Kandy, Nov 16 (AP/UNB) — England put itself in a strong position Friday on the third day of the second test against Sri Lanka before play was suspended by bad light.
The English reached 324-9 and lead by 278 runs. Play was stopped 43 minutes early, at 4:34 p.m., at Pallekele International Stadium.
Play is scheduled to start 15 minutes early on Saturday.
England lost four wickets in the morning session, but captain Joe Root then hit his 15th test hundred.
With the England top order perishing for the sweep shot, both the conventional and the reverse, Root took a different route playing straight. The 27-year-old Yorkshireman hit some elegant drives and powerful cuts but fell for the reverse sweep, ruled leg before wicket to Akila Dananjaya.
Dananjaya then dismissed first innings top-scorer Sam Curran when he bowled him to pick up his third five-wicket haul in test cricket.
Adil Rashid drove the hat-trick ball to mid-off but lasted only 13 deliveries before being given out leg before wicket to Dananjaya. The batsman got a thick edge onto the pads but England didn't have reviews to contest umpire Sundaram Ravi's decision.
Dananjaya finished 6-106, his career best figures. His bowling has come under a cloud after being reported by match officials as suspect during the test in Galle. The bowler is likely to miss the next test because he has to go overseas for testing.
After the struggle before lunch, England recovered thanks to a 74-run stand between Root and Jos Buttler.
Root then added 82 runs for the seventh wicket with Ben Foakes, who was unbeaten on 51.
Root's chanceless knock came as a big relief for England as he had accumulated only 52 runs in three innings in the series. On all three previous occasions, he had been dismissed by a left-arm spinner, but this time he tackled Malinda Pushpakumara well. It is his second test hundred against Sri Lanka.
Suranga Lakmal, the lone seamer in the Sri Lankan attack, sent down only four overs in the innings as the hosts depended heavily on their four pronged spin attack.
Sri Lanka need to win to stay alive in the three-match series after England took a 1-0 lead in Galle with a comprehensive 211-run win.
England has not won a test series in Sri Lanka since 2001.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) - A friendly cricket match will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city on Saturday morning to mark the World Children’s Day that falls on November 20.
A group of under privileged adolescent cricketers (boys and girls) will play with past and present celebrity cricketers of Bangladesh.
The match will be held from 10:30am to 1pm, according to UNICEF.
Former national cricketers Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Habibul Bashar, Naimul Islam Durjoy MP, Test cricketer Hannan Sarkar, national cricketer Taskin Ahmed, National Women’s Cricketer of Bangladesh Suraiya Azmin and others will play.
Adolescent cricketers from UNICEF partner NGOs -- Aporajayo Bangla, BRAC and Shurovi will take part in the match.
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual global day of action for children, by children, a chance to advocate, raise funds and awareness for the most pressing issues facing children.
This year, the world will come together on November 20 to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20 is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.
This year the world is going blue and there is an effort to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.
World Children’s Day - a day for children, by children.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) honoured two Bangladeshi cricketers—opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim with special crest and blazer to mark their feat of crossing the 10,000 runs in international cricket across all three formats of the game.
Mushfiqur Rahim reached the landmark of 10,000 runs as the 3rd Bangladeshi cricketer scoring 10,313 runs featuring country’s individual best 219 runs not out in the first innings on way to their comfortable 218-run victory over touring Zimbabwe in the 2nd and last Test in Dhaka to level the series 1-1.
Earlier, two celebrated cricketers of the country--dashing opener Tamim Iqbal (11,941 runs) and world famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (10,542 runs) -- reached landmark of 10,000 runs.
BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon MP honored Tamim and Mushfiq with specially made BCB crest during closing ceremony of the Dhaka Test Thursday afternoon.
Former national captain cum BCB Director Akram Khan, who is also the Chairman of the Cricket Operation Committee, honored them with special BCB blazers in white.
The recognition for Shakib Al Hasan remains pending as the country’s celebrated all-rounder was not present on the occasion.
Tamim (11,941) has scored 4049 runs playing 108 innings of 56 Tests with eight century and 25 half centuries, 6307 runs in 181 innings of 183 ODIs featuring eleven tons and 42 fifties and 1585 runs in 72 T20I with one century and six half century.
