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12:00 AM, December 16, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 16, 2008

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Nayeem rescues Rajshahi

Nayeem Islam showed a rare brand of patience by occupying the crease for five hours as leaders Rajshahi recovered from an early hiccup to post an impressive first innings total against Sylhet on the second day of the ninth round National Cricket League match at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.
From 56 for five, the home side scored 264 before being bundled out in 90.4 overs thanks to an 87-run innings by the national all-rounder Nayeem. For the second successive day play was hampered by fog.
At Khulna, it was not Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful but rather all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who shone as the hosts tightened their grip on Dhaka in the second day.
Away at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium, the bowlers brought a creditable first innings lead for Barisal as the hosts were all out for 198 runs after resuming the day on 51 for one.
Rajshahi was desperately seeking a partnership when they resumed the day on 56 for five and Nayeem got good support from his skipper Anisur Rahman to take his side away from trouble with a 83-run sixth wicket stand.
Anisur scored his runs quickly as the right-hander smote seven boundaries during his 66-ball 44. But his partner Nayeem kept cool to make 87 off 207 balls that contained 12 boundaries before being caught by Mohammad Mithun off Sumon Shaha -- who went on to capture four wickets for 55 runs.
The effort was still not enough to cross the 200-mark but Sabbir Rahman provided good support to Nayeem as the pair added 71 runs for the seventh wicket. Sabbir made 32 off 70 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
Sylhet scored 1 run in 4 overs before the play stopped due to bad light.
Ziaur Rahman and Dollar Mahmud equally shared six wickets as Khulna managed a huge 174-run first innings lead after skipper Ashraful declared Dhaka's first innings on 181-9 to ensure bonus points.
Khulna stretched their lead to 320 runs as they made 146 for 5 in their second essay before stumps were drawn for the day.
After taking two wickets Shakib, who hit a half-century in the first innings, was not out on 34 while Raihan Anas accompanied him with 17.
Earlier, all eyes were on the out-of-form Tigers skipper when Dhaka resumed the day on 38 for 2 but the right-hander failed to come up with a big one although he looked settled in the middle.
Ashraful however made team highest 37 off 49 deliveries that featured four boundaries and a six while the second team highest 32 came from number eight batsman Arafat Sunny.
Dollar picked up three for 51 runs and Zia took one more wicket yesterday to finish with figures of 3-33.
Poor top order batting from the home team enabled Barisal to take a 46-run first innings lead.
Talha Jubair, Saju Datta and Tariqul Islam captured two wickets each as Barisal were all out for 198 runs after resuming the day on 52 for one.
Chittagong however was lucky enough to reach a respectable total as Yasin Arafat and Tareq Aziz Khan added 48 runs for the ninth wicket stand. Yasin top scored with 34 off 62 deliveries that saw four boundaries while Tareq was not out on 21.
Barisal improved their lead to 139 with eight wickets in hand in their second innings as they scored 93 for 2 in the second essay before stumps were drawn for the day.
Nasiruddin Faruque scored an unbeaten 36 and Hannan Sarker made 36 before giving a return catch to Arafat.
First Innings 355 and Second innings 146-5 in 38 overs (Sadat 26, Kayes 14, Sahagir 19, Tushar 35, Shakib 34 not out, Nahidul 0, Anas 17 not out, extra 1; Shahadat 1-35, Mahbubul 1-38, Arafat 1-21, Riyad 1-10, Marshal 1-22).
DHAKA: First Innings (overnight 38-2) 181-9 dec (Javed 0, Anamul 27, Marshall 4, Ashraful 37, Mehrab 9, Riyad 23, Nadif 22, Arafat 32, Shahadat 14 not out, Mahbubul 0, Azim 0 not out, extras 13; Zia 3-33, Dollar 3-51, Robiul 1-64, Shakib 2-10).
BARISAL: First Innings 244 and Second innings 93 for 2 in 33 overs (Shaheen 14, Nasiruddin 36 not out, Hannan 36, Tariqul 0 not out, extras 7; Tareq 1-23, Arafat 1-16).
CHITTAGONG: First Innings (overnight 52-1) 198 all out in 73 overs (Masum 24, Nafis 22, Rezaul 5, Salahuddin 0, Tariq 25, Faisal 4, Nadim 23, Kamrul 13, Yasin 34, Tareq 21 not out, Younus 9, extras 18; Talha 2-33, Saju 2-39, Tariqul 2-36, Sajidul 1-36, Salahuddin 1-22, Nasir 1-20).
RAJSHAHI: First Innings (overnight 56-5) 264 all out in 90.4 overs (Jahurul 5, Siddiqui 10, Hamidul 0, Shuvo 27, Mashud 9, Nayeem 87, Anisur 44, Sabbir 32, Shahajada 9, Delwar 22 not out, Saiful 5, extras 14; Roy 1-79, Saha 4-55, Nazmul 2-55, Nabil 2-55, Saikat 1-7).
SYLHET: First innings 1-0 in 4 overs (Imtiaz 1 not out, Saikat 0 not out).

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