POST TIME: 16 April, 2019 01:05:16 AM
Abahani begin super six in style
Saifuddin’s awesome bowling dismisses Doleshwar for 86
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Abahani begin super six in style

Abahani’s all-rounder Mohammed Saifuddin claims five wickets of Prime Doleshwar during their Dhaka Premier League Super Six first macth at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Wasim Jaffer’s 71 and Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s 70 was complemented by Mohammad Saifuddin’s jaw-dropping five-for brought Abahani Limited back in the title race when they registered an imposing 165-run win over Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club on the opening round fixture of the Super Six of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Holders Abahani jumped to second place, leapfrogging Prime Bank Cricket Club, who finished the league-round phase with second place on points-table due to better net run-rate than Dhanmondi-based outfit.

Chasing the steep target of 252 to win, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club fell into Mohammad Saifuddin’s bowling onslaught. The in-form fast bowler ripped through Doleshwar top-order with his pace devastation to bowl out them for 86 in29.4 overs.

The 22-year-old pacer got rid of opener Imran Uzzaman before opening their accounts. He, therefore, sent Shykat Ali, Farhad Hossain, Marshall Ayub and Saif Hassan back to compound their woes, while they were stuttering at 34 for five.

Mahmudul Hasan Limon thereafter attempted to bail them out of the precarious 34-5 and made a gritting resistance with his fellow batsmen but he did not get ably support from the other end to break the barrage of the combined attack of the Abahani’s bowling battery, who made up of the mostly current national team’s bowlers.

Limon finally remained stranded at 27-the highest of their innings. He cracked a six and as many four in his unbeaten 65-ball patient knock that was not too enough to avert the inevitably.

On-song Mohammad Saifuddin, who was the wrecker-in-chief, finished his bowling with the figures of 5-9 in six overs. Later he was named as the player of the match for his spell-binding bowling performance.  

Earlier, Abahani Limited stumbled to open the proceeding after being asked to bat first on Mirpur unpredicted surface. They mislaid their three top-order batsmen including Jahurul Islam Omi (1), Mehidy Hasan Miraj (2) and Soumya Sarkar (5) cheaply.

Together with Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Wasim Jaffer tried to tackle the attack of the Prime Doleshwar’s bowlers and clattered an invaluable 146 for the fourth-wicket stand that laid the foundation of the fighting total.

Before being caught behind, Abahani’s Indian recruit clubbed 71 off 97, littered with half-a-dozen boundaries. Shanto then paired Mohammad Mithun and was making another stocky partnership but Doleshwar captain Forhad Reza used part-timer spinner Saif Hassan to break the partnership that gradually imposed a threat for them.

Saif justified his worth as his double strikes provided a success what was much-needed for them. He accounted for Mosaddek Hossain Saikat after being trapped Shanto lbw that cracked the partnership in two successive deliveries. Saikat got out for duck. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, the young hopeful batsman, clouted two sixes and four boundaries after scoring 83-ball 70.

But that did not last long as Mithun in association with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza after losing Mohammad Saifuddin measly put together 39 for the eighth-wicket that finally set a stiff target of 252 for Doleshwar.

Mithun clobbered 46-ball 41, hitting three fours while Mashrafe blasted 21-ball 24, pounding four boundaries.