Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB)- Mongolia routed Tajikistan by 3-0 goals in the opening Group A match of the ongoing Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Skipper Undral Tuvshinjargal, Enkhmargad Enkhbaatar and Delgerzaya Nyamsuren scored one goal each for Mongolia.
With the victory, Mongolia, which led the first half by 2-0 goals, brightened their chance to reach the semifinals.
Captain Undral Tuvshinjargal opened the Mongolian account in the 13th minute by a close range header from the goal mouth melee, off a corner from Lora Tom (1-0).
In the second half, Mongolia got another chance to widen the margin as they were awarded a penalty by referee in the 68th minute.
Mongolian defender Delgerzaya Nyamsuren converted the spot kick correctly to score the 3rd goal for Mongolia (3-0).
Tajikistan took the first replacement in the game. Midfielder Qurbonova Suman replaced midfielder Kurbonova Dzhonona in the 45th minute while defender Kuchkinova Lailo replaced defender Abdulloeva Niso in the 63rd minute.
On the other hand, Mongolia took one replacement in the 89th minute. Midfielder Sarnai Sukhbat replaced midfielder Lora Tom.
Kyrgyzstan will face the UAE in Group B on Wednesday at the same venue. The match will kick off at 6pm (BST).
Earlier, Bangladesh defeated the UAE by 2-0 goals in the opening match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday. The hosts will now play against Kyrgyzstan on April 26.
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB)- The Nigerian striker of Bangladesh champions Dhaka Abahani Limited Sunday Chizoba may miss their AFC Cup away match with Chennaiyin FC due to Indian visa complications.
The popular sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit will face India’s Chennaiyin FC in their third Group E match of the ongoing AFC Cup 2019 at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 30.
team are all set to fly to India on April 27, but their Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba is yet to get the visa from Indian High Commission.
Abahani Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu said that they informed it to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
“We have already informed it to BFF and AFC, but yet to get a positive response,” Rupu said.
The Nigerian forward Sunday shares the top slot in the scorer list of the ongoing BPL football with his teammate Nabib Newaz Ziban and Muktijoddha’s Ballo Famoussa, scoring 8 goals each.
While asked about this inconvenience, Rupu replied, “Obviously we are able to play without Sunday. We are not focusing on this issue.”
Abahani share the top spot in Group E of the AFC Cup with Chennaiyin FC earning 4 points each.
The Dhanmondi based outfit defeated Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club 1-0 in the opener in Kathmandu on April 3 and made a 2-2 draw with Minerva Punjab of India in Dhaka on April 17.
On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC started their campaign playing a goalless drew with their compatriots Minerva Punjab on April 3 and beat Manang Marshyangdi 2-0 on April 17 at The Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) - Southpaw batsman Soumya Sarkar, who scored a double century in List-A Cricket as the first Bangladeshi for Abahani Limited against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League match at BKSP on Tuesday, said he was nervous after posting 190 on the board.
Sheikh Jamal set a big challenge scoring 317 runs in the match. However, Soumya and Jahurl Islam made a record-breaking 312 in the first wicket stand and subsequently Abahani won the match by a big margin of nine wickets. Jahurul hit 100 and Soumya remained unbeaten on 208 off 153 balls.
“I was a bit of nervous after completing 190 runs. I was thinking of not missing the chance. I wanted to hit the double ton at any cost. Omi Bhai (Jahurul) was also closed to his century. So, we’re trying to score slowly,” Soumay told reporters after the day’s match.
“It’s always tough to chase a target above 300 runs. In the previous match, we saw Rupganj tried to hurry up but failed and lost the game. So, in this match, our plan was to go slow. If we would score 40 in 10 overs without losing a wicket, that would be good because it was a wicket that is friendly to the batsmen,” the left-handed batsman further said.
Soumya started the league with some poor scores. He was seen to have secured the good starts, but he failed while capitalising on those. But this time, he managed to score the first-ever double ton in List-A cricket in Bangladesh.
“It was frustrating to get dismissed after scoring 30s and 40s. But now, I have scored two centuries in consecutive two matches. In the matches at the start of the league, I batted with plans which were set before the match. But now, I planned the game while batting in the middle. In the end, it helped me a lot,” the southpaw said.
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) - Soumya Sarkar has become the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a double century in the List-A cricket scoring unbeaten 208 in the last match to help Dhaka Abahani Limited lift the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League crown at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) ground on Tuesday.
Soumya Sarkar’s magical innings off 153 balls with 14 fours and 16 sixes guided Dhaka Abahani Limited to reach the land mark of clinching Dhaka league crown for 20th time beating Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by nine wickets in a high-scoring match, where he also struck 106 in the previous game as well.
With the feat, Soumya has surpassed Raqibul Hasan, who was the holder of the record of hitting the biggest innings of 190 runs in the Dhaka League.
With Soumya's blazing innings, Abahani Limited toppled Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club's 317 for 9 in 50 overs easily with 17 balls to spare making 319 runs for 1 in 47.1 overs as well as to stretch their (Abahani) lead over arch-rivals Mohammedan SC in the overall DPL trophy-winners' list. Abahani have now 12 more than their old rivals Mohammedan’s 12.
