Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Bangladesh clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.
With this victory, Bangladesh not only clinched their maiden SAFF U-15 Championship title, but also took revenge of their 0-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the SAFF-16 Championship in 2011.
In 2015, Bangladesh boys also clinched the SAFF U-16 title at their home ground in Sylhet beating India in the final, also in tie-breaker.
India finished 3rd beating hosts Nepal by 1-0 goal in the 3rd place deciding match at the same venue Saturday morning with Thalacheu Vanlalruatfela scoring match-winner in the 18th minute.
In the stipulated 90-minute of the day’s final, Bangladesh took lead in the 25th minute as Pakistani defender Haseeb Ahmed Khan headed the ball to his own net while he tried to foil a Bangladesh corner kick from the left flank (1-0).
Mohibullah returned Pakistan into the match in the 54th minute scoring the match equalizer from a penalty (1-1) forcing the match towards tie-breaker.
Pakistan got the spot kick when Bangladesh defender Helal fouled one of the onrushing forwards in the danger zone and Mohibullah did no mistake to convert penalty by a ground shot that kissed the net near Bangladesh custodian.
Bangladeshi substitute custodian Mehedy Hasan, who guided Bangladesh into the final foiling two penalties against India in the semi-final, came to the field just before tie-breaker and again proved his worth in the final saving three Pakistani spot kicks of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar in penalty shootout.
Towhidul Islam, Raza Ansari and Rostam Islam of Bangladesh converted the spot kicks correctly while Rajon Hawlader and Rabiul Alam failed in the first and last attempts.
For Pakistan, Mohibullah and Wasid came out successful in the penalty shoot while Bangladesh custodian Mehedy Hasan saved the remaining three attempts of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar.
Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the six-nation South Asian U-15 soccer meet with an all-win record eliminating their neighbor India by 4-2 goals in tiebreaker as the first semifinal between them was also locked 1-1 goals at the same venue on last Thursday.
In the day’s 2nd semifinal, Pakistan made an easy passage to the final eliminating hosts Nepal by 4-0 goals at the same venue on Thursday afternoon.
Nihad Jaman Uchchash of Bangladesh was adjourned the highest scorer of the tournament scoring four goals while Pakistani skipper Haseeb Ahmed Khan was the moist valuable player of the tournament.
Bangladesh team also won the Fair Play trophy.
The team is scheduled to return home Sunday afternoon.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group A champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals beating hosts Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match after crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the first match, featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman while Nepal outplayed the Maldives 4-0 in their first appearance on Thursday last.
After the group stages, Bangladesh (Group A) and Pakistan (Group B) clinched the group crown with all-win run to qualify for the semifinals securing full six points from straight two encounters while Nepal (Group A) and India (Group B) finished group runners-up to reach the semifinals, collecting three points from two matches.
On the other hand, Pakistan clinched Group B title beating India by 2-1 goals and Bhutan by 4-0 goals while India finished Group B runners-up beating Bhutan by 4-0 goals.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Zimbabwe scored 236 for 5 in 91 overs at stumps in the first innings against host Bangladesh after day one in the first Test of a two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Peter Moor [37* off 122b; 4x4] and Regis Chakabva [20* off 48b; 2x4] were at the crease in the sixth stand when the bails were drawn for the first day at Bangladesh’s latest and eighth Test venue in the country’s northeastern hilly city, which is mostly famous for its green beauty of tea gardens.
P Moor and R Chakabva held their nerves for an unbeaten partnership of 87-ball 35 at the end after the dismissal of the day’s big hitter Sean Williams who completed a half century of 88 off 173 balls with nine boundaries alongside a glittering partnership of 72 off 29 overs with P Moor in the fifth stand.
Another half century by Zimbabwe skipper-cum-opener Hamilton Masakadza [52 off 105b; 4x4; 2x6], spurred the visitors’ first day’s total.
Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad grabbed S Williams - caught by Mehidy Hasan Miraz – at 201/5 in 76.3 overs to remove the fifth pair stand, which started from 129/4 in 47.3 overs after the dismissal of Sikandar Raza.
