East Zone pip Central Zone in thriller

Shadman Islam struck seven fours during his 67-ball 78 IDI/Getty

East Zone beat Central Zone by three wickets in a dramatic BCL game in Chittagong. In fading light on the final day, they chased down 224 in 30.5 overs.

Shadman Islam and Nafees Iqbal struck quick fifties before Rajin Saleh and Tasamul Haque completed the chase. Shadman made 78 off 67 balls, after having made 49 in the first innings, earning him the Man-of-the-Match award.

Central Zone were bowled out for 179 in the first innings, to which East Zone replied with 304. Elias Sunny, the Central Zone left-arm spinner, took seven wickets.

Trailing by 125, Central Zone posted 348 for 9 in 136.4 overs with Raqibul Hasan and Sharifullah hitting fifties. They declared in the second session of the final day, after which the East Zone batsmen had to work out a magical chase.

East Z (BD) 4th innings Partnerships

1st127Nafees IqbalShadman Islam
2nd8Abul HasanShadman Islam
3rd23Asif AhmedShadman Islam
4th44Alok KapaliAsif Ahmed
5th0Rajin SalehAsif Ahmed
6th2Rajin SalehIrfan Sukkur
7th2Rajin SalehKamrul Islam Rabbi
8th21Rajin SalehTasamul Haque