Prime Bank joint-toppers after crushing Victoria
Prime Bank Cricket Club joined Gazi Group Cricketers at the top of the Dhaka Premier League points table after crushing Victoria Sporting Club by 130 runs at the BKSP-4 ground in Savar. Victoria are one of two teams who are still without a win in the league so far.
Mehedi Maruf's third List-A century propped up Prime Bank to 283 after they elected to bat. He struck 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 103-ball 101. He added three 50-plus stands with fellow opener Nahidul Islam, their new Indian recruit Abhimanyu Easwaran and Zakir Hasan for the first, second and third wicket stands respectively, before falling in the 34th over.
Victoria captain Monir Hossain took three wickets while Moinul Islam, Islamul Ahsan and Rubel Mia took two each. Victoria's 284-chase didn't take off, though. They lasted just 33.5 overs, with Shafiul Hayat's 42 being the highest in the team's 153 all out. Ariful Haque took three wickets while Al-Amin finished with two.
Brothers Union took only three hours and 27 minutes to dismantle Partex Sporting Club and romp to a seven-wicket win at the BKSP-3 ground in Savar. It was their first win of the season, while Partex slumped to their fourth defeat in a row.
Batting first, Brothers Union took only 30.5 overs to dismiss Partex for 102, with Sazzadul Haque, the No. 8 batsman, top-scoring with 42. Left-arm spinner Nihaduzzaman took four wickets while Nayeem Hasan and Kazi Kamrul Islam, who turned himself into a left-arm spinner from being a left-arm quick midway through his career, took two wickets each.
Brothers Union then took only 17.5 overs to complete the win. Farhad Hossain remained unbeaten on 35 off 36 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Mohammedan Sporting Club went back to winning ways by beating Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by four wickets inFatullah.
Batting first, Khelaghar were bowled out for 189 runs in 45.4 overs, with Robiul Islam Robi and Amit Majumder scoring a bulk of the runs . Robiul struck seven fours and a six in his 73-ball 63 while Majumder made 53 off 62 balls. Enamul Haque jnr took three wickets while there was two each for Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mohammad Azim and Taijul Islam.
Mohammedan finished up the chase in 44.5 overs with captain Raqibul Hasan anchoring a faltering chase with an unbeaten 76. They had slipped to 94 for five in the 21st over but Raqibul struck six fours and three sixes in his 92-ball innings, and shared a crucial 64-run unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Taijul - who contributed 14 important runs - to take his team to victory. Robiul took three wickets.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84