Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – Saif Sporting Club registered their 2nd successive victory in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Team BJMC by a solitary goal at the Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali on Thursday afternoon.
Denis scored the match-winning goal for Saif SC in the 37th minute.
Earlier, Saif SC made a good start in the league beating Rahmatganj MFS by 2-1 goals in their opening match on Saturday last.
The day’s 2nd match between Chattogram Abahani Limited and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society was scheduled to start at 7:30 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
On Friday, Dhaka Mohammedan SC will play their neighbour Arambagh KS at 3pm at the Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh while Sheikh Russel KC will face Brothers Union Club at 7:30 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) — The sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will resume at Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday after a one-day break. Ten matches will be played in the port city.
In the first match of day one, Sylhet Sixers will take on Rajshahi Kings at 2pm and hosts Chittagong Vikings will face defending champions Rangpur Riders at 7pm.
After the end of 28 matches of BPL’s league phase, Vikings are at the top of the points table with six victories from seven matches. Apart from them, every other team have played more than seven games.
Two former champions – Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians – are at number two and three in the points table with 10 points each. The Dynamites are ahead of the Victorians for a better run-rate (Dynamites +1.36, Victorians -0.03).
At the end of 28 matches, Rilee Rossouw sits atop the batting table with most runs – 359 in eight matches with four fifties. The South African recruit of the Riders is having a dream run in BPL.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Nicholas Pooran, Junaid Siddique and David Warner are the next batsmen in the list having scored 277, 272, 249 and 223 respectively.
Dynamites captain Shakib Al Hasan is leading wicket taker so far with 17 wickets in eight matches. His best bowling figure is 4 for 16.
Taskin Ahmed, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Arafat Sunny are closely following Shakib. Taskin has bagged 16 wickets in eight matches while Mashrafe, Shafiul and Sunny took 13, 13 and 12 wickets respectively.
After the Chattogram phase, BPL will come back to Dhaka and the rest of the tournament will be played in the capital from February 1. The final of the tournament will be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on February 8.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) - Khulna Titans registered their second win in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium beating Sylhet Sixers by 21 runs and kept their hope of ending the season on a positive note alive.
While chasing down a target of 171, the Sixers tumbled for 149/7 in 20 overs. Mohammad Nawaz, who played his first match of this BPL, struck 54 off 34 balls with two fours and four sixes for the Sixers. But the failure of the other batsmen prevented Sixers to register their third win.
Sixers lost the first wicket in the first ball of their innings when Liton Das tried to cut a delivery of Subashis Roy but managed a thick inside edge that rattled his stumps. Afif Hossain (29 off 24) and Nicholas Pooran (28 off 21) tried their best but could not prevent the loss. Eventually, they wrapped in for 149/7 and lost the match by 21 runs.
Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, bagged three wickets conceding 32 runs while Subashis Roy, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah and David Wiese took one wicket each.
Earlier, Riding on Brendan Taylor’s 48 and David Wiese’s 38 runs, Khulna Titans posted a challenging total of 170 runs for 9 in stipulated 20 overs.
Sent in to bat first, the Titans started the innings on a high note as their two openers -- Brendan Taylor and Junaid Siddique -- contributed 73 runs in the opening stand.
Taylor struck 48 off 31 with four fours and two sixes while Junaid hit 33 off 23 deliveries with six fours to his credit.
The Titans lost the first wicket when Junaid gave a return catch to Alok Kapali. The veteran bowler did not miss it. After adding three runs, they lost Al-Amin to Mohammad Nawaz,
After that, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, the left-handed batsman, fell for 17 off 13 balls. The Titans suffered serious trouble during the middle as they lost four wickets from 11th to 14.1 over.
Mahmudullah (3) and Ariful Haque (0) disappointed the fans against after Taylor’s 48. In the end, Davie Wiese, who came to bat at number seven, helped the Titans past the 150-run mark scoring 38 off 25 balls with two fours and as many as sixes.
Alok Kapali, the right-arm leg spinner, took four wickets for the Sixers conceding 22 runs in four overs while Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets each for them.
Both of the teams will play their next match against each other on January 26 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Paris, Jan 24 (AP/UNB) — Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday, casting doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month.
The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain, and looked to be in tears as he left the field at Parc des Princes.
