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Sheikh Jamal dents Legend of Rupganj's DPL title hope



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Legend of Rupganj's aspiration to secure Dhaka Premier League (DPL) title got a further setback after suffering an eight-wicket defeat to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club today at BKSP-3 ground.

Rupganj eventually finished the group phase with 16 points from 11 matches, four points adrift of Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal. The four points however could make a difference in the Super League phase.

Saif Hasan led the charge before Indian recruit Parvej Rasool bowled beautifully to dismiss Rupganj for just 162 in 45.1 overs after they were put into bat first.

Wicket-keeper batter Irfan Shukkur's 53 helped the side go past 150 runs mark after they were reduced to 49-5 with both openers Munim Shariar and Parvez Emon bagging the duck. Sohag Gazi was the other notable scorer with 29.

Rasool claimed 3-29 while Shafiqul Islam and Arif Ahmed snapped up two wickets apiece to complement his effort.

Saif then struck six fours and four sixes for his 78 off 81 as Jamal cantered to the victory with 168-2 in just 28.1 overs. His opening partner Robiul Islam Robi made 58 and the duo combined for 141-run for the opening stand to make the chase a cake-walk.

Both of the batters were dismissed in the space of 12 runs but Fazle Rabbi calmly drove the side to the victory with 24 not out.