Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) — West Indian batsman Evin Lewis hit a stunning century on Monday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium to help Comilla Victorians post a mammoth 237 against Khulna Titans in their ninth match of Bangladesh Premier League.
Lewis, the left-handed batsman, struck 109 off 49 balls with five fours and 10 massive sixes. Along the way, he completed his ton in 47 balls with five fours and nine sixes.
Comilla’s 237 for five is now the second highest total in BPL history. Three days ago, Rangpur Riders had hit 239 – the highest score in the history of the most prestigious domestic cricket league of Bangladesh.
Khulna won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Comilla had a solid start to their innings with Tamim Iqbal and Lewis. Tamim fell for 25 off 29 balls with three fours and one six. Comilla lost the wicket of Anamul Haque Bijoy in the next ball. Both wickets were taken by Mahmudullah Riyad.
Lewis and Imrul Kayes added 97 runs to the board. Kayes fell prey to Shariful Islam. The captain of the Victorians posted 39 off 21 with four fours and two sixes, coming to bat at number four.
Shahid Afridi disappointed the fans scoring one off two balls.
In the sixth wicket stand, Lewis and Shamsur Rahman added 59 runs. While Lewis remained unbeaten for 109, Shamsur was for not out at 28 off 15 balls.
While Mahmudullah and Carlos Brathwaite took two wickets for Khulna, Shariful Islam bagged the other wicket.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) — Khulna Titans won the toss on Monday and opted to bowl first against the former champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
The match is just a formality for the Titans as they lost eight of 10 matches they have played so far and was eliminated from the race of playoffs.
On the other hand, the match is all important for the Victorians as they are yet to cement their place in the last four of the tournament.
Comilla Victorians played eight matches and won five of them and secured 10 points.
Comilla Victorians (Playing XI): TamimIqbal, Evin Lewis, AnamulHaque(w), ImrulKayes(c), ShamsurRahman, ShahidAfridi, ThisaraPerera, Mohammad Saifuddin, MahediHasan, WahabRiaz, Mohammad Shahid
Khulna Titans (Playing XI): Brendan Taylor(w), JunaidSiddique, ArifulHaque, NazmulHossainShanto, Mahmudullah(c), Jahurul Islam, Carlos Brathwaite, David Wiese, Dawid Malan, Saddam Hossain, Shariful Islam
Spain, Jan 28 (AP/UNB) — The game that the Spanish league had wanted to play in the United States still featured a traditional attraction of the competition — Lionel Messi scoring a goal.
Messi coolly put the result beyond doubt in a 2-0 victory for Barcelona at 10-man Girona on Sunday, helping the defending champions to keep their five-point league lead with an eighth straight win.
The Argentine's goal came with Girona threatening to equalize despite losing defender Bernardo Espinosa to a second yellow card shortly after halftime.
But a gaping hole appeared at the back when Luis Suarez played Jordi Alba clear. The left back quickly spied Messi arriving at the top of the box unmarked, and Messi did the rest by floating his shot over Yassine Bounou to crush the hosts' comeback hopes in the 69th minute.
"They caused us more trouble with 10 men than with 11. It was an evenly contested match," Alba said. "It was decided in the details, and by our talent up front. Leo never misses."
It was Messi's 10th goal in a seven-game scoring streak in the league. He leads the competition with 19 goals in 21 rounds.
The Spanish league had originally tried to play the match near Miami in an effort to promote and expand the top-tier brand, but the plan fell through when the Spanish federation withheld its necessary approval. Instead of traveling 7,500 kilometers (4,600 miles) to Florida, Barcelona went 100 kilometers (60 miles) up the Mediterranean coast to Girona's Montilivi Stadium.
Right back Nelson Semedo gave Barcelona the ninth-minute lead when a loose ball fell to him in the area.
But Girona stifled Barcelona's attack and threatened to equalize on several occasions through striker Cristhian Stuani.
Stuani's best chance came late in the first half when Marc-Andre ter Stegen got low to block his shot. Teammate Pere Pons came close to finishing off the rebound, only for Gerard Pique to clear his shot from the line.
Barcelona leads Atletico Madrid by five points, with Real Madrid trailing by 10.
Karim Benzema put on a master class for strikers in a 4-2 win for 10-man Madrid at Espanyol.
Benzema struck four minutes into the game and added Madrid's third. He also threw in several smart passes for his teammates that went close to producing more goals.
"This just confirms what he has been doing all season long and for most of his career," coach Santiago Solari said about Benzema, who has 15 goals in all competitions this campaign.
