Sunny helps Dhaka Metropolis top table
Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny took seven wickets to help Dhaka Metropolis defeat Barisal Division before the end of the third day in their National Cricket League (NCL) match in Chittagong. Barisal were pegged back in the contest after they were bowled out for 138 runs in the second innings. Sunny took three wickets, adding to his four in the first innings, while Mohammad Ashraful took three wickets with his off-spin.
Barisal's innings had spun out of control in the afternoon on the second day, after they were reduced to 28 for 5. Salman Hossain, who scored 42, led their recovery briefly in the morning of the next day. No. 8 Fariduddin's 36 was the next best score in the innings.
In the first innings, Fariduddin had shepherded the tail in his 107-ball knock, taking Barisal past the 200-run mark. Dhaka Metropolis replied with 241, mainly through a 105-run seventh wicket stand between Mehrab Hossain jnr and Suleman Khan, both of whom scored half-centuries. Barisal's left-arm swing bowler Syed Rasel took four wickets, but with Dhaka Metropolis facing only 140 to win, even the wily international bowler couldn't do much.
Shamsur Rahman slammed an unbeaten 71 off 60 balls to enable Dhaka Metropolis to gain seven points from the game. They are now at the top of the table with 15 points.