Shamim Hossain, who was called up to the national team yesterday, gave further credence to the decision to include him in the Zimbabwe T20I, leading Prime Doleshwar to a five-win victory over Prime Bank nominees in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League match at Sher-e-Bangla National team today. With Abahani losing earlier today, the result means the title will be decided on the last day of the match on June 26.
Faced with Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Shoriful Islam fans, Prime Doleshwar had problems early on, dropping to 2 for 12 tracks. 27 of Saif Hassan 31 and 20 of 12 of Fazle Mahmud helped with the resistance, but as soon as they left, Prime Bank put pressure again.
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Shamim continued with his own brand of attacking cricket, playing some explosive shots against regular national teams. With 35 required in four overs, he beat six of Rubel, Mustafizur and then Shoriful during an unbeaten 30-ball 52, tied with four four and three six, as Doleshwar won by five yards.
Earlier, having won and choosing to win first, Prime Bank balls did not have the impact their title required.
Shafiul Islam and Kamrul Islam made early discoveries and only Rony Talukdar’s 41-ball 59 helped Prime Bank reach 126. Shafiul won four for 36, while Kamrul won three for 10 runs.
The victory for Doelshwar meant that the last match of the last day of the league between Prime Bank and Abahani Limited would be the decisive one. Both teams are equal with 22 points with 11 points each and the winner will take the title.