Dhaka Division lifted their first National Cricket League (NCL) title after seven years Wednesday after beating Khulna Division by 179 runs in the sixth round of the NCL 2021 at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP).
Khulna needed to score 379 runs to beat Dhaka, but they were bundled out for 199 runs in the last innings of the match. Dhaka won the match by 179 runs.
Taibur Rahman, captain of Dhaka, bagged five wickets in the last innings, conceding 40 runs. In the first innings of Khulna, Dhaka's right-arm spinner Shuvagata Hom grabbed seven wickets.
With three wins in six matches, two draws and one defeat, champion Dhaka earned 35.29 points. Runners-up Rangpur secured 31.74 points.
Fazle Mahmud of Barisal scored the most runs, 603, in this season of NCL with a century and five fifties. Amite Hasan, 590, of Sylhet and Abdul Mazid, 521, of Dhaka were other batters to score more than 500 runs. Amite hit two centuries and Mazid one.
Hasan Murad of Chattogram was the best performer with the ball in this season of the NCL. The left-arm spinner picked up 33 wickets with two five-wicket hauls. Three other spinners – Nayeem Hasan of Chattogram and Nazmul Islam of Dhaka, and Sunzamul Islam of Rajshahi – bagged 32 wickets each.
All of the top-five bowlers of this season's NCL were spinners, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz of Khulna being the number five, taking 28 wickets.
There was only one pacer who made it to the list of top 10 bowlers in this NCL – Al-Amin Hossain of Khulna, who bagged 20 wickets.