Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - Before heading to England and Wales for the World Cup, Bangladesh national cricket team will participate in a tri-series in Ireland against the hosts and West Indies.
Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun on Wednesday insisted that the Ireland tour will be a great opportunity for the Tigers to adopt the condition in the host countries.
“As I know, the condition of Ireland is familiar to that of England. So, the matches in Ireland will be very helpful for us. West Indies will also take part in the series along with Ireland. Both of them are strong. I think we will have a great chance there to adapt the condition,” Mithun told media on Wednesday at Shre-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
After coming home from New Zealand, Mithun played two matches in the ongoing Dhaka Premeir Division Cricket League (DPDCL) for the defending champions Abahani Limited, but left the rest matches due to a hamstring injury that he had sustained during the series there.
In the ODI series against New Zealand, Mithun struck two back-to-back fifties, but failed to continue golden run later.
“It was challenging to score in the wickets of New Zealand. We went there right after the Bangladesh Premeir League (BPL). The main challenge was to adapt to the condition. The onus was on me to do more… but I failed to do so. However, I tried to stay focused on my game,” Mithun said.
The right-handed middle-order batsman said he is about to start his fitness training ahead of the World Cup.
“I will start fitness sessions this week. I think fitness is most important to perform well in the middle. Despite having good skills, you will not be able to do anything if your fitness is not up to the mark,” Mithun further said.
Mithun played a total of five Tests, 15 ODIs and 13 T20Is for the Tigers. He accumulated 360 runs in ODIs with four fifties and considered to be one of the most important players for Bangladesh in the upcoming World Cup.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - As the first Bangladeshi, veteran spinner Abdur Razzak completed 400 wickets in List-A cricket on Wednesday at Shere-Bangla-National Cricket Stadium after his team Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Uttara Sporting Club by 57 runs in DL method.
It was the fifth win of Prime Bank in six rounds of the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) which helped them to clinch the second position in the points table. On the other hand, Uttara suffered fifth loss of the season to drop into the last position on the table.
In the rain-hit game, Uttara won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rain came to the scene at 10:42am when Prime Bank posted 98 runs in 22.3 overs by losing three wickets.
The game was resumed again at 1:15pm after being reduced to 38 overs each side. Prime Bank accumulated 230 runs for seven wickets in 38 overs. Prime Bank captain Anamul Haque, who hit three centuries on the trot as the second Bangladeshi batsman in List-A Cricket, fell for 36 this time.
Al Amin was the best batsman for them scoring 60 while Salman Hossain hit 37 and Abhimanyu Easwaran posted 35 for them as well.
For Uttara, Anisul Islam Emon bagged three wickets while Asaduzzaman Payel scalped two wickets.
In reply, Uttara managed to score 182 for eight wickets in 38 overs and lost the match by 57 runs according to the DL method.
Tanzid Hasan (35), Anisul (33), Mohimenul Khan (30) and Sheikh Humayun (39) batted well but that was not enough well to register the second win for their team in the ongoing league.
Former national team star Abdur Razzak bagged four wickets conceding 15 runs to seal the game for Prime Bank.
Prague, Mar 27 (AP/UNB) — Substitute Gabriel Jesus scored twice in the second half as Brazil came from behind to beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Roberto Firmino started the rally, equalizing four minutes into the second half as he capitalized on a defensive blunder and beat goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka one on one.
Jesus then decided the game with goals in the 83rd and 90th minute for Brazil to rebound from a surprise 1-1 draw against Panama in another friendly on Saturday in Portugal.
David Pavelka put the Czechs 1-0 ahead with a low shot from outside the area past Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the 37th as the Czechs looked more dangerous in the first half despite coming off a 5-0 loss to England in European Championship qualifying on Thursday.
Preparing for the Copa America that Brazil will host in June, coach Tite made six changes to the starting lineup from Saturday's game but they failed to boost his team in the first half.
"We were quite surprised by the aggressive play of the Czech team," Tite said through a translator.
