Delwar five-for sets up Prime Doleshwar win
Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club picked up their second win in the Super League phase, beating Prime Bank Cricket Club by seven wickets in Mirpur. The defeat left the top two positions unchanged, with Prime Bank tied on 20 points with Abahani but below the count in head-to-head.
A foggy morning reduced the game to 38 overs a side and after being put in to bat, Prime Bank were reduced to 64 for 5 in the 18th over. Taibur Rahman and Shuvagata Hom added 60 runs for the sixth wicket before Delwar Hossain cleaned up the lower order to finish with figures of 5 for 26 in seven overs. Elias Sunny took three wickets while the other two went to Habibur Rahman as Prime Bank were bowled out for 153 in 35.4 overs.
Rony Talukdar provided Doleshwar with yet another good start, adding 46 for the first wicket with Mehedi Maruf and 60 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim. Talukdar made 77 off 60 balls with seven fours and four sixes. Doleshwar won with nearly ten overs to spare.
In Fatullah the weather was similar, and allowed only 40 overs a side. Legends of Rupganj didn't mind the delay as they stopped Abahani's juggernaut with a 76-run win.
Batting first, Rupganj built their 221 in 39.5 overs around Jahurul Islam's 93. He added 68 for the second wicket with Junaid Siddique, who made 42. Jahurul continued to bat positively, hitting three fours and four sixes in his 108-ball innings, and was sixth out in the 37th over with the score nearing the 200-run mark.
Abahani's Subashis Roy took his second successive four-wicket haul while Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam hurt his right hand while fielding off his own bowling and only bowled three overs. The team management revealed the injury would keep Nazmul out of action for two weeks.
Rupganj also had to defend the total without Abul Hasan, who was hit on the box by Subashis in the 37th over. He didn't come out to bowl but Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets with the new ball and set Abahani back in the chase.
Raqibul Hasan made 45 while Ziaur Rahman blasted three sixes in his 36-ball 38 but it proved inadequate as Shakib and Rubel Hossain finished with three wickets each and Mosharraf Hossain picked up two. Still, Abahani remained on top of the points table.
KCA were bowled out for 200 in 43.4 overs with opener Imtiaz Hossain top-scoring with 56. Rahatul Ferdous and Naeem Islam took three wickets each while the Afghanistan legspinner Rahmat Shah picked up two wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza didn't bowl at all, even though he fielded through the KCA innings and came out to bat at No. 7 during Mohammedan's chase.
Mohammedan made a slow start to their 201-run chase, their openers scoring just 10 runs in 8.5 overs. They were stifled by offspinner Mahmudul Hasan and left-arm spinner Nabil. Mahmudul took three wickets while Nabil picked up four for 10 in nine overs. Naeem made 56 off 80 balls but none of the other batsmen made even 20.