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Dhaka, Metro land wins

Update : 02 Feb 2014, 05:39 PM

Medium pacer Saikat Ali’s five-wicket haul allowed Dhaka Metropolis win their opening National Cricket League match against Chittagong by 127 runs while backed by the massive first innings total Dhaka Division also handed a comprehensive 10 wicket defeat to Rangpur yesterday. The only drawn game in the first round of the longer-version tournament was between Khulna and Barisal.

Earlier Rajshahi won their respective game against Sylhet inside three days.

Chittagong v Dhaka Metro

The port city side resumed the last day on 63 for two needing 252 to win with eight wickets to spare but the target proved to big in front of some discipline seam bowling from Saikat and Mohammad Shohid.

The Metro duo of Saikat and Shohid shared nine wickets to bowl Chittagong out for 188 runs in their second innings at Bogra’s Shaheed Chandu Stadium. Chittagong opener Nafees Iqbal scored 68 while Faisal Hossain made an unbeaten 49.

Dhaka division v Rangpur

Rangpur’s Ariful Haque and Tanvir Haider’s valiant effort was not enough to take their side to a comfortable position as they could only throw a target of nine runs to win for Dhaka. Ariful made 98 and Tanvir was unbeaten on 95 as Rangpur, who resumed the day on 190 for seven, posted 309 in their second innings after they were put to follow-on.

It took Dhaka just four balls to land the win at Rajshahi’s Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium. Dhaka skipper Sharif earned the man of the match award for picking eight wickets and scoring 78 runs in the match.

Khulna v Barisal

After an entertaining last day the match eventually ended as a draw but it could have gone either way. At Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium hosts Khulna started the day on 23 for two and faced some fierce fast bowling from Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Golam Kibria as they were reduced to 86 for 6 by lunch time.

Left-arm spinner Monir Hossain cleaned up the tail by taking three wickets as Khulna were bowled out for 114 runs. The first innings lead gave Khulna the edge as the eventual target for Barisal was 220 runs.

With three hours of play left in the day Barisal surely fancied their chances but they were immediately pushed to back foot by Dollar Mahmud. The quickie returned both openers, Shahriar Nafees and Fazle Rabbi, for first ball ducks to set a thrilling finish to the game.

However, Salman Hossain and Iftekhar Nayeem added 80 runs to get back their momentum before they lost three quick wickets towards the end of the day. Barisal held on and made 122 for six before the match was called off as a draw.

Kamrul of Barisal bagged the man of the match award for the six wickets in the match and his valuable 63 runs in the first innings.   

Brief score:

Dhaka Metro v Chittagong

Dhaka (1st innings): 221 all out in 59 overs

Chittagong (1st innings): 195 all out in 67 overs

Dhaka (2nd innings): 289 all out in 90.5 overs

Chittagong (2nd innings): 188 all out in 57.2 overs

(Nafees 68, Faisal 49*, Shohid 4/46)

Dhaka Metro won by won by 127 runs

Rangpur v Dhaka Div

Dhaka (1st innings): 616/7 dec in 133.2 overs

Rangpur (1st innings): 315 all out in 84.1 overs

Rangpur (2nd innings): 309 all out in 65.1 overs

(Ariful 98, Tanvir 95*, Sharif 4/76)

Dhaka (2nd innings): 9/0 in 0.4 overs

(Majid 5*)

Dhaka Division won by 10 wickets

Khulna v Barisal

Khulna (1st innings): 357 all out in 122 overs

Barisal (1st innings): 252 all out in 84.1 overs

Khulna (2nd innings): 114 all out in 51.1 overs

(Taposh 41, Kamrul 4/39, Monir 3/19)

Barisal (2nd innings): 122/5 in 46 overs

(Iftekhar 39, Dollar 2/13, Rajibul 2/21)

Match Drawn

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