National Cricket League 2003-04 December 28, 2003

Rezaul stars as Sylhet dominate

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Dhaka 147 for 5 (Sanwar 52) trail Sylhet 331 (Tapash 59, Rezaul 56*) by 184 runs
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An fine all-round show by Rezaul Haque gave Sylhet, the home side, the upper hand against Dhaka. Rezaul hit an unbeaten 56 and along with Tapash Baisya, who also hammered a fifty, added 93 valuable runs for the eighth wicket. Tapash his five fours in his innings while Rezaul's 164-ball effort contained seven fours and a six. Rezaul then snapped up three of Dhaka's top order batsmen with his left-arm medium pace which gave Sylhet he distinct advantage at the end of the day. Tapash and Nabil Samad, the legspinner, also chipped in with a wicket each. The two Hossain's, Sanwar and Mehrab, added 72 for the third wicket and propped up the Dhaka total.

Khulna 81 for 3 trail Chittagong 389 for 9 dec (Arif 107, Shabbir 57) by 308 runs
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Arif Ahmed's maiden first-class hundred enabled Chittagong to declare their first innings at 389 for nine at Comilla. Khulna were is a spot of bother at stumps when they were reduced to 81 for 3 by the close. Chittagong, who started the day on 272 for 5, got within a shade of 400 thanks largely to the 150-run sixth stand between Arif and Sabbir Khan. Arif belted ten fours in his 288-ball innings while Sabbir's 57 came in 137 balls. Syed Russel, the medium-pacer, was the most impressive of the Khulna bowlers with 3 for 85.

Barisal 266 (Imran Ahmed 152*) lead Rajshahi 190 by 76 runs
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Imran Ahmed hit an unbeaten 152 as Barisal took a vital 76-run first innings lead after making against Rajshahi. Imran turned out to be a thorn in Rajshahi's flesh and refused to yield even as all fell around him. His 282-ball knock was punctuated with 21 fours. Shahjada, the medium-pacer, was the most successful Rajshahi bowler picking up 4 for 64 while Shafaq Al Jabir claimed three scalps.