Khulna survive scare; Sylhet suffer another abandonment

Tier 1

Defending champions Khulna avoided their first scare this season, but ended up drawing the game against Dhaka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Batting first, Dhaka banked on centuries from Nadif Chowdhury and Mosharraf Hossain to put on 519 for 9. Nadif made a career-best 166 off 239 balls with 17 fours and 6 sixes. He added 227 runs for the seventh wicket with Mosharraf, who also made his career-best score, 125 off 245 balls with 12 fours.

Khulna were bowled out for 247 runs with Ziaur Rahman top scoring with 104 off 116 balls. He struck five sixes and 12 fours. Nazmul Islam took four for 79. Following on, they reached 180 for four on the final day, having survived 90 overs in total. The in-form Tushar Imran battled for more than three hours to make 63 off 189 balls.

Rain ruined the Barisal-Rangpur encounter in Rajshahi which ended in a draw. There were only 16.2 overs possible in the entire match, on the third day, after the first two days were washed out. On the fourth day, the match was called off at 12.15pm.

Winning the toss, Rangpur reached 61 for two with Jahid Jabed unbeaten on 24 and Suhrawadi Shuvo making 34 not out.

Tier 2

The match between Chittagong and Sylhet was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Bogra. Rain ruined all four days with play being called off after mid-day every day.

On the fourth day, the umpires called off the match at 1.30pm. This was Sylhet’s second consecutive full abandonment.

Rain also affected the Dhaka Metropolis-Rajshahi match in Khulna, as this match too ended in a draw.

Batting first after a rain delay on the first day, Rajshahi were bowled out for 220 runs with Junaid Siddique top scoring with 85. Mizanur Rahman also made a half-century. Dolar Mahmud and Sharifullah took three wickets each for Dhaka.

Dhaka took a 109-run lead thanks to Marshall Ayub‘s 132 and Mehrab Hossain Jnr‘s 89. The pair added 175 runs for the fourth wicket as Dhaka declared on 329 for nine on the fourth day. Rajshahi could bat only three overs before play ended. Marshall was adjudged the Player-of the Match.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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