National Cricket League

Chittagong and Khulna record facile wins

Wisden Cricinfo staff

December 15, 2003

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Chittagong 300 and 129 for 2 (Faisal 65*) beat Rajshahi 234 and 194 (Mashud 59) by 8 wickets
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Faisal Hossain, nicknamed Dickens, scripted another classic at Comilla when he hammered a 41-ball 65, and took Chittagong to a facile eight-wicket win. With this win, Chittagong joined Dhaka and Khulna at the top of the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League. Faisal's innings contained three massive sixes and nine fours.

Akram Khan, captain of Chittagong, promoted Faisal up in the batting order after he had hit an unbeaten 99 in the first innings batting at number six. His breezy innings enabled Chittagong to reach the target of 129 in only 26.3 overs. Anisul Hakim, the opener, contributed 37.

Faisal's show completely overshadowed a gritty knock from Khaled Mashud, the Rajshahi captain, earlier in the day. Mashud scored 59 in 139 balls as Rajshahi finished on 196 in their second innings. Yasin Arafat, the offspinner making his debut, finished with a match haul of 9 for 149 and was later adjuged the Man of the Match. Saifullah Khan was the most successful bowler for Rajshahi, with match figures of 7 for 143.

Khulna 160 and 156 (Parvez 48) beat Sylhet 80 (Razzaq 7-11) and 160 (Hadi 43, Bashir 4-36) by 76 runs
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At Sylhet, Khulna needed only 25 minutes to wrap up their match. When Sylhet began the day on 145 for 9, the last two batsmen, who had added a stubborn 16 last evening, needed another 91 runs for victory. But they put on only 15 as Tapash Baisya was stumped by Hasibul Haq after scoring 30. Tamim Bashir, who claimed the last wicket, finished with 5 for 43 in his 23.3 overs. He was jointly adjudged Man of the Match with Abdur Razzaq, the Khulna spinner, who claimed seven wickets in the first innings.

Razzaq's magical spell resulted in Sylhet being bowled out for only 80 in the first innings with only the two openers reaching double figures. It was all downhill after that,and Khulna joined Dhaka and Chittagong at the top of the table.

This match finished yesterday
Dhaka 374 (Halim 119, Niamur 62, Muntasir 58) beat Barisal 193 and 118 (Mahmud 4-19, Muntasir 4-31) by an innings and 63 runs
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Khaled Mahmud, after a combative half-century to rescue Dhaka from a perilous position, bowled them to victory, taking 4 for 19 as Barisal were skittled out for 118 in their second innings. Fahim Muntasir, an offspinner fighting to get back into the national side, also had a fine match, scoring 58 and, then, taking 4 for 31.

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