BCL: South Zone need 348 runs to win against Central Zone

Dhaka  – BCB South Zone have an uphill task to score 348 runs on the last day on Monday with six wickets in hand to post a win against Walton Central Zone in the 3rd round match of Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) at the academy ground of Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.

Walton Central Zone, having 235 runs in the first innings, resumed the 2nd innings on the 3rd day of the four-day affairs on Sunday and declared the innings on 385 runs for 8 in 107 overs, featuring an unbeaten double century by Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Shanto, who returned to Test squad to play against Zimbabwe, hammered unconquered 253 runs off 310 balls, hitting 25 fours and 9 sixes while Zabid Hossain scored 74-ball 36 runs with five hits to the fence.

Nasum Ahmed grabbed four wickets for 85 runs.

Chasing a target of 507 runs, South Zone opened the 2nd innings and scored 159 for 4 in 52 overs when the bails were drawn for the 3rd day (Sunday) with national coloured opener Anamul Haque Bijoy making 83 runs off 119 runs featuring five fours and seven sixes.

Two down Shamsur Rahman remained not out on 44 runs off 59 balls with seven boundaries while Fazle Mahmud made a patient 105-ball 25 runs hitting three boundaries.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz claimed two wickets for 55 runs.

Brief score: Walton Central Zone 1st innings: 235/10 in 82.2 overs, Marshall 116, Mustafizur 30, Mahedi 3/78, Shafiul 2/24, Abdur Razzak 2/62, Nasum 2/51
South Zone 1st innings: 114/4 in 28.2 overs (declared), Nurul Hasan 48, Shamsur 25, Irfan 2/42

Central Zone 2nd innings: 385/8 (declared) in 107 overs; (Overnight 209/6 in 69 overs), Shanto not out 253, Raqibul 39, Zabid 36, Nasum  4/85, Shafiul 2/48

Islami Bank East Zone vs BCB North Zone

In the other BCL match, BCB North Zone are leading by 86 runs against Islami Bank East Zone after the 3rd day of the 3rd round match at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.

Replying to BCB North Zone’s 272 runs, Islami Bank East Zone resumed the first innings with overnight total of 261 for 7 in 96 overs and were all out for 331 runs in 116.3 overs.

Yasir Ali, who was on batting with 134 runs, finally contributed 165 runs off 318 balls featuring 17 fours and two sixes while Naeem Islam made 82-ball 31 runs hitting three boundaries.

Sanzamul Islam, who grabbed five wickets on the 2nd day (Saturday), finally picked up seven wickets for 115 runs while Sanjit Saha captured three wickets for 75 runs.

Later, BCB North Zone opened the 2nd innings and scored 145 for 5 in 67 overs with former national skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahidul Islam Ankon in batting with 23 and 22 runs respectively.

Nayeem Hasan took two wickets for 58 runs.

Brief score: North Zone 1st innings: 272/10 in 82.4 overs, Mushfiq 140, Naeem 31, Sunzamul 29, Nayeem 8/107, Hasan Mahmud 2/50

Islami Bank East Zone 1st innings: 331/10 in 116.3 overs (Overnight 261/7 in 96 overs) Yasir 165, Imrul 76, Nayeem 31, Afif 26, Sunzamul 7/115, Sanjit 3/75

North Zone 2nd innings: 145/5 in 67 overs; Junaid Siddiqui 36, Naeem Islam 35, Mushfiqur Rahim batting 23, Mahidul Islam Ankon batting 22, Nayeem Hasan 2/58. UNB