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Ton-up Zakir earns draw for Bangladesh A

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 3 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Ton-up Zakir earns draw for Bangladesh A

Zakir Hasan smashed a brilliant hundred to help Bangladesh A draw the first unofficial Test against their Indian counterparts on the final day at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.

Zakir struck a scintillating 173 off 402 balls while another overnight unbeaten batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto made 77 runs as Bangladesh A made 341-9 in their second innings before the game ended in a stalemate. 

Earlier, resuming an overnight score of 172-1, the pair added more 47 runs for the second wicket before Najmul was dismissed by Mukesh Kumar. Mominul Haque (17), Mohammad Mithun (10) and Mosaddek Hossain (0) all failed to shine again but Zakir played a superb innings that helped Bangladesh A earn a draw in the game.

Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar, who claimed 4-23 in the first innings, finished with 5-63 in the second innings.

India A earlier took a massive 353-run lead after they declared their first innings at 465-5. Bangladesh A could make only 112 runs in their first innings.

The second unofficial Test will take place in Sylhet on December 6-9.