Bangladesh Cricket League 2017-18 January 18, 2018

Nurul Hasan hits rapid ton in high-scoring draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Tushar Imran passed 10,000 first-class runs while Abdur Razzak took his 500th first-class wicket as South Zone drew with Central Zone in a high-scoring fixture in Savar.

After being sent in to bat, South Zone racked up 448 on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan's 133 off 129 balls. Opener Shahriar Nafees, Imran, and Al-Amin hit fifties to help swell the total. Seamer Abu Hider and Ebadat Hossain picked up three wickets each for Central Zone.

Central Zone then mounted a strong reply with five of their top seven passing fifties. Though none moved to a hundred, it was enough to secure a 57-run first-innings lead. Razzak was the pick of the bowlers for Central Zone, finishing with 4 for 152 in 52.4 overs.

In their second innings, South Zone scored 120 for 3 before the match ended in a draw.

In Sylhet, North Zone and East Zone played out a low-scoring draw with Mominul Haque the only one to hit triple digits in the match. The East Zone captain hit 107 off 147 balls around a middle-order wobble in a chase of 261. Alok Kapali then played out an hour for eight runs to ensure a draw.

Mominul, though, had bagged a duck in East Zone's first innings after Abu Jayed's 5 for 71 dismissed North Zone for 187 in 49.5 overs. Yasir Ali (45) and Mehedi Hasan Rana (46*) were the only East Zone batsmen to pass 30. No. 11 Khaled Ahmed also pitched in with 26 to hand his side a 24-run lead. North Zone then produced a better batting performance in their second innings, making 284 on the back of Farhad Hossain's 85 to set East Zone 261.