Dhaka, Sep 19 (UNB) – After the confirmation of their seats in the last-four stage with Sri Lankans elimination, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will take on each other in the 14th Asia Cup match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The dead rubber of the Group B will begin at 5:30 pm [Bangladesh time] where the 20-year old Nazmul Hossain Shanto could open for Bangladesh in place of the injured senior opener Tamim Iqbal.
The result of the match is truly unimportant as the tournament has been scheduled in such a way that no matter who finish top of their respective groups, Bangladesh will face India in the first super-four match on Friday, while Afghanistan will play Pakistan.
Bangladesh through to last-four stage of the six-nation tournament with one match to spare as it got a 137-run victory in the opener over a hapless Sri Lanka, the five-time champions side eliminated from the race leaving a spot to ICC’s new full member nation Afghanistan, as Lankans conceded another loss by 91-runs in the last group match.
Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has a chance to become the first Bangladesh bowler to get 250 ODI wickets and overall the 17th fast bowler to reach the milestone as he is only four wickets away to do so.
The statistics shows that the Tigers are ahead of Afghanistan as among their previous five ODI outings Bangladesh got three victories, but Bangladesh have injury issues ahead of the game so resting all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (finger) and Mushfiqur Rahim (rib) would make sense. There will be no surprise, if Mashrafe go for rest, instead of taking on the stress of back-to-back games for what is essentially a dead rubber.
Abu Hider, Nazmul Islam and Ariful Haque will look to gain more exposure ahead of Bangladesh’s bigger challenges while Mominul Haque and Ariful Haque could get some game-time in place of the seniors.
If Afghanistan look to rotate their squad, wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad and pace bowlers Aftab Alam and Guladin Naib might get a break. Munir Ahmed Kakar, Samiullah Shenwari, Sayed Shirzad and Wafadar are options to replace them.
Bangladesh best XI [probable]: Liton Kumar Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.
Afghanistan best XI [probable]: Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (captain), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) emerged champions in Men’s Group while Bangladesh Ansar clinched title in the women’s group of the two-day 7th Services Wrestling Competition that concluded at Sheikh Russel Rollar Sketting Complex here on Wednesday.
BGB have secured five gold, three silver and two bronze medals to be the men’s champions while Ansar bagged six gold and four silver medals to the champions in women’s group.
Bangladesh Ansar finished runners-up in men’s group collecting four gold and four silver medals while Bangladesh Army became runners-up in women’s section securing four gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal.
Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shahed Reza was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he distributed the prizes.
Deputy Secretary General of BOA Ashiqur Rahman Miku and Asaduzzaman Kohinoor and the long serving general secretary of Bangladesh Wrestling Federation Tabiur Rahman Polwan were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh topped the Group F table of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship shocking formidable gulf nation Lebanon by huge 8-0 goals in their 2nd match at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Wednesday.
The home side dominated the first half by 5-0 goals.
By virtue of the well-merited victory, Bangladesh not only maintained their all-win record in the meet after thrashing another gulf nation Bahrain 10-0, but also took a solo lead in the group ousting group leader Lebanon from the top.
In the day’s match, Sajeda Khatun, Tohura Khatun and Shamsun Nahar Jr struck two goals each while Anai Mogini and Rozina Akhter scored one each for Bangladesh.
Sajeda opened the floodgate for Bangladesh in the 14th minute beating one of the opponent defenders utilising a pass of Monika Chakma (1-0).
Maria Slim of Lebanon sent the ball to the own net in the 19th while trying to clear an attempt of Bangladesh striker Tohura (2-0).
Tohura scored her 2nd and the 3rd goal for Bangladesh in the 23rd minute by brilliant shot after entering the danger zone off a long pass from Ankhi Khatun (3-0).
Anai Mogini scored the 4th goal in the just three minutes later by an angular shot from the right wing also off an Ankhi Khatun pass (4-0).
In the 40th minute, Sajeda scored her 2nd and the 5th goal for Bangladesh capitalising on a long pass of Ankhi Khnatun to dominate the first half by 5-0 goals.
Three minutes after the resumption, Shamsun Nahar Junior further widened Bangladesh margin by a placing shot after snatching the ball from one of the opponent defenders (6-0).
Forward Shamsunnahar Jr scored her 2nd goal in the 63rd minute off a low cross from Sultana (7-0) while substitute Rozina Akhter sealed the fate of the match scoring the 8th goal for Bangladesh in the 75th minute utilising a pass of another substitute booter Ilamoni (8-0).
