First round matches end in draws

Staff Correspondent
Yasir Arafat Mishu

Chittagong Division pacer Yasir Arafat Mishu poses with the man-of-the-match award at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. — Courtesy BCB

Rangpur made a valiant chase but had to be content with a draw against Chittagong as the other three matches of the first round of National Cricket League ended with the same results on Wednesday.
Chasing a score of 265 in 43 overs to win the Tier-2 match in the last day at Sylhet, Rangpur ended with 224-5 thanks to Mahmudul Hasan’s 85 not out and Ariful Haque’s rapid 63-run innings.
In Tier-1 match at Khulna, the hosts picked up 11 points to reach the top of the table after Barisal, who trailed by 163 runs in the first innings, ended the day on 248-8.
The other Tier-1 match between Dhaka Division and Dhaka Metropolis were washed out for the third consecutive day and only 15 overs were possible in the whole match, where both the teams earned three points each.
Rajshahi bowlers bundled out Sylhet for 175 to get a 24-run first innings lead before they ended the day on 120-5 in the second innings to pick seven points, one more than their opponents, from the drawn encounter.
Chittagong resumed the day at 151-5 but a five-wicket haul from Suhrawardi Shuvo bundled them out for 251 and gave their opponents 265 runs to chase.
Mahmudul struck four fours and two sixes in his 89-ball innings and Ariful hit nine boundaries and two sixes in his 63-run innings that came off just 50 balls but eventually the match ended in stalemate.
Chittagong’s debutant Yasir Arafat Mishu, the 17-year old pace bowler, who grabbed 5-65 in the first innings, added two more scalps in the second innings to win the man of the match award.
Chittagong fetched 10 points and Rangpur got nine from the match,
At Khulna, the last day began after four and half hours of the scheduled time due to rain and Barisal, who resumed on 122-3, ended the day with 248-8.
Barisal made 261 runs in their first innings before Khulna, the defending champions, made 424 runs in reply to get a big first innings lead.
Abdur Razzak, the veteran left-arm spinner, who made 97 runs in the first innings, picked up two wickets in Barisal’s second innings to take his match tally to five and was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance.
At Rajshahi, where the first innings lead remained as the only interest, Sylhet resumed on 57-5 replying Rajshahi’s 199.
Overnight batsman Alok Kapali made 34 and Ruman Ahmed scored 44 but that was not good enough to prevent host from getting a lead.
Farhad Reza and Muktar Ali got three wickets each for Rajshahi.

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