The second day of the third round of the Bangladesh Cricket League matches were full of enthralling contests between bat and ball at venues in Bogura and Chattogram yesterday.
Pacer Shahidul Islam continued his good bowling with a second five-for at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura and his efforts were well-supported by opener Pinak Ghosh and one-down Abdul Mazid as Central Zone bounced back strongly against East Zone after their first innings hiccup.
Shahidul, the 23-year old right-arm paceman from Narayanganj who took six wickets for 64 runs against North Zone in the second round at the same venue, produced impressive figures of 5 for 62 as East Zone were bundled out for 186 runs in reply to Central's first innings total of 118.
Central then finished the day on a happy note with a 71-run lead and eight wickets intact, reaching 139 for two in their second essay thanks to Pinak, who was unbeaten on 52 and Mazid, who scored a 77-ball 67 that contained nine boundaries.
At the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, an unbeaten 126-run third-wicket partnership between Junaed Siddiqui (70 not out) and Naeem Islam (62 not out) helped North Zone finish the day on 136 for two after wrapping up South Zone's first innings for 329 runs. However, the first hour of the morning session was a frustrating one for North as South added 49 runs after resuming the day on 280 for nine.
Left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam finally trapped Kamrul Islam in front to return with a five-wicket haul but it was Mahedi Hasan who helped South add the valuable runs during his unbeaten 90-ball 63 that saw eight boundaries.
SCORES IN BRIEF
CENTRAL ZONE V EAST ZONE
CENTRAL ZONE: First innings 118 and second 139 for 2 (Pinak 52 not out, Mazid 62)
EAST ZONE: 186 all out (Rony 18, Shamsur 26, Mahmudul 41, Mahidul 34, Farhad 27; Shahadat 2-67, Shahidul 5-62, Salauddin 2-35)
SOUTH ZONE V NORTH ZONE
SOUTH ZONE: First innings 329 (Fazle 45, Tushar 62, Rakibul 79, Mahedi 63; Sunzamul 5-87)
NORTH ZONE: First innings 136 for 2 (Junaid 70 not out, Naeem 62 not out)