Liton Das struck his second century in three matches to set up a 49-run win for Abahani Limited over bitter rivals Legends of Rupganj and help them confirm their place in the Super League of Dhaka Premier League on Wednesday.
Abahani were joined by Prime Doleshwar in the Super League with the latter securing a 10-wicket win over Khelaghar SKS.
The win of Abahani and Doleshwar, who have now 16 and 14 points respectively with a round to go, also confirmed Super League for Prime Bank Cricket Club, who have two matches in hand.
Lowly Vitoria Sporting Club recorded their first win after nine successive losses in the other match of the day when they defeated Partex SC by two wickets at Fatullah.
Abahani v Rupganj
Liton and Sadman Islam shared 207 runs as the opening pair lay the foundation for Abahani, who excelled on their form to post 333 runs before they were all out in the final over.
Liton made 136 runs off 101 balls with 20 fours and three sixes and was ably supported by his in-form partner Sadman, who chipped in with 85 off 83 balls hitting seven fours and five sixes.
Abahani were looking to score over 350 runs with their score 274-3 in 40.5 overs but Rupganj bowlers kept their cool to dismiss them with less than what they had expected.
Mosharraf Hossain and Sharif were the pick of the bowlers for Rupganj taking three wickets each.
Chasing a mammoth total, Rupganj were struggling at 74-4 in the 16th over before Naeem Islam staged a lone battle with 123 off 119 balls.
But the right-hander, who struck 11 fours and three sixes, could not cope up with soaring run-rate, leaving Rupganj stranded on 284-6.
Doleshwar v Khelaghar
Arafat Sunny and Chathuranga de Silva each claimed three wickets as Doleshwar folded Khelaghar for 178 runs in 45.3 overs, before racing to 181-0 with nearly 17 overs in hand.
Imtiaz Hossain hit an unbeaten 107 off 99 balls while Abdul Mazid added 64 runs to orchestrate the convincing win.
Earlier, Amit Majumder made highest 73 runs and Sri Lankan recruit Suraj Randiv made 41 runs for Khelaghar.
Victoria SC v Partex SC
Arun Karthik and Rubel Mia hit fifties and added 173 runs for the second wicket to take Victoria to 299-8 after they had restricted Partex 298-9 at Fatullah.
Arun scored 89 runs while Rubel made 73 runs to set up the platform of a thrilling win.
Partex earlier rode on Irfaan Sukkur’s 95 and Sazzadul Haque’s 75 to get the kind of total that they thought they could defend. But despite the best effort of Imran Ali, who claimed 4-55, they were unable to do so.
Abahani Limited v Legends of Rupganj
Abahani 333 in 49.5 overs (Liton 136, Sadman 85, Nazmul 35; Mosharraf 3-30, Sharif 3-61) v Rupganj 284-6 in 50 overs (Naeem 123, Mosharraf 67, Hamidul 37 not out; Zayed 3-44)
Result: Abahani Limited won by 49 runs.
Man of the match: Liton Kumar (Abahani Limited)
Victoria SC v Partex SC
Partex 298-9 in 50 overs (Irfaan 95, Sazzadul 75, Rakin 31; Mahbubul 4-65, Monir 3-49) v Victoria 299-8 in 49. 3 overs (Arun 89, Rubel 73 not out, Moinul 33; Imran 4-55, Zakaria 2-58)
Result: Victoria SC won by 2 wickets.
Man of the match: Arun Karthik (Victoria SC)
Prime Doleshwar SC v Khelaghar SKS
Khelaghar 178 in 45.3 overs (Amit 73, Randiv 41; Sunny 3-14, Chathuranga 3-29, Farhad 2-37) v Doleshwar 181-0 in 33.1 overs (Imtiaz 107 not out, Mazid 67 not out)
Result: Prime Doleshwar SC won by 10 wickets.
Man of the match: Imtiaz Hossain (Prime Doleshwar SC)
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