Naim blasts 70 to put Abahani on top
Rain has handed DLS-method wins to Abahani Limited and Khelaghar in the afternoon matches of round 7 of Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20.
Legends of Rupganj claimed a nine-wicket win over Mohammedan Sporting Club in the other match at Mirpur.
Abahani Limited vs Shinepukur Cricket Club, BKSP-4, Savar
A 111-run opening partnership guided Abahani to 183/5 being put into bat, in which skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was not even required to come. Afif Hossain was promoted up the order to company Naim Sheikh. Afif made 54 off 42 with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. Naim was nearing a ton but he fell making 50-ball 70 runs, striking 4 fours and sixes each.
Left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam was once again exceptional for Shinepukur, as he took career-best figures of 4/23.
New-ball bowler Mohammad Saifuddin gave Abahani an early strike in the first over, dismissing debutant Rahmat Ali for a two-ball duck. Saifuddin picked up another two before rain delay that saw his side win by 25 runs (DLS) and go on top of the table.
Mahidul Islam Ankon struck 4 sixes in his 15-ball 31* but that was too late, too little for Shinepukur. Towhid Hridoy top scored for them with 36 off 32.
Abahani Limited 183/5 in 20 overs (Naim 70, Afif 54; Tanvir 4/23, Mohor 1/27)
Shinepukur Cricket Club 123/5 in 17 overs (Hridoy 36, Ankon 31*; Saifuddin 3/12, Mosaddek 1/11)
Abahani Limited won by 15 runs (DLS)
Player of the Match: Naim Sheikh
Brothers Union vs Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity, BKSP-3, Savar
Brothers Union had a great escape last match, but this time they have lost by 5 runs in DLS method. Powered by captain Mizanur Rahman’s fifty (66 off 61), they put 134/5 on board.
Khelaghar were going well – 109/3 in 16.2 overs – before rain washed out the rest of the match. Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s run-a-ball 40* and Farhad Hossain’s 36* off 29 had them just over the par score.
Brothers Union 134/5 in 20 overs (Mizanur 66, Rahatul 24; Rishad 2/14, Khaled 2/37)
Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity 109/3 in 16.2 overs (Miraz 40*, Farhad 36*; Rahatul 1/17, Saqlain 1/26)
Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity won by 5 runs (DLS)
Player of the Match: Mizanur Rahman