Nayeem, who made an impressive debut in Test cricket against Zimbabwe recently, demolished Central as they were all-out for 134 chasing 456 after Mominul Haque and Yasir Ali scored centuries for East to set up a huge target at the Sylhet International Stadium
Young off-spinner Nayeem Hasan continued to prove his excellence as he grabbed eight wickets for East Zone to hand over Central Zone a huge 321-run defeat in the third day of their final Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) game on Wednesday.
Nayeem, who made an impressive debut in Test cricket against Zimbabwe recently, demolished Central as they were all-out for 134 chasing 456 after Mominul Haque and Yasir Ali scored centuries for East to set up a huge target at the Sylhet International Stadium.
With this win East have kept their chance to clinch the title but if South Zone, who are playing in the other game against North Zone, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong win on Thursday they will become the champion.
North Zone finished the penultimate day with 186-5 in their second innings, leading by 62 runs with only five wickets remaining.
Central started the round as league leaders but East took the ascendancy from the beginning of the match as their batsmen scored aggressively in the first innings to put 425 on the board before Taijul Islam got six wickets to bundle out the opponents for 224.
Despite getting a 201-run lead in the first innings they decided to bat again rather than enforcing the follow-on and kept their aggression after resuming on two without loss in the third day.
Openers Rony Talukdar and Imrul Kayes perished within 10 overs but Mominul and Yasir Ali continued the onslaught scoring almost run-a-ball.
The partnership added 175 runs before Mominul was dismissed for 100 that came off 106 balls containing nine fours and a six.
Yasir, who has been in good form with the bat, reached his century in 110 balls and East got past the 250-run mark in just 43 overs.
East skipper Mominul declared the innings giving his bowlers a day and a half to bundle out the opponents and the Nayeem-led attack needed just 42.2 overs to do so.
Nayeem trapped opener Pinak Ghosh in front for a duck. Another opener Saif Hasan (37) and Nazmul Hossain (31) formed a brief resistance but both of them were dismissed by Nayeem before the other batsmen got out meekly conceding a huge defeat.
Nayeem’s 8-47 are his best figures in first class cricket, improving his previous best of 8-106 that he got in last year’s National Cricket League and this also became the best bowling figure by a Bangladeshi off-spinner surpassing Jamal Babu’s 8-67.
EAST ZONE 425 all out (Mominul Haque 82, Taskin Ahmed 4/96) and 254/3d beat CENTRAL ZONE 224 all out and 134 all out in 42.2 overs (Nayeem Hasan 8/47, Abu Jayed 2/8) by 321 runs