Vol. 5 Num 491 Wed. October 12, 2005  

Smooth going on Day 2

The Corporate Cri-cket League made its nationwide de-but on Tuesday and apart from rain in-tervention at Khu-lna the other two games at Chit-tagong and Bogra were played un-der glorious sunshine.

There was however no upset on the second day of the season's curtain-raiser with favourites Beximco and MM Ispahani posting comfortable victories against Acme Laboratories and Security Express respectively.

Jamuna Bank won the clash of the newcomers against Orion Group in a match decided by D/L method after rain stopped play in a low-scoring affair.

But there was no firework from any national cricketer as it was seen on the opening day of the 12-team competition.

A five-wicket haul from unheralded Jamuna Bank paceman Ainul Kabir was the only highlight of the day.

Discarded national opener Hannan Sarkar's 63 off 90 balls went in vain as Acme Laboratories, in absence of national captain Habibul Bashar, suffered a 42-run defeat to the star-studded Beximco at the Bogra Shaheed Chandu Stadium.

Chasing 250 for victory, Acme were dismissed for 207 in their final over with Mohammad Rafique contributing a usual run-a-ball 27 with three fours and a six. Javed Omar, batting at number four, made 20.

Super-sub Mahbub Alam was the pick of Beximco attack with three wickets for 25 while his new ball partner Mohammad Shahzada chipped in with 2-42.

Earlier, Beximco skipper Akram Khan elected to bat but lost both openers Shahriar Hossain (1) and Rashedul Haque (23) with only 38 runs on board.

Al Shahriar's patient 43 off 69 balls in association with a blazing 37-ball 42 by country's top batsman Mohammad Ashraful took the score to 109 and inspired an imposing total of 249-9 in their share of 50 overs. Rafique also shone with his left-arm spin, taking 3-33.

At Chittagong, local side Ispahani stormed to an eight-wicket win over debutant Security Express with Mohibul Karim and Kamrul Islam setting it up at the Divisional Stadium.

Although skipper and national star Nafees Iqbal was a disappointment with the bat in his hometown, scoring just three, his teammates rose to the task with a 120-run partnership for the second wicket.

Opener Mohibul, who was unbeaten on 83 from 72 balls, cracked seven fours and two sixes including one against Atiqur Rahman that brought the winnings runs. Kamrul contributed 49 off 60 balls in their 149-2 in 24.2 overs.

Earlier, only five batsmen reached the double-figures as Security Express, after being sent in, reached 143 before being bowled out in 45.2 overs.

In a rain-interrupted match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium, Jamuna Bank were declared winners by 50 runs according to the Duckworth/Lewis Method. In reply to Orion's meagre 105 all out, Jamuna were 81-1 after 21 overs when rain stopped play.

According to the new ICC rules, both sides have to complete at least 20 overs in a limited-overs match and Jamuna snatched full points by virtue of a better run-rate. Jamuna's total after 20 overs was 74-1 compared to Orion's 48-6 at the same stage.

Right-arm pacer Ainul, who played for Wanderers Club in the Dhaka First Division League, took 5-24 from 10 overs to destroy the Orion batting. Only Shahnewaz Kabir Shuvra showed some resistance in the middle, top-scoring with 32.