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11:00 PM, November 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, November 11, 2009

Gazi ground Biman


Gazi Tank captain Alok Kapali (C) and their prized Pakistani recruit Misbaul Haq (3rd from L) walk back to the dressing room along with other members of the team after clipping Bangladesh Biman's wings quickly in a Premier League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.Photo: STAR

Erratic Gazi Tank Cricketers patched up a much-needed win when they edged high-flying Biman by five wickets in their low-scoring Premier Division League encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
In the other matches of the day, Kalabagan won against Victoria by 20 runs while BKSP surprised Khelaghar by 17 runs.
Biman, who have been in fine form thus far with wins in every match they played before yesterday, put on a terrible batting display as they got bowled out for 79 runs in 36.3 overs against a very disciplined Gazi Tank bowling attack. The innings' top score was 24, coming from the bat off Elias Sunny, and the second best was 10. National team's opening bowler Nazmul Hossain and young all-rounder Sohrawardi Shuvo, were the most impressive with the ball, as they captured three wickets each.
Chasing a victory target of 80 shouldn't have been a tough assignment for a star-studded batting line-up that was boosted by the arrival of Pakistani batsman Misbahul Haq, but they made some meal of the chase to reassert the hapless state of their star batters. Ultimately they had to rest on a well-compiled 29 from the Pakistani and that ensured their victory in 21.1 overs with five wickets in hand.
At BKSP, Kalabagan defeated Victoria by 20 runs, thanks to a 111-run fifth-wicket stand between Mohammad Zahid (70) and Zubair Ahmed (72) that helped them post a daunting total of 229 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs. Victoria had a good start as the openers put on 60 runs, but were pegged back by some good bowling and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. In the end, despite their best efforts, they fell 20 runs short as they folded for 209 in 48.1 overs.
BKSP also got a much-needed victory as they edged Khelaghar by 17 runs at Fatullah. Batting first, BKSP put on a modest total of 180 in before being all out in 48.3 overs, thanks to a 91-run second wicket stand between Ashiqul Alom (42) and Asif Ahmed (48).
In reply, Khelaghar's in-form batsman Ashraf Ali batted with purpose for his 100-ball 52, but found very little support from the others as they folded for 163 runs in 47.4 overs, falling short by 17 runs. Tanvir Haider was the outstanding bowler for BKSP with figures of 3 for 18.

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