National Cricket League

Saif hits ton as Miraz takes four

Sports Correspondent

18 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Young prodigy Saif Hasan hammered a brilliant century before being retired hurt while off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz claimed four wickets in their side’s respective matches in the second round of National Cricket League’s (NCL) tier-1 games.

Saif Hasan had to leave the ground after sustaining a hamstring injury before striking 120 runs off 173 balls with 13 fours and three sixes as Dhaka Division piled up 314 runs 4 wickets against Rangpur on day one at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

Following the captain Nadif Chowdhury’s decision to bat first, Abdul Mazid and Rony Talukdar made a solid start, sharing 66 runs for the opening stand. Mazid was the first to go after scoring 17 runs but Rony scored 65 runs.

Saif and Raqibul Hasan combined for 127 runs for the third wicket stand to bolster the side’s position further. Raqibul scored 57 runs.

Before the bails were drawn for the day, Shuvagata Hom and Sumon Khan were batting on 8 runs and 2 runs respectively.

Suhrawardi Shuvo took 2 wickets for 80 runs for Rangpur on day 1.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz snapped up 4 wickets for 38 runs after bowling 21.3 overs to help his side Khulna Division to shoot Rajshahi Division out for 261 in its first innings on day one at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.

Playing his first match in this tournament, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman took 2-61 but he conceded four runs per over. Another fast bowler Rubel Hossain also dazzled with 2-51.

Rajshahi had the batsmen like Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazmul Hossain Shanto to deal with the bowling attack that comprised with most of the first choice national bowlers. But both of them failed to make their start count. Mushfiqur was out on 24 while Shanto scored 23.

Former national opener Junaid Siddique stood tall against Khulna attack, making a stubborn 51. Captain Farhad Hossain made 45 while Farhad Reza was the other notable scorer with 41. Late down the order, Taijul Islam put up a valuable contribution with scoring 29, which enabled Rajshahi to propel past 250.

In the second tier, Mahmudullah Riyad continued his rich vein of form in the National Cricket League (NCL) as he slammed his second successive half-century amid his side Dhaka Metro’s miserable performance on Thursday.

In Tier-2 game of the NCL, Dhaka Metro was bowled out for 246 in its first innings on the first day of their second round game against Sylhet Division at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra. Sylhet then ended the day on 5-1 before the bails were drawn.

Little known medium pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja who came up in the match with just one first class game under his belt caused the havoc in Metro’s innings, claiming 4-75.

Rejaur firstly gave the side breakthrough with the wicket of Metro’s opener Rakin Ahmed and then went on to scythe down the middle order.

As the situation was going to be worse, Mahmudullah who struck 63 in the first round game, stool tall. This time also he made 63 off 108 with eight fours. No.8 batsman Shahidul Islam scored 54 to come up as ably support for Mahmudullah and took the side closer to 246, which looked vastly unlikely at one phase.

Enamul Haque Junior and Alok Kapali grabbed two wickets apiece to complement Rejaur’s four-for.

In another Tier-2 game, Chattogram Division got a blow when opener Tamim Iqbal had to skip the match for his muscle strain. Despite the absence of the team’s star opener, they made a decent start, ending day one on 261-4 against Barishal Division at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.

Opener Irfan Shukkur gave the side a solid platform, hitting 57. After a slight blip, they recovered further through Yasir Ali and Mahidul Islam Ankon who shared 117 runs in an undefeated fifth wicket stand. By the end of the day, Ankon was batting on 69 while Yasir Ali was on 68.