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Naeem hits ton, Abu Hider takes five-wicket haul in BCL

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  • 20 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Naeem hits ton, Abu Hider takes five-wicket haul in BCL

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Left-arm pacer Abu Hider claimed five wickets while veteran batsman Naeem Islam smashed an unbeaten hundred against their respective opponents on the opening day of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) second-round tie on Sunday.

Pacer Abu Hider picked up five wickets as Walton Central Zone bowled out Islami Bank East Zone for 245 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.  

At the close, Central Zone could put on 4 for no loss with openers Mizanur Rahman (2) and Mohammad Mithun (2) were at the crease.

The left-arm pacer Abu Hider was the chief tormentor in East Zone innings grabbing five wickets for 93 runs as East Zone kept losing wickets at regular intervals after asking to bat first. The slide started with Abu Hider inducing an edge-off opener Mohammad Ashraful (0) that was accepted at slip.

Imrul Kayes and Shahadat Hossain then put on a 51-run stand for the second wicket before a brilliant catch by Mithun at third man brought an end to Imrul’s 32-run innings.

From there it was all downhill for the East Zone; Shahadat (72 from 132 balls) showed some resistance as much as he could but his partners kept disappearing at the other end.

The left-arm spinner Hasan Murad also got in on the act by trapping Shahadat, who had hit 10 boundaries during his 132-ball stay in the middle. Murad who finished 3 for 47, completed his 50-wicket in first-class cricket when he removed Afif Hossain.

Spinner Nayeem Hasan added a handy 40 at lower-order.  Meanwhile, veteran batsman Naeem Islam struck a century while Mahidul Islam scored a half-century to take BCB North Zone to a comfortable position on an opening day against BCB South Zone at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

 Naeem (126 batting) and Mahidul (53 batting) were the two North Zone batsmen holding the fort in the middle as North Zone survived a top-order meltdown to post 246 for four at the close.

Put into the bat first, North Zone were on backfoot as they lost three wickets inside 24 runs. But experienced Naeem, in the company with skipper Marshall Ayub (47) made a 90-run stand for the third wicket to release the early setback.

After Marshall’s departure, Naeem and Mahidul further held the South Zone bowlers at bay and steadied the North Zone innings with an unbroken 132-run stand for the fifth wicket. Naeem managed his 297-ball innings with 14 fours and six. Spinner Nahidul Islam bagged two wickets for South Zone.