Dhaka Premier Division 2013-14 November 29, 2013

Morgan stars in Gazi Tank's title win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gazi Tank Cricketers became Dhaka Premier Division champions - the first team to claim the title after the tournament was given List-A status - after they beat close contestants Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by 60 runs. Both sides were on 20 points making the match a decider, an occasion which was enough to stir the best out of Eoin Morgan.

The England international made 84 off 71 balls with nine fours and two sixes, his first score of note after arriving to play for Gazi Tank on November 20. He made scores of 0, 26, 33 and 11 in his last four games, but won the man-of-the-match award in the crucial outing.

Morgan added 101 runs for the fourth wicket with Mahmudullah, who struck a 43-ball 51. The runs came in just 13.5 overs, after Gazi Tank's innings had slowed down in the middle overs. Morgan was eventually dismissed in the 49th over but not before he added another 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Ryan ten Doeschate, who made 35 off 18 balls.

Prime Doleshwar they slipped to 95 for six in the 26th over in the chase, with Rubel Hossain removing openers Mehedi Maruf and Josh Cobb and Naeem Islam jnr taking the wickets of Rony Talukdar and the in-form pair of Dawid Malan and Sabbir Rahman.

Mominul Haque, however, scored 86 off 92 balls with eight boundaries and found some support from captain Farhad Reza. The seventh-wicket pair added 75 runs. Farhad continued the fight, adding another 57 for the eighth wicket with Sohag Gazi. He was eventually dismissed for 79 off 60 balls, and Ashar Zaidi cleaned up the tail with four wickets.

It is Gazi Tank's first DPL triumph, and they have become the seventh winner of the competition after Abahani (17 times), Mohammedan (nine times), Biman (five times), Victoria (four times), Old DOHS (twice) and Brothers Union (once) in the tournament's 37th season.

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club rounded off their campaign with a four-wicket win over Kalabagan Cricket Academy. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim struck eight sixes and just two boundaries in an unbeaten 97 that helped them ease to the 224-run target in the 40th over. Tushar Imran supported Mushfiqur with a half-century. Earlier, Abdur Razzak took four wickets to help restrict KCA to 223 runs in 49.1 overs. Abdul Mazid struck his second List-A century but the other batsmen hardly pushed on.

Their win, and Doleshwar's loss, meant that Dhanmondi finished runners-up with a better net run-rate after both teams finished on 20 points each.

In the day's other game, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by 14 runs after Ravi Bopara struck the tournament's highest score. The England batsman hammered an unbeaten run-a-ball 157 with eleven fours and five sixes as Prime Bank posted 280-6 in 50 overs. Mohammedan had three fifties in their response from Upul Tharanga, Rahmat Shah and Mashrafe Mortaza but still fell short of the target after they lost a cluster of wickets after the Shah-Mashrafe 86-run sixth wicket stand. Bopara turned it on with the ball too, picking up four wickets while Ariful Hasan took three wickets.

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    HI guys do u think there is any chance for BD players to play in psl t20,let me know please

  • Sanjay on November 30, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    @EnglishFan: Good points but the Emeging Team is about players that management wants to study, I believe they know enough about Woakes. England have become a strong Test nation because they've done away with seamers like Woaksey. I like the bloke but he's unable to go thru a Test quality batting line up on true wickets, if he could do a Bresnan type of job, he would be useful. His batting is underrated tho.

    Agree with your sentiments on James Taylor and Moeen Ali. The bearded one has been very consistent for 2 consecutive seasons, the biggest surprise is how his bowling has come on. Defn one that deserves a few chances at the highest level.

  • Paulo on November 30, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @Inside Hedge if flower considered Woakes test material hed at least be in EPP. I see him as a batsmen who provides control which allows you to pick wicketaking bowlers such as Finn. Also what about James Taylor or Moeen Ali? Surely they're ahead of Morgan and Ravi?

  • KH. RAFIQUE on November 30, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Very pleased to see that players like Morgan, Bopara, Taylor etc are playing in Dhaka premier league and our locals are competing with this stars with shoulder to shoulder.Come boys lets show the world that we are as good as anybody.Roar tigers roar>>>>>>>

  • KH. RAFIQUE on November 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @RohithMedisetty on (November 29, 2013, 17:09 GMT) Morgan is playing cricket here what you cant do even.....

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @ rohithmedisetti, he is playing cricket. Can't u read the article ?

  • Shoaib on November 29, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I'm very impressed with Rahim. Not only his leadership is impressive but batting has reached to all sorts of new levels. Mominul Haque is a star for Bangladesh and in ODIs, Bangladesh will be a force with the bat with the batting quality we have.

  • Chris on November 29, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @Rohith: They are doing there because unlike you to gain head start for World T20 and make a decent living :P

  • Sanjay on November 29, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    As far as Tests go, Bopara and Morgan have smartly figured out that they have no hope of reclaiming their place. They're both still important members of the limited overs teams. Playing in Bangladesh keeps them competitive, and improves their bank balances too. Not that Morgan is short on cash given his employment with KKR in the IPL.

    For Tests, Root, Ballance, Bairstow and Stokes are now ahead of them in the pecking order. Andy Flower also seems to think Chris Woakes is Test material and can fill an all-rounder's spot despite no evidence to support the argument. Woakes, at best, is a decent county all rounder, his bowling has deteriorated in the last 2 years. I'm still in shock that Flower/Giles believe Boyd Rankin is international material, he comes on 2nd change at Warwickshire and I can't recall him playing 10 matches in a row without breaking down. How is he then expected to bowl in a 5 day Test match?

  • Sanjay on November 29, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Funnily enough, Morgan and Bopara's efforts will have no impact on England's management and certainly none with the salivating media that accompanies them on every Ashes tour to Oz. Instead, we'll get to read reams of volumes on the Emerging Team's "performances" against a 2nd XI Queensland outfit.

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