Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Despite posting their highest-ever score in ODI, Bangladesh suffered their third loss in the ongoing ICC World Cup at Trent Bridge on Thursday as they tumbled for 333/8 against Australia while chasing a massive total of 381 runs.
David Warner was the man of the match for this cracking 166 runs which struck after surviving at 10 when Sabbir Rahman missed a catch at point.
This loss has made Bangladesh’s task for the semi-finals a tougher one. They are now left with no other option but to win the last three matches of the event.
Tamim Iqbal (62) and Mahmudullah Riyad (69) hit fifties, but their efforts went in vain as the target was too tough to reach for the Tigers.
Bangladesh started the chase on a negative manner as they lost their first wicket by dint of run-out while Tamim called Soumya Sarkar for a quick single and later he refused to do so, but Soumya failed to return to the crease as Aaron Finch’s broke the stump with a great direct hit.
Soumya returned to the dressing room for 10 off eight balls. Bangladesh never recovered from this position.
Shakib Al Hasan (41) also tried his best but he was not too good this time around. Bangladesh added 127 runs in the fifth wicket stand comprising Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah. Bangladesh’s hope was there as long as this pair was in the middle. But Mahmudullah’s dismissal was the end of Bangladesh’s chance from this match.
However, Mushfiqur kept the score afloat and scored his first World Cup century off 95 balls with nine fours and one six.
Eventually, Bangladesh ended up on 333 for eight. Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on 102 off 97 deliveries.
This is Bangladesh’s highest-ever score in ODI. Their previous highest score was 330 made against South Africa in their first World Cup encounter on June 2 last.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each.
Earlier, Australia posted a massive total of 381 for five with the help of Warner’s cracking 166 off 147 balls. Along with him, Aaron Finch (53) and Usman Khawaja (89) contributed with the bat well.
Australia managed a brisk start as their openers laid down a solid platform at the start of their innings adding 100 runs in just 100 balls. Along the way, Warner hit fifty off 55 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Bangladesh missed the service of Mohammad Saifuddin who had been doing well but a back injury forced him out of the action. Rubel Hossain was named in the playing XI to replace him. But the right-arm pacer failed to manage an early breakthrough.
So were the other bowlers as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza conceded 31 runs in his first six overs, Mustafizur Rahman gave away 21 runs in his first four overs and Shakib Al Hasan conceded 24 runs in his first three overs.
Bangladesh’s bowling attack did not find a way to stop Australian batters. Soumya Sarkar broke the first wicket stand after they have put 121 runs. But that did not help the Tigers much as in the second wicket stand, they added more 192 runs with just in 141 balls, which now the best partnership in this World Cup so far.
Eventually, Australia ended up scoring 381 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.
For Bangladesh, Soumy took three wickets for 58 runs in eight overs while Mustafiuzr Rahman bagged one wicket.
Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan on June 24 while Australia will lock horns against England on June 25.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Rangamati and Manikganj Districts emerged zonal champions to reach the final round of the JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship on Thursday.
Rangamati clinched zonal title beating hosts Khagrachhari District by 5-0 goals in the zonal final at the Khagrachhari District Stadium on Thursday.
Manikganj District clinched the zonal crown eliminating Madaripur District by 1-0 goal in the zonal final at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj Thursday afternoon.
In the day’s other matches, Narayanganj District defeated Netrakona District by 1-0 goal while Tangail District trounced Gazipur District by 7-0 goals, both at the Rafifuddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Thursday.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - There are 150 players who are playing in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup in England and Wales. Of them, Shakib Al Hasan is the only one who can claim himself the best batsman and bowler of his country.
To back this claim, he has more than 400 runs and five wickets in the World Cup, which is enough to prove that he is the most valuable player in the World Cup so far, according to famous British newspaper Telegraph.
It says Shakib is the player who can bring Bangladesh’s dream of playing in the World Cup semifinals ahead by his tremendous effort in the field. He already scored two centuries in the World Cup and hit two fifties as well, what made him one of the best three batsmen of the World Cup so far.
Shakib did not look back right after his debut for the Tigers back in 2007. He has established himself as one of the torchbearers of Bangladesh cricket. He has been doing well with the ball. He has been performing brilliantly with the bat as well. With this combination, he became one of the best all-rounders that cricket has ever seen.
As the first-ever cricketer, he topped the list of the all-rounders in all three formats of the game, which undisputedly proved the worth of Shakib.
According to the Telegraph, the achievement of becoming number one all-rounder in all three formats of the game indicates that Shakib can do what Bangladeshi supporters hope for.
Shakib did not play for the teams who are often considered cricket’s most elite sides, and this is why his talent usually remains out of focus, believed the Telegraph. The reality is as harsh as Shakib is playing his first ODI (on June 20) against Australia since 2011.
According to the Telegraph, there are two incidents that changed the fortune of Bangladesh cricket forever. The first incident was getting the Test status after 29 years of Bangladesh’s independence, and the second one was Shakib’s admission in Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP).
After the first incident, Bangladesh’s cricket took many steps forward to develop their infrastructure to become a real force in the World Cricket. And the second incident resulted in their best cricketer ever.
The onus was on Shakib to prove his worth in this World Cup on a new manner, and he has been doing well hitting two centuries and two fifties with taking five wickets as well. The way Shakib is playing can guide the Tigers to a new standard of their brand of cricket.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh budding chess player Warsia Khusbu emerged unbeaten champion to earn the gold medal in the Girls Under-7 age group of the Asian School Rapid Chess Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Thursday.
Khusbu clinched the title securing 6.5 points from seven matches.
A total of 17 players from seven Asian countries participated in the Girls Under-7 age group of the Asian Rapid Chess.
Bit Mascot Private Limited sponsored Warsia Khusbu to participate in the Asian School Chess Championship.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Barguna and Magura Districts made a good start in the BFF-UNICEF U-16 National Women’s Football Championship, a talent hunt tournament, beating their rivals on the opening day at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jashore on Thursday.
Borguna outplayed Patuakhali by 3-0 goals. Lamia struck two and Ferdous netted one for the winners.
In the day’s other match, Magura beat Satkhira by 2-1 goals at the same venue. Bristy and Orpira scored for Magura while Farzana netted the lone goal for the losers.
A total of 39 district teams out of 64, split into six zones -- Gopalganj, Jashore, Khagrachhari, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Rajshahi – are taking part in the preliminary round of the championship on the knockout basis.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and UNICEF are jointly organising the tournament for the first time to hunt talented players from all over Bangladesh.