The five-day final finished on the fourth day at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong when East were all out for 248 in their second innings while chasing 354, thus losing the match by 106 runs
South Zone’s legacy in the Bangladesh Cricket League became even more dominant as they completed a hat-trick of titles by winning their fifth championship in eight editions when they beat East Zone in the final Tuesday.
The five-day final finished on the fourth day at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong when East were all out for 248 in their second innings while chasing 354, thus losing the match by 106 runs.
Ironically, Abdur Razzak, the iconic captain of South remained wicketless in the innings, but the most successful bowler in the country’s domestic circuit got seven wickets in the first innings to take his tally to 22 wickets, and for the third consecutive time, became the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Razzak has been pivotal for South’s supremacy and another player, Anamul Haque, has also turned into a stalwart with the bat as he became the highest run-scorer for the second consecutive time by scoring 501 runs in the current edition.
Anamul, who totaled 658 runs last season, was adjudged man of the tournament.
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But the standout hero of the final was another seasoned campaigner, Farhad Reza.
The experienced all-rounder, who scored a crucial century in the first innings, got two wickets in the penultimate day to seal the deal.
After conceding a big 213-run first-innings lead, East bowlers made the match interesting as they reduced South to 125/8 at stumps on day three and after resuming the fourth day, the winner were bundled out for 140 in their second innings.
East’s opening bowlers Hasan Mahmud and Abu Haider did most of the damage, picking up four wickets apiece, but despite that commendable job, their batsmen had to score 354 to win the final.
East’s veteran campaigner Mohammad Ashraful failed to respond in the tough situation as he got out for just five opening the batting and when skipper Imrul Kayes was dismissed for just three following the dismissal of opener Pinak Ghosh (16), the chase was in dire straits.
Mahmudul Hasan and Afif Hossain made a good recovery but just when the partnership was looking to become the match-winning one, the latter was dismissed for 31 and the 85-run stand was broken.
The match became all but over when East lost Tamzid Hossain and Mahmudul, who scored highest 81, within the space of one run as the score was 158/6.
Wicket-keeper Zakir Hasan scored 42 batting at No 7 but that could just delay the inevitable.
And as things happened, it was yet another dominant performance by South that saw them lift the title.
8TH BCL FINAL, DAY 4
EAST ZONE 273 & 248 IN 68.4 OVERS (Mahmudul 81, Zakir 42) lost to SOUTH ZONE 486 & 140 IN 35.1 OVERS (Mahedi 53, Hasan 4/35) by 105 runs
MoM: Farhad Reza
MoS: Anamul Haque