Medium pacer Yeasin Arafat became the first Bangladeshi bowler to take an eight-wicket haul in List-A cricket. Arafat’s incredible figures of 8 for 40 helped Gazi Group Cricketers canter to an eight-wicket win against Dhaka Premier League table-toppers Abahani Limited at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
Playing only his third List-A game, Yeasin rocked Abahani in the third over by removing Saif Hassan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto in the space of three deliveries. He did an encore in his next over, producing another double-strike to dismiss Nasir Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain within three balls. By now, Abahani had slipped to 12 for 5, with Anamul Haque perishing to Tipu Sultan in between the two overs.
Mohammad Mithun counter-attacked with 40 as Abahani recovered to 65, but Sultan got his wicket too. Arafat then returned for his second spell, and there was no let-up in intensity, as he took out Mashrafe Mortaza, Sunzamul Islam and Ariful Islam, all in the 23rd over.
His eighth wicket arrived in the form of last man Manan Sharma, who had already top-scored with 46, in the 27th over, as Abahani were bowled out for 113. Arafat’s eight-for is the first in List-A matches since 2010, when West Indies A’s Kevin Stoute took 8 for 52 against Lancashire.
Having earned the right to do so, Arafat then put his feet up as Jahurul Islam shepherded the chase with an unbeaten 52 off 78 balls. He lost Mahedi Hasan and Mominul Haque early, but Fawad Alam joined him to help complete the chase in 29.5 overs. The pair added 93 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand.
The win also lifted Gazi Group from the DPL’s relegation zone – occupied by the bottom three teams – as they now have 10 points after 10 games.