Heavy shower stopped the proceedings of the match midway while Mohammedan Sporting were taking on Bangladesh Biman in their vital confrontation at BNS today. Since Victoria Sporting confirmed the GrameenPhone Premier League trophy this year, both Mohammedan and Biman were going all-out for the runner-up. Biman, set off for 203 to collect full points, managed to play only three deliveries off Taposh Kumar Baiso, the Mohammedan pacer, when the downpour hampered the remains of the match.
Mohammedan had little luck with them for today when Minhajul Abedin lost the vital toss to Biman's Faruk Ahmed, were asked to bat first in a slightly damp wicket that favored the pace bowlers with lateral movements. Al-Amin and Anisur Rahman, the new ball operators for Biman, camped down on the Mohammedan top order and eliminated three well-in-form front-line batsme (Ehsanul, Habibul Bashar & Steve Tikolo) with the score on 24.
Vice captain Sanwar Hossain (15), when his presence was needed most, fell prey to Imran Farhat dejectedly when he tried to sweep the leggie only to become lbw. Opener Rashedul Haque and veteran Minhajul Abedin batted patiently for nearly 11 overs. An impatient Rashedul Haque (43) gifted his wicket away to Farhat again while he endeavored to lift the bowler over long-off fence, mistimed it and Anisur grabbed a spectacular catch.
Minhajul put on 30 runs from 12 overs in the next wicket with slow coach Anwar Hossain, the diminutive wicket keeper, who took 43 balls to manage his 14. Faruk Ahmed set up an excellent fielding position on the off side, tempting the batsmen to play at on and forced them into error. They carried off to pick up the important wicket of Minhajul Abedin (31) thus.
However, Mohammed Rafique, the left-handed all rounder, notched up a brilliant 42 off 38 balls, flogging the bowlers al around and did some renovation. He, along with another all rounder Shabbir Khan, took the score off to 196. Rafique was bowled by Khaled Mahmud in the final over and Shabbir (29) became not out till the end while Mohammedan finished with 202 for 8.
The heavy shower made the ground condition quite unplayable alike yesterday, so, the game was called off.