The T Sports presents second Bashundhara Group Bankers Championship concluded on Friday with a thrilling final cricket match at Bashundhara Sports Complex in Bashundhara Residential Area of the capital.
Bashundhara Group, the leading business conglomerate in the country, sponsored the cricket tournament organised by ACE, a sports management company.
Chief Executive Officer of ACE and T Sports Ishtiaq Sadek, City Bank Limited Chairman Aziz Al Kaiser Tito, Mutual Trust Bank Limited Managing Director & CEO Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited Chairman SM Nurul Alam Rezvi, Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited DMD and Company Secretary JQM Habibullah and BDG-MAGURA Group Managing Director Mostafa Azad Mohiuddin were also present as special guests.
City Bank Limited pulled off an exciting three-wicket triumph over Mutual Trust Bank Limited to capture the much-coveted Bankers Championship Cup round trophy.
The atmosphere was made electrified by the presence of a large number of supporters in the thrilling final as they shouted and cheered for their respective teams.
The crowd was not at all disappointed as the players of both teams displayed a scintillating performance and played neck to neck throughout the match.
City Bank bowlers put on a splendid show with the ball to dismiss Mutual Trust Bank for 138 runs in 19.3 overs before they proved their batting depth to recover from a top-order batting collapse and surpassed the target with six balls in hand.
City Bank bowler Priyam was the chief tormentor of the Mutual Trust Bank side, taking three wickets for just 9 runs from his 3.3 overs.
In response, the contest seemed to go out of City Bank’s hands as they lost five wickets inside 77 runs. But Al Amin (32) and Saddam (30) held their nerve and sealed a super win with a breathtaking stand.
Al Amin who stole the show with a game-changing knock featuring three fours and a six was adjudged the player of the final. Rana Kumar Roy of Mutual Trust Bank was named the player of the tournament.
The champion team was awarded Tk 5 lakh while the runners-up team received TK 3 lakh.
A total of 12 banks took part in the two-month tournament featuring Cup round, Plate round and Bowl round.
Earlier in the morning, Eastern Bank Limited captain Shuvro led from the front with a brilliant all-round display as his team secured Bowl round title after beating Standard Chartered Bank Limited by 4 wickets.
Put into the bat first, Standard Chartered Bank posted 75 for five in the stipulated 10 overs with opener Rabbi top-scoring 25.
In response, Eastern Bank Limited chased down the goal in the final over after losing six wickets.
Eastern Bank Limited captain Shuvro who bagged two wickets and scored a match-winning knock of 16 was adjudged the player of the match.
Meanwhile, Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited lifted the Plate round trophy after beating National Bank Limited by 6 wickets with Babar’s batting brilliance.
Asked to bat first, National Bank managed 120 for five in the restricted 18 overs, relying on one down batsman Bappy’s 31-ball 51. Opener Rakib also contributed 21 runs.
In reply, Islami Bank Bangladesh survived a top-order meltdown to surpass the target with nine balls to spare.
Babar, the player of the match, took the game away from National Bank with a match-winning 31-ball 63.
He entertained the spectators with five sixes and six fours.