Central Zone close in on victory

Sports Correspondent

17 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto hit his maiden double century in the first class cricket as Walton Central Zone took them on the verge of a victory against South Zone in the third round game of Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar (ground-1) on Sunday.

Thanks to Shanto’s 253 not out, Central Zone set a winning target of 507 for South Zone, who in reply ended the day on 159-4. They still need 348 runs the six wickets at hands, which looked highly unlikely.

Resuming the day on 209-6, Central Zone declared the second innings on 385-8 with Shanto single-handedly guiding the side. He struck 25 fours and nine sixes in his 310-ball 253 not out.

The second best was Raqibul Hasan’s 39, which gave a testament of how one- man show was Central Zone’s second innings. Zabid Hossain with 36 was the other notable contributor.

Shanto reached his maiden double ton off 291 balls which meant his last 53 runs came off just 19 balls.

South Zone’s Nasum Ahmed returned figures of 4-85 while Shafiul Islam took 2-48.

South Zone whose strategic move of declaring the first innings on 114-4 have now backfired, started the chase in disastrous fashion with Shahriar Nafees being out cheaply.

Anamul Haque Bijoy and Fazle Mahmud shared an 87-run partnership before the latter was dismissed on 25.

Anamul Haque Bijoy was removed after hitting five fours and seven sixes in his 119-ball 87-run.

Before the bails were drawn, Shamsur Rahman Shuvo was batting on 44, with Nasum Ahmed was on 1.

Central Zone’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked up 2-55.

Meanwhile, in the other match of the tournament between BCB-led North Zone and Islami Bank East Zone, left arm spinner Sunzamul Islam took another two wickets make it 7-115 for North Zone.

North Zone, who scored 272 in the first innings, lead by 86 runs with 145/5 in their second innings after ending East Zone’s innings at 331 runs.

Starting the third day, with 136 runs, Yasir Ali Chowdhury added another 29 runs for East Zone in their first innings before Sunzamul preyed him with an lbw at 165 runs off 318.

Like Yasir, Nayeem Hasan who is also included for the Test series against Zimbabwe, scored 31 runs for East Zone.

North Zone’s 145 came with 36 and 35 runs of contribution from Junaid Siddique and their skipper Naeem Islam, respectively.

National team batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was not out with 23 runs while Mahidul Islam Ankon has been supporting him from the other end with 22 runs till the end of the day.

Nayeem grabbed 2 wickets for 58 runs while Hasan Mahmud and Saqlain Sajib picked one wicket each for East Zone.