Tamim Iqbal’s Brothers Union, Mahmudullah Riyad’s Gazi Tank Cricketers and Enamul Haque Jr’s Prime Bank Cricket Club won their respective matches in the third round of the Dhaka Premier League yesterday.
The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium witnessed its first match of the league yesterday when Victoria Sporting Club took on Brothers, who rode on a 148-run partnership between Nazmus Sadat (82) and Angelo Mathews (56) to complete a six-wicket win.
Chasing a target of 214, Brothers slumped to 66 for four in 16.5 overs. Both Tamim (19) and Nafis Iqbal (21) failed to continue after getting starts. However, Mathews and Sadat’s 148-run partnership off 162 balls for the fifth wicket helped them sail through comfortably.
Earlier, a half-century from Jubair Ahmed (50) and captain Nasir Hossain’s 36 carried Victoria to 213 for nine.
The match got off to a delayed start as the ground was reported to be unprepared in the morning. The grass on a section of the ground needed to be trimmed, and the match started 18 minutes after the scheduled time.
The game at Fatullah saw Gazi Tank edge Naeem Islam’s Kalabagan Krira Chakra by eight runs. Half centuries from Tarik Usman (50) and Riyad (50) helped Gazi Tank post 244 for eight.
Kalabagan’s chase was powered by their Sri Lankan duo of Jehan Mubarak (65) and Kapugedera Chamara (60) and at one point threatened Gazi Tank’s total. However, wickets fell at a regular interval towards the end of the innings and they were bundled out for 236 in 49.3 overs.
The game at the BKSP-3 saw Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor begin his Dhaka League stint this year in style as he smacked a 78-ball 86 for Prime Bank. They posted 249 for eight and ended up beating Cricket Coaching School comfortably by 152 runs. Prime Bank’s Jeevan Mendis (4-31) was the chief wrecker as CCS were bundled out for 97.
SCORES IN BRIEF
VICTORIA: 213 for 9 in 50 overs (Jubair 50; Imtiaz 2-7, Mathews 2-29)
BROTHERS UNION: 214 for 4 in 43.5 overs (Nazmus 82, Mathews 56; Sajeewa Weerakon 2-35).
Result: Brothers Union won by six wickets.
GAZI TANK: 244 for 8 in 50 overs (Tarik 50, Riyad 50; Naeem 3-44)
KALABAGAN KC: 236 all out in 49.3 overs (Mubarak 65, K Chamara 60; Mahamdullah 2-13, Rubel 2-51).
Result: Gazi Tank won by 8 runs.
PRIME BANK: 249 for 8 in 50 overs (Taylor 86; Bishwant Halder 3-43)
CCS: 97 all out in 36.3 overs (Asif Ahmed 27; Mendis 4-31).
Result: Prime Bank won by 152 runs.