DHAKA, While Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club edged Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club out by onerun in a thrilling game of Dhaka Premier League (DPL) today at the ShereBangla National Cricket Stadium, a noball drama hogged the limelight, putting the shed on what was termed as the most exciting game of the season.
The noball incident happened in the last ball of the innings as Sheikh Jamal needed five runs to seal the deal. Indeed they needed a six. However No. 11 batsman Khaled Ahmed managed a four but the ball was a full toss delivery.
As per the demand of Sheikh Jamal, that was a waisthigh full toss that should be called a noball. Khaled who faced the delivery didn't argue with the umpires but he tried to catch their attention in this regard. However it went in vain as the umpires declared Doleshwar win, sparking a protest from Jamal's tent.
Since the match was not telecast live, there was no way of watching the replay of the delivery immediately. The umpires then saw a TV footage and ensured that it was not a 'noball' delivery.
The delivery was not waist high as we watched in TV footage later after Sheikj Jamal protested about it verbally, said umpire Masudur Rahman Mukul. It's a legal delivery.
Farhad Reza was instrumental in Prime Doleshwa's nervewrecking victory, contributing for the side with both batting and bowling. He firstly became the Bangladesh' fastest halfcenturion in List A cricket, hitting his 50 off just 18 balls. He was finally dismissed for 56 off 20 but his innings was catalyst in Doleshwar's hefty 2396 as the match was rescheduled to 26over affair due to wet pitch.
Jamal fought necktoneck and needed just 11 runs to seal the deal in the last over, delivered by Farhad Reza. He bowled intelligently to concede just nine runs and claimed the wicket of wellset Tanbir Hyder to help the side win the game from the jaws of defeat.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)