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play the UAE on September 21 at 3:30 pm and face Vietnam in the last group match on September 23 at 3:30 pm.
Earlier, Lebanon made a flying start in the meet outplaying Bahrain by 8-0 goals in the opening group match and earned the 2nd successive win defeating the UAE by 6-3 goals while Vietnam got off to a 4-0 win against the UAE in the other match on the opening day.
Liverpool, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — Celebrating Liverpool's stoppage-time winner by covering his left eye, Roberto Firmino was finally able to jest about the injury that nearly denied him a chance to face Paris Saint-Germain.
Assurances the scratch on the cornea had cleared up only came hours before kickoff in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"I can open the eye again," Firmino told Juergen Klopp, according to his manager after the 3-2 victory.
Firmino still had to bide his time to play, starting on the bench and watching as Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead. Firmino had been on the pitch 11 minutes by the time Kylian Mbappe equalized for the French champions in the 83rd minute.
But the French World Cup winner's carelessness at the other end allowed Firmino to provide a thrilling climax to a pulsating night at Anfield to open Group C.
Mbappe was dispossessed by James Milner and Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk combined to feed the ball to Firmino. The Brazil forward, who injured his eye against Tottenham on Saturday, now had the vision to find the space to weave through the defense and strike the ball low into the net.
"The day before yesterday there was no chance (he could play) and yesterday it didn't look well," Klopp said. "This morning he came in and said 'I'm fine.'"
It all made for painful viewing for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel in his first Champions League game with the French champions. Conceding in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of an electrifying encounter at Liverpool is just what happened when Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund was beaten 4-3 by Klopp's side in the Europa League quarterfinals in 2016.
"This is what Liverpool do," Tuchel said. "They press you and they make it hard for you in possession."
Four months after the five-time European champions lost last season's final to Real Madrid, Liverpool showed its credentials to challenge for the title again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappe for much of the game.
"He's got to work hard to try to improve," Tuchel said of Mbappe.
Left back Andy Robertson, who repelled Mbappe's forays down the right, also showed his attacking ability by setting up the opener. A cross from Robertson was headed in by Daniel Sturridge 30 minutes into his first Champions League start since playing for Chelsea in 2012.
"We are good at getting in people's faces," Robertson said, "especially at home to make it uncomfortable."
Milner, who was Liverpool's tireless engine in midfield, then stepped up to the penalty spot when Georginio Wijnaldum was tripped by Juan Bern, doubling the lead in the 36th minute.
"We conceded goals in the first half," Tuchel said, "but we never lost our confidence."
That was evident when Thomas Meunier sliced into the net in the 40th minute, and PSG avoided a bigger deficit when Mohamed Salah's goal in the 67th was ruled out for Sturridge sinking his studs into goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the buildup.
Salah, Liverpool's top scorer last season, had a low-key game and it was his misplaced pass that gifted PSG a chance to equalize. Substitute Julian Draxler took the ball forward and released Neymar, who was challenged by van Dijk as he broke into the area. Mbappe seized on the loose ball and fired into the bottom corner.
"In the second half I think we showed a bit more personality," PSG defender Thiago Silva said. "But in a match like this, where the level is high, you always have to be focused, because the other team can score at any given moment."
As Firmino showed after Liverpool seized on Mbappe's misfortune to make it six wins out of six in all competitions this season.
"We lost a ball that usually we don't lose," Thiago Silva said, "and we were punished for that mistake."
PSG is rarely so troubled at home, already sitting five points clear by winning the opening five games of its French title defense. The harder task is wining the Champions League for the first time.
"Maybe today we could have displayed a little bit more aggression," Tuchel said. "Maybe we need to improve in our intensity in some areas of the field."
Tianjin, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — Maria Sharapova says she will end her 2018 season early, withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing, the Tianjin Open, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to her recovery from a right shoulder injury.
"I will miss competing at each of these tournaments, but it is important that I allow for proper rest and recovery in the upcoming weeks," Sharapova said in a statement on the WTA website.
Sharapova, ranked 24th in the world, was the defending champion at Tianjin.
Five-time major champion Sharapova lost in the first round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
The WTA said Sharapova expects to start her 2019 season at the Shenzhen Open, which begins Dec. 31 in the southeast China city.