Off the four matches in the first round of the 19th National Cricket League, only Rajshahi Division earned a winning start of the season as the other three matches ended draw. Rajshahi in Tier 2 of the First Class cricket competition defeated Sylhet Division at Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium yesterday. As far as individual performance is concerned three names are making the most noise. Anamul Haque scoring a double ton and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza taking four wickets in a longer version game, both for Khulna Division and all-rounder Nasir Hossain’s five-wicket haul for Rangpur Division.
Khulna Div v Rangpur Div (Tier 1)
Anamul Haque struck 216 to reach his maiden First Class double hundred. The Khulna Division opener resumed his innings on 173 on the final day of the game and reached the milestone quickly. The innings is the 41st double century registered in the competition. The game however ended draw after match officials called off the tie due to wet outfield with Rangpur batting on 37 for four in the second innings.
Replying to Rangpurs 471 in the first innings, Khulna took only 24 runs lead as the side declared on 495 for nine. Tushar Imran scored 54 while Khulna spinner Nasir picked five wickets in the innings.
With Rangpur batting in the second innings, Khulna captain and veteran pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza picked three wickets in 10 balls to end with four wickets in the game. The performance came as a booster to Mashrafe’s intention to return to the longer version cricket for Bangladesh. The right-arm pacer has been out of Test cricket since 2009.
Dhaka Div v Barisal Div (Tier 1)
Rain played the most as it allowed only 90 overs to take place in four days and force the game draw at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
Dhaka went to bat first and played 90 overs to post 309 runs riding on Saif Hasan’s unbeaten 106 runs and Rony Talukder’s 121 runs.
Rajshahi Div v Sylhet Div
Riding on Farhad Hossain’s 70 runs, Rajshahi chased 211 against Sylhet to kick start the season with a win.
The game have shaped up well after a below par first innings totals for both sides. Sylhet had went into the second innings with 49 runs lead having dismissed Rajshahi on 79 with Sayem Alam taking six wickets.
Sylhet however could not capitalise on the lead as the side got all-out of 162 as Rajshahi pulled up a combined effort with the ball. Chasing the target Rajshahi had had come in day four with 86/2 overnight score and reached shore with six wickets intact.
Chittagong v Dhaka Metro (Tier 2)
Dhaka Metro saw their domination in the game washed off as rain forced the game against Chittagong Division at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong ending draw. Chasing 383 runs, Chittagong were 193 for 4 when rain stopped the proceedings in the afternoon. After around two hours of wait, the match officials called off the game sharing the points amongst the two teams. Sazzadul Haque score 82 while skipper Tasamul Haque was unbeaten on 46 for Chittagong.