Tushar Imran and Mosaddek Hossain slammed centuries to guide Prime Bank South Zone close to safety in their Bangladesh Cricket League opening match against Islami Bank East Zone at the BKSP on Thursday.
Tushar hit 105 off 234 balls, his 25th first-class century while Mosaddek added 110 off 250 balls as South Zone reached 318-5 at stumps on the third day, replying to East Zone’s 546 in the first innings.
South Zone still needed 78 runs to avoid the
follow-on on the final day with Al-Amin Junior (17 not out) and skipper Nurul Hasan (13 not out) at the crease.
In the other match of the opening round, Walton Central Zone were facing a mammoth task to avoid a defeat against BCB North Zone despite Raqibul Hasan scored a century in their second innings.
Central Zone reached 234-7 at close thanks to Raqibul’s 105 runs, requiring 35 runs more to bat North Zone again.
South Zone v East Zone
Tushar and Mosaddek appeared solid putting 218 runs in their fourth wicket stand as South Zone resumed on 128-3 after fog delayed the start of third day’s play until 1:15pm.
Tushar, unbeaten on 22 overnight, was the first batsmen to be dismissed when he was bowled by Alok Kapali after hitting 18 fours.
Mosaddek, who struck 11 fours and four sixes, fell soon after East Zone decided to take the second new-ball as Nazmul Hossain took the catch off Sohag Gazi.
Al-Amin and Nurul ensured the team did not suffer further causality
until bad light stopped the play though it did not take them completely out of danger.
Mosaddek believed his eighth first-class ton was a useful preparation for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka but insisted he could have done better.
‘I think that every run is important for my career and I will count this century as one of my special innings,’ Mosaddek said after the third day’s play. ‘[But] I’m a bit upset as the way I started the innings, I could not finish it well.’
His senior partner Tushar said their initial target is now to avoid follow-on and secure four bonus points with 350-plus total.
‘Our first target is to avoid the follow-on which is still on the card,’ said Tushar. ‘We have set a target to achieve four bonus points in batting and we will try for it tomorrow [today].’
Central Zone v North Zone
North Zone could just add 24 runs to their overnight score after they resumed on 433-7 as they were all out for 457 runs in their first innings.
Jahirul Islam, who was unbeaten on 152, added six runs to his innings before he became Taskin Ahmed’s fourth victim in the innings for 158 off 244 balls.
Despite the loss of three remaining wickets in a quick span of time, North Zone got 269 runs in their first innings and Central Zone could not wipe out the depict batting in the remaining hours on the third day.
Raqibul held one end to score 105 off 227 balls with 17 fours but no other batsman could provide him adequate support.
Stumps, Day 3
BCB North Zone v Walton Central Central Zone
Central Zone 188 & 234-7 (Roqibul 105, Tanvir 38; Subashis 2-40, Suhrawardi 2-45) v North Zone 457-9 dec (Johirul 158, Dhiman 93, Mizanur 64; Taskin 4-122, Shuvagata 3-136)
Islami Bank East Zone v Prime Bank South Zone
East Zone 546 (Mominul 258, Zakir 119; Saqlain 2-64, Razzak 6-178, Saqlain 3-93) v South Zone 318-5 (Mosaddek 110, Tushar 105; Shohag 3-65)
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