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Bowlers set up Abahani's crushing win over Victoria

Suhrawadi Shuvo was struck on the back on the neck by a Taskin Ahmed bouncer BCB

Abahani Limited thumped Victoria Sporting Club by six wickets in a game marred by Suhrawadi Shuvo's neck injury that put him in hospital, though he was out of danger according to doctors.

Shuvo was batting on 21 in the 25th over when Taskin Ahmed's bouncer struck him, after which he fell at his crease. The Abahani players rushed to him, before the physios and doctors carried him back to the dressing room, following which he was taken to Apollo Hospital.

Victoria, meanwhile, stumbled and they were ultimately bowled out for 139 runs in 36.2 overs. Their in-form top and middle-order crumbled as they were reduced to 86 for 5 in the 19th over. Several batsmen got starts but none made it past Mominul Haque's 23, the highest score of the innings.

Taskin (3 for 30) and left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan (3 for 28) and Saqlain Sajib (3 for 38) took three wickets each.

Tamim Iqbal struck five fours and a six during his 33 to set up Abahani's chase, which was interrupted by two rain breaks. Liton Das (18), Shakib (9) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (22) all fell in quick succession, but Dinesh Karthik struck a six and a four to finish the game with more than 20 overs to spare. He remained unbeaten on 32 off 48 balls while Mosaddek Hossain was unbeaten on 18 off 10 balls.

Chaturanga de Silva took two wickets, which strengthened the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner's position at top of the bowling charts, with 30 wickets.

Legends of Rupganj consolidated their top spot in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League with a comfortable five-wicket win over Prime Bank Cricket Club at the BKSP-3 ground. The result meant that defending champions Prime Bank were out of the title race.

Nahidul Islam (64*) steered Rupganj's chase after Pawan Negi's 2 for 30 limited Prime Bank to 222 for 8. Having walked out to bat at No.6 with Rupganj on 127 for 4, Islam added 77 runs for the fifth wicket with Asif Ahmed, who contributed 51 off 89 balls. Mohammad Mithun pitched in with a half-century of his own while Soumya Sarkar made 47 off 46 balls, after opener Junaid Siddique was trapped lbw by Shuvagata Hom in the first over.

Rupganj maintained their spotless record in the Super League by completing the chase with 19 balls to spare. Having been sent in, Prime Bank lost Mehedi Maruf early, but Unmukt Chand and Hom briefly steadied their side with thirties each. Nurul Hasan then pressed on to hit 75 off 96 balls, his third List A half-century, but Prime Bank managed only 29 for 3 in the last five overs of their innings.

Raqibul Hasan guided Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club to a crucial seven-wicket win over Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. Doleshwar remained in the race for the title, but Mohammedan, having lost their last two Super League games as well, were out of it.

Batting first, Mohammedan were bowled out for 213 runs in 49 overs. They began shakily and lost both openers Ezaz Ahmed and Hamidul Islam for 15 inside eight overs, before Shykat Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim added 58 runs for the third wicket. While Mushfiqur was dismissed for 20, Shykat went on to make a half-century. Mohammedan, however, lost regular wickets and struggled to push on in the slog overs.

Sunzamul Islam, Rejaul Karim, Nasir Hossain and Rahatul Ferdous took two wickets each for Doleshwar. Opener Imtiaz Hossain (19) departed early in the chase, but Raqibul and Rony Talukdar added 73 runs for the second wicket, before Faisal Hossain had Talukdar caught behind for 28.

Sachin Baby contributed only 17 but Raqibul and Nasir Hossain ensured there were no further hiccups, with their unbroken 79-run stand for the fourth wicket. Raqibul hit 86 off 127 balls with five fours and a six, while Nasir made a 40-ball 52 that included four fours and two sixes.