Al-Amin five-for flattens Mohammedan Sporting Club
Prime Bank Cricket Club rode on Sabbir Rahman's unbeaten 78 to beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by seven wickets in a rain-curtailed contest at the KSOA Stadium in Fatullah. Sabbir hit four fours and five sixes in his 75-ball knock to help Prime Bank overhaul the target with 13.2 overs to spare.
The game, interrupted by rain after Mohammedan had batted for 19 overs, was reduced to 41 overs a side. Only Tamim Iqbal, who had notched up 157 in the previous match, kept Mohammedan's innings alive with a patient knock of 46. But Al-Amin, spearheaded Prime Bank's attack with a five-wicket haul to bowl out Mohameddan for 142 in 36.1 overs. The offspinner bowled six overs with figures of 5 for 25 - including the scalp of Tamim - and earned his second five-for in List A cricket.
Prime Bank's target was adjusted to 149 in 41 overs and in reply, they lost their openers Soumya Sarkar (2) and Mehedi Maruf (7) within the first five overs of their innings. But Sabbir anchored his side's chase with a match-winning knock. He added 97 unbroken runs for the fourth wicket with Taibur Rahman, who chipped in with an unbeaten 50-ball 42.
Steered by Amit Majumder's maiden List-A century, Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity crushed Partex Sporting Club by 77 runs in the battle of the newly-promoted sides at the BKSP-4 Ground in Savar. The margin of victory is likely to hold Khelaghar in good stead when the net run-rate comes into play later in the competition.
Put in to bat, Khelaghar posted 288 for 8 in 50 overs. Majumder and Nazmus Sadat added 133 runs for the fifth wicket, with the latter hitting 79 off 51 balls, including six sixes and two fours. Majumder hit nine fours and three sixes during his 85-ball 101.
Chasing 289, Partex hardly challenged Khelaghar's bowling attack as they folded for 211 all in 45.1 overs. Sadiqur Rahman, Tanvir Islam and Ariful Islam took three wickets apiece while Robiul Islam Robi picked up one to hand Khelaghar their first win in the Dhaka Premier League this year.
Kalabagan Krira Chakra also registered their maiden victory in the competition this year, defeating Victoria Sporting Club by ten runs at the BKSP-3 Ground in Savar.
Having lost the toss, Kalabagan posted 259 for 6 in 50 overs courtesy half centuries from Mehrab Hossain jnr (63), Tushar Imran (56) and Muktar Ali (52). Mehrab and Tushar added 96 for the third wicket, before Tushar added 57 for the fourth wicket with Tasamul Haque(44). Muktar, who took charge of Kalabagan's innings thereafter, hit four sixes and two fours in his 27-ball knock.
Victoria suffered an early jolt in their innings - losing opener Abu Sayeem in the third over - and subsequently collapsed to 61 for 4 in the 19th over. Nasiruddin Faruque, however, held the chase together with his 84-ball 58 that included six fours and a six. After he fell to Nabil Samad, Shafiul Hayet and Moinul Islam put together 109 runs for the sixth wicket. Hayet made 64 off 81 balls - studded with six fours and two sixes - while Moinul top-scored with 75 off 57 balls.
Once Kalabagan removed him in the 47th over, Victoria's chase fell apart. With 30 runs needed off 20 deliveries, none of the last four batsmen in the lower order could get into double figures. Abul Hasan, Muktar and Hamilton Masakadza took two wickets each to limit Victoria to 249 for 9 in 50 overs.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84