National Cricket League 2012-13 October 23, 2012

Tamim sizzles in a high-scoring draw

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Dhaka Metropolis played out a high-scoring draw against Chittagong Division in their opening National Cricket League match in Bogra. Bowlers from both teams had a tough time in the middle as six centuries - including a double - were put up in four days by batsmen from both teams and as many as 20 bowlers were used during the match.

Chittagong captain Tamim Iqbal made an impact after choosing to bat but missed his double-century by eight runs. He shared a 276-run stand with the other centurion - Mominul Haque, who scored his second first-class hundred - that set the base for a big first-innings total. However, Chittagong lost their last eight wickets for 54 runs to be bowled out for 411.

Chittagong raised their hopes of taking a first-innings lead after reducing Dhaka to 98 for 3, but a 311-run fourth-wicket stand brought Dhaka almost level with Chittagong's score. Marshall Ayub scored 209, his highest first-class score, and was supported by two more centuries from the middle order - Mehrab Hossain Junior's 122 and Tasamul Haque's 135 - that took Dhaka past 600. They declared their innings soon after with a lead of 221 and with around two sessions left in the match to force a result.

Chittagong played out 38 overs and lost only one wicket, with Tamim scoring his second century of the match, as the game petered out into a draw.

Abdur Razzak picked up six wickets in the second innings to bowl Khulna Division to a 52-run win over Barisal Division in Khulna. Chasing a target of 257, Barisal crumbled from 160 for 3 to be bowled out for 204.

Khulna made 314 in their first innings after Barisal chose to field. Soumya Sarkar top-scored with a brisk 96 while Tushar Imran contributed 69. Barisal were in trouble at 87 for 5 but were revived by an aggressive century from Sohag Gazi at No. 7. Gazi was supported by his captain Shahriar Nafees (60). Taposh Ghosh picked up 5 for 59.

Gazi, the player of the match, then ripped through Khulna in the second innings as he claimed 7 for 79 with his offspin, including a hat-trick to end the innings. Ghosh made 76 to guide his side to 220. Fazle Mahmud then made 65 at the top of the order and took Barisal to a strong position in the company of Iftekhar Nayem (45). The duo's dismissals triggered a collapse as Razzak scalped the last five batsmen to end with 6 for 72.

Sylhet Division claimed three points from their first outing in the NCL 2012-13, by taking the first-innings lead in their drawn game with Rangpur Division at Cricket Garden. Rangpur, for drawing, took a point away from the match.

Rangpur chose to bat and their first innings was built chiefly around an unbeaten century from Naeem Islam. His unbeaten 137 was studded by 19 boundaries and he put on a hundred stand with Mahmudul Hasan as Rangpur got to 295. That they were limited to below 300 was mainly down to left-arm spinner Enamul Haque jnr, who claimed a five-for to run through the lower-middle order after the century stand.

While none of the Sylhet batsmen could go past Rumman Ahmed's 75, most of their line-up - only three players did not get to double-digits - contributed cameos to get them the lead. Captain Alok Kapali also made a half-century, while No. 9 Abul Hasan scored a handy 40 to get them past 300.

In their second innings, Rangpur got to 258 for 6 before play ended, with Nasir Hossain missing out on a century - on 87, he was run out by Enamul Haque jnr.

Dhaka Division got off to a winning start in the National Cricket League by beating Rajshahi Division by 127 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. It was their first victory in the first-class competition after the divisional side was split and the Dhaka Metropolis team was formed last season.

Dhaka were aided by their opponents' poor luck, after Rajshahi had their captain Mushfiqur Rahim and leading bowler Saqlain Sajib collide on the first day. Sajib was disoriented due to the impact and didn't take part in the rest of the game, while Mushfiqur was only available for Rajshahi's second innings. The defending champions were in shambles as they chased 261 to win, and were bowled out for 133. Mahmudullah picked up four wickets, while Shahadat Hossain took two.

