Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - Junaid Siddique, the former opener of Bangladesh national cricket team, hit his 16th first-class century in the ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) on Friday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Junaid’s century helped BCB North Zone to take the lead of 53 runs at the end of the third day’s play against Prime Bank South Zone posting 329 runs in the first innings of the match. Tushar Imran, Raqibul Hasan and Mehedy Hasan scored individual fifties for South Zone while Sunzamul Islam, left-arm orthodox bowler of North Zone, took a five-for in the first innings.
While replying to South Zone, North Zone gathered 382 for 7 at the end of the 3rd day. Along with Junaid, Dhiman Ghosh, Naeem Islam and Ziaur Rahman also showed glimpses with the bat as they also hit fifties.
Ziaur scored 90 while Dhiman and Naeem posted 51 and 83 respectively. The veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak of South Zone was adjourned as the best bowler in the match for taking three wickets for 121 runs.
In the other match of the league, Islami Bank East Zone were struggling against Walton Central Zone in Bogura as they required another 255 runs to win the game with eight wickets in hand at the end of the third day.
Central Zone set a target of 326 runs for East Zone to win the game in almost four sessions. At the end of the 3rd day, they have scored 71 for two. Mahmudul Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful ended the day being unbeaten on 23 and 24 respectively.
Earlier, Central Zone scored 393 in their second innings when Mohammad Ashraful stunned taking four wickets for East Zone conceding 34 runs. Pinak Ghosh, Abdul Mazid, Marshall Ayub, Taibur Rahman and Shahidul Islam scored the fifties for Central Zone.