Rajshahi close in on NCL title


Rajshahi are edging towards their third National Cricket league title, requiring another 102-run to win against Barishal at the closing of third day’s play of the final round on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 284, Rajshahi ended the second day on 182-2 with Junaed Siddique (65) and
captain Jahurul Islam (25) unbeaten at stumps after Barishal were bowled out for 346.
In Bogura, Rangpur declared their innings on 249-8, handing Khulna a 12-run first innings lead, as the latter finished the day on 192-6 in the second tier-one match.
Dhaka Metropolis ended their day on 96-3, after bowling out Chattogram on 345 with pacer Abu Hider picking up 4-97 in Cox’s Bazar.
Tier-two frontrunners Dhaka took a substantial 108-run lead against Sylhet, who ended their day on 102-4 in another Cox’s Bazar ground.

Rajshahi v Barishal
Barishal, who were 183-run ahead of Rajshahi at the end of second day, resumed their innings on 246-6 as overnight batsmen Shamsul Islam and Tanvir Islam added another 64-run to the total before Tanvir (32) was dismissed by Farhad Reza.
Shamsul completed his fifty off 101 balls, before being bowled by Farhad on 56, as Barishal were bundled out on 346 while Farhad took 4-59.
In reply, Rajshahi openers Mizanur Rahman and Sabbir Hossain had a 67-run opening-stand, before Mizanur was trapped leg-before by Tanvir Islam.
Fellow opener Sabbir missed out on a fifty, being dismissed on 49 off Sohag Gazi with the score on 103-2.
First innings top-scorer Junaed then forged an unbeaten 79-run partnership with captain Jahurul as Rajshahi ended their day on 182-2, only 102 away from victory.

Rangpur v Khulna
Resuming on 126-4, Rangpur lost overnight batsmen Sohrawardi Shuvo (48) and Tanbir Hayder (28).
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhiman Ghosh alongside captain Sajedul Islam then had a 63-run partnership before Sajedul (29) was dismissed by Abdur Razzak on 232-8.
Dhiman remained not-out on 50 off 65 as Rangpur declared their first innings on 249-8, still trailing by 12-run, apparently to deny the opposition a bonus point.
In reply, Khulna were struggling on 33-3 before Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan forged a 123-run partnership to rescue Khulna.
Soumya (83), Mahedi Hasan (five) and Nurul (51) were dismissed for just 11-run as Khulna were reduced to 167-6.
Ziaur Rahman (17) and Moinul Islam (6) remained not-out at stumps with Khulna 204-run ahead of Rangpur.

Metro v Chattogram
Resuming on 196-3, Chattogram opener Sadikur Rahman added one-run to his overnight 100, before being bowled by Mohammad Ashraful.
Fellow overnight batsman Yasir Ali’s 64 and Nayeem Hasan’s unbeaten 43 helped Chattogram reach 345 before being bowled out.
Trailing by 17, Metro finished on 96-3 at stumps, with Shamsur Rahman (37) and Ashraful (seven) remaining unbeaten.

Dhaka v Sylhet
Resuming on 236-4, Dhaka lost overnight batsman Talibur Rahman (15) and Abdul Mazid (104) in the first over of the day and were stumbling on 236-6.
Mosharraf Hossain’s 50 off 136 and Shahadat Hossain’s unbeaten 34 helped Dhaka reach 346 before being bowled out as Sylhet spinner Enamul Haque Jr picked up 5-87.
Trailing by 108, Sylhet ended on 102-4 at stumps with skipper Rajin Saleh, who was playing his final first-class match and Enamul unbeaten on 40 and two respectively.