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Mithun’s double ton gives Central Zone first innings lead

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 5 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Mohammad Mithun struck his maiden first-class double hundred while skipper Shuvagata Hom also made a hundred as Walton Central Zone scored 438 runs in their first innings against BCB South Zone on the third day of the Bangladesh Cricket League final in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Mithun, who resumed on 102 runs on the penultimate day, struck 27 fours and three sixes for his 306-ball 206-run innings and he put up 283 runs for the fifth wicket stand with Shuvagata, who scored 116 off 219 balls – his 15th first-class ton – to help his side taking a 51-run lead over South Zone.

National selector Habibul Bashar expressed his satisfaction with Mithun’s performance as a top-order batsman as he claimed that it provided them options with him.

“Mithun started his career as an opener. Later he batted in middle-order for a long time. He returned to the opening spot, I think it helps him, and the next time if he returns to the national team either he will open the innings or he will bat in the middle,” said Habibul on Tuesday.

“But now we have two options - either in the middle order or in the opening. And he is batting very well now. Now we can send him to any position,” he added.

South Zone skipper Farhad Reza and pacer Kamrul Islam bagged four wickets each in Central Zone’s first innings.

South Zone, which made 387 runs in the first innings, then lost opener Anamul Haque (0) early in their second innings but Pinak Ghosh (22 not out) and Amite Hasan (20 not out) ensured no more further causality in the remaining day as they made 43-1 at stumps of day three, still trailing Central Zone by eight runs.

As things are progressing, both the teams will be crowned champions if the match ends in a draw today.