Anamul misses double but Khulna strollStaff Correspondent
Taposh Ghosh slammed the second century for Khulna as they declared their innings after piling up a massive 618-8 against Dhaka Metro on the second day of the last round matches of the National Cricket League on Saturday.
Khulna’s Anamul Haque missed out on a double century as he returned to the pavilion seven runs short of 200.
Meanwhile, the most crucial match between Sylhet and Rajshahi remained evenly poised at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium with Sylhet ending the day on 152-3 in reply to Rajshahi’s 387-8 declared.
Sylhet’s discarded national left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr claimed his sixth five-wicket haul in an innings after he finished with figures of 6-127.
Enamul solely leads the bowling charts with 59 wickets and his closest competitor is Metro’s Arafat Sunny with 48 wickets under his belt.
The third day’s play both the matches will remain suspended today because of a general strike by the opposition party. The third and fourth day’s game will held on April 23 and 24.
Khulna v Dhaka Metro
Resuming the day at 388-4, Khulna lost Anamul (193) early as he was trapped leg before by veteran pacer Tareq Aziz. Anamul added only 15 runs to his overnight score and failed to complete the magical double ton.
Taposh though did not miss his chance of scoring a hundred at the Fatullah stadium as he remained unbeaten on 111 off 183 balls with 14 boundaries.
Some big hitting by the lower order batsmen made it easy for Khulna to reach the massive total. Number seven Ziaur Rahman (63 from 58 balls) clobbered nine fours and a six and added 106 runs with Taposh.
Abdur Razzak (21 from 18 balls) hit two fours and two sixes after coming at number nine and Dollar Mahmud slammed three fours and four sixes to score 46 from 42 balls.
In reply, Metro lost Mohammad Ashraful (3) with the scoreboard reading 17-1 and Marshal Ayub (31) and Tasamul Haque steadied their ship with a 49-run stand.
After Ayub’s departure Shamsur Rahman joined Tasamul to see off the day with 118-3 on the scoreboard.
Tasamul was unbeaten on 54 while Shamsur made 23.
Rajshahi v Sylhet
Rajshahi added another 96 runs to their overnight total and lost four wickets, all to Enamul, before declaring their innings on 387-8.
After Hamidul Islam (36) and Sabbir Rahman’s 96-run partnership was broken, none of the other batsmen could support Sabbir as he remained stranded at one end with an unbeaten on 78 from 116 balls as Enamul removed his partners from the other end. He hit nine fours.
Sylhet had a steady start to their innings, but two quick wickets, Imtiaz Hossain (14) and Rahul Dewan (19), saw them being reduced to 44-2.
Number three and four Nadif Chowdhury and Rajin Saleh came to Sylhet’s rescue as they got their side out of danger with an 85-run third-wicket stand.
Rajin was caught off Saqlain Sajib after scoring 43. His 97-ball knock saw him hit eight fours.
Golam Mabud (11) joined Nadif at the crease as Sylhet lost no further wicket on the day. Nadif was batting on 55 runs from 132 balls.
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