South take lead after Al-Amin four
South Zone toiled hard to take the first-innings lead against North Zone on the second day of the Bangladesh Cricket League final in Mirpur. Al-Amin Hossain's four wickets were crucial, but the sluggishness of the North Zone batsmen also contributed to the position of the two teams.
North Zone were bowled out for 235 runs in 97.5 overs, being set behind by 36 runs. According to the points system, South Zone have already collected five points, one ahead of their opponents.
Resuming the day on 15 for no loss, Junaid Siddique fell in the 11th over of the morning when he edged Al-Amin after making 25. The second-wicket stand between Maisuqur and Farhad Hossain put North Zone back in the game, as they took up more than 35 overs to add the 60 runs.
On a flat batting track, this approach, however, was ill-advised as Farhad and Maisuqur let go of several scoring opportunities as they looked to stretch the innings. The breakthrough eventually came just before lunch when Farhad was caught behind off Shuvagata Hom for 32.
Naeem Islam was quickly sent packing by Al-Amin who produced a snorter to make the batsman fend to gully, giving substitute Salman Hossain an easy catch. Maisuqur was also undone by a short-of-a-length delivery by the same bowler, falling for a painstaking 42 made in just over four hours.
Thereafter, captain Nasir Hossain held on to one end, making 69 off 110 balls with nine fours and a six. Towards the end Taijul made 29 off 24 balls but it could not quite earn North Zone a lead.
Apart from Al-Amin's four, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak and Shuvagata took two wickets each.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84