Mohammedan Sporting Club continued their winning streak in the Dhaka Premier League as a late cameo from Sohag Gazi guided them to a two-wicket against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in a last ball finish at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
Gazi struck 70 off 51 balls to take Mohammedan to 251-9 in 50 overs after fifties from Talibur Rahman (72 not out) and Marshall Ayub (68) had propelled Prime Doleshwar to 248-8 in their stipulated overs.
At Fatullah, Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan brought up their first win of the competition, beating Uttara Sporting Club by 20 runs while Gazi Group cricketers defeated Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by three wickets at Savar.
Mohammedan v Prime Doleshwar
Prime Doleshwar lost their first four wickets for 64 runs inside 21 overs after being sent to bat.
A 117-run fifth wicket stand between Marshall and Talibur brought their innings back on track.
Saqlain Sajib broke the partnership in the 44th over by removing Marshall but Talibur hung on to form small partnerships with the late order to take the score close to 250-run mark.
Mohammedan also got off to a poor start and were stuttering on 51-4 in 13.2 overs.
Nadif Chowdhury (30) and Irfan Sukkur (30) showed some resistance but Saad Nasim dismissed both as Mohammedan were reduced to 125-7 in 30.2 overs.
Gazi then made a 77 and 43-run stand with Alauddin Babu (38) and Shafiul Islam (10 not out) respectively to take Mohammedan close to their target.
Mohammedan required just four runs off 11 deliveries when Farhad Reza, who finished with 4-55, trapped Gazi leg-before to add some late drama into the contest.
Shafiul played out three consecutive dot balls in the last over off Arafat Sunny, making the equation two runs from the last ball, before finally hitting a boundary to take Mohammedan to their third win in as many matches.
BKSP v Uttara SC
Opting to bat first, opener Mahmudul Hasan’s 66 and late contributions from Aminul Islam (33) and Parvez Hossain (27 not out) took BKSP to a humble total of 201-8 in 50 overs.
In reply, Raza Ali Dhar (51) and Shakhir Hossain (50) struck fifties for Uttara, but they kept losing wickets in regular succession and in the end were bowled out on 181 in 49 overs.
Sumon Khan claimed 4-41 while Abu Naser and Hasan Murad picked two wickets each for BKSP.
Khelaghar v Gazi GC
Mahidul Islam struck 57 for Khelaghar as Gazi pacer Kamrul Islam claimed 5-24 to help bowl-out Khelaghar on 138 in 47.5 overs after being sent to bat first.
Khelaghar pacer Robiul Hoque took 5-41 but fifties from Parvez Rasool (59 not out) and Shamsur Rahman (51) took Gazi to 142-7 in 39.5 overs.
Prime Doleshwar SC 248-8 in 50 overs (Taibur 72 not out, Marshall 68; Alauddin 3-49, Shafiul 3-64) Mohammedan SC 251-9 in 50 overs (Sohag 70, Alauddin 38, Irfan 30, Nadif 30; Farhad 4-55)
Result: Mohammedan SC won by 1 wicket.
Khelaghar SKS 138 all out in 47.5 overs (Mahidul 57; Rabbi 5-24) v Gazi Group Cricketers 142-7 in 39.5 overs (Parvez 59 not out, Shamsur 51; Robiul 5-41)
Result: Gazi Group Cricketers won by 3 wickets.
BKSP 201-8 in50 overs (Mahmudul 66, Aminul 33; Nahid 2-30, Gaffar 2-34) v Uttra SC 181 all out in 49 overs (Raza Ali 51, Shakhir 50; Sumon 4-41)
Result: BKSP won by 20 runs.
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