Nasirul Alam Nahid and leg-spinner Alok Kapali played two key roles to Sylhet Division's emphatic victory over hosts Rajshahi today. Chasing the target of 188 in the fourth innings, Sylhet Division set out poorly, loosing three quick wickets with the score on 17.
Nasirul and his brother Rajin Saleh put on 36 runs in the fourth wicket stand. Alok Kapali, the reputed leg-spinner and little known as a batsman, joined in and formed a match-winning partnership with Nasirul.
Finally Faisal Khan removed Kapali (46), but it was already too late. Nasirul, provided by good support from his tail-enders saw his side home having 4 wickets still at hand. Man-of-the-match Nasirul notched up a brilliant 67 not out featured with 3 boundaries.
Aminul Islam was the most successful among the Rajshahi bowlers to maul the Sylhet batsmen. He plucked 3 giving away 31 runs in his 10-over spell.
However, the match between Khulna Division and Barisal Division ended in a draw. Answering Barisal's 355 in the second innings, Khulna batted patiently throughout the day. Opener Raju Parvej made a solid mark with the bat (85); he was well assisted by Hasanuzzaman (52), Monirul Islam (45) and Asadullah Khan (42).
At stumps Khulna were 275 for the loss of 5 wickets.