National League 2003-04 January 5, 2004

Sylhet dominate against Barisal

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Close Barisal 130 and 8 for 1 trail Sylhet 355 (Islam 7-116) by 217 runs
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Sylhet made light of the unavailability of Alok Kapali and Tapash Baisya, taking a first-innings lead of 225 against Barisal on the second day of their match at the Sylhet Stadium.

Kapali and Baisya were away at the preparatory camp before the tour to Zimbabwe, but Sylhet didn't feel their absence as Barisal were bundled out for 130 after electing to bat. Towhid Hossain top-scored with an unbeaten 31 off 70 balls, while Nabil Samad was the most successful bowler for Sylhet, taking 3 for 23 with his left-arm spin.

Sylhet's batsmen then got among the runs. Though none of them scored a fifty, their top nine batsmen all went past 20, allowing the team to notch up 355. Rana Miah top-scored with 47. Tariqul Islam, a right-arm offspinner for Barisal, was rewarded for toiling through 43 overs - he finished with 7 for 116. Barisal lost an early wicket in their second innings and were 8 for 1 at close of play on the second day.

Close Rajshahi 10 for 0 trail Chittagong 104 (Saifullah 5-30) by 94 runs
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Saifullah Khan wrecked Chittagong's innings with 5 for 30 as Rajshahi took control of their four-match at Rangpur. After no play was possible on the first day of the match due to fog, Rajshahi bundled out Chittagong for a mere 104 in 53.3 overs, with only Faisal Hossain (27) scoring more than 20. At close of play on the second day, Chittagong were 10 without loss.