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September 24, 2013
Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club continued their remarkable winning streak, beating Prime Bank by five wickets in Savar. The unfashionable club from Dhaka's south has now defeated three big names, having slayed Abahani and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in their last two matches.
Offspinners Tillakaratne Sampath and Sohag Gazi made the difference by picking three wickets each. Sampath, Dilshan's younger brother, removed countrymen Lahiru Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis to trigger a middle-order collapse. Prime Bank never recovered from losing those quick wickets, getting bowled out for 182 in 48.5 overs.
Saikat Ali and Thirimanne scored half-centuries but Prime Doleshwar kept it tight even when Taibur Rahman added 44 for the seventh wicket with Fariduddin.
Prime Doleshwar's reply didn't start well, losing two wickets at 13, but their Sri Lankan pair of Roshen Silva and Sampath added 89 runs for the fifth wicket to get them very close to the winning score. Silva was unbeaten on 63 off 105 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Prime Bank now have two wins and two losses, while Prime Doleshwar lead the table with three wins and a better run-rate than Mohammedan Sporting Club who have also won three games.
Scott Styris' first List A hundred in more than two years helped Gazi Tank to a five-wicket win over Cricket Coaching School at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The former New Zealand batsman made 102 off 119 balls with nine fours and a six, playing the anchor role in a tricky chase of 256. He walked in at the sixth over with his side two down, but soon turned things around with Imrul Kayes. The pair added 122 runs for the third wicket with Imrul hitting his first fifty of the league.
Raqibul Hasan complemented the pair, and continued to milk the CCS bowlers after both Styris and Imrul got out. He remained unbeaten on 58, as Gazi Tank completed the win in the final over.
Earlier, the CCS batsman continued their hot-and-cold performance as they put up 255 for 7. They have made two scores of below 100, including being bowled out for 35 in their first game, and also scored 200-plus twice in their four matches.
Salman Hossain and Gihan Rupasinghe made fifties, the pair also adding 82 for the fourth wicket which gave the lower order the impetus to push the total past the 200-run mark.
A pair of 70s from Anamul Haque and Shalika Karunanayake helped set up Victoria Sporting Club's second win in the Dhaka Premier League. They beat Kalabagan Krira Chakra by 85 runs in Fatullah after they posted 231 in 48.4 overs.
Anamul and Karunanayake added 88 runs for the third wicket after they were 44 for 2 in the 13th over. It was a timely knock for Anamul who is among a few vying for a top-order place in the Bangladesh Test for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. His 70 came off 84 balls with three sixes and three fours respectively. Karunanayake was sixth out in the 42nd over, facing 79 balls with four fours and three sixes.
Kalabagan's chase started cautiously but they soon suffered a middle-order collapse, in which they plummeted from 80 for 2 to 93 for 6. Tasamul Haque made 34, and that was the only score of note as they suffered their third defeat in four games.
Nasir Hossain and Enamul Haque took three wickets each for Victoria, while Monir Hossain and Milinda Siriwardena got two each.
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