The Nasir Hossain-led BCB North Zone recorded a vital 51-run win over reigning champions Walton Central Zone to knock them out of the Bangladesh Cricket League and, in the process, book a place in the finals.
The Northerners will now take on Prime Bank South Zone in a five-day finale, set to begin on May 9 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
After bowling out North Zone for just 87 runs in their second innings at the BKSP on Monday, Central needed 267 runs to win the crucial game.
However, slow left-armer Taijul Islam, followed up his six-wicket haul in the first innings with a five-for to take North home. Taijul finished with match-figures of 11 for 177 and almost single-handedly took his side home.
Beginning the day on 1 for 1, Taijul removed opener Rony Talukder early in the day. He then removed danger-men Shamsur Rahman and Marshall Ayub and ripped through Central's middle-order. He completed his five-wicket haul by sending back Mosharraf Hossain in the 42nd over.
Pacer Shuvasish Roy added his bit to the bowling department by taking three scalps. He got the crucial wickets of Riyad and Nurul Hasan in the 50th and 52nd overs.
Taijul's eleven wickets further extended his position as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. He now leads the pack with 27 wickets, six ahead of Riyad.