Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
Khulna Division kept their noses ahead in the NCL title race after crushing Chittagong Division by an innings and 24 runs on the third afternoon at the BKSP-3 ground. They moved to 120 points, but the title will only be decided when the match between Rangpur and Dhaka Metro ends on Thursday.
Khulna, Dhaka and Rangpur started the seventh and final round tied on 96 points. Khulna's win over Chittagong gave them 24 points (16 points for the win + 8 first-innings points); Rangpur have already secured nine first-innings points, have a chance to pick up 25 from their match, and move to 121. Dhaka, the defending champions, are out of the race having earned only seven first-innings points.
Ziaur added a third substantial partnership, raising 71 runs for the eighth wicket with Abdur Razzak. Ziaur ended on 122 runs off 134 balls with seven fours and ten sixes, his third century in this season's NCL.
But it was Khulna's left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his five-wicket haul in the Chittagong second innings. They were bowled out for 155 runs in 55.4 overs, with Mustafizur claiming 5 for 28 in 13.4 overs.
Chittagong D Innings
|Abdullah Al Mamun||caught||11||24|
|Mohammad Saifuddin||not out||21||20|
|Mehedi Hasan Rana||caught||0||3|
|Yasin Arafat||absent hurt|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 4)|
|Total||155(9 wkts; 54.4 ovs)|
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