Madrid finished the match without both starting centerbacks. Sergio Ramos, who scored Madrid's second goal, picked up a knock that led to his substitution at halftime, while Raphael Varane saw a direct red for fouling Pablo Piatti with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Gareth Bale completed the scoring for Madrid. Espanyol got goals from Leo Baptistao in the first half and a late strike by Roberto Rosales.
Athletic Bilbao continued its rebound under coach Gaizka Garitano by beating Real Betis 1-0 for a fourth victory during a seven-game unbeaten run.
Iker Muniain scored the only goal in the 21st when the midfielder used a deft one-touch control to open an angle and slot home a left-footed strike.
Betis pinned Bilbao into its area for most of the second half, but the Basque club held on even after losing Oscar de Marcos to a direct red card for a studs-first tackle into the back of Sidnei's leg with seven minutes remaining.
Celta Vigo is clearly missing striker Iago Aspas.
Since it lost the Spanish international to a right-leg muscle injury in a loss at Barcelona, Celta has gone on to lose four more games.
After squandering the lead in a 2-1 loss against Valladolid, it was left in 17th place and the brink of the relegation zone.
Also, Real Sociedad was held 0-0 at home by last-placed Huesca.
Rome, Jan 28 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from a difficult week by scoring a decisive penalty to help Juventus complete a 2-1 comeback win at Lazio on Sunday.
Juventus was overwhelmed for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico but two late goals enabled the Serie A leader to avoid its first loss of the season.
Ronaldo confidently struck his spot kick into the roof of the net three minutes from time — a week after he had a penalty saved during a win over Chievo Verona.
Also this week, Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud in Spain — adding to his off-field difficulties following an accusation of rape in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Lazio went ahead near the hour mark when Emre Can scored an own-goal.
But Joao Cancelo scored on Juventus' first chance less than 15 minutes later, turning in a rebound of a shot from Paulo Dybala following strong work from Federico Bernardeschi to provide a cross from the left flank.
Then Senad Lulic was whistled for a foul on Cancelo directly in front of the goal to set up Ronaldo's penalty.
Still, it was a difficult night for Juventus as defender Leonardo Bonucci hobbled off with an apparent injury in the first half.
Juventus didn't produce a single shot in the first half and defender Daniele Rugani had to clear a dangerous effort from Ciro Immobile off the line.
"For 50-60 minutes it was the worst Juventus of the season," Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "We always struggle against Lazio but we're leaving with a good result."
The victory moved Juventus 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli, which was held to a 0-0 draw at AC Milan on Saturday.
Roma wastes big lead
Roma wasted a three-goal lead and a chance to move into the Champions League places in a 3-3 draw at Atalanta.
Edin Dzeko had scored twice to end a long drought and Stephan El Shaarawy also found the target for Roma before Atalanta struck back with goals from Timothy Castagne, Rafael Toloi and Duvan Zapata.
A minute after Zapata had sent a penalty far above the bar, he scored the equalizer by finishing off a counterattack, extending his scoring streak to eight matches.
The 27-year-old Zapata, who is on loan from Sampdoria, has 15 goals this season, tied with Ronaldo, one behind league-leader Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria. Roma is fifth, one point behind Milan. Atalanta is eighth.
Inter's run ends
Inter Milan's five-match unbeaten run ended with a 1-0 loss at Torino.
Armando Izzo scored with a looping header before the break and Inter ended with 10 men when Matteo Politano was sent off for protests.
Inter remained third, eight points behind Napoli and five ahead of Milan.
Italy international Federico Chiesa scored twice as Fiorentina won 4-3 at Chievo in a wild match.
Spal came back from two goals down for a 3-2 victory at Parma, with Mohamed Fares scoring the winner.
And in a meeting of two clubs in the relegation zone, visiting Frosinone beat 10-man Bologna 4-0 — putting Bologna coach Filippo Inzaghi's job at risk.
Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – The 3rd round of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2018-19 begins on Monday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Former champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will play Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society at 3:30pm while holders Dhaka Abahani Limited will encounter Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 6:30pm.
On the next day (Tuesday), Chattogrom Abahani Limited will face Team BJMC at 4pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka while Saif Sporting Club will meet Arambagh KS at the Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh at 3pm.
After the first two rounds, Bashundhara Kings, Sheikh Russel KC and Saif Sporting Club were dominating the league jointly securing full six points from straight two matches while Chattogram Abahani Limited followed the leaders with unbeaten run collecting four points from two matches.
Dhaka Mohammedan SC, Arambagh KS and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC bagged three points each from two matches while Rahmatganj Muslim Society bagged one point from two matches.
Besides, Team BJMC, Brothers Union Club and NoFel SC remained pointsless playing two and one match each respectively.