Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) - In the third round Super League matches of the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Abahani Limited, Legends of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club registered wins on Friday.
While Sheikh Jamal are not in the race of the championship, Rupganj and Abahani have strong chance to clinch the title.
In the match between Abahani and Prime Bank Cricket Club, the former came up victorious by six wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here.
Abahani won the toss and sent Prime Bank to bat first. They accumulated 226 all-out in 49.3 overs.
They lost the first wicket before posting anything on the board when Anamul Haque, the captain of Prime Bank, fell in the first ball of the innings. Prime Bank lost the second wicket in seven runs.
They lost four more wickets before reaching the 100-run mark. However, two superb knocks from Alok Kapali (80) and Nayeem Hasan (51) guided them to 226.
For Abahani, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin bagged five wickets conceding 32 runs in 9.1 overs. It was his second five-wicket haul in three matches. Apart from Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Soumya Sarkar were successful with the ball as both of them took two wickets each.
While replying, Abahani chased the target in 44.4 overs. They scored 228/4 with the help of Wasim Jaffer (64) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (77). However, Soumya, who recently made it to the World Cup squad of the Tigers, failed to impress. In this match, he fell for a duck in two balls.
Mohammad Saifuddin was awarded the man of the match for his five-wicket haul.
In the other match between Legends of Rupganj and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in Savar, Rupganj won by seven wickets.
Prime Doleshwar won the toss and batted first but failed to live up to the expectation as they tumbled for 205 all-out in 45 overs.
Shykat Ali (72), Saif Hassan (37) and Taibur Rahman (27) showed some strength against Ruganj’s bowling attack. The other batsmen of Doleshwar disappointed.
For Rupganj, Taskin Ahmed took four wickets conceding 54 runs. The right-arm pacer was recently overlooked in the World Cup squad of the Tigers which made him cry. Besides, Mohammad Shahid bagged three wickets while Rishi Dhawan took two for Rupganj.
In reply, Rupganj lost the first wicket without any run on the board. However, Shahriar Nafees smashed his ninth List-A ton and guided the team to seal the game. Nafees ended with unbeaten 113 with 11 fours and one six. Apart from him, Mehedi Maruf posted 41 and Naeem Islam remained unbeaten on 32.
Rupganj ended with 208 for three wickets and won the game by seven wickets. Winning this game, Rupganj secured 24 points which is two more than that of defending champions Abahani. Shahriar Nafees was the man of the match for his hundred.
In the other match, Sheikh Jamal beat Mohammedan by seven wickets in Fatullah.
Sheikh Jamal won the toss and bowled first. They restricted Mohammedan to 159 all-out in 44.4 overs.
Tushar Imran hit 56 for Mohammedan but the other batsmen displayed disappointing performance in the middle. Liton Das and Mohammad Ashraful posted 26 and 21 respectively as well.
For Sheikh Jamal, leg-spinner Tanbir Hayder bagged four wickets conceding 16 runs while Khaled Ahmed hunted two.
In reply, Imtiaz Hossain (54) and Nurul Hasan (83) hit fifties and sealed the victory for their team.
Nurul Hasan, the captain of Sheikh Jamal, was the man of the match for his knock of 83.
Johannesburg, Apr 19 (AP/UNB) — South Africa kept faith in Hashim Amla and gambled on Aiden Markram as both made the Cricket World Cup squad on Thursday.
There were doubts over the inclusion of 36-year-old Amla after a dip in form and his absence for recent games because his father was ill. Fellow batsman Markram was seemingly out of the reckoning for the one-day team until a run of outstanding domestic form led to a public clamor to include the 24-year-old opener.
This year will likely be the last chance for veterans Amla, Faf du Plessis, who captains the team, and Dale Steyn to win the World Cup. JP Duminy and Imran Tahir have already said they will retire from ODIs after the tournament. Those five will be playing at their third World Cup.
The most noticeable absentees are batsman Reeza Hendricks and allrounder Chris Morris.
Instead of the young Hendricks, a regular this past season, South Africa stuck with Amla, who last played an ODI in late January. He still averages nearly 50 in one-dayers.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius were given the allrounder slots ahead of Morris.
Fast bowler Anrich Nortje made the cut with just four ODIs of experience and after making his debut last month.
