Sadat stars in Brothers Union victory
Nazmus Sadat's unbeaten 82 helped Brothers Union to a six-wicket win over Victoria Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier League. The left-hander was involved in an unbroken 148-run stand with Angelo Mathews for the fifth wicket, making the most of a short leg-side boundary on the western side of the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The partnership had come at the right time as well for Brothers Union, who had slipped to 66 for 4 chasing a tricky 214 in the first match at the Mirpur venue for almost seven months. The wicket had earlier bothered Victoria's batsmen as well, but Sadat and Mathews hardly rushed into their shots, tapping and prodding for most of the 27 overs of their partnership. They only lifted the scoring rate when Victoria captain Nasir Hossain pulled in the field.
All four of Mathews' boundaries were sixes, while Sadat struck two in addition to ten fours. Mathews remained not out on a patient 56, as Brothers picked up their second win in the competition. Victoria have won and lost one each, after their first match against Kalabagan Cricket Academy was rained out.
Gazi Tank prevailed in a close encounter against Kalabagan Krira Chakra, winning by eight runs in Fatullah.
Set 245 to win, Kalabagan were on course for a final dart in the last three overs when they suffered a collapse triggered by the wicket of Chamara Kapugedera, who fell in the 47th over. The Sri Lankan batsman made 60 off 53 balls, but the moment he was caught behind by Hamidul Islam off Rubel Hossain, Gazi Tank found the breathing space to take the last four wickets.
Jehan Mubarak top scored for Kalabagan with 65, but neither he nor Kapugedera could prevent a second defeat for the club. Earlier Usman Tariq and the captain Mahmudullah added 50 runs each, as Gazi Tank made 244 for 8 in 50 overs. Kalabagan captain Naeem Islam took three wickets.
In the other match of the day Cricket Coaching School continued their miserable start to their campaign, as Prime Bank crushed them by 152 runs in Savar.
Brendan Taylor marked his DPL debut with a quickfire 86 off 78 balls for Prime Bank after they decided to bat. The innings included seven fours and four sixes, as he added 44 with Bhanuka Rajapakse, and another 49 with Jeevan Mendis, taking Prime Bank to 249 for 8 in their 50 overs.
For CCS, Bishwanath Halder took three wickets while Sujeet Parbatani and Imamul Mustakim picked up two each.
Their chase began well enough as Uttam Sarkar and Amit Mazumder made their way to 34 by the eleventh over. But once a free-flowing Uttam fell, CCS collapsed. With the exception of Asif Ahmed, none of the other batsmen could manage more than 9, and they were eventually bowled out in 36.3 overs for 97 - their second two-digit total in three matches.
Legspinner Jeevan Mendis took four wickets while Enamul Haque jnr and Mahmudul Hasan picked up two scalps each to complete the rout.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here