A few hours after Neymar was taken to hospital, PSG said in a statement in the early hours of Thursday that "the first tests carried out showed a painful reactivation" of the fifth metatarsal in the right foot he fractured nearly exactly one year ago playing against Marseille.
PSG added that Neymar's condition will be further assessed "in the coming days" to determine how long he will be out of the lineup. PSG travels to face a resurgent United side at Old Trafford on Feb. 12 with the return leg in Paris on March 6.
"All therapeutic options need to be envisaged," PSG said on its website.
In February of last year, Neymar cracked the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and he underwent surgery back home in Brazil. Although he recovered in time for the World Cup, he was not at his best in Russia.
Neymar limped heavily as he walked to the dressing room on Wednesday night, consoled by a PSG staff member, and looked visibly upset as he wiped his face with his right arm following his third significant injury in the space of a calendar year.
It was unclear how Neymar sustained his latest injury but he had been on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from midfielder Anthony Goncalves earlier in the match. Television images then later showed Neymar rolling off his sock and pointing to the side of his right foot.
A frustrated Tuchel said Neymar was not protected enough on the pitch.
"The referee didn't whistle on one occasion, then two, then three and after that he ended up twisting his foot," Tuchel said.
But interviewed after the match by broadcaster Eurosport, Goncalves expressed no sympathy for Neymar and even suggested the injury is a direct result of how he plays.
"It's his style. But if you play like that don't complain if you take some knocks after," Goncalves said. "He's a great player, and I respect the player he is, but we're not here so he has fun at our expense. We're not here to make him look good."
Goncalves suggested Neymar, who has a tendency to showboat and even toy with opposing players with his superior level of skill, lacks humility.
"If he wants to have fun, we'll respond with the weapons we have. We have a jersey to defend. We're not here for a laugh," Goncalves said. "He can amuse himself, that's his style and I think people come to watch that. But he shouldn't come and moan about it afterward...."
Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey also said Neymar's attitude is all wrong.
"Sometimes when you've gone too far, you have to face up to it," Laurey said. "I can understand my players having enough of players who are looking to tease them, mock them. It's right that after a while it also catches up with him. I'm all for protecting players, but there are limits. When you make a pass that comes off your back, you're mocking a bit."
Strasbourg defender Pablo Martinez added: "Of course he's a marvelous player, but because of his attitude he's not someone I like on the pitch. Apart from teasing you, he talks to you badly."
PSG is already sweating on the fitness of key midfielder Marco Verratti after he sprained his ankle last weekend.
Two months ago, Neymar was substituted with a groin injury during the first half of Brazil's friendly against Cameroon on Nov. 20.
London, Jan 24 (AP/UNB) — Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season on Wednesday, reuniting the Argentina striker with coach Maurizio Sarri in an effort to cure the team's scoring problems.
The deal included an option for Chelsea to extend the loan by another season for 18 million euros ($20.5 million), or buy Higuain outright for 36 million euros ($41 million).
The 31-year-old Higuain scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games in his one season under Sarri at Napoli, in the 2015-16 campaign. Since then, he has played for Juventus and been on loan this season at AC Milan, where he has scored eight goals.
"Gonzalo was our No. 1 target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said of a forward whose first club in European soccer was Real Madrid. "He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play."
Chelsea has struggled for goals in recent weeks, scoring just eight times in its last nine games. Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are out of favor under Sarri, who has experimented by deploying Eden Hazard — usually a winger — as a center forward but to no great effect.
Hazard can now return to playing in his favored position on the left wing. Morata might be sold or loaned out.
Whether Higuain can fix Chelsea's attacking problems is open to question, with the striker having underperformed at Milan this season. He has looked a far cry from the player whose scoring exploits at Napoli prompted Juventus to spend a club-record 90 million euros (then $99 million) to sign him.
Sarri clearly thinks Higuain can be the answer. He said after his first match in charge at Chelsea that he regretted not being able to sign the striker in the offseason.
Higuain hasn't signed in time to face Tottenham in the semifinals of the English League Cup on Thursday. Chelsea trails 1-0 from the first leg.
His debut might come against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday.
"It's a team I've always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I've always wanted to play in," Higuain said of Chelsea.
"I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch."