Prime Doleshwar cruise to fourth successive win
Imtiaz Hossain's second century helped Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club maintain their unbeaten run in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League after cruising past Brothers Union with a seven-wicket victory at the BKSP-3 ground.
Imtiaz struck eight fours in his unbeaten 100 off 128 balls, and shared a 101-run fourth-wicket stand with Nasir Hossain (48 off 58 balls). After Rony Talukdar fell in the second over of Prime Doleshwar's innings, Imtiaz added 47 for the second wicket with Raqibul Hasan and 82 runs with Chamara Silva, who chipped in with 46.
After being asked to bat, Brothers Union made 229, with fifties from Imrul Kayes and captain Tushar Imran. Al-Amin Hossain, Nasir and Robiul Islam Robi took two wickets each.
Prime Bank, who were inserted to bat, posted 318-9 - the highest team score in this year's competition. Sabbir struck eight fours and a six before reaching his ton in the 46th over. He shared a 61-run second-wicket stand with Shanaj Ahmed, who contributed with 66 off 77 balls. He then added 133 runs for the third wicket with Nurul Hasan, who smashed seven fours in his 67-ball 63. SJDC captain Mahmudullah took three wickets in four balls in the 50th over to finish with career-best figures of 5 for 66.
In the chase, his side had slumped to 24 for four in the ninth over. Mahmudullah consolidated the early losses but was dismissed for 37 in the 24th over. Nazmus Sadat, who top-scored with 76, and Muktar Ali added 57 runs for the eighth wicket.
Rubel Hossain was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-1-9-1. Left-arm spinners Nazmul Islam and Raihan Uddin took three wickets apiece.
Abahani were bowled out for 221, with de Silva taking four wickets in his first spell including Tamim Iqbal, who top-scored with 63 off 88 balls. He added two more in the 48th and 50th overs. Medium-pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi returned figures of 3 for 38.
Victoria openers Abdul Mazid and Fazle Mahmud were removed within four overs before the in-form Al-Amin resurrected the chase with 56. Suhrawadi Shuvo kept Victoria in the hunt with a 56-ball 45 but he was the ninth man out in the 47th over. Taskin Ahmed claimed the final wicket as Victoria were bowled out for 212.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84