Dhaka Division smash records and Barisal Division

Shuvagato Hom belts out an appeal WICB Media

Defending champions Dhaka Division opened their season by recording the largest margin of victory in a first-class match in Bangladesh when they routed Barisal Division by an innings and 413 runs in the National Cricket League. The margin bettered Sri Lanka's innings-and 248-run victory over Bangladesh in January 2014 handsomely.

Having been put in, Barisal were bowled out for 139 by tea on the first day, with Dhaka captain Mohammad Sharif picking up 6 for 24, his best first-class returns, in his 100th first-class match. The only resistance for Barisal came from Fazle Mahmud with 52 off 87 balls, and he had to run only four of them having cracked six fours and four sixes.

In reply, Dhaka amassed 651 for 5 after Rony Talukdar made his maiden double-hundred. He lashed 227 off 266 balls, that included 26 fours and three sixes. Raqibul Hasan made 145, his sixth first-class ton, while Taibur Rahman collected his third hundred, and remained unbeaten on 106 when the declaration came.

Trailing by 512 runs on the third day, Barisal slumped to 99 all out. Offspinning allrounder Shuvagata Hom ran through the top order as he snapped up 6 for 22 in 9.4 overs. Seamer Shahadat Hossain's 3 for 40 made short work of the lower order and the match was wrapped up a little after lunch.