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Rajin Saleh shines
Dhaka, Rajshahi, Sylhet advance
11/27/2005
 

          Hosts Dhaka, Rajshahi and visitors Sylhet earned victories in the second round one-dayers of Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 7th National Cricket League at different venues across the country, reports BDNEWS.
With the second one-dayer victory, defending champions Rajshahi and Dhaka shared the top-place with four points each. Sylhet and Chittagong were in the second-position with two points each.
Two significant unbeaten centuries from Javed Omar and Mohammad Rafique helped Dhaka recorded a six-wicket victory over touring Barisal in a low-scoring match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
At Rajshahi Divisional Stadium, Rajshahi registered a 20-run victory over Khulna in the delayed match due to fog.
An unbeaten century from Rajin Saleh enabled visitors Sylhet to record a 48-run victory over hosts Chittagong at Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Putting into bat first to visitors, hosts Dhaka restricted Barisal a paltry 152 for all in 39.2 overs as Khaled Mahmud and Mohammad Rafique shared seven wickets to wrap the visitors up cheaply.
Khaled Mahmud removed first three batsmen -- Shahriar Nafess (6), Nasiruddin Ahmed Faruque (6) and Shahin Hossain (0) -- with scoreboard showing 51 and then pacer Talha Jubair dismissed top scorer of opener Imran Ahmed (29).
Khaled Mahmud, who took four wickets for 42 in 10 overs, was adjudged man of the match for his superb bowling feat.
Later, Mohammad Rafique wrapped up the middle and tails talking three wickets for only five runs in 6.2 overs while M Sharif and Arafat Sunny took one wicket each.
Mohammad Rafique, who came at number six, played a hurricane 53 knocking just 34 balls that included seven fours and two towering sixes.
The pinched hitter batsman opened his account with a four through the point off a Sajid's delivery and hit spinner Ali Arman for two successive four in the last two deliveries of the 29th over. The left-hander reached his fifty hitting Humayun Kabir for four at long off that also took the team at home.
Javed played a patient 53 off 83 balls featuring eight fours. Skipper Asharaful (0) was caught behind as the batsman tried to play down the wicket off Arafat Salahuddin facing two balls.
After being put into bat first, Rajshahi were all out for 129 with a over spare of stipulating 35 overs as the match delayed due to dense fog in country's northern region.
Opener Moniruzzaman was the highest scorer 29 off 33 balls featuring a couple of four and six, followed by Farhad Hossain's 19, Rafiqul's unbeaten 18 and Naeem Islam's 15 runs.
Spinner Abdur Razzak grabbed three wickets for 13 while pacer Ziaur Rahman and spinner Manjarul Islam Rana took two wickets each for nine and 30 runs respectively.
Chasing the poor challenge, Khulna were bundled out for 109 with 14 balls to play. Jamaluddin Babu put highest 19 runs off 26 balls with the help of three fours.
National players -- Tushar Imran (2), Habibul Bashar (17), Manjarul Islam Rana (9), Abdur Razzak (8) and SK Rasel (13) - left the crease cheaply.
Shafaq Al Zabir grabbed three wickets for 22 while Farhad Reza and Musfiqur Rahman grabbed two wickets for 15 and 25 respectively.
Opted to bat first last year's one-dayer runners-up Sylhet, who conceded a massive eight-wicket defeat to Dhaka in the first match, piled up a challenging 249 for six in 50 overs with the help of Rajin's century and Moniruzzaman's half-century.
Losing the opener Golam Mabud on nine runs, opener Rajin Saleh paired with national discard Moniruzzaman to put 172 runs for the second wicket stand before Moniruzzaman (70 off 101 balls with four fours) was run out by Gazi Salahuddin.
Rajin remained unbeaten on 100 off 158 balls that included six fours despite losing Alok (7), Ezaz Ahmed (7), Imtiaz Hossain (8), Hasibul Hossain (8).
Chasing the mammoth total, Chittagong, who defeat Khulna by seven wickets in the first round, were able to score 201 for nine in 50 overs as Nazmul Hossain and Hasibul Hossain shared six wickets.
Rezaul Karim Rajib made a significant 85 off 94 balls with a dozen boundaries, but that was not enough for the hosts to reach the target.
Despite losing seven wickets for 85, Chittagong reached a respective total after Rezaul and Sabbir contributing 99 runs for eighth wicket stand before Rezaul was removed by Shantoo.

 

 
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