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Old February 12, 2005, 02:54 PM
Zephaniah Zephaniah is offline
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Default NL- OD matches. First round

Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 6th National Cricket League
Dhaka, Khulna off to fliers
Sports Reporter

Dhaka and Khulna launched their one-day campaign of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League in style thrashing Sylhet and Barisal, but for holders Chittagong it was a near-miss against Rajshahi who pulled off a six-run victory at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
Dhaka strolled to a nine-wicket win against Sylhet at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium while Khulna handed Barisal a 130-run defeat at the Khulna Divisional Stadium.

Khulna's easy sail means full points for them after their four-wicket victory in the four-day match on Friday.

Young left-arm paceman Ashraful Haq took four wickets to send Sylhet packing for 76 in 29.3 overs and the match as a contest was all but over.

The visitors might have showed a great fightback against Dhaka in the drawn four-day match, but they fell like a pack of cards after Golam Rahman Himel, who hit the first first-class hundred of the season, was dismissed for 25.

Himel and his elder brother Golam Mabub (15) put on 43 runs for the first wicket, but after that the scoreboard resembled a telephone number with three batsmen being dismissed for ducks. Alok Kapali scored a struggling 4 before becoming one of the four victims of man-of-the-match Ashraful.

Dhaka, in their chase, milked the required 77 in 15.4 overs with Al-Shahriar hitting 37 off 25 balls that included four boundaries and two towering sixes. Opener Javed Omar scored an unbeaten 23 off 53 balls.

Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza lived up to his fast growing reputation as an all-rounder in the making when the national paceman hit a quick-fire 30 and then took three wickets to fashion a massive win for Khulna.

Sent into bat, the home side scored a fighting 210 before being all out in 48 overs. The striking feature of the Khulna innings without their inspiration captain and Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar was that the bottom five fired after they lost five wickets for 61 runs. National left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who batted at number ten, clobbered 35 runs off only 20 deliveries that featured three fours and a six.

Mashrafee also hit a six in his 34-ball cameo.

But what the 'Narail' sensation had done with the new ball along with experienced left-arm paceman Monjurul Islam was devastating. Mashrafee dismissed both openers and Manjarul ripped through the middle-order as Barisal lost their first six batsmen with only seven runs on the board from where they never recovered.

Chittagong suffered a disappointing six-run defeat against hosts Rajshahi despite a fine half-century from national discard Ehsanul Haq and combative innings by Aftab Ahmed.

Set to score 219 for victory, Chittagong recovered from a bumpy start with Ehsanul and Aftab putting on 73 runs for the third wicket. Eh-sanul hit 55 off 68 balls that featured nine boundaries. Aftab struck 47 off 62 balls. But Chittagong eventually lost the race against an ever-increasing run-rate after their big hitting captain Akram Khan departed for 2.

Earlier, the Rajshahi total was built around some useful knocks by the middle-order despite a five-wicket haul by Wascoroni, the find of the GP Pace Hunt this year. The right-arm quick finished with 5-27 in 9.5 overs to collect the man-of-the-match award.

Source : Daily star
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