National Cricket League December 12, 2003

Mahmud helps put Dhaka on top

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Dhaka 302 for 7 (Halim 89*, Niamur 62) lead Barisal 193 (Hossain 55, Rafique 4-60) by 209

Khaled Mahmud, fighting for his place in the national side, made a dought half-century in a rearguard action for for Dhaka. In reply to Barisal's 193, Mahmud's side were struggling at 54 for 4 when Mahmud and Halim Shah came together. They added 89 runs before Mahmud was out for 51, but Halim went on to remain not out on 89 at the close of the second day, as Dhaka finished on 302 for 7. Naimur Rashid hit a fiesty 62, while Fahim Muntasir made 34 not out.

Khulna 160 and 129 for 8 (Parvez 48) lead Sylhet 80 (Razzaq 7-11) by 209 runs

Khulna were well on top in a low-scoring match, getting Sylhet out for 80 after making 160 in their first innings. The star of the match was Abdur Razzaq, a left-arm spinner, who took 7 for 11 in just 16.1 overs. Only Imtiaz Hossain, with a gritty 30, provided any resistance, as the Sylhet innings lasted 50 overs and one ball. In their second innings, Khulna extended their lead to 209, as Raju Parvez made 48 of the 129 runs they scored for the loss of eight wickets.

Rajshahi 234 (Nuruzzaman 39, Arafat 7-62) lead Chittagong 191 for 7 (Hakim 53, Saifullah 4-54) by 43 runs

Yasin Arafat's 7 for 62 was largely responsible for Rajshahi being all out for 234, but Saifullah Khan's 4 for 54 in 32 overs kept the game on a tight edge, as Chittagong were 43 runs behind at the end of the second day, with just three wickets in hand. Faisal Hossain, whose 21 not out occupied all of 76 balls, was Chittagong's best hope.