A five-wicket haul, the highest total, a flurry of sixes in the final over and the highest individual score of the tournament were all witnessed in the sixth round of the Dhaka Premier League T20 yesterday.
Abahani Limited rode on a blistering opening stand between Mohammad Naim and Afif Hossain to post 183 for five in 20 overs, the highest total in the league this season, as they clinched a 25-run win over Shinepukur Cricket Club.
After being asked to bat, Naim and Afif laid the foundation by adding 111 runs for the opening stand before the latter departed for a 42-ball 54 that included four sixes and three fours. At the other end, Naim went on to reach his fifty off just 35 balls before he was dismissed for 70 off fifty balls with four sixes and four boundaries.
Following a break due to rain, Shinepukur were set a revised target of 149 runs from 17 overs and ended on 123 for five. Pacer Saifuddin bagged three wickets for the bowling side, who, with five wins in six games, now sit on top of the points table.
Young Mahmudul Hasan Joy scored an unbeaten 85, which was the highest individual score of the league so far, but even his magnificent knock was not enough for Old DOHS as they were on the receiving end of a six-wicket defeat to Gazi Group. Mahmudul hit seven sixes and three fours. DOHS, however, posted 136 for seven in 20 overs.
In reply, Gazi were bolstered by a collective approach from their batsmen and chased down the target for the loss of four wickets with an over to spare to register their third win from six games.
Elsewhere, an enthralling encounter between Prime Doleshwar and Prime Bank Cricket Club went down to the wire before Doleshwar fell four runs short and sustained their first defeat in the league.
Needing 31 runs off the last over with a wicket in hand in chase of 152 runs, Doleshwar tail-ender Kamrul Islam struck four sixes to pacer Rubel Hossain, leaving Doleshwar needing a boundary to tie and a six to win off the final ball. But after his heroics, Kamrul could manage only one run, much to Prime Bank and Rubel's relief.
Earlier, Prime Bank posted 151 for seven in 20 overs riding on Mohammad Mithun's 55. In reply, Doleshwar were in a spot of bother right from the start before Kamrul, who also bagged two wickets, changed the complexion of the game with a 12-balls 38.
Meanwhile, pacer Salauddin Shakil's maiden five-wicket haul guided Sheikh Jamal to a comfortable six-wicket win over Partex SC. The left-arm seamer ended with figures of five for 16 from 3.3 overs as Partex folded for 104. In reply, Sheikh Jamal reached the target with six wickets and 16 balls to spare.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammedan continued their poor run as they faced a third consecutive defeat, being thrashed by nine wickets by Legends of Rupganj.
For the second time in six games, Shakib was dismissed for a duck as Mohammedan struggled right from the start. Shuvagata Hom's half-cenutry enabled them to post 113 for nine, a target Rupganj chased down for the loss of just one wicket on the back of an unbeaten fifty from Pinak Ghosh.
In the other match of the day, Khelaghar SKS registered five-run win over Brothers Union (D/L method).