Mosaddek, Mithun salvage draw for South Zone

Mosaddek Hossain launches one down the ground Associated Press

Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain hit centuries to help South Zone secure a draw against Central Zone, after they had conceded a 111-run first-innings lead in Rajshahi.

After being sent in, South Zone collapsed to 191 all out in 49.5 overs, with only opener Fazle Mahmud (40) passing 30. Seamer Ebadat Hossain and left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain took four wickets each for Central Zone.

Central Zone's batsmen showed greater fight and posted 302, with opener Shadman Islam top-scoring with 93. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who had recently made a comeback to the national team, claimed 6 for 106 in 31 overs for South Zone.

South Zone started shakily in their second innings, too, and were 84 for 3 in the 26th over. Mithun, however, revived the innings with a 193-run stand for the fourth wicket with Tushar Imran. Mithun hit 118 off 121 balls, including 16 fours and a six, while Tushar made 88 off 141 balls, with 10 fours and a six.

Mosaddek then took charge of the innings, despite a shoulder injury. He added 53 for the seventh wicket with Ziaur Rahman before adding 121 runs for the eighth wicket with Nayeem Hasan, who chipped in with 43. Mosaddek stayed unbeaten on 102 off 107 balls.

Central Zone were 158 for 5 when play was called off on the final day. Razzak took three wickets to stretch his match tally to nine.

Cent Z (BD) 4th innings Partnerships

1st46Shadman IslamSaif Hassan
2nd30Abdul MazidSaif Hassan
3rd46Marshall AyubAbdul Mazid
4th16Tanbir HayderAbdul Mazid
5th5Irfan SukkurAbdul Mazid
6th15Mosharraf HossainAbdul Mazid