumya Sarkar added 95 for the fifth wicket. Soumya top scored with 57 off 54 balls. But once the pair was removed, left-arm spinner Murad Khan took three wickets to hasten Mohammedan's fourth victory.

Gazi Tank Cricketers handed Abahani a sixth defeat, when they won by 13 runs in Fatullah.

Abahani faltered in their chase of 190 runs in 49 overs after rain delayed the start of the match by an hour. They slipped to 52 for four in the 23rd over, after which Thilina Kandamby and Al-Amin added 76 runs for the fifth wicket.

The pair, however, batted slowly, which left Alauddin Babu too much to do in the latter overs. He struck a couple of sixes in his 11-ball 24 but it wasn't enough as they were restricted to 176 for 8.

Earlier, Al-Amin's three-wicket haul helped restrict Gazi Tank to 189 runs. Rakibul Hasan's 42 was their highest score while Imrul Kayes made 39, with Al-Amin being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 27.

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Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 7, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

The problem with Siddique is that he struggles badly against the short pitched stuff. Unless he corrects and masters that, he shouldn't be anywhere near the national team despite having more than enough chances. He has the ability no doubt about that but seriously needs to work on his weaknesses otherwise its the same old problem. His 100 against England was a glimpse of what he can do but still needs to work on his weaknesses.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

he is in form now but still have time to recall in ODI squad

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