Victory Day T20 Cup December 25, 2013

Sabbir 84 helps Prime Bank to victory

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Sabbir Rahman blasted an unbeaten 84 to guide Prime Bank Cricket Club to a four-wicket win over Abahani Limited. It was Sabbir's second successive match-winning half-century, the sort of performances which could get him closer to the senior Bangladesh side.

Batting first, Abahani made 171 for 7 in 20 overs with the captain Mushfiqur Rahim also scoring a second successive fifty in the tournament. He made 50 off 33 balls with four sixes and a four before falling in the 16th over to become one of Rubel Hossain's three victims. Hossain eventually finished with 3 for 17.

In reply, Prime Bank overhauled the target with three balls to spare. Sabbir's 84 came off 50 balls with six fours and four sixes. He led the chase from No 4, adding 129 with the next five batsmen to take the team over the line.

Mohammedan Sporting Club completed their second win in the tournament after beating UCB-BCB XI by seven wickets. Dewan Sabbir and Mominul Haque starred for the winners by picking up four wickets and scoring a fifty respectively.

Dewan finished with 4 for 22 as Mohammedan restricted the UCB-BCB side to 129 for 9 in 20 overs. Alauddin Babu took two wickets while captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Sharifullah and Elias Sunny notched up one scalp each.

In reply, Mohammedan lost three quick wickets, but Mominul and Taibur Rahman put together an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 72 runs. Mominul made 50 off 28 balls while Taibur chipped in with a 25-ball 30. Enamul Haque jnr took two wickets for the BCB side.

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  • Nasim on December 26, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Should a like for like replacement for Razzak is called for, from a horde of left arm spinners, it ought to be Enamul Haque Jnr. for his enormous experience and consistent performances. He definitely deserves to be regular in the test side. Also he is worth giving a chance in the shorter versions of the game in case Razzak is injured or out of form.

  • Nasim on December 26, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Sabbir should be given 1/2 overs in every match to practice his leg-break skills as well. So far in this tournament, he has been considered mostly as a batsman (a quite competent one), but I feel he has some great all-rounder potentials.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on December 26, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    My team would be-1. Mithun Ali 2. Shamsur Rahman 3. Shakib 4. Mushfiq 5. Nasir 6. Sabbir Rahman 7. Ziaur 8. Shohag Gazi 9. Mashrafee 10. Taskin 11.Al Amin 12. Shafiul Islam 13. Mominul 14. Alok Kapali. As Tamim is unfit so should be out of the team and concentrate more on ODIs and TESTs.

  • asik on December 26, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    I don't think we should drop gazi!because he is better batsman than razzak,as sakib is there ,we don't need to play him.Nobody should forget that shafiul is the best economical in the death over!My Team:1.Tamim,2.Shamsur,3.Mominul,4.Sakib,5.Mushfiq,6.Nasir,7.Mithun/Sabbir,8.Gazi,9.Mashrafe,10.Rubel/Al amin.11.Shafiul/Arafat/Zia/Razzak...depend on the situation.Against subcontinent team we shoul play 3 pacers but agains rest we should play 3 spinners and nasir and mominul can give breakthrough!

  • syed on December 26, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I agree with "Therisingteam". However, I don't think we should skip Mashrafee. My team: Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul,Sabbir, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Zia, Razzak, Rubel and Mashrafee.

    Reserves...Farhad Reza, Mithun, Gazi and Al-Amin.

  • Shipu on December 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Main players like Naeem, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe and few others are not cut out for T20 Cricket. Not only they are struggling in this T20 tournament but overall T20 record is simply below standard. Although its just my opinions, I feel these players should just focus more on the main forms instead of T20 so we can give deserving players a chance in T20s and have a proper team for each format for once.

    Just because certain players perform well in the main forms doesn't mean they will be of a success in the games shortest form and that's something Bangladesh management must have learnt by now surely.

    As for replacements in T20, there are plenty like Sabbir, Mithun, Mominul and Anamul etc since they have positive T20 records.

    Here's what I think is Bangladesh's best 11 and some reserves for T20, finally become a good side in that form and win games:- Tamim, Shamsur, Sabbir, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mominul, Zia, Razzak, Rubel and Al Amin.

    Reserves...Anamul, Mithun, Gazi and Taskin.

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