A polished 92-run knock by national opener Javed Omar helped the hosts Dhaka register a exciting two-wicket victory over Sylhet on the third day of the four-dayer in the Ispahani Mirzapure Tea 7th National Cricket League at Dhanmondi Stadium Tuesday, reports BDNEWS.
Hosts Chittagong also recorded an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Khulna as Ilias Sunny and Yasin Arafat shared Khulna's eight wickets in the second innings at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Another hosts Rajshahi are also in the better position after reducing Barisal 204 for five in the second innings. Rajshahi are still trailing 120 runs against the visitors at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium.
Resuming on 126 for six, Sylhet added another 38 runs to wrap up for 164 in 59 overs, giving a winning target of 259 runs to Dhaka.
Mohammad Rafique picked up the day's first wicket of Rezaul Haq (15) in the very second delivery and sent back overnight batsman Golam Maula (18) in the first delivery of his second over. Both the batsman returned to pavilion without adding any run with their overnight score.
However, last ninth wicket stand between Anisur Rahman (8) and Enamul Haq Jr (23) added 43 runs before being separated.
Dhaka started a decent start after putting a 175-run for the opening stand between Javed and Rashedul Haque. But the departure of both the openers on 180 runs put Dhaka into a tough challenge from Sylhet losing one after another wickets.
Man of the match Javed hit 92 off 153 balls featuring 14 fours while Rashedul, who was dropped for three times, made 78 off 136 balls that included 10 fours and one six.
Though national discard Mehrab Hossain Opee (42) stuck to the one-side to contribute 42 runs, but one the other end skipper Mohammad Ashraful (13) returned giving the catch at point to Imtiaz, Sanwar Hossain was caught behind of Golam Mawla, Khaled Mahmud was cleaned bowed, Mohammad Rafique was caught at long off by Rana, all of four batsmen were taken by Enamul Haq Jr.
Dhaka fell into great trouble when Alok Kapali picked up Mehrab Hossain Opee and Sajjad Kadir and Sylhet almost took them to the bank of victory, but two pacers Anwar Hossain Monir and Shahadat Hossain Razib rescued the start-studded Dhaka Division to give a triumph taste. Razib hit a cover drive off Alok Kapali to reach their side home.
Enamul Haq, who took one wickets in the first innings, captured five wickets for 75 runs in the second innings.
Chittagong resumed a overnight score of 380 for seven to end their first innings at 410 in 133 overs in reply to Khulna's first innings score of 192. Chittagong left a 218-run lead to Khulna in the first innings.
Pacer Ziaur Rahman raised his overnight three-wicket tally to five wickets for 103 runs.
Like the first innings, Khulna failed to pile up a big total in the second innings as the visitors were all out for 258 runs in 69.2 overs, offering a paltry winning target of 41 to the host.
Chittagong reached the target making 41 runs losing two wickets in 5.3 overs. First innings' centurion Nafis Iqbal scored 10 runs and Aftab made eight runs while Masumuddowlah (9) and Ehasanul Haque (14) remained unbeaten.
Al Amin took both the wickets for 24 runs.
Khulna's Habibul Bashar, who scored 68 runs in the first innings, also topscored with 54 off 93 balls with six fours while Tushar Imran (39), Hasanuzzaman (33), Manjarul Islam Rana (32) and Ziaur Rahman (25) were notable scorers.
Spinner Ilias Sunny, who captured Khulna's five wickets in the second innings, damaged Khulna innings with four wickets for 42 runs and took overall nine wickets for 92 runs. While Yasin Arafat proved a solid resistance taking four wickets for 43.
Rajshahi, who resumed on 238 for three, scored 307 for all in 99 overs, taking a 84-run lead against Barisal's first innings score of 223.
Anisur Rahman added only five runs with his overnight 103 runs that included 14 fours while his pair Hasanuzzaman returned to pavilion with overnight 81 runs. Skipper Khaled Mashud (29) and Nuruzzaman (15 not out) were the remarkable scorers.
Hannan Sarker grabbed three wickets for 36 runs while Golam Rahman, who took two wickets Monday, finished with four for 79 runs.
Barisal scored 204 runs for five in 66 overs at stump with Nasiruddin Faruqur (43) and Humayun Kabir (6) remained unbeaten when the bails were drawn for the third day.
Skipper Shahriar Nafees hammed 83 off 94 balls that included 10 fours while Hannan Sarker made 36 off 37 balls. Alamgir Kabir grabbed four wickets for 49 runs.