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Jahurul ton pilots Abahani
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Jahurul ton pilots Abahani

Abahani players celebrate after taking a wicket during their Dhaka Premier League match against BKSP at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Internet Photo

Jahurul Islam’s unbeaten scintillation 121 piloted holders Abahani Limited to get off to a brilliant start as they whacked past Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) by 60 runs in the opening fixture of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

BKSP captain Abdul Kaiyum invited its Abahani counterpart Mosaddek Hossain to bat first on Mirpur’s unpredicted deck after winning the foil, the decision he took initially was succeeded in their attempt. But later they did not shine in with bat and meekly accepted the inevitable.

BKSP, who returned to the top tier of domestic cricket competition after an eight-year hiatus, were skittled out for paltry 156 in 40.5 overs in response to Abahani Limited’s 216 for nine.

Chasing the moderate target, BKSP did not show off any gritty resistance from the very initial stage as wickets were tumbling at regular interval. They lost their opener Parvez Hossain Emon (5) and one-down Mahmudul Hasan Joy (4) while they were sprawling at 15 for two inside seven overs off Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin.

Aminul Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain therefore compounded the woes further when they removed Aminul Islam (8) and debutant Akbar Ali (3).    

Together with Shamim Hossain Patwary, opener Ratul Khan attempted to rescue the team from the mounting precarious situation through tackling the initial batting fuss. The duo cobbled together 40 for the fifth-wicket stand. Shamim got out for 18.

With the pace of Shamim’s dismissal, they sustained another mini-collapse and mislaid three wickets in the space of 17 runs that fastened their inevitable defeat. Ratul holed out for 37 off 75 with a six and as many four.

Captain Abdul Kaiyum then tried to build up a big partnership but wickets were falling down at the other end. Finally they managed to put on 156 for all-out in 40.5 overs.

Kaiyum was stranded at 38. His unbeaten 54-ball knock laced with three fours and a six.

Off-spinner Nazmul Islam Apu was the most successful bowler who picked up three wickets. Another spinner Sunzamul Islam grabbed two wickets for the winners.

Earlier, Abahani Limited were stuttering after being dismantled four top-order batsmen including Kusal Silva (7), Nazmul Islam Shanto (0), Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (13) and Sabbir Rahman Rumman inside 16 overs.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jahurul Islam partnered Mohammad Saifuddin and forged an invaluable 112 for the fifth-wicket stand that crossed the 150-run mark. Pace all-rounder Saifuddin brought up half-century before being caught. He clubbed half-a-dozen boundaries in his 80-ball 55.

Jahurul fought single-handedly amid falling wickets and finally he gave the total some respectability. On way to his hundred, his muscles cramped when he was on 92 but nothing can devoid him from credible hundred.

He notched fifty from 79 balls and hundred from 132 deliveries. This was Jahurul’s third List’s A hundred in his career. Finally he was on 121 not out. He tonked 13 boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 147-ball innings.

Abu Naser claimed three wickets for 39, while debutant spinner Hasan Murad snapped up two wickets for the losing side.