Ziaur Rahman’s all-round show helped Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd come out from the losing jinx in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) as they defeated Shinepukur Cricket Club by 12 runs in a low-scoring affair at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Thursday.
Sheikh Jamal lost their opening two matches and was looking to follow the same route during the half-way mark against Shinepukur after being dismissed for a paltry 106 runs before Ziaur and Salahuddin Shakil came up with the rescuing act.Ziaur picked 23 runs for 5 wickets while Shakil grabbed 21 runs conceding 4 wickets to help them dismiss their opponent for 96 runs and force them to taste their third successive defeat in the tournament.
Shinepukur began on a positive note as Uday Kaul(17) and Sabbir Hossain(26) put up 46 runs in their opening stand before they were separated by Ziaur that looked to changed the complexion of the game as Sheikh Jamal took the grip of the match immediately.
Ziaur was the wrecker-in-chief with his slow medium pace which looked too hot to handle for Shinepukur while he was ably supported by Shakil to help them earn a morale-enhancing win.
Earlier, Ziaur also dominated with the bat as he scored a priceless 41-run knock when all his teammates looked busy returning back to the dressing room in the unpredictable surface that made life difficult for all the batsmen.
Shinepukur’s Shoriful Islam and Sabbir Hossain shared 7 wickets between them to dismiss their opponents within a reachable target though it was not the case eventually.
“We needed this win at any cost as we did not have the start that we would have liked,” Ziaur told daily sun after the match.“I am happy that I could contribute with bat and ball,” he said.
“I think this win will help us as now we are have more confidence in our own ability,” he added.
At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Yasir Ali’s unbeaten century went in vain as defending champions Abahani Limited defeated Brothers Union by 14 runs to keep up their unbeaten record intact in the tournament.
Abahani put up 236 runs for 6 wickets and later came up with a clinical bowling performance under the guidance of Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza to restrict their opponents for 222 runs for 8 wickets which was built on the back of Yasir’s undefeated 106 runs.
Mohammad Saifuddin(59) and Mosaddek Hossain(54) scored half-centuries to help the defending champion put up the challenging total on the board.
Over at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan, Anamul Haque’s unbeaten century helped Prime Bank Cricketers earn an easy 9 wicket win over Legends of Rupganj as they reached 166 runs losing just a wicket in 31.3 overs after dismissing their opponents for 163 runs on the back of a unified bowling effort.
Anamul scored 100 runs from 111 runs with 12 four and 2 sixes to make sure they cross the hurdle without pushing the panic button.