National Cricket League 2013-14

Asif hits double-ton in Dhaka Metro's drawn match

Mohammad Isam

February 17, 2014

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Asif Ahmed's maiden double-hundred was the highlight of a rain-affected drawn game between Dhaka Metropolis and Barisal Division. The result kept Barisal winless and rooted to the sixth place with 16 points while Dhaka Metro was in third with 42 points.

Batting first, Dhaka Metro notched up exactly 400 for 9 in the first innings before declaring, with Asif making 200 with the help of 24 boundaries. He shared a 190-run third-wicket stand with Marshall Ayub, who chipped in with 79. Islamul Ahsan took three wickets as Barisal captain Monir Hossain used ten bowlers in the 119.2 overs.

Barisal made 249 in reply with Fazle Mahmud making 121, his maiden first-class hundred. Abu Bakkar took a five-wicket haul for Dhaka Metro.

They replied with 123 for 5 in the second innings, but Dhaka Metro could not progress with the game as overnight rain and bad light prevented much of the play on the final day in Fatullah.

The last two days' play were lost to rain at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra where defending champions Khulna Division remained without a win after having to draw with Chittagong Division.

Batting first, Khulna were all out for 265 with half centuries from Nahidul Islam and Nizamuddin. Chittagong's Moniruzzaman took five wickets.

Chittagong declared their first innings on 309 for 4 with Mahbubul Karim making 96 and Jashimuddin and Irfan Shukkur making half-centuries too. But that was all the action the match had as rain ruled proceedings.

A similar fate played out for the Rajshahi Division-Rangpur Division match at the Rangpur Cricket Garden where the last two days' play was lost to rain.

Rajshahi made 273 with Muktar Ali top-scoring with 56 and legspinner Tanveer Haider taking three wickets.

Rangpur were bowled out for 101 with Shafiul Islam ripping through their line-up with a six-wicket haul. Rajshahi replied with 98 for five, after which the match didn't progress.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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