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Batsmen outshine bowlers in NCL third round

Update : 10 Oct 2015, 07:01 PM

Imtiaz Hossain, Raqibul Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Ruman Ahmed starred with the willow while Sohrawardi Shuvo and Sanjit Saha struck with the leather as the third round of the ongoing Walton 17th National Cricket League got underway yesterday across different venues.

Dhaka, Rangpur, Chittagong and Sylhet were in the driving seat following the opening day’s play against Dhaka Metropolis, Khulna, Barisal and Rajshahi respectively.

Dhaka keep Dhaka Metro at bay

Raqibul Hasan’s unbeaten knock guided Dhaka to a good start in their first innings against Metro at Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium. Dhaka’s solid start however, was slightly shaken by Metro’s left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny, who removed opener Jony Talukdar (20), brother of national opener Rony.

The Dhaka batsmen though managed to recover their side from the early damage and end the opening day’s play on a sound footing.

Raqibul was undefeated on 89 with the help of 10 boundaries while Nadif Chowdhury was unbeaten at the other end on 37.

Sunny struck twice more later in the day to finish with three scalps.

Sohrawardi, Ranjit cast spell on Khulna

Rangpur spinners Sohrawardi Shuvo and Ranjit Saha wrecked havoc, sharing eight wickets between themselves as Khulna were skittled out for a below-par 211 in their first innings.

Khulna’s decision to bat first backfired horribly with defending champions Rangpur’s bowlers ruling the roost over the opposition batsmen.

Middle-order batsman Mehedi Hasan Miraz’s 63 ensured Khulna would have some total to defend while national discard Anamul Haque chipped in with 41.

Rangpur however, were also in trouble when they came out to bat, losing both of their openers – Tariq Ahmed (12) and Saymon Ahmed (three) - early. The holders put up 23 painstaking runs on the board from 18 overs.

Iqbal brothers run the show

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium has always been a happy hunting ground for opener Tamim Iqbal.

The national southpaw proved it yet again as his unbeaten 90 propelled Chittagong to 206/2 in their first innings against Barisal.

Asked to bat first, the port city outfit began their innings extremely well, thanks to a fine 98-run stand for the opening wicket between Tamim and his elder brother Nafees Iqbal.

Nafees was eventually removed by Sohag Gazi for 56, his knock studded with nine boundaries and a couple of sixes.

The only other wicket Chittagong lost on the day was that of national batsman Mominul Haque (16).

Tamim, who scored only four runs in his previous NCL knock, though continued to go for his shots and will be looking to complete his hundred today. He faced 160 balls and struck 11 boundaries and a six.

Ton-up Imtiaz inspires Sylhet

Riding on Imtiaz Hossain’s undefeated century, Sylhet concluded yesterday’s proceedings at a comfortable 236 for the loss of four wickets in their first innings against Rajshahi.

Opener Imtiaz, who hammered a hundred in his last NCL knock, carried on with his good form as he blasted 11 fours and a six in his patient 285-ball 125.

Middle-order batsman Ruman Ahmed was unbeaten at the other end on 81. 

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