Batsman Sabbir Rahman scored an unbeaten half-century after off-spinner Al-Amin grabbed five-for to help Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by seven wickets in a rain-curtailed Dhaka Premier League match at Fatullah on Friday.
The duo’s combined effort guided their team to their third successive win in the tournament while Mohammedan earned their second defeat in three games to feel the initial heat of the traditional 50-over tournament.
Al-Amin, who stroked a masterful hundred in their last game choose the match to show his ability with the ball as he grabbed 5-25 to lend a hand in dismissing MSC for a paltry 142 in 36.1 overs before Sabbir’s unbeaten 78 runs guided them to 150- 3 in 27.4 overs.
The match was reduced to 41-over-per-side as it had a delayed start due to rain at Fatullah.
Send into bat, Mohammedan skipper Tamim Iqbal along with Shamsur Rahman made a cautious start to put 43 runs in 13.4 overs before the latter departed making a pain staking 13 off balls.
Rony Talukdar did not stay long leaving Tamim with the responsibility to provide the tempo to get things back in order but the southpaw fell into the prey of his counterpart as he played with his mind by introducing their part-time off-spinner Al-Amin.
Tamim went for a wild hit against Al-Amin without playing a single delivery to read his bowling and paid the price being caught at point by Mehedi Maruf making 46 runs.
The prized scalp of Tamim looked to give a huge amount of confidence as Al-Amin began to play havoc with the Mohammedan middle order that seemed to have no clue whatsoever against him.
‘Naturally it [Tamim Iqbal] was a big wicket,’ Al-Amin told New Age after the match.
‘It raised my confidence and soon I found my bowling suits the cause of our team.
‘I knew that they would pick me to release their pressure and so I planned to stop them from scoring freely and it did the trick as they took some unnecessary risks.’
Mohammedan’s hope of make a game out of it looked strong when they reduced Prime Bank to 10-2 but Sabbir left them stranded afterward by coming up with his elegant stroke play on his way to an undefeated 78 runs.
Sabbir scored 78 runs from 75 balls with the help of four boundaries and five sixes and coasted his team to victory with more than 13 overs to spare.
Sabbir added unbroken 97 runs with Taiabur Parvez (42 not out) during their third wicket stand.
‘It is always nice to score runs and if that comes to help the team it gives even bigger satisfaction,’ said Sabbir.
Mohammedan SC v
Prime Bank CC
Mohammedan 142 in 36.1 overs (Tamim 46, Rahmat 24; Al-Amin 5-25, Al-Amin Hossain 2-26) v Prime Bank 150-3 in 27.4 overs (Sabbir 78 not out, Taiabur 42 not out; Enamul jr 1-15)
Result: Prime Bank CC won by 7 wickets.
Man of the match: Al-Amin (Prime Bank)
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