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All four teams in tier 1 now have one win each

All four teams in tier 1 of National Cricket League 2021-22 now have one win each. Khulna Division was the latest to win, when they trounced Dhaka Division by an innings and 27 runs at the Sylhet Academy ground.
Earlier in the day, Rangpur Division beat Sylhet Division by six wickets in the adjacent Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, where Enamul Haque Jr became the second Bangladeshi bowler to take 500 first-class wickets.
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Nahidul Islam‘s maiden first-class century set up Khulna’s big win. Having played 31 matches in seven years, Nahidul is more known for his T20 exploits in the BPL. Here, he hammered 12 fours and six sixes in his 175, helping Khulna to 419 in the first innings.
Amite Hasan got his second first-class century when he made 170 not out against Rangpur. The 20-year-old struck 17 fours in his 385-ball knock during which he spend more than eight hours at the crease, but it couldn’t help Sylhet prevent the loss.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Mominul Haque struck centuries for Chattgoram Division against Dhaka Metropolis, with the pair adding 208 runs for the third wicket. Joy made 112 with nine fours while Mominul struck 11 fours in his 103. Dhaka Metro’s Shadman Islam also made 132 off 228 balls, hitting 17 fours and a six.
Sohag Gazi, playing for Barishal Division, slammed five fours and ten sixes in his 95-ball 113, before veteran Farhad Hossain made an unbeaten 108 for Rajshahi Division in their drawn tier-2 encounter.
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Rangpur’s opening pair of Robiul Haque and Mukidul Islam took seven wickets each in the game to help their side to the win. But it was Enamul who stole the limelight when he took his career tally to 500 wickets when he had Jahid Javed caught behind on the fourth day. Only Abdur Razzak, who retired earlier this year, has more first-class wickets (634) for Bangladesh.
Taijul Islam, meanwhile, picked up his sixth ten-wicket haul, when he took 10 for 220 against Barisal. Monir Hossain also took a five-wicket haul in the same game.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz had a good outing against Dhaka Division, taking 6 for 41 in the second innings to go with his 67. Raihanuddin also registered a match-haul of 9 for 154 in the same game.

Best match
Khulna, who won the last completed NCL in 2019, picked up their first win this season against Dhaka Division. Batting first, Khulna posted 419 all out with Nahidul’s career-best 175. Dhaka were 162 for two in reply but were shot out for 231. Asked to follow on, Dhaka dragged the game into the fourth day but Miraz’s six-wicket haul dashed their hopes, as they were bowled out for 161.

Points to ponder
Rangpur are on top of tier-1’s points table with 15.89, followed by Khulna (13.75) and Dhaka (13.63). Barisal lead tier-2 with 16.9 points.

Players to watch
Among those who will be involved in the Pakistan Tests later this month, Mominul, Shadman, Taijul and Miraz all performed very well in this round. Allrounders Nahidul and Gazi struck centuries too.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Recent Match Report – India vs New Zealand 2nd Test 2021/22

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Axar Patel scored a half-century but it was the New Zealand left-arm spinner who dominated the proceedings

India 325 all out (Agarwal 150, Gill 44, Axar 52, Ajaz 10-119) vs New Zealand

Jim Laker, 1956. Anil Kumble, 1999. Now Ajaz Patel, 2021.
Until shortly before 1pm on Saturday, there were only two men who had taken all ten wickets in an innings in Test cricket history. When Mohammed Siraj slogged across the line and sliced the ball high to mid-on, it swirled and hung in the air for a second that lasted an hour while history held its breath – then dropped into the safe hands of Rachin Ravindra as Ajaz became the third man in the list. He did it in Mumbai, the city of his birth, becoming the first man to do it away from home.

It was one of those occasions when the scoreboard told the entire truth. New Zealand’s attack was Ajaz and the rest, and the wickets column reflected that, with 10 for 119 for Ajaz in 47.5 overs bowled out of the 109.5 that New Zealand sent down. Ajaz was consistently threatening, the others were at best support acts, but more often acted as pressure releases. That he still kept threatening, kept beating the bat, kept dangling the ball in a manner that batters couldn’t dominate was a testament to how well Ajaz had bowled.

That India still got an above-par 325 was thanks to a magnificent innings by Mayank Agarwal. He will have to live with being the sideshow because of Ajaz’s remarkable feat, but Agarwal’s 150 was as valuable to India as Ajaz’s wickets were for New Zealand. Not certain of his place, and only in the XI because of the absence of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, Agarwal showed impressive range and temperament. Ajaz had regular periods of wrecking mayhem at the other end, but Agarwal continued serenely on, taking on the spinner particularly whenever he spotted an opportunity and showing excellent judgement of when to leave the ball, as well as excellent patience and shot-selection.
Axar Patel was a valuable ally for Agarwal in a seventh-wicket stand that yielded 67 runs. Resuming at 221 for 4, India were wobbly within two overs of the day’s start when Ajaz turned that into 224 for 6, trapping Wriddhiman Saha in front with one that skidded on and then castling Ashwin with the spinner’s perfect ball – drift, dip, enough turn to beat bat on a forward defensive, not enough to miss stumps. Axar and Agarwal were patient, waiting for the errors in length to punish, taking India to lunch on a 285 for 6.

