NATIONAL cricket team opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza hit a sparkling half-century to power Kalabagan Cricket Academy to an impressive six-wicket win over Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the sixth round of the Dhaka Premier League at BKSP Ground in Savar on Saturday.
The right-handed batsman smashed half a dozen fours and seven sixes on his way to a 71-ball 93 as Kalabagan reached 206-4 with nine balls remaining in their chase after restricting Sheikh Jamal to 204-8.
The Zimbabwean recruit Masakadza, played an impressive innings, scoring six boundaries and seven over boundaries as he shared a useful 131 runs partnership with Abdul Majid for the third wicket stand, after Kalabagan lost both their openers early at the 33 runs in the score board.
Masakadza was named the player-of-the-match for his impressive innings on the day.
With the day’s win, Kalabagan CA improved their tally with seven points from six matches while Sheikh Jamal remained at their previous credit of eight points playing the same number of matches.
Saturday’s half century was his second in the Dhaka Premier League after his unbeaten knock of 85 runs inspired Kalabagan
CA to an eight-wicket victory over Abahani Limited on September 23.
Other Zimbabwean players featuring in the Dhaka Premier League include national team captain Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza, Vusi Sibanda and Sean Williams.
Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team lost to their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in the third place playoff match of the Quadrangular tournament in India to finish their campaign without a victory.
Saturday’s defeat was the team’s sixth during the tour in Visakhapatnam while their encounter against South Africa last week was abandoned.
India Under-19 won the Quadrangular Under-19 series after beating South Africa in the final by 201 runs.