Dhaka Premier League 2013 September 10, 2013

Rubel's six-for sets up Gazi Tank win

Rubel Hossain's six-wicket haul took Gazi Tank Cricketers to an eight-wicket win over the newly promoted Khelagar Samaj Kallyan Samity side in one of two completed opening day Dhaka Premier League matches.

Having decided to bat first, Khelaghar slipped to 17 for 4 in the ninth over with Rubel claiming all the wickets to fall. He returned to clean up the opposition tail and finish with his best List A figures of 6 for 18.

Shuvagata Hom's 53 off 81 balls was the only saving grace for Khelaghar, as they were bowled out for 133 runs in the 40th over.

Gazi Tank then took just 24.2 overs to complete the victory, with Aftab Ahmed making an unbeaten 59 off 64 balls, with seven fours and three sixes. He added 67 for the second wicket with Imrul Kayes, before finishing the job with another 54-run stand with the New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris, who made an unbeaten 32 off 30 balls.

Prime Bank Cricket Club beat a strong Brothers Union side by 79 runs, despite Nafees Iqbal smashing 150.

Prime Bank's Sri Lanka batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa set up the innings, scoring the league's first century. His second List A ton, 107 off 97 balls, included nine fours and six sixes. He shared a 166-run second wicket stand with opener Ziaur Rahman, who smashed seven sixes and six fours in his 69-ball 89.

Mahmudul Hasan's half-century complimented their efforts and with Sameera de Zoysa and Tayebur Rahman chipping in, Prime Bank made a formidable 334 for 9 in 50 overs.

Brothers' left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam took three wickets. Iftekhar Sajjad and Suhrawadi Shuvo picked up two each, while Tareq Aziz was taken for 60 runs from his six overs.

Captain Tamim Iqbal gave Brothers a good start to the chase, but he fell for 31 off 21 balls. His elder brother Nafees, however, held the innings together, his 150 coming off 140 balls with 21 fours and a six. But after he retired hurt, the chase floundered. Mehrab Hossain jr's 23 was by the next highest score as Brothers Union were bowled out for 255 in the 46th over.

Meanwhile, the match between Victoria Sporting Club and Kalabagan Cricket Academy in Savar was called off at 1.55pm due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain. There had been steady showers in the area over the last few days and play has been postponed to Wednesday.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Android on September 12, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Afghan skipper M.Nabi made 146 runs from 90 balls

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    He is the best under 19 player since Dinesh CHandimal..But Bloomefield ruined him by making him bat at no 6,7 just like national team doing for Chandimal by forcing him to bat at no 6,7..He was not only the best batsman fro SL in 2010 under WC he was the classiest batter of the whole tournament..he was cut above the rest.Still he is only 21 has loads of time to be a world class player

  • associate cricket fan on September 11, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Thanks to BCB for keeping faith in Bhanuka rajapakse and letting him bat at No.3. There is no doubt, that this guy has loads of talent. But he was treated very badly by SLC. He was our Best U19 batsman in the 2010 U19 world cup and was excellent as an opening batsman. But these jokers asked him to bat at No.6 and No.7 in club matches and spoiled his career. Now he is finding hard to secure a place in his club team. Hoping to see more good performances from him.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    At last its start.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    ha ha Bhanuka(Best u19 batsman ever produced after Dinesh Chandimal),at last you have managed to get in to form . SLC made so many wrong decisions about him.They have removed him from u23 Sri Lankan side and did not gave "Super 4's 20 20"(rescently concluded to chose a team for Champions league) side for him.And keeping faith of some bad players.Hope you will be able to play Sri Lankan National Side.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Aftab Ahmed not out 59 79 64 7 3 92.1

    Aftab we want you back in the national team ......miss your service in the middle order of bangladesh batting lineup!!

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