After exactly two months, he came down to play the match. He spent more than one and a half hours on the wicket. But Tamim Iqbal could not increase the innings. On the first day of the National Cricket League, Bangladesh’s one-day captain’s failure saw his side Chittagong Division collapse by a few runs.
The Sylhet division finished the day by 15 runs without a wicket by wrapping up Chittagong for 141 runs at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Tamim scored 31 runs off 69 balls with 3 fours. This is the highest in Chittagong’s innings. No one else could go for 20 runs.
Nabil Samad took 5 wickets for 47 runs to crush them. The 36-year-old left-arm spinner got his 16th taste in first-class cricket.
On the opening day of the 24th National Cricket League, the bowlers have shown dominance in all four matches. Dhaka division pacer Suman Khan also got 5 wickets. On this day, only two people from Barisal division managed to reach fifty with the bat.
Chittagong lost the toss in batting against Sylhet. Tamim, who came out to play the match after the ODI series in Zimbabwe last August, opened the run-book with a single off the first ball of the face-off. He got a four through third man in the fifth over despite not being able to play the ball properly off Abu Zayed Chowdhury. Then Nabil hit two fours in sweep and reverse-sweep in the same over.
After Sabbir Hossain’s departure in the seventeenth over broke the opening pair of 42 runs, Chittagong started to lose its way. Tamim was caught at slip while trying to cut off-spinner Shahanur Rahman.
After that, Chittagong narrowly lost wickets regularly. Naeem Ahmed got 3 except Nabil of Sylhet for 28 runs in 20 overs. Abu Zayed did not get a wicket but gave only 12 runs for 3 maidens in 8 overs.
Chittagong Division 1st Innings: 141 in 80.1 overs (Sabbir 16, Tamim 31, Pinak 11, Saikat 10, Parvez 15, Irfan 9, Iftekhar 4, Mehdi Rana 2, Murad 14, Yasin 11, Sharif 5*; Abu Zayed 8-3-12-0 , Tanzim 11-5-23-1, Naeem 20-8-28-3, Nabil 27.1-47-5, Shahanur 14-4-19-1).
Sylhet Division 1st Innings: 15/0 in 4 overs (Imtiaz 4*, Taufiq 11*; Mehdi Rana 2-0-5-8, Murad 1-0-10-0, Yasin 1-1-0-0)
Rangpur was burnt by Suman fire
The batting of Rangpur Division was crushed by the pacers of Dhaka Division on a grass-covered wicket in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla. They were closed a hundred years ago.
Dhaka ended the first day with 122 runs for 5 wickets by bowling out Rangpur for just 92 runs. They are leading by 30 runs.
Dhaka took the bowling and won the toss. In the fifth over, young pacer Sumon set the tone by LBWing Maishukur Rahman in a great delivery.
At one stage, Rangpur lost 5 wickets for 21 runs. From there, they could get close to a hundred thanks to Ariful Haque’s unbeaten 34 off 83 balls.
Naeem Islam left the field at the beginning of the innings due to leg strain while batting. The experienced batsman did not return later.
Suman took 5 wickets for 25 runs. After Maishukur, his victims were Nasir Hossain, Akbar Ali, Abu Hasim and Mushfiq Hasan.