All the excitements of first round matches of the National Cricket League was dampened as not a single ball could be bowled in any of the four matches in different venues on Sunday.
Torrential rain with the influence of low pressure created in Bay of Bengal is expected to continue today and chance of any further play in the final day is very slim.That would mean all four matches in Bogra, Khulna, Fatullah and Rajshahi are seemingly heading towards draw.
However, Barisal will gain some extra points against Rajshahi even if no further play occurs thanks to their first innings lead.
That is the only match so far that has seen a completion of first innings from both the sides.
Barisal scored 302 in their first innings before folded their opponents for just 93 runs thanks to a 6-31 of Tawhidul Islam.
In second innings they made 160 to set Rajshahi a target of 370 before the hosts made 25-0 at the stumps on day two.
Barisal will gain total of nine points, two for scoring over 300 overs, three for getting opponents all out, three for a draw and one for a first innings lead if the play does not resume. It will also give Rajshahi six points – three for dismissing Barisal and three for draw.
In Bogra at around 12:45 pm umpires called the day off due to incessant rain where Rangpur were on 266-5 replying Dhaka Metropolitan’s first innings score of 238.
Match referee Obayedul Azam called off the day’s play between Khulna Division and Dhaka Division at around 12:30 pm in Khulna.
The match that faced rain interventions even on the second day could not see the completion of the first innings from both the sides.
Khulna was 19 runs away from Dhaka, scoring 168-4 replying 187 of Dhaka.
Bangladesh’s young pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman grabbed 4-29 and veteran left arm spinner Abdur Razzak picked 4-72 to reduce the Dhaka side for a low score and provided three points for Khulna.
On the other match, not even a single innings was completed as Sylhet was on 352-8 against Chittagong at Fatullah.
Only 30.2 overs were played in the second day and the play of the third day was called off at 1:50 pm leaving Chittagong no opportunity to bat even after three days.
The first round matches of NCL were great opportunities for the Bangladesh’s players before the forthcoming two-Test series against Australia scheduled to start on October 5.
But apart from Mustafizur none other could shine with bat or bowl.
Stumps, Day 3
Dhaka v Khulna
Dhaka 1st innings 187 in 66 overs (Saif Hossain 68; Mustafizur Rahman 4-29, Abdur Razzak 4-72) v Khulna 1st innings 168-4 in 49 overs (Mehedi Hasan 53, Imrul Kayes 29; Nazmul Islam 2-67).
Dhaka Metropolis v Rangpur
Dhaka Metro 1st innings 238 in 78.4 overs (Marshall Auyb 65, Shamsur Rahman 54, Elias Sunny 52 not out; Mahmudul Hasan 5-44) v Rangpur 1st innings 266-5 in 92 overs (Dhiman Ghosh 85 not out, Ariful Haque 48 not out, Naeem Islam 46, Mahmudul Hasan 41; Md Shahid 2-63, Elias Sunny 2-63)
Barisal v Rajshahi
Barisal 1st innings 302 in 78.3 overs (Mosaddek Hossain 122, Shahriar Nafees 75; Sanjamul Ismal 6-123) & 2nd innings 160 in 44.4 overs (Mosaddek Hossain 40; Sanjamul Islam 4-49, Farhad Hossain 3-20, Farhad Reza 3-31) v Rajshahi 1st innings 93 in 44 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 32; Towhidul Islam 6-31, Golam Kabir 3-11) & 2nd innings 25-0 in 6 overs.
Chittagong v Sylhet
Sylhet 1st innings 352-8 in 120.2 overs (Rumman Ahmed 80, Rajin Saleh 74, Rahatul Ferdous 56; Nabil Samad 3-78).
-With New Age input