Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza starred with the ball in hand as his five-wicket haul ensured that his side Legends of Rupganj thrashed Mohammedan Sporting Club by 10 wickets at BKSP-3 Ground in Savar on Monday.
Mashrafe, with a very small run-up and immaculate control, destroyed the Mohammedan batting lineup as they were bowled out for just 80. Soumya Sarker scored 41 and no one else but skipper Imrul Kayes, who scored 11, could reach double digits with the bat.
Mashrafe came into attack as the fourth bowler for Legends of Rupganj and bested Mohammedan skipper Imrul as he bowled the batter with a beautiful delivery that hit the top of off stump.
In his fourth over, the 39-year-old bowled Anustup Majumder before trapping Shuvagata Hom and Enamul Haque in the next two overs.
Mashrafe took the final wicket of Mohammedan in the 23rd over as the batter Khaled Ahmed was caught at fine leg trying to hit an over boundary.
In reply, depending on Parvez Hossain’s 44 and Munin Shahriar’s 30, Legends of Rupganj reached the target in 8.2 overs with all 10 wickets in hand.
Mashrafe’s match-winning performance handed him a couple of records.
With the five-wicket haul, Mashrafe became the first Bangladeshi bowler to pick 450 wickets in List A cricket, which he achieved in 324 matches.
The second-highest is Abdur Razzak, who has 412 wickets to his name.
The fifer also made Mashrafe the oldest player to register a five-wicket haul in List A cricket in Bangladesh as he was 39 years and 173 days old on Monday.
The record was previously named to Mohammed Ashraful, who at age 37 years 258 days registered his only List A fifer last year against the same opponent, Mohammedan SC. Ashraful took five wickets for 23 runs for Brothers Union.
Mashrafe has seven five-wicket hauls in his List A career, the second-highest in Bangladesh, only behind Razzak, who has nine.
Sk Jamal beat Shinepukur
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club beat Shinepukur Cricket Club by 55 runs in the other match of the day at BKSP-4 Ground in Savar.
Shinepukur opted to field first winning the toss and Sheikh Jamal put 196-9 on the scoreboard, courtesy of Fazle Mahmud’s unbeaten 91 and Ziaur Rahman’s 27.
Mehedi Hasan Rana took three wickets for Shinepukur, while Forhad Reza and Hasan Murad took two each.
In reply, Shinepukur were all-out for 141 in the 42nd over and fell 55 runs short. Shamsur Rahman and Forhad Reza scored 29 each while Aminul Islam and skipper Amit Hasan scored 22 and 21 respectively.
Ebadot Hossain, Arif Ahmed, Parvez Rasool, and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury all took two wickets each for Sheikh Jamal DC.