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Khulna ease past Sylhet, Chittagong complete elusive victory

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Rangpur fight back but can’t hold off Dhaka Division, while Dhaka Metropolis cruise past Barisal

Defending champions Khulna Division trounced Sylhet Division by eight wickets in Tier 1 of the National Cricket League’s first round. They completed the win shortly after lunch on the fourth day by chasing down 68 runs in only 9.3 overs.

Sylhet had made 308 all out in their second innings after being asked to follow-on having scored 134 in the first innings. They were behind by 241 runs at the halfway stage after Khulna made 375 all out in 109.4 overs.

Imrul Kayes and Tushar Imran both got out in the nineties in Khulna’s first innings. Imrul made 90 off 127 balls with ten fours and two sixes. He added 110 for the second wicket with Robiul Islam Robi. Imran’s 99 came off 117 balls with 13 fours and he held the innings together as wickets fell around him. Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain, both considered to be part of Bangladesh’s red-ball pace options, took three wickets each.

Sylhet were however poor with the bat, getting bowled out for 134 runs in 60.4 overs. Masum Khan and Minhazur Rahman took four wickets each while Moinul Islam took two wickets.

Sylhet’s Zakir Hasan however changed their approach in the second innings, hitting his sixth first-class century. He made 140 with 15 fours as they slowly went past Khulna’s score to avoid an innings defeat. He added 110 runs for the third wicket with Amit Hasan who scored 66 with nine fours and a six.

Pace bowler Abdul Halim, who went wicketless in the first innings, took four wickets this time for Khulna. Moinul took three wickets too.

Khulna then took only 9.3 overs to knock off the required runs in the fourth innings. Imran Uzzaman hammered four sixes and a four in his 26-ball unbeaten 33.

Chittagong Division won only their third first-class match in seven years, defeating Rajshahi Division by 88 runs in the NCL’s Tier 2. This was also their first win over Rajshahi in more than eight years.

Left-arm quick Mehedi Hasan Rana was Chittagong’s hero with a career-best seven-wicket haul that included 4 for 35 in the fourth innings in which Rajshahi were bowled out for 194, chasing 283. Ifran Hossain took three wickets while Hasan Murad picked up one wicket.

Earlier Chittagong reached 287 in the first innings, thanks mainly to Shahadat Hossain Dipu’s maiden first-class hundred. He rescued Chittagong from 52 for 4, to add 88 runs for the fifth wicket with Yasir Ali, and 113 for the seventh wicket with Rana, who made 55.

Rajshahi were then bowled out for 152 with pacer Noman Chowdhury taking four wickets and Rana picking up three wickets.

Rajshahi fought back to bowl out Chittagong for 147 in the second innings but their own first-innings failings meant that they were chasing a stiff target in the fourth innings.

Dhaka Division fought off Rangpur Division for an 80-run win in their Tier 1 match at the BKSP in Savar.

Batting first, Dhaka reached 365 all out powered by Saif Hassan‘s 127, his fifth first-class century. Saif came to the crease with his side having lost both their openers for ducks in the third over.

He was involved in several important partnerships to help Dhaka recover, and added 137 runs for the sixth wicket with captain Nadif Chowdhury as they closed in on a 300-plus total. Saif struck eleven fours and five sixes in his 233-ball essay, which spanned five hours and 27 minutes. Nadif made 69 off 105 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Alauddin Babu took four wickets.

Rangpur made an even more dismal start to their innings as they slipped to 41 for 5 in reply. Nasir Hossain went on to make exactly half of Rangpur’s 230, as he notched up his eighth first-class century. Nasir’s 115 came off 252 balls with eleven fours and four sixes, and he was the last man out.

He followed it up with a four-wicket haul that skittled out Dhaka for 128 in their second innings, leaving Rangpur chasing 264, a considerably lower target than expected given the 135-run lead Dhaka had taken after the first innings.

But this time it was the left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam who took six wickets – to complete match figures of 10 for 153 – who became Dhaka’s match-winner. Rangpur were bowled out for 183 with Naeem Islam top scoring with 61.

