National Cricket League 2003-04 December 20, 2003

Alamgir restricts Dhaka to 143

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Chittagong 61 for 2 trail Dhaka 143 (Alamgir 5-44) by 82 runs

Despite losing two early wickets, Chittagong had the better of the day and restricted Dhaka to only 143 on the second day of their Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Chittagong ended the day on 61 for 2, with Mohammad Rafique snapping up both the wickets.

Dhaka began the day on a precarious note (75 for 4 overnight) and things just got worse as they put in an insipid batting display. Only Halim Shah offered some resistance with a gritty 208-ball 39.

Gazi Alamgir, the young medium-pacer, wrapped up the Dhaka innings by picking up the last two wickets with successive deliveries to finish with fine figures of 5 for 44. Yasin Arafat, the offspinner, conceded 35 runs in 19 overs for his three scalps - including Khalid Mahmud, the captain.

Chittagong lost the wickets of Anisul Hakim and Masumud Dowla before the close of play. Anisul was caught in the slips and Masumud offered a catch to Rashedul Haq at gully. Masumud made 29 off 48 balls that contained five fours.

Sylhet 102 and 15 for 2 trail Rajshahi 200 for 9 dec (Hasanuzzaman 77, Samad 5-41) by 102 by 83 runs

At Rangpur Cricket Garden, a 100-run sixth wicket partnership between Hasanuzzaman and Shamimul Haq guided Rajshahi to a 98-run first-innings lead. Sylhet were in trouble when they batted again and lost two wickets before stumps were drawn.

Sylhet's bowling effort was lead by Nabil Samad, who bagged five wickets, but even that could not stop Rajshahi surging ahead. Hasanuzzaman cracked 11 fours on his way to 77 off 112 balls, while Shamimul Haq was unbeaten on 33.

Khulna v Barisal

The second day's play at the Jessore Stadium was also called off due to rain without a ball being bowled.