Tanzim, Mushfiqur make it 3 in 3 for Abahani
Abahani Limited have clinched their third successive win in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 with a nine-wicket triumph over Brothers Union in match 17 at Mirpur.
The match was cut down to 11 overs per side after a two-hour delayed start. The toss was already done before rain delay and Abahani opted to bowl first.
Brothers Union openers Mizanur Rahman (20 off 14) and Junaid Siddique (20 off 23) got starts but Arafat Sunny and Tanzim Hasan Sakib jolted the innings. The score was down to 51/5 in 7.4 overs, with Sunny taking 2 for 5 in two overs and 18-year-old Tanzim picking 3 for 9 in two overs in his debut T20 match.
Alauddin Babu, who took a hat-trick in the last round, and Zahiduzzaman went big as Brothers Union added 50 in the last three overs (including 22 off the last over from Mehedi Hasan Rana) to take the score to 101/5. Babu struck three maximums and a boundary in his 10-ball 24*, while Zahiduzzaman (25* off 10) hit two fours and sixes apiece.
Opener Munir Shahriar gave Abahani a much-needed flying start with his 25 off 12. It was then down to skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was dropped at a crucial time that proved costly for Brothers Union.
Naim Sheikh supported his captain, scoring unbeaten 36 runs off 26 and also hitting the winning runs with a scoop. Mushfiqur played struck 6 fours in his 37* off 21 as he capitalised on his chance. The pair chased down 102 with seven balls in hand to go on top of the DPL ladder.
Brothers Union 101/5 in 11 overs (Zahiduzzaman 25*, Babu 24*; Tanzim 3/9, Sunny 2/5)
Abahani Limited 102/1 in 9.5 overs (Mushfiqur 37*, Naim 36*, Munim 25; Habibur 1/19)
Abahani Limited won by 9 wickets