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Wisden Cricinfo staff
December 23, 2003
Dhaka 143 and 318 for 9 dec (Al Sahariar 87, Sanwar 52, Mahmud 45) beat Chittagong 134 and 101 (Faisal 43, Naimur 5-16, Rafique 4 for 39) by 226 runs
The offbreaks of Naimur Rahman and the left-arm spin of Mohammad Rafique proved too potent a combination for Chittagong, who were skittled out for just 101 in their second innings, to lose the match by 226 runs. Faisal Hossain, Chittagong's top-scorer in the first innings, led the way in the second as well, providing lone resistance with a fiesty 43, off just 59 balls. But Naimur's 5 for 16, which included Faisal's wicket, sealed the day. Rafique, who had taken 6 for 45 in the first innings, made it 10 for the match with a second-innings haul of 4 for 39 in 17 overs.
The victory had been set up by Dhaka's batsmen, who finished with 318 for 9 declared in their second innings, a towering total in a relatively low-scoring game. Much of the credit for this fine performance was due to a 116-run second-wicket partnership between Mohammad Al Sahariar and Sanwar Hossain, two men who have repeatedly flirted with the Test team without quite managing to settle down. Al Sahariar made 87 and Sanwar made 52. Khaled Mahmud, who has been in fine form this domestic season, made a sparkling 45 at No. 8.
Dhaka's performance lifted them to the top of the points table, with 12 points.
Sylhet 102 and 233 (Parvez 91) beat Rajshahi 200 and 122 (Tapash 4-28) by 13 runs
One would scracely have thought it possible when Rajshahi took a 98-run lead in the first innings, but Sylhet came back magnificently to win by 13 runs in Rangpur. Much of the credit for the fightback went to Syhet's batsman, who compiled a doughty 233 in 97 overs in their second innings. The batsman around whom their innings revolved was Parvez Ahmed, their captain, who made a spirited 91, an effort for which he was later named Man of the Match.
Sylhet's other star was Tapash Baisya, who made early breakthroughs, and then cleaned up the tail, to finish with 4 for 28. Rajshahi, needing 136 to win, finished heartbreakingly close on 122.
Khulna 219 for 7 dec (Tushar 103*, Hasibul 42) drew with Barisal 112 for 4 (Nahidul 35*)
After the first two days of the match between Khulna and Barisal were washed out, a result was never likely. Khulna, batting first when the game eventually got underway on the third day, made 219 for 7 declared, of which Tushar Imran made 103 not out. Barisal were 112 for 4 in reply at close of the play on the fourth and final day of the match.
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