Central Zone's Marshall Ayub and East Zone spinner Nabil Samad were the highlights of the second day of the Bangladesh Cricket League matches yesterday. While Marshall returned to form with an unbeaten century, Nabil's six-wicket haul helped his side gain a 22-run lead over Mushfiqur Rahim's North Zone.
But unlike the first round, both the matches appear to be heading for results at the end of the second day's play.
CENTRAL V SOUTH
South Zone added 34 runs to their overnight score of 196 for 7 before being bundled out for 230. Central's captain Mahmudullah Riyad finished with career-best bowling figures of 7 for 94. Central then rode on Marshall's unbeaten 122 to overcome the 65-run deficit and take a 253-run lead. They finished the day on a confident 318 for 5. Marshall, who had not been among the runs in recent times, played a patient four and half hours knock, which saw him hit 14 fours and two sixes. With the Sri Lankan series around the corner, the innings could not have come at a better time. He was well supported by Shamsur Rahman's 65.
EAST V NORTH
Meanwhile, 15 wickets fell at the BKSP-2 in a match which is heading towards a close finish.
Tamim Iqbal's East Zone could add only 9 runs to their overnight score of 261 for 8 before being bowled out for 270 early in the morning. In reply, Mushfiqur's side crumbled to Nabil's turners as they were shot out for 248. The northerners were struggling at 99 for 6 midway through their innings and were looking down the barrel. An 86-run stand for the seventh wicket between Forhad Reza (72) and Sohrawardi Shuvo (67), however, helped them reduce the first innings deficit.
After putting up a fighting effort with the bat, Forhad struck early with the ball as well when he removed Tamim early, after the changeover. At stumps, East Zone were 79 for 3, holding a 101-run lead.