Mushfiq gets among runs as Mohammedan crush Brothers

Having struggled for long in the Twenty20 format, Mushfiq looked to regain his touch with a fine 72 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

Mohammedan’s total of 285-6 was built around a 135-run third-wicket partnership between Mushfiq and Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga (70).

A late assault from Nazmul Hossain Milon (70 off 41 balls) then propelled them to the challenging total.

Pacer Subhashish Roy and spinner Habibur Rahman made early inroads to leave Brothers struggling on 53 for 5 in their chase.

Zakir Hasan (61) then tried to revive it by pairing with Iftekhar Sajjad (29) for an 85-run stand. But the early damage was irreparable and Brothers were bundled out for 207 in 49.5 overs.

Roy returned 3-28 while Rahman and Enamul Haque Junior chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

In other matches of the first round, Taijul Islam smashed a six in the last delivery to seal a dramatic tie for Legends of Rupganj against Victoria Sporting Club.

Electing to bat first, Victoria posted an imposing 314-9 on the back of a fine century from Al-Amin (102) at the BKSP ground No. 3 in Savar.

Skipper Mosharraf Hossain (88) and Nahidul Islam (57) fashioned a recovery after Rupganj were tottering at 53-4.

But late strikes by Enamul Haque pegged them back. But, with 12 needed in the last over, Taijul launched Kamrul Islam Rabbi to level the score in the final ball.

At the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, pacer Muktar Ali’s List A career-best 4-19 inspired Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to a convincing eight-wicket win over Kalabagan Cricket Academy.

Asked to bowl first, Sheikh Jamal skittled out Kalabagan for a measly 152.

Riding on a fluent 72-ball 78 from Mahbubul Karim, Sheikh Jamal sealed the win in just 26.4 overs.