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Razzak dazzles BCL with seven-for

  • Published at 09:31 pm December 24th, 2018
Abdur Razzaq

Abdur Razzak, the 36-year old left-arm spinner, returned with figure of 7/69 bowling 29.4 overs for Prime Bank South Zone but BCB North Zone’s all-rounder Ariuful Haque made 98 that helped his side score 293 in the first day of their final round match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Chittagong

Abdur Razzak, the most successful bowler in the history of Bangladesh first-class cricket, showed his class yet again as the left-arm spinner picked up another seven-for in the Bangladesh Cricket League Monday. 

Razzak, the 36-year old left-arm spinner, returned with figure of 7/69 bowling 29.4 overs for Prime Bank South Zone but BCB North Zone’s all-rounder Ariuful Haque made 98 that helped his side score 293 in the first day of their final round match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Chittagong.

With all four teams having realistic chances of clinching this year’s title, Razzak did his part for South, who are at second position with 20.63 points, before the side finished on 21/1 at stumps. 

In the other match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, East Islami Bank Zone batsmen impressed as they ended the day on 380/8 against the league leader Walton Central Zone, who started the round on 21.87 points. 

South v North 

North openers Junaid Siddique and Mizanur Rahman seemed to justify their skipper Jahurul Islam’s decision of batting first as they scored 60 in their stand before the latter became the first victim of Razzak  for 29. 

Razzak ran through the North middle-order as he added three more scalps along with one apiece from Shafiul Islam to put them in dire straits at 136/6.

But Ariful, along with Ziaur Rahman, who made 69 runs, showed some rearguard action, adding 135 runs for the seventh wicket stand to resurrect the innings. 

However, Nahidul Islam removed Ziaur before Razzak further dented the opponent by getting rid of Sanjamul Islam for a duck. 

And, on the day of his 37th five-wicket haul, by far the most in Bangladesh’s domestic cricket history, Razzak epitomised the day by depriving Ariful of a century as the right-handed batsman was adjudged leg-before off his bowling as the ninth wicket fell with the score on 293.

Razzak did not take long to wrap up the innings as he cleaned up last man Ebadat Hossain two balls later for a duck to finish another good bowling show. 

But, on the day of discarded experienced national players, another cricketer of such pedigree, Shahriar Nafees failed as he got out for just one while opening for South later in the day. 

7TH BCL, ROUND 6, DAY 1

South Zone 21/1 in six overs (Fazle 8*, Sanjamul 1/7) trail North Zone 293 in 83.4 overs (Ariful 98, Razzak 7/69) by 272 runs

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