Dhaka Metropolis batsman Shamsur Rahman scored 114 runs against Sylhet Division on the opening day of the National Cricket League fifth round on Saturday. -Collected.
Dhaka Division put Rangpur Division under pressure on the opening day of the 21st National Cricket League (NCL) fifth round Tier-1 game after Dhaka's rampant pacers caused havoc with the ball on Saturday at Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra.
Dhaka's pace duo Shahadat Hossain and Salauddin Sakil tore through the Rangpur's batting order by sharing four wickets between them as Rangpur could manage 110 for five before rain stopped to play after tea break.
All rounder Sohrawordi Shuvo boosted Rangpur's innings with a 57-run knock. Nasir Hossain was batting on five while Tanbir Hayder was unbeaten on six. In the Tire-2 fixture, century from Shamsur Rahman and half century by Al Amin put Dhaka Metropolis in command against Sylhet Division in the opening day at Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.
After put into bat first, Division Metro put on 282 for seven at stumps, relaying on Shamsur's 114, Al AMin's commanding 69 and opener Rakin Ahmed's 48. After losing opener Azmir Ahmed early, Rakin and Shamsur rebuild Dhaka's innings with 98-run stand for the second wicket.
Rakin and Marshall Ayub were dismissed soon after lunch break. It was left Shamsur and AL Amin to lift the innings. The duo added 126-run for the fourth wicket. Shamsur hit 13 fours in his brilliant knock while Al Amin struck seven fours and three sixes in his 85-ball stay. Sylhet pacer Rejaur Rahman claimed four wickets for 49 runs.
Meanwhile, the opening day games of the Tire-1 match between Khulna Division and Rajshahi Division at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka and the Tire-2 match between Barishal Division and Chattogram Division at Barisal Divisional Stadium was washed out without a ball bowled.
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