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Three double tons as batsmen rule the roost in NCL

  • Published at 01:41 am January 5th, 2017
Three double tons as batsmen rule the roost in NCL
In the NCL, the premier first-class competition of the country, Dhaka's Saif Hasan first reached the milestone to become the youngest double centurion in any format and later, his colleague Taibur Rahman also recorded the honour. Finally, it was Sylhet captain Alok Kapali who led from the front to help his side post a mammoth total against Chittagong. This is his second first-class double hundred. Dhaka v Barisal, tier one Saif and Taibur's double tons enabled Dhaka to declare their first innings on 588 runs for six wickets against Barisal at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Saif scored 204 runs to become the youngest double centurion at 18 years and 66 days while Taibur made 242 off 302 balls. In the process, the duo added 304 runs for the fourth wicket partnership to guide Dhaka to a huge total. Later, the Dhaka bowlers used the momentum well as Barisal made a poor start. Barisal lost four wickets with just 44 runs on the board. Khulna v Dhaka Metropolis, tier one Courtesy Anamul Haque’s 122 runs, tier one table-toppers Khulna are well on track to put up a big target against Dhaka Metro. Opening batsman Hasanuzzaman added 55 runs to the tally. At stumps, Khulna managed a 357-run lead with seven wickets remaining. Anamul faced 153 balls in his innings and hit four boundaries and two sixes. Khulna’s batting display came on the back of a brilliant effort by the side’s bowlers who restricted Dhaka Metro to 122 runs in their first innings in reply to Khulna’s 207. Sylhet v Chittagong, tier two Alok Kapali’s unbeaten 200 saw Sylhet declare their first innings on 555 runs with three wickets intact. At stumps, Chittagong trailed by 440 runs with seven wickets remaining. With Kapali unbeaten on 56, Sylhet resumed their first innings with 309 runs for the loss of four wickets. A determined Kapali took control and faced 266 balls to reach the milestone with the help of 12 boundaries and 10 sixes. Sylhet wicketkeeper-batsman Jaker Ali and Shahanur Rahman added 78 and 45 runs to the tally respectively. Later, Chittagong scored 115 runs in 38 overs with opener Nafees Iqbal not out on 51 and Yasir Ali undefeated on 53. Rajshahi v Rangpur, tier two A dominant Rangpur are leading the race for promotion to tier one in their game against Rajshahi. At stumps, Rajshahi trailed by 118 runs with nine wickets remaining after Rangpur posted 351 runs to lead by 160 runs. Rangpur began the day on 89 runs for four wickets. With Nasir Hossain and Dhiman Ghosh’s 68 and 97 runs respectively, the side took the all-important first-innings lead in the tie. At end of the day, Rajshahi scored 42 runs in nine overs losing one wicket. BRIEF SCORES Dhaka 588/6d in 152.5 overs (Taibur 242, Saif 204) lead Barisal 101/6 in 22 overs (Al Amin 34, Shahadat 2/21) by 487 runs Khulna 207 & 272/3 in 58.2 overs (Anamul 122, Tushar 73*) lead Dhaka Metropolis 122 in 36 overs (Sharifullah 38, Razzak 3/15) by 357 runs Rajshahi 191 & 42/1 in nine overs (Junaid 21*, Myshukur 16) trail Rangpur 351 in 94.5 overs (Dhiman 97, Mamun 5/81) by 118 runs Sylhet 555/7d in 143 overs (Kapali 200*, Imtiaz 134) lead Chittagong 115/3 in 38 overs (Yasir 53*, Nafees 51*) by 440 runs