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Arafat takes seven as bowlers dominate in NCL

  • Published at 09:04 pm October 8th, 2018
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Rangpur's Liton Das is cleaned up by Rajshahi's Shariful Islam during day one of their NCL second round match in Rjashahi Monday Courtesy

In the battle of the two Dhaka teams, Dhaka Metropolis will be the happier side after bundling Dhaka out for 206 runs and later scoring 26 without loss at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium in Fatullah

After the batsmen dominated in the opening round of the National Cricket League, it was time for the bowlers to return the favour in the second round with left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny making the biggest impact with seven wickets after day one in the four-day tournament.

Dhaka v Dhaka Metropolis

In the battle of the two Dhaka teams, Dhaka Metro will be the happier side after bundling Dhaka out for 206 runs and later scoring 26 without loss at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium in Fatullah.

Dhaka Metro elected to field first. 

Batsman Taibur Rahman was the top-scorer for Dhaka with 88 while Arafat was the chief destroyer for Dhaka Metro, taking seven wickets for just 57 runs.   

Rangpur v Rajshahi 

Rajshahi were well and truly on top thanks to their bowlers after skittling a strong Rangpur batting line-up that included Liton Das (17) and previous match’s double-centurion Ariful Haque (five) for just 151 after deciding to field first at Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi. 

Bowlers Farhad Reza and Mohor Sheikh took three wickets each while middle-order batsman Naeem Islam top-scored with 60 for Rangpur. 

In reply, Rajshahi made an excellent start scoring 99 without losing a wicket with Nazmul Hossan Shanto (37) and Mizanur Rahman (59) set to resume batting on the second day in this tier one match.   

Barisal v Khulna 

Khulna took wickets regularly against Barisal to keep them at 266/8 after bowling first at Sheikh Abu Naser Cricket Stadium in Khulna. 

Veteran spinner Abdur Razzak was the highest wicket-taker on the day with three scalps while Nuruzzaman was the highest scorer for Barisal, not out on 48, and is set to resume batting on the second day in this tier one game.  

Chittagong v Sylhet 

Backed by the only century of the day from opener Sadikur Rahman (106), Chittagong ended the day on 282/9 against Sylhet after batting first at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar. 

Yasir Ali (84) made the only other notable contribution with the bat while Shahanur Rahman was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 58 runs in this tier two match.

19TH NCL, ROUND 2, DAY 1

Tier 1

Rajshahi 99/0 in 27 overs (Mizanur 59*, Shanto 37*) trail Rangpur151 in 59.4 overs (Naeem 60, Sheikh 3/37) by 52 runs

Barisal 266/8 in 90 overs (Nuruzzaman 48*, Shahriar 41) v Khulna

Tier 2

Chittagong 282/9 in 87 overs (Sadikur 106, Yasir 84) v Sylhet

Dhaka Metropolis 26/0 in 13 overs (Saykat 21*, Shadman 4) trail DHAKA 206 in 75 overs (Taibur 88, Arafat 7/57) by 180 runs