Central suffer batting debacle despite Ayub’s ton

Despite Marshal Ayub’s responsible ton, Central Zone suffered batting jolt as they dismissed their first innings at 235 against South Zone on the first day of the third round of Bangladesh Cham­pionship League on Friday at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Academy ground in Cox’s Bazar, report agencies.

Central Zone plunged into a deep trouble as the lost their first five wickets at 53 runs in the  score board after they opted to bat first.

Central Zone lost wickets in regular intervals in the face of tight bowing display by the South Zone bowlers but Marshal Ayub kept his nerve cool to stretch his innings with a patient 116 runs off 186 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and two over boundaries that helped Central zone to reach over two hundred runs land mark.

Ayub finally fall prey to Mehedi Hasan giving him a return catch in the crucial moment. Cameo Mustafizur Rahman (30 n.o) and Zabid Hossain (21) were the other notable scorers for Central Zone. Mehedi Hasan was the pick of South one bowlers picking up three wickets conceding 78 runs while former national pacer Shafiul Islam, Nasum Ahmed and Abdur Razzak shared six wickets giving away 24, 51 and 62 runs respectively.

In reply, South Zone started their first innings not in a good  shape as they finished the first day scoring 29 for the loss of two wickets. Irfan Hossain threatened early inroad on South Zone innings picking up the wicket of opener Shahriar Nafees for 10 while Irfan Sukkur fell victim of run out by Nazmul Hossain Shanto.

Enamul Haque with 13 and Shamsur Rahman with 3 on the crease the stumps were drawn for the day.  Irfan Hossain took one Central Zone’s wicket for 15 runs.