He might not have any room in the national team at the moment, but that will not stop him from making headlines. Veteran slow left-armer Abdur Razzak put in yet another vital performance for his home division Khulna when he smacked an 83-ball 97 on the third day of the National Cricket League against Barisal at home. This comes after he scalped three wickets in the game.
His three sixes and eight fours towards the end helped Khulna take a 163-run lead in the first innings after they posted 424 in 99.3 overs. He was ably supported by Mehedi Hasasn Miraz's 73. In reply, Barisal rode on Shahriar Nafees's 72 and finished the day on 122 for 3. Khulna now lead by 41 runs and with just one more day to go, they have a realistic chance of winning the game.
The game at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium between Chittagong and Rangpur may also witness a result. In reply to Chittagong's 368 in the first innings, Rangpur, led by Tanveer Haider's 97 and Dhiman Ghosh's 86, posted a strong 355. Tall medium pacer Yasir Arafat Mishu, only 17, scalped a five-wicket haul. Unfortunately for Rangpur they had to play without the injured Liton Das who hurt his shoulder while diving on the field. He couldn't be a part of the game and retruend to Dhaka.
After the exchange, they reduced Chittagong to 151 for 5 by stumps. Chittagong rode on Mominul Haqe's 62 and Mahbubul Karim's 56.
The other two games -- Dhaka versus Dhaka Metro and Rajshahi against Sylhet -- were affected by rain are headed for draws.While the Dhaka derby did not witness any play for the second consecutive day, several wickets fell during the match between Rajshahi and Sylhet. Rajshahi were bundled out for 199 and after that Sylhet were reduced to 57 for 5 by stumps with spinner Saqlain Sajib and pacer Muktar Ali taking two wickets each. Imtiaz Salim of Sylhet top-scored with 25 runs.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BARISAL: 261 and 122 for 3 (Nafees 72; Miraz 1-36) v KHULNA: 424 all out in 99.3 overs (Razzak 97, Miraz 73; Golam 3-32, Gazi 3-104)
RAJSHAHI: 199 v SYLHET: 57 for 5 (Imtiaz 25; Saqlain 2-6, Muktar 2-21)
CHITTAGONG: 368 and 151 for 5 (Mominul 62, Mahbubul 56; Shuvo 3-35, Babu 1-25) v RANGPUR: 355 all out in 103.2 overs (Tanveer 97, Dhiman 86; Yasir 5-65, Tasamul 3-109)
DHAKA METRO: 47 for 2 v DHAKA