Dhaka – Riding on a 251-run opening partnership between Anamul Haque and Robiul Islam Robi, Khulna Division reduced their deficit to 129 runs in the 1st innings against Rangpur Division with six wickets in hand after the rain-marred 3rd day’s play of a Tier 1 match of the Walton 19th National Cricket League (NCL) on Sunday.Replying to Rangpur’s 471 runs in the 1st innings, Khulna resumed the 1st innings on Day-3 with their overnight score of 185/0 in 57 overs and raised their tally to 342/4 in 96 overs at stumps at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.Completing his century of 100 off 220 balls, including seven boundaries and one six, Robi was trapped lbw by Nasir Hossain, breaking the opening pair in 71.5 overs. Overnight centurion Anamul stayed till the end of the day’s play extending his score to 172* from 105 runs.Anamul’s innings featured 13 boundaries and two sixes off 282 balls when Tushar Imran (0*) came to pair him in the 5th stand before the bails were drawn for the 3rd day.Mithun was another double digit scorer for Khulna with 40 off 48 balls, including four boundaries and one over boundary. Nasir bagged two wickets for 30 runs while Naeem Islam and Sanjit Saha took one wicket each for 9 and 86 runs respectively. Meanwhile, the 3rd day’s play of another Tier 1 match of the List A league between Dhaka Division and Barisal Division has been abandoned due to rain at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.After the 1st day’s play being washed out, Dhaka Division opened the 1st innings on the 2nd day and scored 309/2 in 90 overs where centurions Rony Talukder and Saif Hasan shared a partnership of 141 in 36.5 overs in the 2nd wicket stand.Rony was out for 121 runs while Saif was at the crease on 106 off 193 balls, including nine boundaries and five over boundaries, and Rakibul Hasan (45 off 75b; 5×4; 2×6 ) was pairing him in the 3rd stand.
Brief Score of Tier 1:
Khulna vs Rangpur
Rangpur Division 1st innings: 471/10 in 120.3 overs, Naeem Islam135, Dhiman Ghosh 105, Shorawordi Shuvo 98, Saymon Ahmad 50, Noor Alam Saddam 31, Ariful Haque 30, Alamin Hossain 4/102, Abdur Razzak 3/126.
Khulna Division 1st innings: 342/4 in 96 overs, at stumps (overnight 185/0 in 57 overs); Anamul Haque 172*, Robiul Islam Robi 100, Mithun 40, Tushar Imran 0*, Nasir Hossain 2/30, Naeem Islam 1/9, Sanjit Saha 1/86.
Dhaka vs Barisal
Dhaka Division 1st innings: 2nd day’s score 309/2 in 90 overs, at stumps; Rony Talukdar 121, Saif Hasan 106*, Rakibul Hasan 45*, Monir Hossain 1/73, Tanvir Islam 1/ 75.UNB news agency