Junaid, Jahurul star in Rajshahi win
The match between Khulna and Sylhet ended in a draw in Chittagong and both teams remained in contention for the final.
During the game, Enamul Haque jnr became the first Bangladesh bowler to take 300 first-class wickets when he picked up Khulna's last second-innings wicket on the fourth morning. Al-Amin Hossain drove straight to Shaker Ahmed at mid-off to give Enamul the milestone. The next best is Mohammad Sharif with 272 wickets and Mohammad Rafique who has 237. Enamul finished the match with 7 for 171.
After opting to bat, Khulna made 301 for 9 before declaring their first innings. Mithun Ali hammered 109 off 106 balls while the captain Tushar Imran struck a half-century. Sylhet replied poorly, declaring with a 50-run deficit on 251 for 9. Mithun scored a second ton in the game to become the fourth Bangladesh batsman to score two hundreds in a first-class game (after Minhazul Abedin, Javed Omar and Shahin Hossain). His innings, this time off 160 balls, led Khulna to 274, setting Sylhet a target of 322.
Dollar Mahmud reduced Sylhet to 0 for 2 and then 30 for 4 before Rajin Saleh scored a half-century to lead his team to a draw.
Centuries from Junaid Siddique and Jahurul Islam helped Rajshahi secure a nine-wicket victory against Dhaka Metropolis at the Sylhet Stadium.
Saqlain Sajib took 5 for 59, while Mukhtar Ali claimed 4 for 47, to dismiss Dhaka Metropolis for 201 in their first innings. Junaid and Jahurul then made 161 and 167 as the defending champions Rajshahi declared on 404 for 5, with a 203-run lead.
Mehrab Hossain jnr scored a century in Dhaka Metropolis' second innings, but there was little support for him apart from Mohammad Ashraful's 69. Farhad Reza and Mukhtar Ali took four wickets each to dismiss the Dhaka side for 274, leaving Rajshahi's batsmen with a target of 72. They chased it down in 10.3 overs.
Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka