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12:00 AM, November 17, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 17, 2011

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Ameer delivers Ctg's 3rd win

Chittagong's Pakistani recruit Ameer Khan bagged another six-for to power Chittagong to a 26-run win over Dhaka in the National Cricket League at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. It was the southeastern division's third win in the competition, moving them towards the top of the points table alongside Dhaka Metropolis while Dhaka division are still without a win after four games.
Barisal skipper Shahriar Nafees struck a century in the rain-shortened third day against Rangpur while Rajshahi require another 238 runs for victory with ten wickets hand against Khulna at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore.
The day began with Mosharraf Hossain Rubel claiming his seventh wicket in the Chittagong second innings, finishing with a match haul of 11 for 102.
Set 215 for victory, Dhaka immediately found Ameer's variation of leg-spin and googly too much to handle. After paceman Iqbal Hossain took the first wicket to fall, Ameer removed Saikat Ali and Abul Bashar off successive deliveries, adding Nurul Hasan after six over. With Dhaka in trouble at 77 for seven, Rubel and Nazmul Islam (38) staved off the leggie for an hour and inched towards their target through the tenth wicket stand of 41 runs but it was to no avail.
Ameer took the last three wickets to fall -- Nazmul, Mosharraf and Shahadat Hossain (30) -- as Chittagong wrapped up Dhaka for 188 runs in 66 overs.
Rajshahi again had to fight back into the game through their bowlers this time as they are poised for a thrilling final day chase.
At stumps, the defending champions were 48 for no loss as openers Avishek Mitra and Mizanur Rahman safely batted out thirteen overs, after being set 286 for victory.
Having conceded a 71-run first innings lead, Khulna were well place for a bigger second innings total but once the Anamul Haque-Taposh Ghosh partnership fell after adding 87 runs for the third wicket, it was an uphill task.
Left-arm spinners Saqlain Sajib and Sanjamul Islam took three and two wickets respectively as the rest of the Khulna batsmen couldn't string together a decent total.
Only 59 overs were possible at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium as rain forced the umpires into the drawing the stumps shortly after tea on the third day.
But it was enough for Shahriar Nafees (115) to slam his fifth first-class century as Barisal kept it tight throughout the day. The left-hander struck 18 boundaries in his nearly five-hour essay as the southwestern division moved to 259 for four.
After adding 81 runs for the third wicket with nightwatchman Syed Rasel (32), Nafees strung together a 167-run fourth wicket stand with the veteran Javed Omar, recently added to the Barisal side.
Javed remained unbeaten on 69 with ten boundaries and a six in his 132-ball knock and weather permitting, will come out to bat with Nafees's younger brother Iftekhar Nayeem who was unbeaten on nought.
Shuvashish Roy took two wickets while Sajidul Islam and Naeem Islam Jr took one each.
First innings 176 and second innings 213 all out in 65.3 overs (Faisal 73, Nafis 29, Mosharraf 6-64, Mahbubul 2-23). DHAKA: First innings 175 and second innings 188 all out in 66 overs (Nazmul 38, Shahadat 30; Ameer 6-78, Yasin 3-43).
Result: Chittagong won by 26 runs.
KHULNA: First innings 278-9 declared and second innings 214 all out in 77.1 overs (Anamul 56, Taposh 45; Saqlain 3-51). RAJSHAHI: First innings 207 all out and second innings 48-0 in 13 overs (Mizanur 27 not out, Avishek 16 not out).
RANGPUR: First innings 407-7 declared. BARISAL: First innings 259-4 in 67 overs (Nafees 115, Javed 69; Roy 2-86).

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