Round 1Barisal are a different proposition when it comes to limited-overs cricket and maybe due to their perennial struggles in the four-dayers a lot of people often forget that this unfashionable side were the champions of the last edition of the NCL one-day competition. They picked up where they had left off by restricting Alok Kapali's Sylhet to 210 at Rajshahi.
Round 2Raqibul's second unbeaten innings, a rapid 101, allowed Barisal to set a decent target of 252 at Bogra. Khulna appeared to be well-set to wrap the game up easily when they reached 200 for 3 in the 40th over with the ever-dependable Tushar Imran two runs shy of a ton. But Imran was out without adding to his score and the next six wickets went down for 33 runs as Barisal sneaked a 19-run victory. Kamrul Islam (4 for 43) again fired for Barisal as his pace and movement with the old ball proved too much for Khulna.
Round 3Raqibul didn't even make it to the crease as Barisal romped to a nine-wicket win over Chittagong at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium. Kamrul Islam, who is not yet 19, enhanced his growing reputation with another hostile spell. His five-for kept Chittagong to 218 and then Fazle Mahmud, whose legspin proved so effective against Sylhet, showed what he could do with the bat in an unbeaten 100. Shahriar Nafees was also in great touch with 80 not out off 89 balls.
Rabeed Imam is the Bangladesh Cricket Board's media manager