18-year-old left-arm pacer Ruyel Miyah made the most of conditions in Bogura to win Sylhet Division their National Cricket League match against Chattogram Division inside two days at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday.
The teenager from Sreemangal followed up his record eight-wicket haul in the first innings with a splendid fifer in the second as Sylhet registered an emphatic nine-wicket victory to become Tier 2 champions and gain promotion to Tier 1.
The national players’ helplessness against the Indian pace trio on a favourable track was still fresh in the minds of many cricket fans and while it would be unfair to compare Indore’s pace-bowling exhibition to that in Bogura, Bangladeshi batsmen’s weakness against pacers on sporting wickets was exposed here as well.
“The wicket was fantastic. It was essential for batsmen to apply themselves properly to survive but they were really helpless; much like our national batsmen at Indore. Ruyel used the conditions fantastically,” match referee Debabrata Paul told The Daily Star over phone.
“It was not that easy to pick up wickets on this pitch because there were also good bounce but I maintained a good line and length to find success,” said Ruyel.
On an action-packed second day of the sixth and final round game, a total of 16 wickets fell.
Chattogram’s right-arm seamer Irfan Hossain also took advantage of the conditions and picked up six wickets, but it was Ruyel who hogged the limelight with a performance instrumental to Sylhet’s success.
Resuming the second day on 186 for five, Sylhet were bowled out for 230 to take a 124-run first innings lead.
However, Chattogram once again failed against the young paceman from Sylhet and were eventually bundled out for just 165 in their second essay to set a 42-run target, which Sylhet chased down for the loss of only one wicket.
Sadikur Rahman and Irfan Shukkur scored sixties and were among only three batsmen in the eleven that got into double figures in the face of some fiery bowling from Ruyel, who ended with the figures of five for 39 from 15.1 overs.
With three wins from six games, Sylhet finished on top of the table in Tier 2 with 36.05 points.
In the other Tier 2 game, Dhaka Metropolis gave a good reply to Barishal’s 414 runs and were 225 for two at stumps. Resuming the day on 338 for 6, Barisal were bowled out for 414.
Dhaka’s innings was built around an unbeaten 157-run third-wicket partnership between Shamsur Rahman (90) and skipper Marshall Ayub (85).
In Tier 1, table-toppers Khulna ended the second day on a happy note as they reached 253 for three at stumps courtesy of an unbeaten 121-run fourth wicket partnership between Tushar Imran (75) and captain Nurul Hasan (56). Khulna are trailing by 27 runs with seven wickets in hand after Dhaka Division were bowled out for 279 after resuming the day on 273 for seven.
In the other Tier 1 match, hosts Rajshahi finished the day 50 runs short of Rangpur’s first-innings total with five wickets in hand. They ended the day on 224 for five after bundling Rangpur out for 274 in their first innings.
Resuming the day on 263 for eight, Rangpur added only eleven runs to their overnight score.
In reply, Rajshahi lost wickets at crucial moments and were unable to build any big partnerships. Farhad Hossain top-scored with 75 and opener Avishek Mitra added 67. Sabbir Rahman will resume on the third day on 22 runs. Pacer Ariful Haque picked up three wickets for Rangpur.
SCORES IN BRIEF
CHATTOGRAM V SYLHET
CHATTOGRAM: First innings 106 and second innings 165 all out (Sadikur 62, Irfan 66; Ruyel 5-39, Rejaur 2-53)
SYLHET: First innings 230 all out (Amite 55, Kapali 41, Asadullah 40, Rahatul 39 all out; Ifran 6-95, Shakawat 2-12) and second innings 45 for1.
Result: Sylhet won by 9 wickets.
BARISHAL V DHAKA METRO
BARISHAL: First innings 414 all out (Nafees 44, Fazle 141, Salman 72, Shohag 23, Moin 75, Monir 25; Taskin 4-67, Arafat 2-108, Asif 3-106)
DHAKA METRO: 225 for 2 (Rakin 23, Shamsur 90 not out, Marshall 85 not out; Linkon 1-14)
RANGPUR V RAJSHAHI
RANGPUR: First innings 274 all out (Shuvo 105, Ariful 57, Naeem 40, Tanbir 30; Delwar 4-59, Mohor 3-53, Muktar 2-80)
RAJSHAHI: First innings 224 for 5 (Avishek 67, Junaid 37, Farhad 75, Sabbir 22 not out; Ariful 3-37)
DHAKA V KHULNA
DHAKA: First innings 279 all out (Taibur 110, Raqibul 24, Mazid 66, Shuvagata 60; Halim 5-27, Ziaur 4-24)
KHULNA: First innings 252 for 3 (Robiul 45, Anamul 50, Tushar 75 not out, Nurl 56 not out; Shuvagata 2-25)