Athletic

Zakir, Naim shine on opening day of Dhaka League

Zakir Hasan hit a ton for Rupganj Tigers on the opening day of the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League on Tuesday to beat Abahani Limited by seven wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Abahaini batted first in this match and posted 255 for nine riding on the century of Mohamad Naim who posted 115 off 132 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Mohammad Saifuddin was the second-highest runs scorer for them with 40 off 43 balls with five fours.

Mukidul Islam, the right-arm pacer of Rupganj Tigers, scalped three conceding 51 runs in 10 overs while Farhad Reza bagged two wickets.

In reply, Zakir Hasan and Mizanur Rahman added 166 runs in the first-wicket stand and set the foundation to upset the defending champions Abahani. Mizanur fell for 93, but Zakir ended up after hitting 117 off 116 with 15 fours and two sixes. Rupganj Tigers chased down the target in 42 overs with seven wickets in hand.

In the other two matches of the day, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat City Club by 50 runs, and Legends of Rupganj beat Gazi Group Cricketers by 147 runs. Both of these matches took place in BKSP.

Prime Bank batted first to score 265 for eight wickets with the highest of 60 by Anamul Haque Bijoy. In reply, City Club, who are playing the Dhaka League after years, tumbled for 215. Mahadi Hasan bagged three wickets for Prime Bank.

Riding on 92 of Naeem Islam, Legends of Rupganj scored 291 for seven wickets. In reply, Gazi Group only managed to score 144 for 10 and lost the match by a big margin.

Source: United News of Bangladesh