Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) - Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club are all set to lock horns in the final of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Monday.
The match, which will kick off at 6pm, will be telecast live by Gtv and Rabbitholebd YouTube channel.
On their way to the final, Sheikh Jamal beat Shinepukur Cricket Club in the semifinals by five wickets whereas Prime Doleshwahr bettered Prime Bank Cricket Club by six wickets.
Both of the teams were imperious in the group stage as well. Sheikh Jamal won both of their matches in group leg against Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity and Uttara Sporting Club.
Prime Doleshwar lost one tied match to Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan by super-over. Despite that shocking defeat, Prime Doleshwar stormed the final with two consecutive wins against Gazi Group Cricketers and Prime Bank.
Ahead of the final, both of the finalists are upbeat to the clinch the title. The captains of both of the teams on Sunday expressed a similar goal while talking to the media after unveiling the trophy at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“It’s a big tournament for all of us ahead of the 50-over format of Dhaka League. It really feels nice to make the final in this sort of tournament where every team was strong and competitive. As professional cricketers, we’ve given our best for our team and now, we’ll certainly love to win the tournament,” said Nurul Hasan Sohan, the captain of Sheikh Jamal.
Sheikh Jamal made it to the final depending on a fiery knock by Ziaur Rahman, who struck 72 off 29 balls in the semifinal.
Nurul Hasan said the knock boosted the confidence of the team.
“It’s tough to win a high-scoring game if you lose some early wickets. But, we’ve won the game (against Prime Bank) with the help of (Zia) in spite of losing early wickets. However, we’re not thinking about what we did. Instead of that, we’re planning on the next game,” Nurul Hasan further said.
Farhad Reza, the captain of Prime Doleshwar, said Sheikh Jamal would be a tough opponent for them in the final.
“They’re a very good team. They have Zia bhai and a number of few more power-hitters. But instead of thinking about them, we’re planning about what we can do in the final,” Farhad told the reporters.
The spectators will enjoy a free entry to Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the final, Towhid Mahmud, the in-charge of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), confirmed this while talking to UNB on Sunday. He also said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon will be present at the final.
Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) - Bangladesh lost the first Test of the three-match series against New Zealand on Sunday at Hamilton. Despite the loss, Soumya Sarkar, the left-handed top-order batsman of Bangladesh, headlined with his maiden Test ton. At the end of the match, Soumya said he never played against the bowling attack that New Zealand have.
Soumya completed his ton off 94 balls, by which he joined Tamim Iqbal in the record of fastest Test ton by Bangladeshi batsmen.
“I think I never batted against this type of bowling attack. The ball was bouncing too much from the back of the length. I never batted with this kind of field set-up as well,” Soumya said at the end of the match at Hamilton.
The southpaw started playing Test cricket in 2015 but never passed the 100-run mark before this match. He was axed from the Test squad that is touring New Zealand. But an injury to Shakib Al Hasan paved the way for his inclusion in the squad.
Before hitting the first Test ton coming into the 13th match, Soumya accumulated four fifties to his name in this format of the game.
However, the left-handed top-order batsman said the century is meaning nothing to him as the team suffered a heavy loss at the hands of the New Zealanders.
“I’m excited to hit the first Ton in the Test cricket but not too much as the team lost the match. It would have been a reason for more excitement had the team won the game,” the southpaw further said.
“They might have batted again if we could have batted more on the similar mindset. But still, the first Test ton is a special knock,” the left-hander also said.
Along with Soumya, Mahmudullah also struck a ton- 146 - which is now his best innings in Test cricket.
Soumya and Mahmudullah posted 235 runs in the fifth wicket stand but that was not enough to dodge a big defeat by an innings and 52 runs as Bangladesh were bowled out for 429/10 in the last innings.
Madrid, Mar 3 (AP/UNB) — With Real Madrid on the ropes in front of its own fans, Barcelona showed no mercy.
The Catalan club threw the knockout punch on Saturday, leaving Madrid reeling from a second consecutive demoralizing home loss by its biggest rival in less than a week.
Three days after winning 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona followed up by defeating Madrid 1-0 to virtually end its hopes of winning the Spanish league title.
Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half and Barcelona held on for its third straight victory at the Bernabeu.
Barcelona, which has also now become the first team to win four in a row at the Bernabeu in the league, is 12 points ahead of Madrid with 12 matches left. The defending champions are 10 points in front of second-place Atletico Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Winning coach Ernesto Valverde remained cautious, though.
"We are not yet considering Madrid out of the title race," he said. "Atletico is not our only rival, absolutely not. We all know Madrid is capable of winning several matches in a row and getting back in contention."
Madrid is in crisis, with the Champions League the only trophy it can win this season. Coach Santiago Solari will be under pressure when his side hosts Ajax on Tuesday to defend a 2-1 first-leg lead in the round of 16.
"We have to see how we can improve," Solari said. "There is no doubt it's a significant distance to the lead in the league, but we are not going to give up. We will keep fighting until the end, in the Spanish league and Champions League."
Barcelona is gunning for three titles — the league, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League — and its players celebrated in front of the away fans after the match, while some Madrid supporters jeered their side at the end.
Madrid is winless against Barcelona in six matches in all competitions, and has lost 11 of 18 matches played against its rival in the Spanish capital.
