The first batch of ninth-round matches were played on Thursday, but the second batch of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League was postponed, as players were granted a brief leave for the Shab-E-Barat.
The second batch of the matches resumed on Monday with three matches played at different venues. In a BKSP venue, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club took on Kalabagan Krira Chakra.
According to the pre-match analysis, Sheikh Jamal presently standing sixth on the league table was predicted to win as their opposition Kalabagan had a tough campaign on being eleventh with just a single win out of the eight matches they have played so far.
But at the face-off, it was all-smiles for Kalabagan riding on Bangladesh’s old talent Mohammad Ashraful’s heroics. Ashraful knocked a fine innings of 81 runs not out off 87 deliveries, that comprised of six boundaries & a couple of over-boundaries.
Earlier, winning the toss & opting to bat first, Sheikh Jamal managed a total of 213 runs. Former National skipper Rajin Saleh made the highest runs of 45 on their behalf, whereas Sohag Gazi scored 39 & Elias Sunny made 36. Kalabagan’s Abul Hasan Raju delivered a spell of 3 for 50.
In reply, Kalabagan chased the target down easily, with the unbreakable 111 runs partnership between Ashraful & Mehrab Hossain Junior. Mehrab stayed unbeaten on 43. Achieving the paltry target was at ease for Kalabagan.
Previously in the ongoing league, Ashraful faced a bad run-draught that forced to rest himself from some of the matches. Coming back with a bright innings have definitely redefined him.
Now, after the encounter against the mighty Gazi Group Cricketers on the 18th, he shall thereafter leave for the Bahrain Festival. There, in an exhibition T20 match he would feature alongside other remarkable cricketing stars like Shahid Afridi, recently retired Misbah, Dilshan, Samuels, Imran Nazir, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, Rana Naved, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, Sreesanth & Mohammad Sharif.
As per a BCB source, Ashraful have his participation allowance ready for that match & according to a latest buzz he is expected to turn up for Afridi’s side.
In another clash of the DPL between Gazi Group Cricketers & Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity, the Jammu & Kashmir skipper Parvez Rasool contributed crucial roles both with the bat & ball, cruising his side through in Fatullah. Parvez along with Abu Haider Rony were a combined bowling force, restricted Khelaghar within a meagre 174 runs, in the rain truncated 43 overs per-side reduced tie.
Parvez took two wickets off his nine overs spell, while Rony picked up four. While chasing, Parvez scripted a run a ball 42 that consisted of five fours & a solitary six, and ensured his team’s consolidation by 36.1 overs.
The Gazi Group leads the league table with win in all of their nine matches played so far in the league. During a post-match chat session, Parvez was crediting the fact of being part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for his present phenomenal form.
In the midst of being dropped by the RCB & later on finding no takers among the franchises of the Indian Premier League, the DPL has definitely been a fruitful stint for Parvez as an overseas recruitment in the Gazi Group Cricketers team.
At Savar, the encounter between Prime Bank Cricket Club & the Brothers Union concluded a nail-biting finish of a one-run win by the Prime Bank Cricket Club. Batting first, they scored 249 for 6, with opening skipper Mehdi Maruf’s 58 & Abhimanyu Easwaran of India’s Bengal slamming a 70 runs innings off 68 balls, followed by wicket-keeper batsman Zakir Hasan’s 52.
Among bowlers of Brothers Union, Nihaduzzaman scalped three, while the much experienced Alok Kapali picked up two. Starting off the chase proceedings, opener Junaid Siddiqui of Prime Bank Cricket Club struck a 51 before being run out, followed by skipper Alok Kapali’s 46 runs off 48 balls & Manvinder Bisla of India’s Himachal Pradesh scored a quick-fire 57.
Despite of putting up a tough fight, the Prime Bank Cricket Club felt short of just a single run & ended on 248 for 8 from the quota of 43 overs.
Al-Amin Hossain & Ariful Haque had a couple of breakthroughs each alongside their names among the Brothers Union’s bowlers. The next matches of the league would commence on Wednesday.
Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi