The final of the Bangladesh Cricket League is well poised after the end of second day’s play as Walton Central Zone reached 184/4 replying to BCB South Zone’s 387 at stumps Monday.
The five-day match at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has already seen two centuries and a five-wicket haul as Zakir Hasan, Mohammad Mitun, Shuvagata Hom, Hasan Murad and Farhad Reza starred in an attritional battle of bat and ball.
Central were in all sorts of trouble as their top-order was evaporated by South skipper Farhad, who took four wickets to reduce them to 16/4.
However, opener Mithun along with Shuvagata revived the situation with a 168-run stand that remained intact at the end of day’s play.
Mithun scored 102 off 155 balls laced with 16 fours and a six while Shuvagata amassed 67 off 135 balls with the aid of seven fours.
Farhad finished the day with a return of 4/31.
Earlier in the day in-form wicketkeeper-batter Zakir completed his ton to help his side reach close to 400.
Resuming on 261/5 overnight batters Zakir and Farhad stretched their partnership to 119 before the latter was dismissed on 71 when the score was exactly 300.
Zakir compiled another half century stand with Rishad Hossain (16) before Murad trapped the latter in front to pick up his fifth wicket in the innings.
Murad ended the innings with figure of 5/101.
Zakir reached his century in 151 balls but had to be stranded not out on 107 off 151 as he ran out of partners.
Shuvagata, who finished with 3/51, wrapped up the tail bagging the last three wickets for six runs, including the last two in the space of two balls in the 112th over of the innings.
BCL FINAL, DAY 2
Central Zone 184/4 in 53 overs (Mithun 102*, Farhad 4/31) trail South Zone 387 in 111.3 overs (Zakir 107*, Murad 5/101) by 203 runs.