Barcelona won 3-0 the last time the teams met in the league at the Bernabeu, and routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium in their first league game this season.
After dominating in the first half on Wednesday only to collapse in the second, Madrid never looked in control on Saturday.
Barcelona created most of the chances and struck in the 26th minute. Sergi Roberto sent a pass behind the Madrid defenders for Rakitic and the midfielder chipped the ball over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from inside the area.
Madrid pressed forward after conceding and came close to scoring a few times, but Barcelona kept threatening on the counter.
Lionel Messi was quiet for Barca. His most notable moment came when he and Sergio Ramos squared up before halftime, with the Argentina forward upset at the Madrid captain for leaving his arm high and hitting his face in a challenge.
It was the third meeting between the teams in less than a month. They also drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Copa semifinals at Camp Nou. They can only meet again this season in the Champions League. Barca drew with Lyon 1-1 in its first-leg match in the round of 16.
Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored a second-half winner as Alaves defeated relegation-threatened Villarreal 2-1 to move into fourth spot, the final Champions League position.
Sevilla wasted a chance to go fourth by losing 2-1 at bottom club Huesca after conceding eight minutes into second-half stoppage time. Defeat extended Sevilla's winless streak to five league games, dropping it to sixth place.
Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to score in the Spanish league when he struck in Espanyol's 3-1 win against Valladolid.
Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) - Centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad went in vain as Bangladesh suffered a big defeat by an innings and 52 runs in the first Test of three-match series against New Zealand at Hamilton on Sunday.
With the win in Hamilton, the hosts took lead in the series 1-0. The second Test will take place in Wellington from March 8.
New Zealand had secured a colossal lead of 481 in the first innings after Kane Williamson has completed his 20th Test century which finally ended with a double-ton.
Bangladesh bowled out for 429 in their second innings and suffered by an innings and 52 runs.
The Tigers started their second innings on a positive note as Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam added 88 runs in the opening stand. But, Mominul Haque and Mohammad Mithun failed to capitalize it. Mominul fell for eight while Mithun disappointed to add anything on the board.
However, Soumya and Mahmudullah added 235 runs in the fifth wicket stand which is Bangladesh’s second highest Test partnership against New Zealand.
Along the way, Soumya completed his first Test ton while representing Bangladesh in the 13th Test. The southpaw got dismissed on 49 off a Trent Boult delivery. He went to flick for a single to complete 150-runs mark. But failed to execute properly and lost his stumps.
Soumya struck 21 fours and five sixes along the way. Bangladesh have lost the last five wickets in 68 runs.
After the dismissal of Soumya, Mahmudullah completed his fourth Test ton which was third in three months. The Bangladesh captain tried his best to reduce the margin of loss with the help of tailenders.
Before that, Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz dissatisfied with the bat. Both of them fell scoring one run each.
Abu Jayed Rahi and Khaled Ahmed played 19 and 13 balls respectively, which helped Mahmudullah to pass his previous best of 136 in Tests. He fell hitting 146. The right-handed batsman went to clear Tim Southee through the cover but skied straight to the fielder, and this his captain’s knock came to the end.
Boult recorded five-wicket haul for the hosts while Southe took three and Neil Wagner bagged the other two wickets.
Earlier, Bangladesh were wrapped in for 234 in the first innings in spite of a rapid ton from Tamim. Wagner scalped five wickets with his tendency to delivering short balls. Along with him, Southee contributed taking three wickets.
In reply, New Zealand accumulated 715 for six wickets, which is now the highest total of the New Zealanders in Test cricket surpassing their 690/10 against Pakistan in 2014 at Sharjah.
Jeet Raval and Tom Latham posted 254 runs in the first wicket stand which accelerated them to the record total. Coming to bat at number three, Kane Williamson struck unbeaten 200 and with this, New Zealand recorded their second instance of hitting the centuries by all top three batsmen.
Relying on the second double-ton of the career, Williamson won the award of man of the match as well.
Soumya was the most successful bowler of the Tigers in the match taking two wickets conceding 68. Mehidy also bagged two wickets giving away 246 runs, which is now the record of conceding most runs in a Test innings for the Tigers.
Before coming into the Test series, Bangladesh had lost the three-match ODI series 3-0 as well. Now, they have to take the challenge of bouncing back in the next game in Wellington commencing from March 8. The final match of the series will be held on Christchurch from March 16.
Hyderabad, Mar 2 (AP/UNB) — Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored patient half-centuries and stayed at the crease to help India beat Australia by six wickets in their first one-day international on Saturday.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium as the teams began to mark the home stretch for the 50-over World Cup.
But the decision didn't pay off as India finished on 240-4 in 48.2 overs in reply to Australia's 236-7.
Jadhav scored 81 not out off 87 balls, including nine fours and a six, while Dhoni made 59 not out off 72 deliveries. The pair put on 141 runs for the unbeaten fifth wicket after coming together on 99-4 in the 24th over.
Australia won the preceding Twenty20 series 2-0.
Western Australia's Ashton Turner made his ODI debut and he replaced D'Arcy Short from the T20 lineup. Jhye Richardson also missed out while leg spinner Adam Zampa (2-49) played instead of spinner Nathan Lyon.
Skipper Aaron Finch played his 100th ODI for Australia.
India opted for only one wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav, with Ravindra Jadeja partnering him.