Nortje's chance came after Duanne Olivier made the surprise decision to give up international cricket with South Africa in favor of a contract in English county cricket.
Nortje will be part of a strong pace attack that also includes Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.
Quinton de Kock is the only specialist wicketkeeper and the team will rely on David Miller to step in behind the stumps if de Kock misses any game time.
South Africa has won its last five ODI series but has a history of near-misses at the World Cup dating back to its debut in 1992. The Proteas have made the semifinals four times in seven tournaments.
South Africa plays host and top-ranked ODI team England in the World Cup's opening game on May 30.
Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) — Third round Super League matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will be played on Friday.
In this round, defending champions Abahani Limited will take on Prime Bank Cricket Club at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mohammedan Sporting Club will face Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in Fatullah while the table-topper Legends of Rupganj will play Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in BKSP.
In the first round, Abahani beat Prime Doleshwar while Legends of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club came up victorious respectively against Mohammedan and Prime Bank.
In the second round, Abahani continued on winning-streak against Mohammedan while Sheikh Jamal and Prime Doleshwar won against Legends of Rupganj and Prime Bank respectively.
While Mohammedan and Prime Bank lost both of their matches in the first two rounds, Abahani and Sheikh Jamal won both of theirs.
However, before heading into the third round, Rupganj are at number one to take one step ahead to the championship as they have acquired 22 points from 11 wins in 13 matches. On the other hand, Abahani are just behind them with 10 wins in as many matches.
Points table after two rounds of Super League:
TEAM M W L PT NRR
Rupga 13 11 2 22 0.604
Abaha 13 10 3 20 0.846
PBCC 13 8 5 16 0.335
SJDC 13 8 5 16 -0.017
PDSC 13 8 5 16 -0.093
MSC 13 6 7 12 0.089
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) – Rajshahi Division champions Bogura Police Lines School and College moved into the semifinals of the Prime Bank Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament beating Dhaka Metro champions Willes Little Flower School & College by 60 runs in the quarterfinal at the Lalmonirhat District Stadium on Thursday.
Batting first, Bogura Police Lines School scored 223 for all in 48.5 overs. In reply, Willes Little Flower School folded their innings at 163 for 9 in stipulated 50 overs.
In the day’s other match, Barishal Division champions Pirojpur Govt Boys High School defeated Khulna Division champions Bagerhat ML Collectorate School & College by nine wickets at Rangpur Cricket Garden in the other quarterfinal.
Bagethat ML School opened the innings first and were dismissed for just 100 runs in 32.2 overs and later Pirojpur High School reached their target scoring 104 runs for the loss of one wicket in just 20.1 overs.
In the remaining two quarterfinals on Friday, Dhaka Division champions Narayanganj Jila School will face Rangpur Division champions Shishu Niketan High School while Sylhet Division champions PDB High School will meet Chattogram Division champions Cumilla High School.
The two semifinals will be held on April 21 and the final is scheduled for April 23, all at the Rangpur Cricket Garden.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) are the first team to be relegated from the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League to Dhaka First Division Cricket League losing to Uttara Sporting Club by one wicket at their home venue in Savar on Thursday.
However, Uttara SC are still in doubt to keep their place safe in the Dhaka Premier League. Their fate depends on their last match with Brothers Union Club.
BKSP batted first after winning the toss and were bundled out cheaply for 144 runs in 49.4 overs with Aminul Islam scoring team highest 59 featuring two fours.
Akbar Ali and Sadman Rahman tried hard to make a good total scoring 26 and 25 runs respectively. But the other BKSP batsmen failed to live up to the expectations.
Abdur Rashid bagged five wickets while Sajjad Hossain, Manan Sharman and Mohimenul Khan took one wicket each.
In replying, Uttara SC also made a frustrating start losing four wickets before posting 50 runs on the board.
However, Manan Sharma struck 52 to guide BKSP to the match-winning knock
Apart from Manan, Minhazul Abedin and Abdul Gaffar contributed 17 and 21 runs respectively and chased the target in 39.5 overs scoring match winner 147 for the loss of nine wickets.
For BKSP, Tanzim Hasan Shakib bagged four wickets while Hasan Murad and Shamim Hossain took two wickets each.
Abdur Rashid was the man of the match for his five-wicket haul.