Dhaka's fightback began in the second innings, in which they trailed by 62 runs after they were bowled out for 116 in the first innings. Dhaka were rescued by a 100-run fifth wicket partnership between Nadif Chowdhury and Mosharraf Hossain and by a 97-run seventh-wicket stand between Abdul Majid and Nurul Hasan. Mosharraf, Majid and Nurul scored fifties to push the total past the 300-mark, which was enough against a team that had only nine batsmen.

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  • Shegufta on October 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Bangladesh is looking good and they have to utilise this form in the upcoming series against the windies. I'm not entirely sure on whether they'll be able to win the test matches against them but I'll be happy if at least they manage to perform well without losing by an innings or something. Wishing all the players the best of luck :)

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on October 24, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    GUD start 2 d NCl .....nice to see national & young talents per4min .......My XI 4 d nxt westindies series ...: 1)Tamim 2)Nazimuddin 3)Sakib 4)Mushfiq 5)Nasir 6)Nayeem 7)Mominul 8)Mahmudullah 9)Elias Sunny 10)Rubel 11)Nazmul 12)Shafiul 13)Shahriar Nafees 14)Marshall ayub 15)Raqibul hasan/Enamul Jr.

  • Jonny on October 24, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is a dangerous play to bowl to.

  • Sohrab on October 24, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    why not pick Shohag Gazi...he seems like a good spinner who can bat.. i think either ashraful or nazim should open with slightly leaning towards ashraful though..and nafees should be included..number 3 spot maybe?..played well against pakistan..scored 97 i think..and mahmudullah,cant rely on him as he hasnt played well for so long..bowlers..nazmul is a must..he was really good in the asia cup..the other spinner..elias sunny

  • Aaquib on October 23, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Well Done Sylhet !! And BD need to Start Drawing Test Matches...Tamim in Form of his life want him to score Hundreds vs Westindies...In my Opinion Only Tamim,Nasir,Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim Plays Their Cricket With Passion which is why they do well in international cricket and others just continue to fail especially tamim and shakib has that passion

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    15 man squad so far for Bangladesh in my view - Tamim, Shahriar, Nasir, Saqibul, Rahim, Nazmul, Sunny and Enamul Haque jr. But yeah I agree with extremespeed that its unlikely Bangladesh will win a test match but no excuses for them to make it an exciting contest want to see a 100 from Tamim against West Indies all the best!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Great start to NCL but I will definitely in my view not select Abdur Razzak and especially Mohammad Ashraful for the test series, Abdur Razzak is no doubt one of the best spin bowlers in Bangladesh but according to his stats, his bowling has not lived up in test Cricket as compared to 20 over and 50 over Cricket and will only use him for limited overs. Ashraful had his enough chances in my view and really I think T20 Cricket is the best for him now considering he performs but if he really wants to play 50 over Cricket then he has to perform consistently because there's others that are competing with him now in 50 overs like Anamul, Mominul, Shahriar, Imrul, Liton and Junaid so really he has to perform regularly.

  • Smith on October 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Well so far what I think what the 11 or 15 will be for test matches are Tamim, Shakib, Rahim and Nasir pretty obvious these 4 guaranteed their spots in the team. Nazmul looks to me he will be the first of the fast bowlers but not sure of the others yet. Shahriar Nafees performed okay and probably will use him mainly because of experience. Elias Sunny or Enamul Haque jr will take most likely the final spin position to partner Shakib but I would include both in the squad anyway just in case of injuries mind you Sunny picked up 7 test wickets against Windies last time out. I think Nazimuddin should partner Tamim because we don't have anyone else. Imrul just cannot perform at test level and should only play One-Day Internationals. Junaid is out of touch and I would seriously like to see Mominul Haque be given a chance for once in all the formats for Bangladesh. I don't think Anamul Haque is quite ready and will consider him for Zimbabwe series early next year.

  • Kowsar on October 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Its really good sign for Bangladeshesi Team Future.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on October 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Back to back Tons in a FC game! It's a magnificent per4mance by Tamim ahead of WI series. According to earlier cricinfo articles, he played first-class game for a BD division after 2007. He showed that in last 5 years he made a different class for him than other BD batsmen. He has the real potential to become the first ever world-class batsman from BD in future. Undoubtedly he's already the 2nd best cricketer for BD after Shakib.

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