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January 5, 2013
South Zone 248(Anamul 74, Yasin 4-50) and 248(Anamul 73, Nabil 6-81) beat East Zone 236 (Nafees 83, Gazi 6-66) and 227(Nafees 63, Gazi 5-73) by 37 runs
Sohag Gazi's maiden first-class ten-wicket haul ended up being the difference in South Zone's tight win against East Zone in Mirpur. Needing 137 runs to win on the final day with eight wickets in hand, East Zone were in a comfortable position. But their day started disastrously as from 154 for 2, they slipped to 171 for 8 in a matter of six overs, with Gazi picking up four of the six wickets to complete his second five-for of the match. There was a brief resistance before East Zone collapsed to hand over the win to the South.
East Zone, after putting South into bat, had struck regularly to reduce them to 196 for 9 with only Anamul Haque getting past 50. But a last-wicket stand 52 runs helped South pull ahead. In response, East made a solid start with Nafees Iqbal and Mominul Haque scoring half-centuries, but a lower-order collapse triggered by Gazi and Abdur Razzak meant that East ended 12 runs behind South.
South responded with a century stand for the second wicket between Soumya Sarkar and Anamul and although Nabil Samad picked up six wickets, South again managed 248 in the second innings, setting up a tough fourth-innings chase.
North Zone 361 (Junaid 78, Mushfiqur 76*, Farhad Hossain 74, Sunny 3-80) and 397 for 6 (Nasir 131, Farhad Reza 77, Maisuqur 73) drew with Central Zone 436 for 9 dec. (Ashraful 133, Mehrab 131)
A rapid century by Nasir Hossain lit up the last day of the match between North Zone and Central Zone before it ended in a draw. North had already wiped off the 75-run deficit and with a result unlikely, Nasir played attacking cricket to bring up his century of 89 balls with six fours and three sixes. Farhad Reza and Maisuqur Rahman also scored half-centuries in an innings where all eleven of Central's players were used for bowling.
Nasir's ton overcame his failure in the first innings in which only North's top-order had contributed to help the team to 361 with Mushfiqur Rahim unbeaten on 76. In response, Central had stumbled to 88 for 4 at one stage, but a 228-run stand between Mohammad Ashraful, who scored 133, and Mehrab Hossain jnr, who scored 131, set the platform for the team to take a first innings lead and take three points from the match.
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