Mohammad Saifuddin’s round performance helped Abahani Limited win the Bangladesh Dhaka Premier Division T20 League title, sealing eight wins over Prime Bank in the final match of the Super League phase of the tournament in Mirpur today.
The victory also confirmed Abahani’s third consecutive triumph in the Dhaka Premier League, a T20 tournament this year rather than the traditional 50 over. It was also Abahani’s 21st DPL title, 13 more than their opponents Mohammedan Sporting Club, who finished under the Super League table with 15 points from 16 games.
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Saifuddin put four wickets to limit Prime Bank to 142 for nine, before playing a cameo game to help Abahani finish with a competitive 150 for seven.
Saifuddin, however, could have cost Abahani the game as he was looted for 16 runs in the penultimate round, as he was hit for four and six by Alok Kapali who brought the game to the cable with Prime Bank needing 16 more in the final. But Sohidul Islam threw a tight final, giving just seven runs even after hitting for six in the fourth over ball.
Saifuddin, who appeared earlier with the bats for the Sky Blues, removed Prime Bank opener Rony Talukdar in the first phase. The 24-year-old all-rounder gave Abahani another breakthrough when he had Prime Bank Governor Anamul Haque back in the third over, letting Prime Bank play in two for 20 after three over.
Rubel Mia scored a solid 43-ball 41, before Kapali’s last blitz helped Prime Bank keep their hopes alive, but Saifuddin put it to death with two more wins – those of Nayeem Hasan and Rubel Hossain – to death for to secure the triumph of Abahani. The all-rounder finished with numbers four for 36 of his four.
Earlier, choosing to win after losing their top three balls – Mohammad Naim, Munim Shahriar and Liton Das – early on, Najmul Hossain duo Shanto and Mosaddek Hossain did the rebuilding work for Abahani. Captain Shanto and Abahani Mosaddek put together a crucial fourth square 70-after the Sky Blues who played in three for 31 after 4.2 over.
Santo, who started late after Abahani started with the first losses of the victories, dropped his strike rate to a notch in the last stage of the game, as the left scorer scored 40 bullets 45, with three limits and two maximums. Mosaddek, who scored a 39-ball 40, supported Shanto properly in the middle.
While Shanto and Mosaddek revived Abahani’s adventure, young Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin played two cameo blows to help their side end the ending in a positive sense. Afif scored 12 of seven, while Saifuddin broke an unbeaten 13-ball 21, with two maximums.