Prime Bank South Zone took an overall 245 runs lead with seven wickets in hand against Islami Bank East Zone on the 3rd day of the four-day 4th round match of the 6th Bangladesh Cricket League at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Replying to Prime Bank South Zone’s first innings total 403 runs, Islami Bank East Zone resumed the first innings on Thursday with overnight total 95 for 3 in 33 overs and were all out for 300 runs in 95.5 overs on the 3rd day, despite a 124-run 7th wicket partnership built by Jaker Ali and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Number seven Jaker Ali contributed the innings highest 76 runs off 154 balls, hitting six fours and four sixes, national pacer cum number eight batsman Mohammad Saifuddin scored 146-ball 75 runs, featuring nine fours and two sixes.
Besides, former national all-rounder Aloke Kapali (12) and national coloured all-rounder Shohag Gazi (10) were the other notable scorer for East Zone, apart from opener Liton Das’s not out 60 runs made on the 2nd day (Wednesday).
Kamrul Islam Rabbi, who picked up two wickets for 33 runs on Wednesday, finally grabbed four wickets for 93 runs, veteran spinner Abdur Razzak and Nayeem Hasan grabbed three wickets each conceding 68 and 97 runs respectively.
In reply, Prime Bank South Zone opened the 2nd innings in the afternoon and scored 142 for 3 in 32 overs when bails were drawn for the 3rd day (Thursday).
One down Fazle Mahmud contributed 36-ball 42 runs featuring seven fours and one six, opener Shahriar Nafees scored 45-ball 24 runs with four fours, number four Tushar Imran, who hits 130 runs in the first innings, was in batting with 46 runs off 67 balls hitting eight fours while national opener Soumya Sarkar remained not out on 29 runs off 39 balls with three fours and one six.
Former national captain Mohammad Ashraful captured two wickets for 23 runs while Abu Jayed took the remaining one wicket for 39 runs.
Earlier, Prime Bank South Zone scored 403 runs for all in 104.4 overs in the first innings on Wednesday, featuring 165 runs in the 3rd wicket stand by former national cricketer Tushar Imran and Fazle Mahmud.
Number four batsman Tushar Imran, who regained his rhythm in the season, hammered a polished innings of 130 runs off 221 balls, featuring 15 fours and one six while one down Fazle Mahmud contributed 161-ball 89 runs, hitting 11 fours and a six.
Khaled Mahmud grabbed four wickets for 84 runs while Mohammad Saifuddin and Abu Jayed claimed two wickets each giving away 67 and 90 runs respectively. unb