South make decent start in final

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Defending champion South, who have won the tournament four times in seven previous editions, lost the toss before their openers Fazle Mahmud and Anamul Haque made a solid start

South Zone were off to a decent start in the final of the Bangladesh Cricket League as they ended the first day of the match against East Zone on 301/6 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Saturday. 

Defending champion South, who have won the tournament four times in seven previous editions, lost the toss before their openers Fazle Mahmud and Anamul Haque made a solid start.

The duo approached in a cautious manner to reach the triple figure before Anamul was run out for 76 off 131 balls in the 43rd over when the score was 136.

Fazle also failed to reach the triple figure as he was caught by Imrul Kayes off Saqlain Sajib after making 86 and South saw two more batsmen return to the pavilion in quick succession as they were reduced to 204/4. 

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Mahmudullah, who has been dropped from the Bangladesh side for the ongoing Zimbabwe Test match, failed to prove his worth and experience as he was out scoring just one run. 

However, Mahedi Hasan (36) and Nurul Hasan (18) made some contributions with the bat and Shamsur Rahman, who batted at No 4, remained not out on a gritty 37 to get the score past the 300-run mark. 

The 19-year old left-arm pacer Ruyel Mia got two wickets while Abu Haider, Sajib and Afif Hossain grabbed one wicket apiece for East.