In the first tier, Saif Hassan scored a century as Dhaka faced Rangpur at BKSP as on the opening day of the tournament.
Saif completed his fifth first-class century with an innings of 127 off 233 balls.
However, Saif's Dhaka was in early trouble. They lost 2 wickets without a run on the board. Saif and Mahidul Islam's 79-run stand in the third wicket helped Dhaka to handle the initial setback.
Mahidul was dismissed for 47 off 91 balls. Saif kept one end, while wickets were falling.
He then built another solid partnership with Nadif Chowdhury. The 69-run innings came from the bat of skipper Nadif Chowdhury.
Before Nadif was dismissed, Saif smashed his 127-run innings with 11 fours and 5 sixes. Based on Saif's century and Nadif's half-century, Dhaka lost 8 wickets for 297 runs at the end of the day.
Rangpur's Alauddin Babu took 4 wickets for 25 runs. Besides, Mahmudul Islam 2 and Suhrawadi Shuvo and Mukidul Islam took one wicket each.
Tushar-Kayes dismissed in the 90s
Country's veteran batsman Tushar Imran missed out on his well-deserved ton, being fell for 99 but defending champions Khulna kept them aloft over Sylhet Division on day one of the first-round game of Bangabandhu 22nd National Cricket League (NCL) at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna today.
Tushar was ably supported by Imrul Kayes who also missed his ton, being out on 90 as Khulna reached 308-7 at the end of the day of the Tier-1 game on the league.
After opting to bat first, Khulna got a good start through openers Robiul Islam Robi and Imran Uz Zaman but both of them failed to carry on their start.
Imran was the first to be dismissed for 15 after which Kayes and Robi shared 110-run for the second wicket stand. While Kayes was on song, Robi was dismissed for 37.
Soon after his dismissal, Kayes also fell for 90 off 127, hitting 10 fours and two sixes. After Kayes, Tushar took the onus and drove the side past 300, despite the wickets tumbling around him at regular interval.
Tushar struck 13 boundaries in a knock in which he played 117 balls.
Before the bails were drawn, Nahidul Islam was batting on 24.
Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadot Hossain scalped two wickets for Sylhet.
Khulna 308/7 in 90 overs (Tushar 99, Imrul 90, Robiul 37; Ebadat 2/46, Abu Jayed 2/73, Khaled 1/66)
Dhaka 297/8 in 90 overs (Saif 127, Nadif 69, Ankon 47; A. Babu 4/25, Mahmudul 2/60, Mukidul 1/36)