Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — Legends of Rupganj and Uttara Sporting Club won their respective first matches in the Dhaka Premier Division League Cricket League (DPDCL) which kicked off on Friday.
Rupganj played against Brothers Union in BKSP and won the game by three wickets in the last over while Uttara stunned the comparatively stronger opponent- Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by nine runs.
Rupganj bowled first after winning the toss. Relying on the bowling of Muktar Ali and Nabil Samad, they restricted Brothers to 220/8 in 50 overs. In reply, Rupganj chased it down in 49.5 overs with three wickets in hand (221/7 in 49.5 overs).
Yasir Ali 65, Sharifullah 35, Fazle Mahmud 34 and Mohammad Sharif 24 contributed with the bat for Brothers to post the total of 220.
Muktar Ali and Nabil Samad bagged two wickets each for Rupganj while Mohammad Shahid, Rishi Dhawan and Asif Hasan took one wicket each for them as well.
In reply, Shahriar Nafees hit 59 to set up the platform for Rupganj to win their tournament opener. Along with him, Azmir Ahmed (38), Asif Ahmed (38), Mohammad Naim (22) and Rishi Dhawan (21) batted well for them.
Rupganj needed 9 runs in the last over which was bowled by Chirag Jani, the Indian recruit of Brothers. He gave away one run in the first two balls; however, in the third ball, he was hit for a six by Muktar Ali. In the fourth and fifth balls, Rupganj scored two runs and won the game by three wickets.
In the other match, Uttara posted 249 for four wickets while batting first against Sheikh Jamal. Tanzid Hasan and Anisul Islam Emon accumulated 113 runs in the opening stand.
Tanzid fell for 64 while Anisul posted 47 runs. Coming to bat on number three, Sojib Hossain struck unbeaten 61. Besides them, Minhaz Khan posted 38.
Tanbir Hyder bagged two wickets for Sheikh Jamal while Salahuddin Sakil and Shahidul Islam scalped one wicket each.
In reply, Nurul Hasan Sohan, the captain of Sheikh Jamal, hit 65 and Nasir Hossain accompanied him scoring 48. Along with them, Fardeen Hasan (39), Ziaur Rahman (27) and Elias Sunny (28) tried well to overcome the challenge of Uttara, but they failed.
In the last over, they needed 11 runs. They disappointed scoring only one run and lost the match by nine runs.
Abdur Rashid and Asaduzzaman Payel took three wickets for Uttara while Nahid Hasan bagged one wicket.
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — In the opening match of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL), Abahani Limited on Friday beat Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by 60 runs with the help of Jahurul Islam’s steady hundred at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Abahani posted 216/9 in 50 overs while batting first but BKSP tumbled for 156/10 in 40.5 overs.
BKSP won the toss and decided to bowl first. They scalped four of Abahani wickets in 53 runs.
Kaushal Silva, the Sri Lankan recruit of Abahai, was the first man to get dismissed. He fell for seven by right-arm medium pacer Sumon Khan. Nazmul Hossain Shanto fell for a duck while playing Abu Naser, a pacer of BKSP.
Right after that, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, the captain of Abahani, got trapped in run-out by Shamim Hossain. He posted 13 runs on the board. The onus was on Sabbir Rahman to control the initial damage. But the right-hander failed to execute as he was removed on two by Hasan Murad.
When Abahani was crumbling on 53/4, Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Saif posted 112 runs in the fifth wicket stand which steered Abahani to a moderate 216/9 in 50 overs.
While Saifuddin posted 55, Jahurul Islam completed his third List-A century. Jahurul was playing this match with a muscle cramp. After posting 90, his pain was immense but the right-hander completed his ton.
Abu Naser took three wickets for 39 in 10 overs, while Hasan Murad took two and Sumon Khan and Naushad Iqbal bagged one each.
In reply, BKSP finished at 156 for 10 in 40.5 overs. Abdul Kayium, the captain of BKSP, scored 38, and the opener Ratul Khan posted 37. Along with them, Shamim Hossain, Sumon Khan and Abu Naser were the other batsmen to reach double-digit score as they hit 18, 10 and 12 respectively.
But their effort was not enough to win the battle against the bowling attack comprising Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Nazmul Islam Apu.
Nazmul bagged three wickets for defending champions Abahani while Sunzamul Islam scalped two. Saifuddin, Rubel, Mosaddek, Ariful and Sabbir took one wicket each.
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — Due to persistent rain, the game of the first day of Bangladesh’s Wellington Test against New Zealand has been called off.
The day has been washed out without any ball was bowled, and even the toss was not held.
However, Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh’s head coach taken the rainy day as an opportunity to take extra rest and freshen up for the players.
“A lot of rain and wind. I think it is an opportunity for the guys to take rest and freshen up for the next day,” Rhodes said while talking to the media.
Earlier in the first Test of three-match series in Hamilton, Bangladesh suffered a big loss by an innings and 52 runs. The touring side were far behind of the hosts both in bowling and batting in the first Test.
Despite the brave centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad in Hamilton, Bangladesh accumulated 429 in their second innings, which was 52 runs short of the first innings of New Zealand. The hosts posted a record 715 in their only innings of the match. New Zealand have never posted a Test innings more than 700-runs.
Tamim Iqbal was the only Bangladeshi batsman to show his batting ability against the quality pace attack of New Zealand registering his ninth Test ton. Barring him, none of the Bangladesh batsmen appeared equipped well against pace attack which was offered to them.
Heading into the second Test of the series, Bangladesh are now facing the challenge of bouncing back. They have to show a firm display, especially in the bowling department.
Bangladesh’s pace attack was comprised of three fledgelings-- Abu Jayed Rahi, Khaled Ahmed and the debutant Ebadat Hossain -- who suffered a lot against the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. Soumya Sarkar, the fourth pacer of the Tigers, took two wickets in the first match to become the best bowler of Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Farashganj Sporting Club managed a 1-0 victory over Uttar Baridhara Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Thursday.
After a barren first half, Saif scored the matchwinner for the Old Dhaka outfit Farashganj in the 76th minute.
The day’s other match between T&T Club and Victoria Sporting Club ended in a goalless draw at the same venue.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Power Development Board (PDB), Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Ansar & VDP made flying start in the Walton Independence and National Day Volleyball Tournament.
They beat their rivals in respective matches on the opening day at the Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium here on Thursday.
PDB SC beat Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) by straight 3-0 sets; Bangladesh Army defeated Bangladesh Navy also by the same margin while Ansar & VDP beat Police by 3-1 sets.
Four matches will be held on the second day.
Friday’s matches are: PDB vs Fire Services (8am), Army vs Police (9:30am), Air Force vs BKSP (3pm) and Navy vs Ansar (4:30pm).
Nine teams — Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Ansar & VDP, Power Development Board, BKSP and Fire Service — are taking part in the week-long meet.
The champion team will get prize money of Tk 20,000, runners-up Tk 15,000 and the semifinalists Tk 10,000 each.