Title-decider in Mirpur today
The last super league game between Prime Bank Cricket Club and Abahani Limited today proved to be the title-deciding encounter in the Dhaka Premier League T20 competition as both teams have equal 22 points from 15 matches so far.
Both teams had the opportunity to take one step forward towards the title but lost their crucial encounters in the previous round against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club respectively on Thursday.
That makes this season's DPL title decider going down to the wire. The high-voltage match will begin at a revised time from 2:00pm instead of 9:00am at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
The other super league game between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Prime Doleshwar will begin at 9.30am while the schedule for the Gazi Group versus Sheikh Jamal match will remain unchanged and will start at 6.30pm in Mirpur.
Prime Bank had more chances to confirm their maiden title but Anamul Haque's side went on to lose two out of five super league games kept, extending their wait for the title till the final game.
Abahani, on the other hand, lost only one game in their previous encounter against Sheikh Jamal, courtesy of Mohammad Ashraful's blistering unbeaten 72 which helped them chase down a challenging target of 174 runs.
Abahani, however, will be delighted with the way Liton Das returned to form and scored 70 in the previous game. Opener Naim Sheikh is also in fine touch, but the likes of Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain will have to step up in the absence of regular skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was ruled out of the super league stage with a finger injury.
Prime Doleshwar, who are just one point behind Abahani and Prime Bank with 21 points from 15 games, will look to confirm second place when they take on Mohammedan, yet to win a game in the super league phase. The night game between Gazi Group and Sheikh Jamal will be a battle for pride as both teams are already out of title race.