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South make great escape, Yasir scores second ton

  • Published at 11:21 pm February 17th, 2020

East Zone won comfortably against North Zone and sealed a final berth thanks to the second ton of the match from Yasir Ali

Only one wicket decided a finalist of the Bangladesh Cricket League Monday, as South Zone salvaged a draw against Central Zone. 

In the other match, East Zone won comfortably against North Zone and sealed a final berth thanks to the second ton of the match from Yasir Ali.

South v Central 

South had a mammoth target of 507 runs at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox's Bazar and they resumed on 159/4. They needed a rearguard action to eke out a draw.

Shamsur Rahman was the highest scorer in the innings with 133 and man of the match Nasum Ahmed, who picked up six wickets, played a patient 85 runs off 246 balls, but the final pair of Farhad Reza and Shafiul Alam were relied on in the closing stages. 

The partnership began in the 135th over the innings after the fall of captain Abdur Razzak, who made a surprising and ultimately miscalculated early declaration in the first innings, and had to face 58 balls to see off the last hour. 

The 30-year old medium pacer Shafiul, who has played 11 Tests and 59 ODIS, scored just one run but consumed 26 balls and 33-year old Farhad faced 91 balls in his stubborn 27-run innings.

Earlier in the day, overnight batsmen Shamsur and Nasum steadfastly saw off the first session without losing a wicket, and fought for another hour before Samsur was dismissed after playing 230 balls. South lost two quick wickets before Nasum and Farhad formed another partnership of about 20 overs before the thrilling finish. 

Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the pick of the bowlers for Central with four wickets.

East v North

Yasir Ali Chowdhury, who got a call-up in the national team squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, scored 110 runs in the second innings to follow up his 165 in the first innings to pick up an easy eight-wicket win  at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox's Bazar.

Yasir was hero with the willow while Nayeem Hassan was the hero with cherry in his hand for East, as the young spinner grabbed five more wickets in the second innings to add to his eight wickets in the first. 

North resumed the day on 145/5 before losing experienced batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for 44, and Nayeem picked up three wickets in the day to rout the opponents for 269 and set a target of 211. 

East lost opener Pinak Ghosh (12) early in the chase but other opener Mohammad Ashraful, who finished unbeaten on 70, and Yasir Ali were formed a blistering 170-run stand in just 156 balls.

Yasir, who struck eight fours and five sixes in his 88-ball whirlwind innings, finally perished after getting past the three-figure mark. Captain Imrul Kayes (17 not out) and Ashraful completed the formality of picking up the remaining runs to take the side through to the final, which will start next Saturday at Chattogram. 

8TH BCL, RD 3, DAY 4

CENTRAL ZONE 235 & 385/8d (Shanto 253*, Nasum 4/85) drew with SOUTH ZONE 114/4d & 386/9 (Shamsur 133, Miraz 4/136) 

EAST ZONE 331 & 211/2 (Yasir 110, Ashraful 70*) beat NORTH ZONE 272 & 269 (Ankon 44, Nayeem 5/101) by 8 Wickets