Bangladesh one-day skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza made an all-round performance to spur his side Legends of Rupganj to a three-wicket win over Kalabagan Krira Chakra in their Dhaka Premier League match on at BKSP Wednesday.
The match was reduced to 27-over per side affair due to the delay for wet outfield and KKC made 176-8 before Rupganj reached 178-7 with two balls to spare.
KKC, who were sent into batting by Rupganj skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, lost their opener Mohammad Ashraful for a second ball duck when the score was seven in the fifth ball of the first over before Mehrab Hossain added 44 runs with Hamilton Masakadza.
The Zimbabwean ran himself out for 29 but Mehrab remained not out till the end.
Mehrab, the 29-year old batsman, held one side and made unbeaten 79 off 81 and with the late blitz of Jashimuddin and Abul Hasan, who made 22 and 20 respectively, he took the total past 175-run mark.
Mashrafee, the only bowler who bowled six overs in the innings returned with 2-36.
In reply, Rupganj openers Ezaz Ahmed and Hasanuzzaman made a
44-run opening stand but both of them were dismissed in quick succession, scoring 14 and 30 respectively.
Mushfiq made two 40-odd partnerships with Naeem Islam (14) and Pakistani Ashar Zaidi, who made a blistering 37 off just 17 with four fours and two sixes, to keep the chase on the trail.
Man of the match Mashrafee came in the crease after the fall of Zaidi with the team requiring 43 runs in as many deliveries and played an important cameo of 23 off 18 to release the pressure.
Mashrafee and Mushfiq, who made 44 off 53, got out in the consecutive overs and Mosharraf Hossain was out in the next over, the first ball of the final over but Rupganj could somehow reach home.
Legends of Rupganj v Kalabagan KC
Kalabagan KC 177-8 in 27 overs (Mehrab Jnr 79, Masakadza 29; Mosharraf 2-28, Mashrafee 2-36) v Legends of Rupganj 178-7 in 26.4 overs (Mushfiq 44, Ashar 37, Mashrafee 23; Muktar 2-19, Abul 2-38, Sanjit 2-30)
Result : Legends of Rupganj won by 3 wickets.
Man of the Match: Mashrafee bin Murtaza (Legends of Rupganj)
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