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November 17 - Final
Beximco 276/9, 50 overs v Epyllion 226/10, 44.1
Beximco won by 50 runs
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Final: Beximco corporate kings
thedailystar.net Sports Reporter
Beximco used all their firepower to down Epyllion Group by 50 runs in
the final, to clinch the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League title yesterday.
Beximco's 276 for nine in 50 overs, in an exciting match watched by a
large crowd at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium proved too good for Epyllion,
who were all out for 226 despite a skipper's knock by Tushar Imran.
Man-of-the-final Mohammed Shahjada, who wrapped up the show in the first
ball of the 45th over, yorked Epyllion's Pakistani recruit Yasir Arafat
and bagged five wickets to destroy the last half of the rival innings
for just 28 runs.
Chasing an uphill target, Epyllion got off to a fine start when super-sub
Sajjadur Rahman (40 off 74 balls) and national opener Shahriar Nafees
(33 off 40 balls) put on 68 runs in 12 overs.
However, Beximco's Kenyan batsman Steve Tikolo, having contributed a
master 53 off 57 balls, gave the side a breakthrough when he removed Nafees
in his second over. Left-handed Nafees, who played some exquisite shots
including a hooked six off Mahbubul Alam, dragged a delivery onto his
Epyllion lost wickets at regular intervals before number four Tushar
came together with hard-hitting Arafat, to raise hopes of an improbable
victory, even though they were facing an asking run-rate of seven from
the last 20 overs.
Tushar, who was particularly harsh on short deliveries, smashed four
boundaries and lofted left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak out of the ground
for a six over midwicket, just after he was let off the hook by Beximco
wicketkeeper Moha-mmed Shahin.
The wasted stumping chance on 54, however, did not prove costly as Tushar
was run out for a 56-ball 60. The right-hander swept Tikolo and decided
to respond to a call for a single by Arafat, but he was late to beat a
throw by Razzak to Tikolo at the non-striking end.
Arafat, who stormed Epyllion into the final with a match-winning knock
in the semis, hit a few lusty blows including a huge six that landed over
the roof of the gym at the northern side. But his run-a-ball 46 was not
enough to inspire the tail that was blown off -- they lost the last four
wickets in the space of 12 deliveries -- by Shahjada.
Earlier, Akram Khan elected to bat after winning the toss and the Beximco
captain could not have asked for more from his star-studded line-up, after
the early loss of Rashedul Haque.
Rajin Saleh (50 off 66 balls), who clubbed seven boundaries, was unfortunate
not to complete his half-century as the opener mistimed a pull against
paceman Arafat and gave a leading edge to the wicketkeeper.
Runs also flowed from the bats of Al Shahriar (40 off 48 balls) and Tikolo,
each hitting five fours. An aggressive Mohammad Ashraful blasted part-time
off-spinner Tushar over the midwicket fence for a quickfire 30-ball 32
but the Epyllion captain had his revenge by luring his national teammate
to pull a short ball to the safe hands of Nafees at the same region.
Tushar also clean bowled Tikolo in his next over to reduce Beximco to
202-5 but Akram Khan's trusted willow made sure they took the match beyond
the opposition's reach, adding 69 runs in the final ten overs. Akram,
who showed his disappointment over the decision of his caught behind,
made 31 off 29 balls, inclusive of an unusual pulled six off fast bowler
Semi Finals: It's Beximco v Epyllion
thedailystar.net Sports Reporter
Beximco and Epyllion set up the November 17 final clash in the GrameenPhone
Corporate Cricket League when they won their respective semifinals in
dramatic fashion at two different city venues yesterday.
Epyllion pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win against Bangladesh captain
Habibul Bashar-led Acme Laboratories at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
while a star-studded Beximco defeated Gazi Tanks by four wickets thanks
to a match-winning 59 by a vintage Akram Khan.
Both the semifinals produced low scores but excitement were aplenty although
there were little or no fireworks from any star names. The four semifinalists,
who were involved in frantic activities to make the best use of their
one foreign player quota, also saw their overseas players contributing
little in the crunch games.
Only Pakistani Yasir Arafat with a 40 played a part in Epyllion's one-wicket
triumph over Acme.
The right-arm paceman cum lower order batsman made a memorable Dhaka
debut first by hitting a 35-ball 40 and then taking two wickets for 19
runs. He was later adjudged man-of-the-match.
On the other hand, former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan once again showed
his big match temperament in the twilight of his career with a fine half-century
that took Beximco a step away from glory.
Acme virtually lost the plot even at the halfway mark when they put up
a modest 185 on the board despite a typically stubborn 58 off 115 balls
from national opener Javed Omar and a clumsy 31 by Pakistani Tareq Mehmud.
But Bashar's Acme sniffed a spectacular turn-around when Epyllion lost
all but one wicket with still needing five more runs for victory. The
apparel giants however survived those nail-biting moments when their number
eleven Shahadat Hossain pulled left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique just
over the close-in field and sneaked the winning single in the 44th over.
But Epyllion's road to victory was fashioned by a young batsman. Opener
Shamsur Rahman, a member of the under-19 team that toured England earlier
this year, hit a fluent 62 off 74 balls that contained four boundaries
and three sixes. Pakistani Arafat then took Epyllion close to victory
before being the last batsman out in the 43rd over.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore watched the game along with other selectors.
But the Australian was critical about the quality of the foreign recruits.
"Is he playing cricket? What's the point of fielding a foreign player
like him at the cost of a local cricketer?" remarked Whatmore after
watching Tariq Mehmud in action.
Out-of-favour paceman Tareq Aziz Khan claimed the first three wickets
and finished with 3-33 in 8 overs while his new ball partner Shahadat
took two for 39 and spinner Sabbir Khan two for 19.
Pacer Alamgir Kabir was the most successful Acme bowler with 4-25 while
ace left-arm spinner Rafique and Hasibul Hossain took two wickets each.
Veteran Akram Khan led star-studded Beximco to recover from an early
damage to score a four-wicket victory against Gazi Tanks.
Chasing Gazi's 160, Beximco lost Mehrab Hossain (3), Al Shahriar (1),
Kenyan Steve Tikolo (8) and Mohammad Ashraful (1) with only 34 runs on
the board. But the big man joined opener Rajin Saleh to repair the innings
as they produced 72 runs for the fifth wicket.
Akram hit 59 off 81 balls that produced nine fours while Rajin added
a 99-ball 44 with five fours and a six.
Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahin was the other notable scorer with 36 as
Beximco reached the target of 163 for the loss of 6 wickets in 44.2 overs.
Earlier Gazi Tank saw a batting collapse after opting to bat. Captain
Khaled Mahmud at least saved more humiliation by scoring team highest
43 off 56 balls when his side was struggling on 86-6.
Nazmul Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Abdur Razzak Raj and Steve Tikolo captured
two wickets each for Beximco.
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Twelve teams are divided into two groups for the latest installment of
the CCL. GrameenPhone returns as the sponsor but they will not field any
team this year. As in any other domestic cricket tournaments/leagues,
the format has been changed for the CCL. Instead of a Cup and Plate title,
the top two finishers from each group will move directly into the semi-finals,
thus reducing the number of matches to be played.
The tournament committee finalised the grouping with Araf Apparels, Bangla
Cat, MM Ispahani, Security Air Express, Gazi Tank and Epyllion Group placed
in group A. Jamuna Bank, Beximco Group, Metro Real Estate, Bangladesh
Biman, Acme Laboratories and Oriental comprise the other group.
Matches will be played at Chittagong, Khulna, Bogra and two venues in
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