Dhaka Metropolis cruised to an eight-wicket win over Barisal Division. Shohidul Islam starred with both bat and ball, scoring his maiden first-class century batting at No. 8, and picking up three wickets in the match.

Batting first at their home venue, Barisal were bowled out for 241, to which Dhaka Metro replied with 413 in 129.2 overs. Captain Marshall Ayub struck his 21st first-class century, finishing on 112 with 13 fours. But it was the memorable 140-run eighth wicket stand between Shohidul and Abu Hider that took Barisal completely out of the game. Shohidul struck 14 fours in his 106 off 150 balls, while Hider made 39.

Barisal couldn’t improve on their first-innings score, this time getting bowled out for 208. Hider took three wickets while Shohidul and Arafat Sunny took two each. Left with 37 runs to chase, Dhaka Metro lost Anisul Islam Emon and Shamsur Rahman but duly got home.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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SL vs Ind 2021 – Shikhar Dhawan to captain India on limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar named vice-captain, Chetan Sakariya and Nitish Rana among new faces in the mix

Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, K Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya have all received maiden call-ups to the national team, figuring in the 20-man India squad for the white-ball series in Sri Lanka, scheduled for July. The second-string squad – the main team will be in England at the time – will be captained by opening batter Shikhar Dhawan, who has never led India previously, and will also see the international comeback of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been appointed vice-captain.
India’s Sri Lanka tour comprises six matches: three ODIs (on July 13, 16 and 18), followed by three T20Is (July 21, 23, 25). Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been confirmed as the head coach, although the BCCI did not announce the coaching staff for the side on Thursday when it announced the squad, which will have five reserve bowlers.

Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-capt), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, R Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

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County cricket 2021 – Kyle Jamieson signs for Surrey on short-term deal

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Fast bowler will head to Kia Oval at conclusion of the World Test Championship final

Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand fast bowler, has signed a short-term deal for Surrey across formats, and will link up with the club at the conclusion of the World Test Championship final against India later this month.

Jamieson, who has been rested from the ongoing second Test against England after claiming three wickets in the opening match at Lord’s, will be available for the Vitality Blast London Derby against Middlesex at The Kia Oval on June 25, and will remain with the squad until their final group game in mid-July.

In that period, he will also be available for Surrey’s final two group games in the LV= Insurance County Championship, against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl from July 4-7 and against Somerset at The Oval from July 11-14. This will be his first time playing in English domestic cricket.

“I’m really excited to get the chance to play some county cricket after the Black Caps tour,” Jamieson said. “Originally I didn’t think this opportunity would be possible with the schedule this year, but with how things have unfolded it’s great to be able to join Surrey and experience both T20 and first-class cricket.

“Playing county cricket is something I’ve always wanted to do in my career, so to have the chance to do so now is awesome. I’ve heard a lot of great things about county cricket, particularly T20 Blast nights at The Kia Oval, and can’t wait to take up the opportunity with Surrey to continue to learn and grow whilst trying my best to contribute to the teams’ success.”



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The Hundred 2021 – David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Sophie Devine pull out of the Hundred

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ECB bracing for further withdrawals amid clashes with international tours and restrictions on overseas travel

David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Sophie Devine have pulled out of the inaugural season of the Hundred, with the ECB bracing for further withdrawals amid clashes with international tours and restrictions on overseas travel.

Warner and Stoinis were both contracted by the Southern Brave on deals worth £100,000 and £80,000 respectively, but have opted to withdraw from the competition. Both players have been named in Australia’s preliminary squad for white-ball tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh, which overlap with the Hundred’s window from July 21-August 21, but are expected to withdraw in order to spend time with their families.

Trevor Hohns, Australia’s national selector, added six players to the preliminary squad for those tours following discussions with those initially named. “During the course of those discussions, it has become clear that recent experiences abroad, including but not limited to extended periods in bio-secure hubs and hard quarantine, have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families,” he said.

“CA has maintained that the wellbeing of players, staff and officials is a top priority, and never more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic given the extraordinary challenges it has placed upon international athletes and sporting teams.”

“It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus, but the realities of Covid mean there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome,” the ECB said in a statement to ESPNcricinfo. “Replacement overseas players will be signed by Southern Brave, and we look forward to the Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer.”



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