Star striker Neymar was not in Brazil's squad as he recovers from foot surgery.
Parma, Mar 27 (AP/UNB) — Veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella became the oldest player to score for Italy as he converted two penalties to help the Azzurri beat 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 on Tuesday in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.
It was the first international goals in 8 ½ years for the 36-year-old Quagliarella, and the Sampdoria forward had tears in his eyes after converting his first penalty and being given a standing ovation by the fans at the Stadio Tardini.
Quagliarella is enjoying a resurgence this year and leads Serie A with 21 goals, earning him a spot in a squad that has been filled with youth since Roberto Mancini took over as Italy coach.
"It's difficult to say now if he can make it to the Euros," Mancini said. "Things are going well for now but it's difficult to say what could happen between now and June 2020. But a serious player like him can still continue for a long time."
At the other end of the spectrum, teenager Moise Kean also scored to make it two goals in as many starts for Italy.
Italy moved into sole lead of Group J, two points ahead of Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which drew 2-2.
Armenia lost 2-0 to Finland and has zero points, along with Liechtenstein.
Italy had opened its European Championship qualifying with a 2-0 win over Finland on Saturday.
And it broke the deadlock in Parma in the 17th minute when Leonardo Spinazzola floated in a cross for Stefano Sensi to head into the top left corner for his first international goal.
Marco Verratti doubled Italy's tally in the 31st with a solo effort as he dribbled between a crowd of Liechtenstein players on the left side of the area before curling into the far bottom corner.
It was only Verratti's second goal for his country but he was involved in Italy's third as well, as the host was awarded a penalty when his strike ricocheted off Nicolas Hasler's arm.
Quagliarella stepped up and converted, prompting huge celebrations as he overtook Christian Panucci as Italy's oldest scorer. His substitute appearance against Finland was his first Italy match since November 2010.
"I thank Jorginho and (Leonardo) Bonucci," Quagliarella said. "They are the penalty takers and they told me to take them. They said 'it's your night, you take it.' ... I thank the fans for their cheers and the wonderful standing ovations: memories that I will always keep with me."
Quagliarella doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time with another penalty after Verratti's shot came off Daniel Kaufmann's shoulder. The Liechtenstein defender was also sent off.
That goal ended a run of 18 Italy goals being scored by 18 different players.
Despite the numerical disadvantage the floodgates did not open after the break and Italy had to wait until the 70th minute before extending its advantage.
Spinazzola floated in another cross and Quagliarella nodded it back across the area for Kean to head in from point-blank range.
Quagliarella was substituted shortly after to a standing ovation and replaced by Leonardo Pavoletti.
The 30-year-old Pavoletti took four minutes of his Italy debut to get on the scoresheet. His initial effort was saved but the Cagliari forward tapped in the rebound.
It was the first time Italy had scored six goals in a competitive game since 1993, against Malta. Two of its goals that night were scored by Mancini.
In Zenica, Greece fought back from two goals down to pick up a valuable point.
Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic scored a superb free kick but was sent off for a reckless challenge a minute after Greece had pulled one back with a penalty. Dimitris Kolovos headed in the equalizer four minutes from time.
Fredrik Jensen and Pyry Soiri scored for Finland.
Turin, Mar 27 (AP/UNB) — Juventus says Cristiano Ronaldo only sustained an "apparently minor" injury when playing for Portugal but did not offer a timeline for his return.
Ronaldo limped off after half an hour of Portugal's 1-1 draw against Serbia in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Monday.
Juventus said Tuesday that tests in Portugal revealed "an apparently minor injury to his right thigh flexors."
The club added that Ronaldo will undergo more tests when he returns to Turin to "determine when he can resume competitive activity."
Ronaldo himself told Portuguese media after the match that he "should be back in one or two weeks."
Juventus travels to Ajax for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 10 before hosting the Dutch team the following week.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the last 16 as Juventus overturned a first-leg deficit.