Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) - After beating visiting West Indies in the first encounter of three-match series, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Sunday said they have to face more challenges in coming days.
The Tigers came as victorious in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium by five wickets. They did not give any chance to West Indies to dominate in the match. Mashrafe himself took three wickets for 30 runs which is Bangladesh’s best bowling figure in the match.
“I don’t think (we’ve already established ourselves as a strong force in the world cricket). We have to face more challenges which are different at home and abroad,” Bangladesh captain insisted at the post-match press meet.
Bangladesh played four batsmen who are recognised as openers. That was not the right reflection of their preparation approach keeping the World Cup in mind. They overlooked Mohammad Mithun who is considered the best option for the number five batting spot.
“We’ve played Soumya over Mithun thinking about the dew factor. We would have used him to bowl a few overs if spinners had failed to do so. And Soumya has been doing well as a batsman too,” Mashrafe told the reporters.
Unlike the Test series, Bangladesh prioritised the pace bowlers in the first One-day International. They went to the field with three specialist pace-bowlers.
“Bangladeshi pacers have been doing well in One-day Internationals. The scenario is different in Tests perhaps, especially in this kind of wicket. But when it comes to One-day, pacers have been doing well,” Mashrafe said while backing the three-pacer strategy.
The second and third encounters of the series will take place on December 11 and 14 respectively. While the first one will be held in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the remaining one will be played in Sylhet International Stadium.
Right after the One-day International series, both teams will lock horns with each other in a three-match T20Is series.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Indira Road Krira Chakra earned a facile 52 runs victory over BTCF Women’s team in the Dhaka Metropolis First Division Women’s Cricket Super League at City Club ground on Sunday.
Brief Score: Indira Road KC – 221/10 (37.4 overs), Afiya Homoyara 48, Akhi Akter 32, Suma Rani 22, Apu Halder 3/30 and Putul Biswas 1/06
BTCF Women’s Team-169/6 (40 overs), Apu Halder 51*, Putul Biswas 19, Nuzhat Sabah 15, Afiya Homoyara 2/24 and Sadia Anowar 1/31
Indira Road KC’s Afiya Homoyara was adjured player of the match.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Bangladesh Navy made a good start in the Walton Victory Day Volleyball Tournament beating Bangladesh Army by 3-2 sets in one of the two inaugural matches at Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium here on Sunday.
Earlier in the day’s first match, Power Development Board (PDB) outplayed Ansars and VDP by straight 3-0 sets in the afternoon at the same venue.
Four matches will be held on Monday. Army vs Police (9:am), Titas Club vs BKSP (11 am), PDB vs Air Force (2:pm) and Ansar vs BKSP (4 pm).
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Bangladesh started the three-match series with a thumping five-wicket win over visiting West Indies on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium with 89 balls to play.
Mashrafe Mortaza, who played his 200th One-day International, led the Tigers to force the visitors to capitulate in 195 for nine that gave Bangladesh a clear edge to win the series opener.
While Mashrafe marked his 200th ODI with best bowling figure for the team, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a combative fifty to ensure a lead in the series.
The Tigers lost two quick wickets at the start of pursuing 196. Tamim Iqbal fell as the first man when he spooned a Roston Chase delivery to cover for an easy catch.
He failed to judge the spin and disappointed to make his comeback memorable in spite of hitting a 70-ball ton in the lone warm-up game before the series. The southpaw added 12 on the board.
Imrul Kayes indicated he is at the form of his life hitting the very first ball for a four after coming into the middle. But the left-hander got dismissed while playing his second delivery. He was beaten by the pace of Oshane Thomas. The 21-year-old left-arm pacer ended the golden run of Imrul who struck two centuries for Bangladesh in the Zimbabwe series.
After losing two wickets in two successive overs, Liton Das who survived for a no-ball of Kemar Roach, and Mushfiqur Rahim added 47 at the third wicket stand. Liton fell to a wonderful delivery of Keemo Paul who uprooted the off-stump of the right-hander. Liton went across and tried to hit towards midwicket but he could not make it.
In the fourth wicket stand, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan added 57 runs that broke with Shakib’s dismissal. The Bangladesh Test captain stepped down to face a good length delivery of Rovman Powell and ended with a failed attempt. The ball passed him after nicking his bat, and Shai hope grabbed the catch behind the wicket.
Soumya fell at the time when the Tigers needed 21 to win. The southpaw hit a watchful century in the lone 50-over practice game prior to the series but disappointed the fans this time. Despite playing some sparkling shots, he got dismissed while clearing Roston Chase towards the point. He mistimed and got caught at first slip.
Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah left the field after ensuring the victory in the first match of the series. Mushfiq remained unbeaten on 55 which is his 31st ODI fifty.
Roston Chase took two wickets for the visitors but his effort was not enough to avoid a defeat. In the last series when both teams tested their One-day strength, Bangladesh came up as victorious. Now they have the chance to beat West Indies in successive two One-day International series.
Earlier, Mashrafe Mortaza led the Tigers’ bowling arsenal taking three scalps for 30 runs in 10 overs. Mustafizur gave him a perfect company taking three more wickets for 35 runs. The pacer-duo prevented the Caribbeans to get settled in the middle. The tourists managed a sub-par total of 195 for nine that eventually has proved to be an easy-to-chase target for Bangladesh.
Later, Mashrafe was adjudged the man of the match.
Shai Hope was the only West Indies batsman who passed the 40-run mark. The others were clueless to bat on the typical Dhaka wicket.
The second and third encounter of the series will take place on December 11 and 14 respectively. While the first one will be held in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the remaining one will be played in Sylhet International Stadium.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Chattogram Abahani Limited emerged unbeaten Group B champions to reach the quarterfinals of the 13-team Walton Independence Cup Football Tournament 2018 after playing a goalless draw with Dhaka Mohammedan SC in the last group affairs at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here Sunday evening.
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society also booked a seat for the last eight as the Group B runners–up outplaying newcomers NoFel Sporting Club by 3-0 goals in the other Group B match at the same venue in the afternoon.
Zunapio struck twice in the 63rd and 81st minute while Rakibul netted the remaining goal in the 36th minute for the sky-blue team from the port city of Chattogram.
On completion of Group B encounters, Chattogram Abahani top the list with unbeaten record securing seven points from three matches while Rahmatganj MFS finished group runners-up collecting four points from three outings.
Traditional Dhaka Mohammedan SC made early exist from the group stage as they finished bottom in the four-team group with two points from three encounters along with NoFel SC, who bagged three points from as many matches.
In the quarterfinals, Group A champions Arambagh KS will play Brother Union on Tuesday (Dec 11), Group B champions Chattogram Abahani will face Sheikh Russel on Wednesday (Dec 12), Group C champions Dhaka Abahani will play Saif SC on Thursday (Dec 13) while Group D champions Bashundhara Kings will meet Rahmatganj MFS on Friday (Dec 14), all at 4:30 pm.