After tea, the visitors resumed the innings with 149 for 4 in 62 overs and added 87 runs more for the loss of one wicket, playing 29 overs in the third session.
Earlier, Zimbabwe played 31 overs with losing identical two wickets in each of the first two sessions and were in difficulties against Bangladesh’s bowling attacks as they failed to reach a 150-run mark at tea break.
Zimbabwe collected 85/2 in the first session and added 64 off 31 overs more in the second session at the cost of another two wickets as Abu Jayed trapped H Masakadza by lbw before Nazmul Islam bowled out Sikandar Raza.
H Masakadza was ended on 85/3 in 32 overs following Sikandar Raza’s dismissal for 19 run, leaving team collection on 85/3 in 32nd overs.
Zimbabwe opened the innings with bat after winning the toss and lost the first wicket in the innings 10.4 overs as spinner Taijul Islam bowled out Brian Chari [13 off 31b; 2x4] on 35/1 and got B Taylor on single digit in the 16.2 overs before the visitors reached 50-run mark. B Taylor was caught by Nazmul Hossain Shanto, leaving his side on 47/2.
Taijul got two wickets for 86 runs while Mahmudullah [1/2], debut Nazmul Islam [1/42] and Abu Jayed [1/61] equally shared three wickets for the host on the day.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first against host Bangladesh in their first Test of a two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
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Sylhet is hosting its inaugural test since its inception in 2013 to become the country’s eighth Test venue.
18-year old pace all-rounder Ariful Haque and a left-handed spinner Nazmul Islam have been handed debuts for Bangladesh while spin all-rounder Brandon Mavuta and left-handed spin bowler Wellington Masakadza for Zimbabwe.
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This is Bangladesh’s 15th Test against Zimbabwe since their first encounter in April 2001.
Zimbabwe best XI: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, SikandarRaza, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis and TendaiChatara.
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Bangladesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, ImrulKayes, NazmulHossainShanto, MominulHaque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain), ArifulHaque, MehidyHasanMiraz, Taijul Islam, Nazmul Islam and Abu Jayed.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society maintained solo lead in the Walton 1st Division Chess League after the 9th round games at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Friday.
The leading team Janata Bank earned 16 points from eight matches after 3-1 game points victory against Mir Chess Club in the 9th round.
In the 9th round games, Janata Bank players IM Awesh Upadhyaya [India] and IM Rakesh Kumar Jana [India] and Abzid Rahman defeated Nayem Haque, Sumit Kumar [India] and Sonkalan Bharati [India] of Mir Chess Club respectively.
The loan winner of Mir Chess Club, Shawkat Bin Shaon, beat FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman of Janata Bank.
Uttara Central Chess Club, however, far behind the leader as earned 12 points to take the second slot after 3-1 game points victory against Basir Memorial Chess Club in the day.
Agrani Bank Daba Dal is in the third spot with 11 points following a draw with Leonine Chess Club by 2-2 game points in the 9th round.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) – Enthuses Bangladesh will face Pakistan in the final of the SAFF Under-15 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.
The final match of the six-nation tournament will begin at 2:45 pm (Bangladesh time).
A day before the title winning battle, Bangladesh skipper Mahedi Hasan on Friday said, “Our target is to be the champions and we are focusing on it.”
The young booter Mahedi expressed high hopes to put the best effort to beat Pakistan and bring the trophy to Bangladesh to make the country proud.
“It’s the time we will take the trophy home. We’ll even put our life on the line to beat Pakistan,” Mahedi added.
The captain insisted that Bangladesh could not be satisfied after a 4-2 win against strong side India in the semifinal, adding that the semifinal win was a past and what lies ahead is the final against Pakistan.
“We could not celebrate the win against India as time didn’t arrive yet. We haven’t achieved our goal which is nothing but the champions’ trophy,” said the cautious captain.
The Red and Greens played a terrific match on Thursday morning and beat neighbouring India by 4-2 on penalties after 1-1 draw in the stipulated time of the first semi-final.
The opponents Pakistan’s players, however, are on upbeat after a 4-0 win against host Nepal in the second semifinal.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group ‘A’ champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals after defeating Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match and the Maldives by 9-0 goals to start their campaign with a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman.