Tushar Imran and Imrul Kayes hit centuries as Prime Bank South Zone took a crucial first-innings lead against leaders BCB North Zone on the third day of their Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) match at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.
Imrul turned his overnight 58 into a fluent 118 and milestone man Tushar scored an unbeaten 148 as South, resuming the day on 125 for two, finished on 429 for eight, a lead of 21 runs.
Opener Imrul, who was dropped from the ongoing tri-series after missing the first two games due to a finger injury, hit 14 boundaries and six sixes in his 131-ball knock. However, it was his overnight partner Tushar-- the country's only batsman to have hit the magical 10k mark in the last round—who made sure his team overtook North's impressive first innings total of 408.
After a vital 153 runs for the third wicket with Imrul, the 34-year-old also featured in two more crucial stands – 84 runs for the fifth wicket with Al-Amin (46) and 51 runs for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan (35). Tushar's 26th ton in his 155th game featured 16 sweet-timed boundaries. South however did not declare their innings, anticipating that a win could be quite impossible with a day to go.
Away at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, Walton Central Zone thrived on four half centuries to keep Islami Bank East Zone at bay. After being buried under a run avalanche when East posted a mindboggling 735 for six declared, Central responded with 357 for seven at stumps on the third day.
However with 383 more runs needed to make East bat again; Central will require another resolute batting effort on the final day today.
Resuming the day on 40 for one, almost all the Central batsmen got starts but every single one failed to convert their fifties. Sadman scored 65, Raquibul Hasan struck 85, Marshall Ayub made 65 and all-rounder Shuvagata Hom chipped in with 73. The biggest partnership of the innings was 122 for the fifth wicket between Raquibul and Shuvagata. Off-spinner Sohag Gazi was the pick of the East zone bowlers with 5-106.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Islami Bank East Zone v Walton Central Zone
East Zone: First innings 735-6 dec (Liton 112, Zakir 211, Yasir 132, Kapali 165 not out; Shuvagata 3-183)
Central Zone: First innings 357-7 in 101 overs (Sadman 56, Raquibul 85, Marshall 65, Shuvagata 73; Gazi 5-106, Enamul 2-80)
BCB North Zone v Prime Bank South Zone
North Zone: First innings 408 all out (Mizanur 106, Zunaed 137; Razzak 6-107, Rabbi 3-122)
South Zone: First innings 429-8 in 114 overs (Imrul 118, Tushar 148 not out, Al-Amin 46; Shafiul 3-54, Taijul 3-136)