Razzak misses maiden first-class century

Staff Correspondent
Abdur Razzak

Abdur Razzak

Abdur Razzak lost his record of being the highest wicket taker of Bangladesh in one-day internationals couple of days back to Sakib al Hasan and adding to that agony he missed his maiden first-class century narrowly on Tuesday.
Razzak scored 97 runs for Khulna Division against Rangpur in the third day of their first round National Cricket League match at Khulna that gave his side a good first innings lead.
Khulna ended their first innings with 424, a lead of 153 runs, before Rangpur finished the day o with 122-3 in their second innings.
In another match at Sylhet, Chittagong ended the day with 5-151 in their second innings after their bowlers got their opponents all-out for 355 to achieve a crucial 13-run first innings lead.
After a washout in the second day, the game in Rajshahi saw some progress as the hosts completed their first innings for 199 runs before reduced Sylhet to 57-5 during the stumps.
However, the other match of the round between Dhaka Metro and Dhaka did not have same fate as it was washed out for two consecutive days without a ball being bowled and Metro remained on 47-2 that they made in the first day.
Razzak is not the first man in this tournament so far to fall as the prey of nervous ninety and as a matter of fact the as many as four players got out for nineties in two venues so far.
This edition of NCL, which is yet to see a century, also has seen two 80-plus score already.
Khulna resumed the day on 221-4, replying Barisal’s 261, became 266-7 at one stage before Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who score 73, made a 120-run partnership with Razzak to give them a good lead.
Razzak, batting at number nine, scored a swashbuckling 97 off just 83 balls with eight boundaries and three sixes before being dismissed as the last man.
Barisal skipper Shahriar Nafees got his second seventy plus innings (72) in the match as his team will resume in the last day with a deficit of 31 runs and seven wickets in hand.
Like Razzak, Rangpur’s Tanveer Haider, who resumed the day with 19 runs, got out for 97 and saw his team failing to get the first innings lead that looked possible during his partnership with the other overnight batsman Dhiman Ghosh (86).
Rangpur resumed on 183 and the pair, who made a 133-run partnership, added exactly 100 runs, but with the fall of Dhiman they lost their last five wickets for 72 runs to concede a 13-run lead to opponents.
Young fast bowler Yasir Arafat bagged 5-65 for Chittagong.
In Rajsahi, Sylhet fast bowler Abu Zayed emulated Yasir’s feat with 5-59 to bundle out the hosts for 199 as none of their batsmen could get past 50.

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