Right-arm national colored pacer Rubel Hossain of Khulna Division made his career-best bowling against Rajshahi Division in the 5th round match of the ongoing National Cricket League (NCL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Rubel bagged seven wickets conceding 51 runs in 17.4 overs to surpass his previous best bowling figure of five wickets for 22 runs for the South Zone in Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) in 2017.
Khulna Division vs Rajshahi Division:
Resuming the first innings with overnight total 36 for no loss in 12 overs, Rajshahi Division were bundled out cheaply for 151 in 50.4 overs against devastating bowling by Rubel Hossain on the 3rd day of the four-day 5th round NCL match on Monday.
Replying to Rajshahi Division first innings total 151 runs in 50.4 overs, Khulna Division opened the first innings and scored 154 for 4 in 54 overs to take a three-lead over Rajshahi with six wickets in hand.
Amit Majumder and Tushar Imran hit 59 and 58 runs respectively for Khulna before falling prey to Muktar Ali.
Rajshahi Division batsmen were clueless to face the right-arm pacer Rubel, who took advantage of the cloudy weather of Mirpur, bagging the wicket of both Rajshahi openers and completed his record seven-wicket haul.
Sunzamul Islam and Mizanur Rahman were the best batsmen of Rajshahi Division scoring 48 and 43 runs respectively.
Brief score: Rajshahi 151/10 in 50.4 overs, Sunzamul 49, Mizanur 48, Rubel 7/51, Abdur Razzak 2/60
Khulna first innings 154/4 in 54 overs, Amit 59, Tushar 58, Nurul 6*, Nihad 6*, Mohor Sheikh 2/32
Dhaka Division vs Rangpur Division
In the another NCL match at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra, Rangpur Division took overall 212-run lead over Dhaka Division on the 3rd day of the four-day league on Monday.
Resuming the first inningsat 195 for five, Dhaka tumbled for 222 all-out in 64.1 overs. Abdul Mazid (52) and Raqibul Hasan (67) hit the fifties but the remaining batsmen failed to come up with the big innings.
The 19-year-old right-arm pacer Mukidul Islam bagged five wickets conceding 37 runs in 17 overs while Alauddin Babu scalped two wickets for 44 runs.
In reply, Rangpur Division, with first inning total 234 runs, opened the 2nd innings and scored 200 for 5 in 81 overs on day-3, featuring an unbeaten 104 runs by Nasir Hossain
Naeem Islam also remained unconquered on 26.
Arafat Sunny and Taibur Rahman bagged two wickets each for Dhaka Division.
Brief score: Rangpur first innings 234/10 in 81.3 overs, Nasir 70, Sohrawordi 57, Tanbir 47, Nazmul 5/65, Shakil 3/56.
2nd innings : 200/5 in 81 overs, Nasir 104*, Ariful 30, Naeem 26*, Arafat Sunny 2/36, Taibur 2/27
Dhaka Division first innings 222/10 in 64.1 overs, Mazid 52, Raqibul 67, Mukidul 5/37, Alauddin 2/44
Dhaka Metro vs Sylhet Division:
Dhaka Metro took 205-run lead with six wickets in hand against Sylhet Division in the 5th-round of the league at the Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi on Monday.
Resuming the first innings with overnight total of 322/6 in 83 overs, Sylhet Division were all out for 351 runs in 101.3 overs with Amite Hasan making his maiden first-class century on debut scoring 125 runs.
Shahidul Islam and Sharifullah took three wickets each for Dhaka Metro.
In reply, Dhaka Metro scored 245 for 4 in 73 overs at the end of day-3. Azmir Ahmed and Marshall Ayub hit fifties. Azmir posted 80 while Marshall remained unbeaten on 73.
Enamul Haque Jnr took two wickets conceding 80 runs in 19 overs.
Brief score: Dhaka Metro first innings 311/8 (declared) in 83.5 overs, Shamsur 114, Al Amin 69, Rakin 48, Rejaur 5/60, Enamul 85/3.
2ndinnings: 254/4 in 73 overs, Azmir 80, Marshall 73*, Enamul 2/80
Sylhet first innings 351/10 in 101.3 overs, Amite 125, Asadullah 59, Alok 32, Rahatul 39, Shahidul 3/63, Sharifullah 3/86.
The day's other Tier-2 league match between Barishal Division and Chattogram Division could start for the 3rd successive day at te Abdur Rab Serniabad Stadium in Barishal due to rain and wet outfield.