Bangladesh Cricket League, 2nd round, 4th day January 21, 2014

Mahmudullah seals Central Zone win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Central Zone prevailed in a close contest against South Zone at the BKSP-3 ground. Mahmudullah's 12 wickets in the game, and Elias Sunny's three in the second innings, paved the way for a 37-run win, a complete turnaround after they conceded a first innings lead.

Set 310 to win, South Zone had swiftly moved to 159 for 3 on the third evening but had already lost Imrul Kayes and Anamul Haque. The pair added 113 runs for the second wicket, with Anamul making 67 and Imrul 74.

Overnight batsman Mithun Ali fell to Elias Sunny early on the fourth day before Shuvagata Hom and Taibur Rahman followed him back to the pavilion before lunch.

Only Ziaur Rahman struck 45 before the chase caved. South Zone were eventually bowled out for 272 runs.

It was an excellent comeback for Central Zone who were well led by Mahmudullah. He took seven in the first innings in addition to the five-for in the second innings.

Central Zone were bowled out for 165 runs on the first day, with South Zone's Sohag Gazi picking up four wickets and Abdur Razzak three. South Zone then took a 65-run lead when they were bowled out for 230 runs. Mithun Ali made 88 while Mahmudullah took seven wickets.

Central Zone then replied superbly, particularly Marshall Ayub, who scored 126, which is his eighth first-class ton. Razzak took four wickets in the second innings for South Zone.

The BCL will continue after the three international events in Bangladesh are over. The BCB have been planning to hold the National Cricket League, the division-based first-class tournament, from early next month.

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  • Hasib on January 23, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    I think Gazi and Mahmudullah both should play the first test. Sri Lanka has many left handed batsmen and these 2 bowlers will be effective. Mahmudullah struggled to find form with the bat in tests recently but I think he will be fine now. He is a very reliable batsman down the order. With these figures with the ball, he earned his position back. Razzak should not be included in the tests as his bowling is predictable and ineffective even against low order batsmen like Kulasekara.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 22, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @Zahidul Islam on (January 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT) 'mahmudullah one of the real class player probbaly bangladesh ever had after sakib' are you really serious brother???

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    mahmudullah one of the real class player probbaly bangladesh ever had after sakib , his spin bowling is really effective , i think bd selector should give him more chances at number 4 position rather than bottom down the order , averaging almost 34 in nearly 100 odi matches its shows the quality of player

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    forhad reza, zia, and robiul should be included in test. spin should be shakib, and gazi. part time spinner can be nasir, mominul.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Quite hard to find a place for Mahmadullah in the team, the only person I would see him replace would be Gazi but quite unlikely since Gazi has impressed.

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