Chasing the big target in the List A game, Soumya and Jahurul Islam put up 312 for the first wicket stand, now a record for any wicket in the format in Bangladesh, to put their team within a stroke of victory.
Playing the highest individual innings of the Dhaka League, Soumya hit 16 sixes which is also the record of striking most sixes in an innings of the league. He also hit 14 fours as well. The southpaw ended up on unbeaten 208 off 153.
Earlier, Sheikh Jamal won the toss and opted to bat first. However, the first five batsmen of Sheikh Jamal failed to justify the decision of batting first as they were removed for 85.
But Tanbir Hyder was at his best as he came to bat at number six and hit his maiden ton in List-A cricket. Tanbir returned with unbeaten 132 off 115 balls with 10 fours and six sixes.
Besides him, Elias Sunny and Mehrab Hossain scored 45 and 44 respectively to pass the 300-run mark.
For Abahani, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bagged four wickets while Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain and Soumya Sarkar took one wicket each.
While replying, Soumya and Jahurul Islam posted 312 runs in the first wicket stand, which is now the biggest partnership at any wicket in List-A cricket of Bangladesh.
The tough target of chasing 319 runs became an easy-walk on the park for Abahani due to the astonishing show of Soumya and Jahurul. While Jahurul ended on 100, Soumya kept going and remained unbeaten on 208. The southpaw ended the match hitting a six off Taijul Islam.
Abahani finished the game in 47.1 overs with nine wickets in hand and subsequently clinched the title of Dhaka League for the second consecutive time.
Soumya was adjudged man of the match for his record-breaking knock.
With the day’s well-merited victory, Abahani scored 26 points from 16 games, the same as Legends of Rupganj, who beat Prime Bank Cricket Club by 88 runs in their last game also on Tuesday. But Abahani's superior net run-rate (0.866 to 0.517) helped them clinch the title.
Had Rupganj beaten Abahani in their previous game, they would have lifted the trophy for the first time.
In the other two last round matches, Legends of Rupganj beat Prime Bank Cricket Club by 88 runs and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by three runs.
At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Legends of Rupganj batted first and posted 327 for four wickets relying on Mohammad Naim’s 136 and fifties from Mehedi Maruf (54) and Mominul Haque (52).
For Prime Bank, Mohor Sheikh, Nahidul Islam, Abdur Razzak and Nayeem Hasan took one wicket each.
In reply, Prime Bank tumbled for 239 all-out in 42.1 overs. Nahidul was the best batsman of them hitting 74.
For Rupganj, Mohammad Shahid bagged four wickets while Nabil Samad and Muktar Ali took two wickets each for them. And in the end, Rupganj won the game by 88 runs.
Mohammad Naim was awarded the man of the match for his ton.
In Fatullah, Prime Doleshwar posted 274 for six with the help of Saif Hassan (55), Shykat Ali (65) and Forhad Hossain (89). Mohammedan failed to chase the target of 275 as they tumbled for 271/9 in 50 overs and lost the match by three runs.
Farhad was the man of the match for his 89.
Uttara Sporting Club and BKSP have been demoted, while Brothers Union survived the playoffs. They will now play in the Dhaka First Division Cricket League, from which Old DOHS Sports Club and Partex Sporting Club earned promotion to the 2019-20 Dhaka Premier League.
London, Arp 23 (AP/UNB) — Chelsea moved into the Premier League's top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Goals two minutes apart from N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea on top at Stamford Bridge after Jeff Hendrick had given Burnley an early lead.
But Ashley Barnes pulled the visitors even in the 24th minute and Chelsea was unable to get the winner despite dominating possession and finishing with 22 shots.
Chelsea climbed into the final Champions League qualifying spot, one point above fifth-place Arsenal and three ahead of Manchester United, but has played one game more.
Along with the disappointment of dropping points, the Blues were also left frustrated by what they felt was time wasting on Burnley's part.
"We wanted to win. They didn't want to lose," assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said. "There was too much time wasting. We couldn't build important rhythm."
Chelsea also has injury concerns after Kante left the game with a rib problem and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced off by what he later said on social media was a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Burnley, meanwhile, all but guaranteed its Premier League status for another season.
The Clarets are nine points ahead of Cardiff in the final relegation place with three games left and have a far superior goal difference.
"I don't think we can relax and enjoy it - but after the season we've had to get to 40 points is a big marker," manager Sean Dyche said. "We know, unless strange things occur, we'll be working in the Premier League again next year."
Hendrick opened the scoring from the edge of the penalty area in the eighth minute after Chelsea failed to clear a corner kick.
It was a short-lived lead however as Kante equalized in the 12th minute and Higuain struck moments later to put Chelsea on top.
But Burnley took advantage of another set piece when Chris Wood headed a free kick across goal and Barnes tucked it home to make it 2-2.
Chelsea then dominated the second half but came up empty against a resilient Burnley defense.
The Blues' frustration boiled over a bit in stoppage time as David Luiz clashed with Ashley Westwood and manager Mauricio Sarri was sent to the stands.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer also got into it after the final whistle and had to be separated by the officials.