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Taijul bowls North Zone to victory

North Zone trounced East Zone by seven wickets on the third day of their Bangladesh Cricket League match at the BKSP-2 ground in Savar. Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, turned the match around with his first ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket, earning him the Player-of-the-Match award.

Taijul took seven first-innings wickets as East Zone were bowled out for 270 on the first day. On the third day, he picked up another five-wicket haul to help bowl out East Zone for 139 runs. It left North Zone to score162 with a day and a half to spare. Naeem Islam scored an unbeaten 69 alongside captain Mushfiqur Rahim who was also not out on 29.

After East Zone made 270 with Mominul Haque top-scoring with 94, North Zone replied with 248 in their first innings. Farhad Reza and Suhrawadi Shuvo struck fifties to rescue the side after they were reduced to 99 for 6 on the second day. Nabil Samad took 6 for 69 for East Zone but they couldn't capitalise on the 22-run first innings lead. Apart from Taijul's 5 for 51, Subashis Roy took four wickets for North Zone.

North Zone now lead the table with 30 points while East Zone are on second place with 15 points.