Mohammedan Sporting club lost its third match in a row in the Dhaka Premier League, suffering a nine-wicket defeat against Legends of Rupganj at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.
This defeat came a day before their seventh round match against arch rivals Abahani Limited, who were victorious on Thursday, beating Shinepukur Cricket Club by 25 runs in Duckworth and Lewis method in BKSP, Savar.
Mohammedan, led by Shakib Al Hasan, made a good start to their season by winning the first three matches but slipped after they lost to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club which was followed by two more defeats.
At Mirpur, Mohammedan amassed a paltry total of 113-9 after opting to bat first.
Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi and Mohammad Shahid took two wickets each to reduce Mohammed to 27-6 in 9.2 overs.
Shakib’s bad patch continued in the match as he was out for a duck, his second duck in six premier league games and third out of the last ten matches.
Shuvagato Hom then made 52 off 32 balls to push Mohammedan’s total over 100.
In reply, Pinak Ghosh made a run-a-ball 51 not out while Mehedi Maruf (41) and Sabbir Rahman (14 not out) played the supporting role to take Rupganj to 117-1 in 18.1 overs.
Meanwhile at BKSP, Abahani piled up 183-5 in 20 overs after being sent to bat.
Abahani openers Mohammad Naim (70 off 50 balls) and Afif Hossain (54 off 42 balls) formed a 111-run stand, the first century opening partnership and the highest stand for any wicket in the ongoing league.
Shinepukur’s reply was interrupted by rain and after the forced break they were given a revised target of 149 runs from 17 overs.
But three wickets from Mohammad Saifuddin restricted them for 123-5 to give Abahani its fifth win and ascend to the top of the table.
In the other matches on Thursday, Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity beat Brothers Union by five runs, Gazi Group Cricketers beat Old DOHS Sports Club by six wickets, Sk Jamal beat Partex Sporting Club by six wickets and Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by three runs.
Mohammedan SC v Legends of Rupganj
Mohammedan 113-9 in 20 overs (Shuvagata 50; Naeem 2-6, Sohag 2-8, Shahid 2-21, Onik 2-29) v Rupganj 117-1 in 18.1 overs (Pinak 51 not out, Maruf 41)
Result: Rupganj won by 9 wickets.
Abahani Limited v Shinepukur CC
Abahani 183-5 in 20 overs (Naim 70, Afif 54; Tanvir 4-23) v Shinepukur 123-5 in 17 overs (Towhid 36, Mahidul 31 not out; Saifuddin 3-12)
Result: Abahnai won by 25 runs
Brothers Union v Khelaghar SKS
Brothers 134-5 in 20 overs (Mizanur 66; Rishad 2-14, Khaled 2-37) v Khelaghar 109-3 in 16.2 overs (Mehidy 40 not out, Farhad 36 not out; Rahatul 1-17)
Result: Khelaghar won by 5 runs (D/L method)
Old DOHS v Gazi Group Cricketers
Old DOHS 136-7 in 20 overs (Mahmudul 85 not out; Nasum 2-10) v Gazi Group 139-4 in 19 overs (Soumya 37, Mominul 27, Yasir 24 not out; Rakibul 2-21)
Result: Gazi Group won by 6 wickets.
Partex SC v Sheikh Jamal DC
Partex 104 all out in 19.3 overs (Abbas 20; Salauddin 5-16) v Sk Jamal 105-4 in 17.2 overs (Nurul 30, Sunny 27 not out; Jaynul 2-26)
Result: Sk Jamal won by 6 wickets.
Prime Bank CC v Prime Doleshwar SC
Prime Bank 151-7 in 20 overs (Mithun 55; Kamrul 2-22) v Doleshwar 148-9 in 20 overs (Kamrul 38; Mustafiz 3-25)
Result: Prime Bank won by 3 runs
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