A brilliant century by national coloured all-rounder Nasir Hossain enabled Gazi Group Cricketers to make a good start in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League upsetting Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club by seven wickets at BKSP ground-3 on Thursday.
In the day’s other matches, Prime Bank CC defeated Kalabagan KC by five wickets at BKSP ground-4 while Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club managed a two-wicket win over Victoria SC at Fatullah Stadium.
Sent in to bat first at BKSP ground-3, Dhaka Mohammedan SC scored 220 for 8 in stipulated 50 overs featuring 118 runs in the 5th wicket stand by number five Afghan batsman Rahmat Shah and national all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
After the dismissal of four top batsmen for 78 runs, Rahmat Shah repaired the early damage contributed a polished 78 runs off 91 deliveries featuring six boundaries while Mehedi Hasan Miraz gave him good support scoring another useful 52 runs off 70 balls, hitting two fours and one six.
Opener Shamsur Rahman (35) and lower order Kamrul Islam Rabbi (not out 16) were the other notable scorers for Mohammedan SC.
Mehedi Hasan and Alauddin Babu took two wickets each conceding 29 and 40 runs respectively.
Chasing a target of 221 runs, Gazi Group Cricketers, riding on a captain knock of run-a-ball 106 by Nasir Hossain featuring nine fours and five sixes, easily reached their target making 223 runs for 3 in 37 overs.
Later, Nasir Hossain was adjudged man of the match.
Besides, national coloured opener Anamul Haque (54) and Indian Parvez Rasool (53) were the other main contributors for the winners Gazi Group Cricketers.
National spinner Taijul Islam claimed two wickets for 61 runs.
In the day’s another match, Prime Bank Cricket Club defeated Kalabagan Krira Chakra by five wickets at BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Thursday.
Prime Bank Cricket Club pacer Rubel Hossain too like Nasir sent early warning for national selector as he grabbed six wickets against Kalabagan Krira Chakra on Thursday, reports BSS.
Put to bat first, Kalabagan came across some serious batting debacle in face of tight bowling attacks by the Prime Bank bowlers, especially Rubel Hossain whose spell saw Kalabagan crashed to a paltry total of 184 in 46.2 overs.
The highlights of the Kalabagan’s dilapidated innings was Tushar Imran’s 47 runs as Kalabagan’s batsmen lost wicket at regular intervals and they failed to build any effective partnership.
Zimbabwean recruit Hamilton Masakadza (38) and Sanjit Saha (24) got a good start but could not convert those into a big knock and eventually Kalabagan were dismissed at a paltry total.
Rubel Hossain, the wrecker in-chief, caused the major damage as he grabbed six Kalabagan’s scalps conceding only 21 runs. He was well supported by Soumya Sarkar who captured two wickets for 33 runs.
But Indian recruit Unmukt Chand’s responsible unbeaten half century guided Prime Bank towards the victory along with Zakir Hasan (14 not out).
Chasing a mediocre target of 185 runs, Prime Bank however faced early batting jolt losing their top three batsmen at 50 runs on the scoreboard.
Chand played a patient knock of 61 runs off 100 balls laced with four boundaries while Al Amin (35) and Taibur Rahman (27) were the other notable scorers for Prime Bank.
Spinner Sanjit Saha was the pick of Kalabagan bowler as he claimed three wickets giving away.
Rubel Hossain of Prime Bank was named the player of the match for his match winning bowling performance.