Dhaka Premier Division cricket league, country club Cricket’s biggest event, has come to an end for this year. In the splendor of the franchise T20 tournament BPL, Dhaka Premier Division Cricket retains its familiar color. After so many uphill crossings till the last round and there are still three teams in the headlines.
Specially Mashrafe’s team Abahani is in the better position among the three teams. They are the biggest claimants for the title with 22 points in 15 matches. Before the start of the league, Abahani brings Mashrafee in the team from Shinepukur with an especial agreement. That special agreement provided them something very special, that’s for sure. Captain Mashrafe is really a special phenomenon, that’s openly recognized by everyone. But the club-officials might not expect that the bowler Mashrafe will provide this incredible service for the team.
With the courtesy of Mashrafee, The record of the highest wicket-taker of the league has already been rewritten. With one match still left, Mashrafee sent Tanvir Haider’s 35 wickets record in the second place by taking 38. In this journey, he made a unique record of the double hat-trick in List A cricket against Agrani Bank. Truly, this 36 years ‘young’ Mashrafee is something special for the cricket world.
A journalist was about to ask him “At this age …”, just after listening to that he replied with a smile, “The age increases the experience.” For example, the ability to handle everything in my life is much more than ever, it is applicable to off the field too. ”
Meanwhile, before the final round, Legend of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal are in the second position with 20 points. The net run rate made the difference between these two teams. Although both teams won their last match, they could not be very happy. Because on this day Abahani defeats Khelaghar at Mirpur and decreases the dramatization a little bit for the last round.
In the Abahani-Khelharga match, Abahani had a very good start with 100 runs for 1 wicket in 16 overs. Then losing the next 7 wickets in just 57 runs made the situation difficult for them. But in the end, Mehdi Miraj’s 50 runs innings of 44 balls made him not only ‘the man of the match’ but also gave the team a fighting total of 241 runs. In reply, without India’s Ashok Menaria(wonder of Khelaghar for this year) Khelaghar only manage to score 114 runs. Abahani left the field with a massive 127 runs victory and a strong position in net run rate.
Legend of Rupganj, who went to the field with a mental preparation for huge victory against Gazi Group at Fatullah, has achieved their goal. Gazi Group was restricted to 152 runs and Legends chased down that target in only 22.5 overs with just losing 2 wickets. Their earned net run rate in that match may also affect the last round.
However, Sheikh Jamal and Prime Daleswar’s low scoring match at BKSP raised some suspicious fingers in the country’s cricket. In this important match, Sheikh Jamal came down to bat first and only manage to score 184 runs. Dealeshwar, who got down to chase and responded with 70 runs for 2 wickets at a stage. But they have lost 7 wickets for next 36 runs.
In fact, the style of falling of those wickets is the asking questions to everybody’s mind. Who knows, maybe it’s an exaggeration of cricket’s uncertainty. However, Sheikh Jamal kept the last round interesting with a 10-run win.
Now, in the last round, winning is not enough for these three teams, but they also have to keep in mind the game of others. Abahani will be the champions despite losing against Rupganj in Abahani-Rupganj’s unauthorized final. In that case, losing margin has to be in minimum shape. Abahani has no harm even if the match will be called off though. And if Sheikh Jamal defeats the Khelabhara, there is no chance for Rupganj. But, if Sheikh Jamal defeats Khelghar by a huge margin in their own match and also Abahani lose by a huge margin then the net run rate will play a vital role.
Now just wait and see how dramatic can be the last round of the this Dhaka Premier League.