Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim came back strongly from a duck in the first game as Abahani flattened traditional rivals Mohammedan by 77 runs on the second day of the Victory Day T20 Cup at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.
The day saw a reverse in fortunes as in the second game Prime Bank, bolstered by the return of their inspirational skipper Shakib Al Hasan, also bounced back from defeat in their first match to script a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Tamim Iqbal's UCB BCB XI, who won the first game against Abahani.
In the first match, Abahani made a disastrous start, losing both openers inside two overs with the scoreboard reading only 12 but Mushfiqur joined young prospect Soumya Sarker to repair the damage with a 70-run third wicket partnership. Building on the foundation, Ziaur Rahman played a cameo knock of 24 from 11 balls as Abahani set a challenging total of 172. Zia whacked three big sixes to entertain the crowd.
But it was Mushfiqur who deserved all the praise as the right-hander smote eight fours and a six during his 38-ball 59 while Soumya added a 33-ball 37 with three fours and two sixes.
Mohammedan skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bowled brilliantly and claimed the wickets of opener Mehedi Maruf and Ziaur, conceding only 17 runs in four overs but his batsmen let him down badly in the heavy defeat after a good win in the first match.
Wickets fell like ninepins in the Mohammedan innings as Abahani's bowlers put in a concerted effort.. The only resistance came from Shahriar Nafees, who scored 34 off 27 balls.
In the second match, Sabbir Rahman's unbeaten 41-ball half-century helped Prime Bank chase down the 124-run target with ease. The right-hander smote six fours and a six while captain Shakib added a 25-ball 33 that saw two fours and as many sixes.
Earlier, pace and spin combined impressively for Prime Bank as they restricted UCB BCI XI to just 123. Marshal Ayub was the top scorer with a 30-ball 40.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ABAHANI: 172-8 in 20 overs (Soumya 37, Mushfiqur 59, Riyad 18, Zia 24; Mashrafe 2-17, Sabbir 2-30, Sajedul 2-38)
MOHAMMEDAN: 95 all out in 14.2 overs (Nafees 34, Mashrafe 16; Shuvashis 2-30, Forhad 2-9, Nabil 2-12, Shuvo 2-9)
Result: Abahani won by 77 runs.
UCB BCB XI: 123-8 in 20 overs (Rony 34, Naeem 32 not out, Marshal 40; Shahadat 3-20, Taijul 2-30)
PRIME BANK: 124-3 in 17.2 overs (Anamul 24, Sabbir 50 not out, Shakib 33; Delwar 2-27)
Result: Prime Bank won by seven wickets.