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April 28, 2001
Mohammedan won a match that was presumed after their batting session when the side piled up a total which was near to three hundred and fifty and the hero in unquestionably Steve Tikolo.
Winning the toss and put Mohammedan into bat was a decision which Biman will regret for long. Had they been aware of that the pitch will speak for Steve Tikolo in such a scope, they must have altered the election to field first. Biman player's jubilation continued to fade away as the third wicket took the tally up to 193 where Parvez Ahmed who won the streak of half-centuries since last three matches, contributed 79 before he was caught at gully. After that Tikolo was the one who stole the day as well as the spectator's loud plaudit for his relentless effort to clean the rope in almost every over. His innings of 185 ( the second highest after Michel Bevan made 186 in a exhibition match here) comprised of 18 fours and 4 substantial sixes. There was little to do for the Biman bowlers except watching the ravage with fixed gaze. At last Khaled Mahmood got him with the assistance of Manzoor Akhter when things all went in Mohammedan's favor as the score put on view of gigantic 339 runs. They ended with 344 for the loss of 7 wickets. All the Biman bowlers had to be lavish because of tempestuous Tikolo; of them Khaled Mahmood pan put to buy two for 73.
Chasing a total of 345 as a winning target should have despoiled all the confidence and the skills a side has, but Biman set off to opt for assault from the very proceeding. Athar Ali, the veteran stylish batsman of the side initiated to slash the Mohammedan seamers all over the stump. Even three lose of wickets in quick succession could not hamper his onslaught. Biman's hopes were dashed off when Majid Sayed found his stumps disarrayed of Tikolo when he tried to play him down the wicket. The series of failures of middle order native batsmen dismayed Athar's effort and he was on his stride becoming the victim of a wretched run-out. At that stage Biman was just a little more than one-hundred and fifty for six. The match ended with Mohammedan's victory of 108 runs over their rivals who are closest in terms of points.
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