Victoria - the GrameenPhone champions
Victoria Sporting Club, on its hundredth year, clinched the GrameenPhone Premier League Trophy, defeating Biman Bangladesh by a huge margin of 93 runs in a low-scoring match held at BKSP today
Victoria Sporting Club, on its hundredth year, clinched the GrameenPhone Premier League Trophy, defeating Biman Bangladesh by a huge margin of 93 runs in a low-scoring match held at BKSP today. Victoria ran their winning streaks from the starting of the league and were presumably taken as the champions before they went for the Super Six rivalry.
They won pretty convincingly today though batted first they managed only 194 all out in 49.2 overs - not a very challenging total at BKSP track. Openers Al-Sahariar (34) and Parvej Ahmed (35) made a good start for Victoria when they gathered up 51 runs in the opening wicket, but a brief collapse in the middle order hampered the proceeding.
However, left-handed Enamul Haq (48 not out) and captain Khaled Masud (28) batted slowly and steadily. Enamul sent the ball 4 times to the fence in his 57-ball stay in the crease. Occasional off-break bowler Aminul Islam captured 3 wickets for 33.
Biman started off horrendously, loosing their top six batsmen with the score on 43 in 16.4 overs. Khaled Mahmud tried to boost up the rest of the order with his cameo 22 off 28 balls and Ziaur Rashid made a sturdy 17 off 51 balls. Enamul Haq (man-of-the-match), with his best luck today, put a memorable show with the ball to when he took 4 wickets for 20 in his 8.3 over spell.
The other match in the day ended up with an upset, as Young Pegasus, recognized giant killers got by with a 4-wicket victory over Abahani Ltd.
Abahani managed a 243 for 7 from 50 overs with Akram Khan (72) and Alamgir (53) becoming their leading scorers. Off course Abahani were pretty sure of an easy win, but Hasanuzzaman Rozel of Pegasus had still cards in his sleeves to show. Rozel played a captain's knock of 79 not out off 89 balls (Aided by Tanvir Alam's 32 and Mustakim's 31) and saw his team home in the 47th over.