Mushfiqur tons up, Nayeem bags 8

The third round of BCL (Bangladesh Cricket League) has been highlighted by excellent perfomances from Mushfiqur Rahim and Nayeem Hasan on the first day.

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In the match between East Zone and North Zone at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar, North Zone’s Mushfiqur Rahim notched up his 11th first-class century in 117 balls. Given that Mushfiqur has not been considered for Zimbabwe Test after he pulled himself out of Pakistan tour. The middle-order batsman may attract the attention of the selectors.

Mushfiqur went on to make 140 runs from 157 deliveries including 16 fours and a six. He was bowled by pacer Hasan Mahmud. Mushfiqur’s opposition bowler Nayeem Hasan ran through the North Zone line-up as he took 8 wickets for 107 runs in 35.4 overs, his sixth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. The off-spinner already has best figures of 8/47.

East Zone bundled North Zone out for 272 runs in 82.4 overs. Sanjit Saha and Sunzamul Islam dismissed Pinak Ghosh and Mohammad Ashraful late in the day as East Zone are at stumps on 3 runs for the loss of two wickets in 4.1 overs, trailing by another 269 runs.

The other match at SKICS Academy ground has seen Central Zone being bowled out for 235 runs in 82.2 runs against South Zone. Test squad members Saif Hassan (1) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (8) failed to impress. Marshall Ayub scored his 20th first-class ton, making 116 runs off 186 balls. Mustafizur Rahman played a cameo of unbeaten 26-ball 30 runs hitting 4 sixes and a four. Mahedi Hasan took 3 for 78.

South Zone are 29/2 in 9 overs after the loss of Shahriar Nafees and Irfan Sukkur.

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