April 30, 2000

Bangladesh crushed by imports

An almost full strength Bangladesh national team playing as Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolitan XI were crushed by the Overseas XI, comprising foreign players currently participating in the country's Premier League. The match held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was organized by one of the country's oldest clubs, Wari Club as part of their Centneary celebrations. It was curtailed to a 38-over a side encounter due to heavy rain on the previous night. Akram Khan led the Bangladesh side while Tareq Mehmood was in charge of the guests' side which had ten Pakistanis out of the eleven.

Electing to bat first, CCDM lost Naimur Rahman early for 12, before Shahriar Hussain and Habibul Bashar added 91 runs for the second wicket. Bashar left for 37 with the score on 112 and his partner Shahriar was the next to go, top scoring with 66, an innings which inlcuded three boundaries and two sixes.Shahriar was Pakistani left armer Mohammad Hossain's first victim and more soon followed. The rest of the batsman were unable to put up any resistance against the Overseas attack, as Hossain ripped through the ordertaking 5/19. CCDM ended at up with a disappointing score of 182/9 in their allotted 38 overs.

Overseas XI started disastrously losing Mohammad Hossain, who failed to score. But after that another good second wicket partnership, this time between Salim Elahi (69 off 19 balls, 10 fours and a six) and Imran Farhet (39) worth 92 put the imports in a very comfortable position. After the departure of both the anchoring batsman, Sarfaraz followed cheaply with just 2. With the score on 157 and just 23 runs required, Abid Hanif (19) and Manzoor Elahi (18) played it safe and Overseas XI sailed to victory with 3 overs to spare.