After lunch, though, it was back to the Ajaz show. He got Agarwal a ball after the opener had cut beautifully to get to 150, with another great ball that even the well-set opener was forced to follow with his hands as it spun sharply, feathering an edge behind. A smart review accounted for Axar, who padded up to one well outside off. However, Ajaz was convinced it was turning enough to threaten stumps, and with no shot offered, the lbw was on. Replays proved his instinct correct, and once Axar fell, India unraveled quickly.

The returning Jayant Yadav thought quick runs were the need of the hour and didn’t have the wrong idea in taking on Ajaz – then in his 48th and what would turn out the final over – reckoning the tiredness could be taken advantage of. However, his attempt to clear long-off failed and he could only hole out. Siraj survived an inside edged four but a hoick across the line next ball did him in.

Ajaz was enveloped in a group bear hug even as he let out a roar of ecstasy, with the Wankhede crowd on its feat to acknowledge his achievement. Outside of that, though, India had built a good total on a pitch that was taking turn, and New Zealand will need their batters to show similar application to their left-arm spinner to stay in the contest.

Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Tendulkar also praises Gill, saying the batter has the technique to bat at any position in Tests

Tendulkar was also impressed by the other opener, Shubman Gill, saying the youngster has the required technique and temperament to bat at any position in Tests but he needs to convert those starts into big knocks.

“There was moisture beneath the surface. Mayank took some time to get into the groove and once he was in the groove, he capitalised by putting pressure on spinners,” Tendulkar told PTI. “The hallmark of Mayank’s innings was that he was able to punish good deliveries too. When a bowler knows a batter can punish your good deliveries, then there is an element of doubt in him.

“What if the batter steps out and hits you and all those things go in bowler’s head and disturb his rhythm.”

Gill scored 52 and 1 in the Kanpur Test and was bowled by Kyle Jamieson both times. In Mumbai, he looked unperturbed on 44 before he got out to left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who finished with a historic 10 for 119.

So does Tendulkar believe that Gill has the technique to do well in South Africa if he bats in middle order?

“When it comes to technique, different surfaces will test you differently. I think Shubman has an advantage as he played a very crucial innings (91) in Brisbane where we won the Test match,” Tendulkar said. “He has had the experience of playing on hard and bouncy tracks and I felt that he looked pretty comfortable. So, I don’t think there is any technical issue as such.”

But does staying “beside the line of the ball” become more advantageous on these surfaces for a batter?

“When he was playing the new ball [in Australia], I think he was behind the line and when the ball got old, he was marginally beside the line as he got to know how much the ball was swinging, how the field is set,” Tendulkar explained. “Accordingly, you decide whether you need to be behind the line to play on the on-side or stay beside the line and hit on the off side.”

However, Tendulkar wants Gill to convert his starts and is confident that he will do that consistently sooner than later.

“Shubman has started well and shown a lot of promise. The way he builds his innings, he has been good so far. Just that he needs to go further and convert those 40s into big scores.”

He doesn’t want Gill to take too much stress about three-figure marks.

“Once you get into that squad, it is about how hungry you are for bigger scores which I am sure he is. He needs to just convert those starts and not lose concentration. Both in Kanpur and Mumbai, he got a good deliveries. He is on a learning curve and will definitely take lessons.”

Tendulkar was all praise for Shreyas Iyer as well, who impressed on his debut in Kanpur with scores of 105 and 65.

“I thought Shreyas was fantastic and made most of the opportunities he got, at one stage the scoreboard wasn’t looking that good and he came up with a gem of an innings and resulted in India almost winning the Test. Both his knocks were important,” he said. “I am sure anxiety levels were there but it helped that he had made his T20 debut quite some time ago and these kinds of things ease up your pressure and it allows you to play your natural game.

“Early on, he must have felt nerves and once he connected, he must have felt more confident.”



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BCCI secretary Jay Shah – India to tour South Africa for three Tests, three ODIs, T20Is to be played later

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“The remaining four T20Is will be played at a later date,” BCCI secretary says

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that the Indian team’s tour of South Africa will go ahead, but only for the three Tests and three ODIs, and the four T20Is that were also part of the original tour will be played later.

“BCCI has confirmed CSA that the Indian team will travel for three Tests and three ODIs. The remaining four T20Is will be played at a later date,” Shah told ANI.

There has been a lot of doubt around the tour to South Africa because of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, in the country that has led to a surge in cases and hospitalisations, especially in the Gauteng province where India are scheduled to play the first two Tests before moving south to Cape Town.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) had also postponed three games of round four of Division 2 four-day matches after some players tested positive. The one-day matches due to take place on December 16 have also been pushed back to 2022.
India captain Virat Kohli had also said on the eve of the ongoing Test against New Zealand in Mumbai that it was natural for such a tour to involve a lot of planning and preparation.

“Look, it is pretty natural [for them to wonder and worry and talk about whether the tour will go ahead and what the protocols will be],” Kohli had said on Thursday. “We are not playing in normal times anyway. So there is a lot of planning that is involved, a lot of preparation that is involved in terms of understanding exactly what is going to go on. There are players who are not part of the group right now who will be entering quarantine to join the team bubble to fly in a charter.”

When exactly the BCCI and CSA agree to play the four T20Is remains to be seen as another T20 World Cup is approaching in 2022, and both teams already have packed schedules for the coming year.



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