An action-packed day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday saw 15 wickets fall during the third day's play of the Bangladesh Cricket League final, with veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak taking seven wickets to help give South Zone a healthy lead against East Zone.
Razzak spun South to a 213-run first innings lead after East Zone were bundled out for 273, having resumed on 110 for three. Razzak took five more wickets yesterday to finish with figures of seven for 102 in 32.3 overs.
Although East Zone's pace trio of Abu Hider, Hasan Mahmud and Ruyel Miah rattled South's second innings, they were still in an advantageous position as they extended their lead to 338 runs after finishing the day on 125 for eight.
Hider claimed four wickets, including the one of Mahmudullah Riyad, who continued his poor form in longer-version cricket after making only 17 runs in South's second innings. Number eight batsman Mahedi Hasan rescued his side from complete disaster as his unbeaten 41 helped South cross the hundred mark.
Hasan and Ruyel took two wickets each.
Earlier, ICC Under-19 World Cup winner Tanzid Hasan, was the star performer for East on his first-class debut as the left-hander hit 82 off 87 balls, which contained seven fours and two sixes.
SCORES IN BRIEF
South v East
South Zone: First innings 486 all out and second innings 125 for 8 (Mahmudullah 17, Mahedi 41 not out; Mahmud 2-22, Hider 4-51, Ruyel 2-22)
East Zone: First innings 273 all out (Pinak 38, Ashraful 28, Mahmudul 33, Imrul 22, Afif 47, Tanzid 82; Shafiul 2-72, Razzak 7-102)