Vol. 5 Num 898 Wed. December 06, 2006  

8th National Cricket League
Shahjada hits Barisal
Dhaka need 203 more to win

Fast bowler Mohammad Shahjada again pummeled the Barisal top-order to give Rajshahi a huge one innings and 207-run win at home with one day to spare in their fifth round clash of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League yesterday.

At the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Sylhet took four late wickets to keep Dhaka on the check in the hosts' pursuit of 280 runs while Khulna's late declaration at 478 for nine against visiting Chittagong meant a dull draw on the card. Chittagong were 48 for one at stumps.

Rajshahi V Barisal
Hasanuzzaman Rosel and Mohammad Shahjada added 43 runs to Rajshahi's overnight 370-7. Skipper Rosel was unbeaten on 30 when he declared their first innings, giving Barisal a mountain to climb at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium.

Trailing by 320 runs, Barisal were knocked out of the battle early when paceman Shahjada, fresh from a 5-wicket haul in the first innings, snapped up the top three quite cheaply.

His new-ball partner Shafaq Al Jabir and left-arm spinner Soharwardi Shuvo took two wickets and with two run-outs, it was all over for Barisal who were bowled out in 42.5 overs, scoring only 113 in their second innings.

Dhaka V Sylhet
Dhaka added only nine runs to their overnight first innings score to be all out for 198. Sylhet then were off to a fine start but their wheels fell off when both openers, Imtiaz Hossain and Golam Mabud, were dismissed for 44 and 30 respectively.

The pace-spin duo worked for Dhaka as seamer Mohammad Sharif and left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain sent Sylhet crashing for 116. They shared nine wickets among themselves with Sharif picking up five, including that of first innings centurion Alok Kapali. From 100 for one, the visitors lost nine wickets for only 16 runs. Another centurion skipper Rajin Saleh was dismissed for three when he was run out.

Set 280 to win, Dhaka pressed the self-destruct button as they lost four wickets for only 77. Table toppers Dhaka now need a further 203 runs to win with only six wickets remaining.

Khulna V Chittagong
Skipper Manzarul Islam struck his second hundred in successive matches while Jamaluddin and Asadullah Khan both hit half-centuries as Khulna looked to build a sizeable lead in the first innings at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium in Khulna.

Manzarul hit 16 fours and two sixes in his 151 while Asadullah struck three sixes to score 85. For the tourists, Sabbir Khan again was among wickets as he picked up four.

Beginning their second innings with a 237-run deficit, Chittagong opener Gazi Salahuddin raced to 36 runs but lost his partner Nazimuddin who edged all-rounder Ziaur Rahman. Nightwatchman Sunny saw off the day with Salahuddin, taking Chittagong to 48-1 at close.