Bangladesh Cricket League 2013-14, 1st day January 12, 2014

Nasir Hossain 99 propels North Zone

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Nasir Hossain helped North Zone recover from a precarious position after South Zone's Robiul Islam took three top-order wickets. At stumps at the BKSP-3 ground, North Zone scored 331 for 8, coming out strong from a middle-order collapse in the second session.

Robiul removed Junaid Siddique in his second over, and later took the wickets of Naeem Islam and Farhad Hossain - who was fined 10% of his match fee after play, for showing dissent after the umpire ruled him caught behind. North Zone recovered from the early loss with Naeem and Farhad adding 78 runs for the second wicket. But they slipped from 120 for 2 to 168 for 6 during the second session, only for Nasir and Farhad Reza to rescue them with a counterattacking partnership.

They added 141 runs for the seventh wicket in just 22.1 overs, with Nasir top-scoring with 99 runs off 93 balls. Nasir was severe against the spinners, particularly Abdur Razzak off whom he smashed 18 runs in the 67th over.

He was run-out while trying to complete the single to get to his fifth first-class hundred in the 83rd over, but Farhad was unbeaten on 76 runs off 88 balls, with the help of eleven fours and two sixes.

Apart from Robiul's three wickets, Razzak took two and Sohag Gazi scalped one.

In the nearby BKSP-4 ground, East Zone trudged to 301 for 9 against defending champions Central Zone. The wicketkeeper Litton Das held the innings together with a neat 79, but Mahmudullah pegged them back with four wickets.

He picked up the opposite number Tamim Iqbal in the 22nd over to spoil East Zone's bright start. Wickets then fell regularly as Mahmudullah went on to dismiss Mominul Haque for 32, Zubair Ahmed for 33 and Mashrafe Mortaza for a duck.

East Zone's Nazimuddin scored 57 but it was Liton who batted longer, making 79 off 112 balls with 12 fours. He shared a 58-run stand with Alok Kapali for the fifth wicket and another 77 for the sixth wicket with Jubair Ahmed.

Shahadat Hossain and Marshall Ayub took two wickets each for Central Zone.

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  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    it's a really nice bat' s men

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 13, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Muhammad Jesus on (January 12, 2014, 22:17 GMT) I would like to differ with you regarding inclusion of Ziaur Rahman and Farhad Reza.In Bangladeshi perspective these 2 are all-rounder but if we consider International standard they would not qualify as all-rounder as neither of them are as good as any front line batsmen or bowler of Bangladesh.You can take those as Multi-skilled players in ODIs but not in TESTs.So, that's why i would prefer Al Amin and Robiul Islam as my front line pacers in Tests.My TESTS team for SL series-Tamim, Johurul, Naeem, Mominul, Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasir, Gazi, Enamul Jnr, Robiul,Al Amin and rest would be-Marshall, Mahmudullah, Elias Sunny, Rubel....

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    @warm_coffee I like ur choice of batsmen especially inclusion of Johurul who has better foot work than anamul. Johurul can stay at the crease for longer time although he has never scored a fifty in test cricket. Junaed, Nafis, Imrul all failed for the opening positions. Marshal plays better in the middle order, not in one down. Instead of mash or al-amin I would use Zia or forhad reza b/c both can bat as well as bowl. rest of the positions are fine.

  • Shoaib on January 12, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    These 2 first class games won't be enough I'm afraid. Sri Lanka are already playing a 3 match test series against a quality team and have just won the second one. They will be far more prepared than us even though we're at home. Anyway, hopefully there won't be too many changes and see something like this - Tamim, Jahurul, Marshall, Mominul, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Gazi, Mashrafe, Robiul and Al-Amin. Bangladesh's middle order looks solid but numbers 2 and 3 are still a problem.

  • Android on January 12, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    our pride nasir hossain

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    This Nasir Hossain is a serious player. He is passionate about his game and does his business pretty well. He is one of those rarest Bangladeshi players to hold an average in excess of 40 in ODIs. Hope to see him develop his game and become a national icon.

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