National Cricket League, Rajshahi v Dhaka, final, Day 1 May 10, 2011

Dhaka spun out for 280

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Rajshahi Division 2 for 0 trail Dhaka Division 280 (Mahmudullah 57, Farhad Reza 3-41) by 278 runs

After bowling out Dhaka Division for 280, Rajshahi Division played out the one over they had to manoeuvre at the end of Day 1, going to stumps with all wickets intact to set up an interesting second day of the National Cricket League final in Mirpur.

Choosing to field, Rajshahi began ideally, with Shafiul Islam sending back opener Rony Talukder first ball. Shamsur Rahman and Anamul Haque put on a half-century partnership to steady Dhaka briefly, before a double-strike reduced them from 55 for 1 to 56 for 3. From then on the spinners - left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib and offspinner Farhad Hossain - took over, periodically striking to finish with five wickets between them. The middle order produced valuable cameos - Mahmudullah and Elias Sunny scoring fifties - to carry Dhaka to 280, but none of them could kick on to make a big score. First-change bowler Farhad Reza cleaned up the tail without too much effort late in the day, to finish with 3 for 41 off 17 overs.

Rajshahi's openers Jahurul Islam and Junaid Siddique survived the six-ball crack Dhaka had at them prior to stumps, and will resume Day 2 on 2 for no loss.

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  • Andrew on May 12, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    @Worthless - know what you mean re: Reza as 3rd seamer. I just felt that as Banga pace bowlers get tonked a bit, may as well have someone who bats well. In Bangladesh the seamers would be lucky to get 15 overs between them. So I don't think there is much point selecting 3 seamers. I think Sunny & Hom are 2 players that should get a go soon. @shamsulislam - yes it is good that the final can be played over 5 days.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    I agree with SH_cricketbuff & Meety. Mahmudullah has 30+ average wth the bat in ODI & in Test, his batting average is over 36. He should bat at 4 for both Dhaka & BD national team. And yes, Farhad Reza can b handy in natoinal side. But Shafiul needs Mash/Rubel/Shahadat with him. Reza could b 3rd medium pacer. We need 3 seamers to do well in overseas.

  • Md. Shamsul on May 11, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Yes! rajshahi has a good start in the first day of final. Hopefully they will take the conttrol over the match in the second day. Since Rajshahi has a decent balance side in terms of batters, bowlers and the all-rounders, after all the most experience skipper Pilot is there so no doubt Rajshahi is in upper hand even before the match start. Wish a happy and successful farewell match for pilot. Yes Team Rajshahi as Pilot says. Very good keep it up and go on & on. It is a great shame is such a big final in the history of first class cricket in Bangladesh but no TV or Radio channel broadcasting it live. It should be broadcasted live, earlier last year ATN Bangla was telecast it live between Chittagong and Rajshahi Final of national league longer version. The great Khoda Baksh Mridha, Dr. Saidur Rahman and Shamsul Islam were the commentators for that five days final match. All and all it is a good sign to have five day match which will help us a lot to do good in the test circuit.

  • Andrew on May 11, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @SH_cricketbuff - I agree re: Mahmudullah. I think he could be as good as Shakib, but is not a permanent fixture in the side. The fact he bowls useful RIGHT arm spin against the plethora of LEFT arm offies adds some variety. What does Sunny have to do to get a game for Bangladesh? Also - I think Reza should be back in the national side as an almost automatic choice. He is a decent batsmen & useful medium pacer, something the Bangas don't have much of. I'd bat him at #8 & he shares the new ball with someone like Shafiful.

  • Syed on May 10, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    looks like Rajshahi has 4 wicket-keepers..Mushfiqur, Dhiman Ghosh, Khaled Mashud Pilot and Jahurul Islam..why can't they divide the best 66 players among the 6 divisions/teams? each team should have six specialist batsmen, 1 specialist keeper, 1 spinner and 3 fast bowlers..most of the batsmen are spinners too so they don't need more than 1 specialist spinner..also have the fast bowlers bowl more, not just have spinners bowl all day long..and why did Dhaka have Mahmudullah at 6? he should come in at 3 or 4, should do the same in the national team.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Deccan have been very disappointing in this years IPL.

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