The round had started with the dominance of the bowlers but the batsmen turned around on the second day
Rajshahi openers Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mizanur Rahman and Dhaka Metropolis batsman Shadman Islam marked the second day of round two of the National Cricket League with centuries.
The round had started with the dominance of the bowlers but the batsmen turned around on the second day.
Nazmul and Mizanur aided Rajshahi towards a big lead against Rangpur in their tier one match, while Shadman helped Dhaka Metro to a lead against Dhaka in their tier two encounter.
Rangpur v Rajshahi
Nazmul and Mizan were not content with mini centuries as they scored 173 and 165 respectively and their huge 311-run opening wicket stand helped Rajshahi end the day on 419/2 replying to Rangpur’s 151 in the first innings in Rajshahi’s Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium.
The day resumed with Rajshahi batting in the first innings with an overnight score of 99 for no loss and both the openers continued their onslaught.
Shanto in his 313-ball innings struck 23 boundaries while Mizanur faced 216 balls and slammed 22 boundaries.
At stumps, Junaid Siddique was unbeaten on 39 while Farhad Hossain was not out on 26.
Dhaka Metro v Dhaka
Opener Shadman remained unbeaten on 186 to guide Dhaka Metro to 312/4 at the end of the day to get a 106-run lead in Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.
The day resumed with Dhaka Metro batting on 26 for no loss and find Shadman take charge to guide the innings to a substantial lead, and a big total.
The left-handed opener en route to his career-best first-class knock hammered 21 boundaries and one over boundary with Mehrab Hossain Jr unbeaten on 37 on the other end of the crease. Mohammad Ashraful made 49 and formed a crucial 137-run fourth wicket stand with Shadman. Dhaka pacer Shahadat Hossain picked up two wickets.
Barisal v Khulna
Mohammad Mithun registered his 24th first-class half century as his side trailed by 100 runs with four wickets in hand against Barisal in Khulna’s Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
At one stage, Khulna were reduced to 88/5 but Mithun, who made 72, formed a 105-run stand with Ziaur Rahman to resurrect the innings.
Mithun was dismissed but Zia remained not out on 46.
Barisal resumed batting in the morning on 266/8 before finishing on 299.
Pacer Al Amin Hossain and veteran spinner Abdur Razzak bagged three wickets each for Khulna.
Chittagong v Sylhet
The second day of the game in Cox’s Bazar’s Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium was called off due to rain without a ball being bowled.
Chittagong batting first had put on 282 losing nine wickets at the end of day one.
20TH NCL, ROUND 2, DAY 2
Rajshahi 419/2 in 116 overs (Shanto 173, Mizanur 165) lead Rangpur 151 by 268 runs
Khulna 199/6 in 75 overs (Mithun 72, Ziaur 46*) trail Barisal 299 in 102.2 overs (Nuruzzaman 74, Shahriar 41) by 100 runs
Chittagong 282/9 v Sylhet
Dhaka Metropolis 312/4 in 102 overs (Shadman 186, Ashraful 49) lead Dhaka 206 by 106 runs