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Nurul Hasan hits rapid ton in high-scoring draw

Between 2002 and 2010, India had impressive Test results even when travelling outside Asia, but in the last seven years those numbers have nosedived ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Tushar Imran passed 10,000 first-class runs while Abdur Razzak took his 500th first-class wicket as South Zone drew with Central Zone in a high-scoring fixture in Savar.

After being sent in to bat, South Zone racked up 448 on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan's 133 off 129 balls. Opener Shahriar Nafees, Imran, and Al-Amin hit fifties to help swell the total. Seamer Abu Hider and Ebadat Hossain picked up three wickets each for Central Zone.

Central Zone then mounted a strong reply with five of their top seven passing fifties. Though none moved to a hundred, it was enough to secure a 57-run first-innings lead. Razzak was the pick of the bowlers for Central Zone, finishing with 4 for 152 in 52.4 overs.

In their second innings, South Zone scored 120 for 3 before the match ended in a draw.

In Sylhet, North Zone and East Zone played out a low-scoring draw with Mominul Haque the only one to hit triple digits in the match. The East Zone captain hit 107 off 147 balls around a middle-order wobble in a chase of 261. Alok Kapali then played out an hour for eight runs to ensure a draw.

Mominul, though, had bagged a duck in East Zone's first innings after Abu Jayed's 5 for 71 dismissed North Zone for 187 in 49.5 overs. Yasir Ali (45) and Mehedi Hasan Rana (46*) were the only East Zone batsmen to pass 30. No. 11 Khaled Ahmed also pitched in with 26 to hand his side a 24-run lead. North Zone then produced a better batting performance in their second innings, making 284 on the back of Farhad Hossain's 85 to set East Zone 261.