Despite a magical resistance in the fourth innings, touring Barisal failed to avoid a defeat from Dhaka as the hosts skipper Mohammad Ashraful captured four out of seven remaining Barisal's wickets on the fourth and last day of the four-dayer in the Ispahani Mirzapore Seventh National Cricket League Wednesday, reports BDNEWS.
Chasing an almost impossible target of 496 runs, Barisal were all out for 400 in 127.5 overs at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium to suffer a 95-run defeat.
Away at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium, the hosts Chittagong could not follow Dhaka after conceding a four-wicket defeat to visitors Sylhet, who also beat the port city in one-dayer.
Chittagong set Sylhet to a reachable target of 236 after declaring their second innings on 284 for nine in 91.2 overs. Sylhet reached the home losing six wickets in 65.4 overs with opener Golam Rahman Himel putting unbeaten 87 runs.
After the second round four-dayers, reigning champions Dhaka topped with 12 points, followed by Khulna, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Sylhet with six points each. Barisal is yet to open their account.
The visitors resuming with overnight score of 215 added another 185 in two sessions before being all out just before of tea.
National discard Hannan Sarkar (overnight 32 runs), who captured five Dhaka wickets in the second innings, wiped out his run drought putting 73 runs off 179 balls that included eight fours and a six. Number six Humayun Kabir also hit a half-century knocking 102 balls and returned to the dressing room scoring 66 off 143 balls with seven fours and a six.
Both the batsmen put 66 runs for the fifth wicket stand before Hannan was removed by champion spinner Mohammed Rafique, who took four wickets for 102 runs.
Mohammad Ashraful began his devastating bowling returning overnight batsman Shahin Hossain on duck in the day's third over. After that he grabbed other three wicket of Arafat Salauddin (3), Arif Hossain (17) and Anisur Rahman (11) to finish five for 137 runs in 34.4 overs.
Back-to-back centurion Javed Omar was adjudged man of the match.
Golam Rahman Himel played a significant role on the fourth day with putting an unbeaten 87 to reach Sylhet in home while skipper Rajin Saleh (31), Alok Kapali (24) and Imtiaz Hossain (23) provided the valuable assistance to Himel in different time.
Himel hammered three fours in his 204-ball knock. Not only Himel contributed for the victory, but also Hasibul Hossain Shantoo played an all-round performance scoring unbeaten 21 off just 13 balls featuring a boundary and two sixes.
Earlier, Hasibul Hossain ripped through Chittagong middle order taking to raise his tally five for 48 runs.
Chittagong resumed on 231 for four declared their second innings for 284 for nine in 91.2 overs, taking a lead of 235.