All-round Miraz helps Khulna edge out Rangpur
Khulna Division held off late resistance from Rangpur Division to win by 13 runs in their Tier-1 home game at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Set 200 to win, Rangpur slipped to 58 for 6 by the end of the third day. On the final day, wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh fought to get Rangpur close to the target but once he fell on the fourth morning for 56, it was all but over. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, adjudged player of the match, and Sanjit Saha, the offspinners from opposing sides, picked up their maiden ten-wicket hauls, while Khulna captain Abdur Razzak took eight wickets. Razzak and Miraz shared eight wickets in the second innings.
Batting first, Khulna were bowled out for 211 runs, with Miraz top-scoring with 63. Suhrawadi Shuvo and Saha took four wickets each for the visitors. Rangpur, in their reply, eked out a nine-run lead, captain Nasir Hossain scoring 96 off 150, while Miraz took six wickets for 50 runs. Razzak picked up the other four wickets.
Khulna were bowled out for 208 runs in their second innings, with Mahedi Hasan making 41 even as Saha accounted for seven of their batsmen.
Dhaka Metropolis battled hard to beat Dhaka Division by three wickets in Fatullah, in another close encounter. Mahmudullah staved off an incisive spell from left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain with an unbeaten 45 as they successfully chased down 91 on the last day. Mosharraf finished with nine wickets in the game.
Dhaka Metropolis replied strongly with opener Shamsur Rahman (138) slamming his first century of the season as they took a lead of 25 runs. Dhaka Division were then bowled out for 115 in their second innings, with offspinner Sharifullah taking four wickets and debutant pacer Shohidul Islam picking up 2 for 19 in 11 overs.
Tamim Iqbal's first domestic first-class hundred in nearly three years was the highlight of Chittagong Division's drawn Tier 2 game against Barisal Division at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Batting first the home side declared on 467 for 7 with Tamim making 137 and Tasamul Haque (107) reaching his seventh first-class hundred. Sohag Gazi took three wickets.
Mohammad Saifuddin then ran out Shahriar Nafees and took three crucial wickets as Barisal were bowled out for 346 with fifties from Salman Hossain (51) and Al-Amin (72).
Rain interrupted the game on a number of occasions with the fourth day starting at 2.15pm. Tamim and his brother Nafees Iqbal then batted out most of the afternoon as the game petered out to a draw.
Sylhet Division batted out the final day to confirm a draw against Rajshahi Division at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra. Play was called off an hour early with Sylhet on 267 for 7 with captain Alok Kapali providing the backbone on the fourth day with 93.
Batting first, Sylhet were bowled out for 328 with Imtiaz Hossain making his career-best 154, which was also his second consecutive hundred in the competition. Rajshahi's left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam took four wickets.
Rajshahi took a lead of 52 runs with Farhad Hossain (145) reaching his ninth first-class hundred and Nazmul Hossain Shanto making 62. Sylhet's left-arm spinner Rahatul Ferdous took his maiden five-for in first-class cricket. Rajshahi maintain their top position in Tier-2 with 30 points followed by Barisal who are on 21 points.