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September 10, 2013
Matches: Brothers Union v Prime Bank Cricket Club at Rajshahi | Gazi Tank Cricketers v Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity at Bogra | Kalabagan Cricket Academy v Victoria Sporting Club at Savar (2)
Series/Tournaments: Bangladesh Domestic Season
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'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 hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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