Mehedi Hasan Miraz shone with the ball in his first National Cricket League game of the season for Khulna Division, bagging four wickets to help bundle out Rajshahi Division for 261 on the first day of the second-round game at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
The 21-year-old, who excelled with his off spin on Bangladesh A’s recent tour of Sri Lanka, immediately made an impact as he ended up with figures of four for 38 from 21.3 overs.
After being asked to bat Rajshahi were unable build meaningful partnerships, with Junaid Siddique’s 51 being the top score. Almost all the batsmen got starts but were unable to capitalize with the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim (24) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (23) dismissed in the twenties.
Apart from Mehedi, two of Bangladesh’s fast bowlers in Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain bagged two wickets each.
In the other Tier-1 game in Chattogram, Saif Hassan -- having recently scored a century in Sri Lanka for Bangladesh A -- continued his fine run and smashed another ton to get Dhaka Division off to a good start against Rangpur at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Dhaka ended the day on 314 for four.
Saif however retired hurt after scoring 120 off 173 balls, which included 13 fours and three sixes, because of cramps. Opener Rony Talukdar and Raqibul Hasan also struck fifties, while Sohrawardi Shuvo picked up two wickets for Rangpur.
Away in Bogura, much like in the first round, Mahmudllah Riyad was instrumental with the bat for Dhaka Metropolis but it was not enough for his side as none of his teammates contributed significantly as they were bundled out for just 246 runs by Sylhet Division at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium.
After being asked to bat, Dhaka Metro were in a spot of bother on 83 for 4 with medium pacer Rejaur Rahman removing openers Mohammad Naim and Rakin Ahmed early.
Mahmudullah top-scored with 63 off 108 balls, striking eight fours, before he became Rejaur’s third victim. Shahidul Islam struck a fifty at the end to help Dhaka to go past the 200 mark.
Rejaur remained the pick of the bowlers for Sylhet as he ended up with four wickets for 75 while left-arm spinner Enamul Haque and leg-spinner Alok Kapali bagged two wickets each.
In reply, Sylhet ended the day on five for one, lost opener Imtiaz Hossain for a duck off the bowling of Abu Hider.
At the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Chattogram made a steady start and posted 261 for four after the first day against Barishal yesterday.
Irfan Shukkur and Pinak Ghosh put on a 54-run opening stand before the latter became the first of two victims of left-arm spinner Monir Hossain after scoring 19. Skipper Mominul Haque continued his poor run, being trapped leg before for 15 by Mohammad Ashraful while Tasamul Haque also departed cheaply for 28.
But it was Yasir Ali, making a comeback to the side after failing a fitness test previously, who held the ship together alongside Mahidul Islam as the pair added an unbeaten 117 runs for the fifth wicket. Yasir and Mahidul will resume the second day on 68 and 69 runs respectively.
SCORES IN BRIEF
CHATTOGRAM V BARISHAL
CHATTOGRAM: 261 for 4 in 90 overs (Mahidul Islam 69 not out, Yasir Ali 68 not out; Monir 2-70)
DHAKA V RANGPUR
DHAKA: 314 for 4 in 90 overs (Saif Hassan 120 retired hurt, Rony Talukdar 65; Sohrawardi 2-80)
RAJSHAHI V KHULNA
RAJSHAHI: 261 all-out in 85.3 overs (Junaid Siddique 51; Mehedi Hasan 4-38, Rubel Hossain 2-51, Mustafizur 2-64)
SYLHET V DHAKA METROPOLIS
DHAKA: 246 all-out in 83.4 overs (Mahmudullah 63, Shahidul 54; Rejaur 4-75, Enamul Haque 2-52)
SYLHET: First innings 5 for 1 (Enamul 4 not out; Abu Hider 1-4) trails by 241 runs