Gazi Tank register commanding win over Kalabagan
Gazi Tank Cricketers made a strong start to the Dhaka Premier Division's Super League phase with a 142-run win over Kalabagan Cricket Academy. Four Gazi Tank batsmen scored half-centuries to help the team reach 337-4, the second-highest score in this season's tournament.
Imrul Kayes and Aftab Ahmed put together an opening stand of 114 runs after Gazi Tank opted to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Kayes scored 64 off 79 balls, while Aftab made 53 off 69 balls. England batsman Eoin Morgan made only 11 before Raqibul Hasan dominated proceedings with an unbeaten 64-ball 98 that included ten fours and five sixes. He shared a 58-run fourth-wicket stand with Gazi Tank's captain, Mahmudullah.
KCA then had to bear the onslaught of Ryan ten Doeschate, who joined Raqibul in the 43rd over. The pair adding 124 runs and scored at a 16.17 runs per over, with the Dutch batsman blasting seven sixes and a four in his 26-ball unbeaten 54. Hamilton Masakadza bore the brunt of the aggressive batting, giving away 46 in 4.2 overs while Zakaria Masud went for 62 off just five overs.
KCA were hardly threatening with the bat, losing their top four for 26. Sharifullah and Saghir Hossain made fifties but the side was out of the contest in spite of their efforts. Arafat Sunny took three wickets while Rubel Hossain had 2 for 14.
Farhad picked up three wickets for 33 runs after hitting 43 off 32 balls earlier in the match. He removed openers Saikat Ali and Rumman Ahmed, before dismissing Golam Mabud in his last spell as Prime Bank were all out for 188. Legspinner Sabbir Rahman took two wickets while Sohag Gazi, Taijul Islam, Josh Cobb and Shafiul Alam picked up one each.
Earlier, Doleshwar made 244 for 7 powered by Reza's innings and contributions from Mehedi Maruf (49) and Dawid Malan (40) in the middle-order. For Prime Bank, Enamul Haque jnr took 3 for 53 while Shehan Jayasuriya picked up two.
Mohammedan's decision to bat first backfired and they were struggling at 48 for 6 in 16.4 overs. Mashrafe Mortaza made 49 off 66 balls, which took the score to 165 in 46 overs. Apart from Subashis' four wickets, legspinner Tanveer Haider picked up three wickets to wrap up the tail.
Afghan legspinner Rahmat Shah briefly threatened Dhanmondi Club's chase with three wickets, but Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 44 guided the reply.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here