Young prospect Sabbir Rahman cancelled out yet another good knock by Mushfiqur Rahim as Prime Bank registered their second successive win in the Victory Day T20 Cup at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Sabbir smashed six fours and four sixes during his unbeaten 50-ball 84 as Shakib Al Hasan's Prime Bank posted a four-wicket victory over Mushfiqur's Abahani in an entertaining first match of the day.
In the second game, Mohammedan recovered from their massive defeat in their last game against traditional rivals Abahani by securing a comfortable seven-wicket victory against the Tamim Iqbal-led UCB BCB XI in a low-scoring affair. It was the second win in three games for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's side.
In the first game, Mushfiqur's 33-ball 50, which contained four sixes and a boundary, gave Abahani a fighting total of 171 but it was Sabbir's day as the young right-hander almost single-handedly took the challenge to his opponents. The beauty of Sabbir's innings was that he was there at the end as teammate Shohag Gazi finish the chase with three balls to spare, smiting four boundaries in his unbeaten 6-ball 14.
The success of a promising cricketer like Sabbir will certain provide the national selectors with much-needed options ahead of the ICC World Twenty20. The bowling of Rubel Hossain would also have given them comfort as the right-arm paceman played a crucial part in Prime Bank's victory by taking three wickets for 17 runs.
In the second match, Tamim Iqbal scored 34 and Rony Talukder hit 43 but their efforts were not enough to post a challenging total on the board as BCB XI were restricted to 129. Alauddin Babu did the initial damage and then Dewan Sabbir finished the job, the pacers using the favourable conditions well.
Mohammedan started unimpressively but Mominul Haque took charge to make the chase an easy one for Mohammedan. The left-hander hit an unbeaten 50 off 28 balls with seven fours and a six as Mohammedan reached the target with 2.5 overs to spare.