Asif Ahmed took his overnight score to a double hundred on the second day of the third round matches of the National Cricket League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Resuming the day on 171, the right-hander made exactly 200, his maiden first-class double, as Dhaka Metro piled up 400 runs before declaring their innings closed. Barisal however made a confident start in their innings, reaching 109 for two at stumps and Asif also shone with the leather by taking both the Barisal wickets.
At the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, Dhaka Division improved their batting in the second innings against impressive Sylhet, but were still trailing by 145 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand.
Mahbubul Karim missed his hundred by only four runs but his effort and Jasim Uddin's unbeaten 84 put Chittagong ahead against Khulna at the Shahid Chandu Stadium in Bogra.
A six-wicket haul by Shafiul Islam destroyed hosts Rangpur as Rajshahi consolidated their position despite their batting hiccup in the second innings. To add to the hosts' woes, all-rounder Alauddin Babu suffered an injury during fielding and did not turn up to bat later.
DHAKA METRO: First innings 400-9 declared in 119.2 overs (Asif 200, Marshall 79, Mehrab 43; Islamul 3-51)
BARISAL: 109-2 in 52 overs (Rabbi 54 not out, Iftekhar 30 not out; Asif 2-15)
DHAKA DIVISION: 100 and 111-3 in 37 overs (Rokibul 46 not out, Shuvagoto 24 not out)
SYLHET: 356 all out in 100.3 overs (Sayem 133, Kapali 84, Rajin 59 not out; Sharif 6-83)
CHITTAGONG: 309-4 in 73.4 overs (Mahbubul 96, Irfan 51, Jasim 84 not out, Rezaul 19 not out; Murad 2-86)
RAJSHAHI: 273 all out in 92.3 overs (Sanjamul 33, Muktar 56 not out; Shuvashis 2-33, Sajedul 2-33, Shuvo 2-45, Tanvir 3-46) and 98-5 in 31 overs (Forhad 29 not out; Sajedul 2-24, Ariful 3-38)
RANGPUR: 101-9 in 34.1 overs (Saddam 27, Tarik 31; Shafiul 6-39,