Shakib (10,542) has contributed 3692 runs in 100 innings of 53 Tests featuring five centuries and 23 half centuries, 5482 runs in the 181 runs innings of 192 ODIs with seven centuries and 39 half centuries and 1368 runs playing 69 T201 with seven fifties.
Mushfiq (10,313) has scored 3969 runs in 120 innings of 64 Tests making six centuries and 19 half centuries, made 5213 runs in 181 innings of 195 ODIs featuring six tons and 30 half centuries and contributed 1131 runs in 66 innings of 74 T20I making four fifties.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh cricket team ODI side captain Mahshrafe Bin Mortaza’s availability for an upcoming three-match series against West Indies is in doubt due to his political engagement in country’s 11th parliamentary election, schedule for December 30.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon on Thursday said, “It is difficult to say whether Mashrafe will play or not against the Windies, I am supposed to meet with him today and hopefully I will know the details.”
BCB boss came up with the remarks while replying to a query of journalists after the prize giving ceremony of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe 1-1 Test series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city.
“If there is any chance, of course he will play. He must, even, get spare time for one single day. Playing has always remained his first priority. He didn’t retired from international cricket. He is supposed to lead Bangladesh in the next world cup,” said BCB president.
The Windies are scheduled to play ODIs against Bangladesh on December 9 and 11 in Dhaka and December 14 in Sylhet.
Arguably, before the ODIs against Windies, it will be difficult for Mashrafe to take preparation amid busy schedule of his political activity.
November 28 is the last date for submitting candidacy and the selection will take place on December 2. The last date for removing oneself from candidacy is December 9.
“There is a certain date for the submission of nomination paper. I don’t know exactly when he will submit it and what will be his programme there [Narail constituency 2],” Papon added.
Mashrafe brought nomination paper of Awami League to contest from Narail-2 constituency.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – Asia Cup champions Bangladesh suffered the 3rd consecutive defeat to eliminate from the ICC Women’s World T20 losing to their South Asian rivals Sri Lanka by 25 runs in the 3rd match at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia on Thursday.
After the day’s frustrating defeat, touring Bangladesh remained at the bottom of the five-team Group A with empty hand following their seven-wicket losses against England in a rain-interrupted 2nd match and a humiliating 60-run defeat against hosts West Indies in the first match.
Bangladesh women’s team, which regained confidence in 2018 after passing a frustrating 2017, clinching the their maiden Asia Cup crown shocking their giant South Asian rivals India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and emerged champions in World T20 Qualifiers, came down to earth losing to Pakistan 0-3 in home series, also failed to recover lapses in the ongoing T20 World meet.
Hosts West Indies topped the Group A list securing four points from straight two matches, England followed the leader neck and neck collecting three points from two outings, Sri Lanka and South Africa were also in the semifinal race with three and two points, playing two and three matches respectively.
Bangladesh invited the Islanderers to bat first after winning the toss and restricted them for a chase able score of 97 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs featuring 31 runs from former captain cum all rounder Shashikala Siriwardene.
The Lanka all-rounder batted until the last over of an innings that never found momentum and furnished her 33-ball 31 runs innings with two fours and one six.
Later, she bowled superbly to grab two wickets for 10 runs in her four overs spell forcing the Asia Cup champions Bangladesh to surrender early in the chase and was adjudged player of the match.
Bangladeshi pacer Jahanara Alam, giving the team a strong chance once again, utilizing the conditions right from the first ball, claimed the wickets of the match’s highest scorer Shashikala Siriwardene, Yasoda Mendis and De Silva. Jahanara grabbed three wickets for 21 runs in her quota four over bowling.
Besides spinner Khadiza Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun and Rumana Ahmed took one wicket each conceding 15, 16 and 26 runs respectively.
Replying to an easy target, Bangladesh hadn't even made 30 in the half way of their innings due to shaky start and found their lack of intent getting anywhere close to the target. In all, they hit only three boundaries and played 75 dot balls in the innings making their early exit from a major tournament as they bundled out cheaply for 77 runs in 20 overs.
Among the Bangladesh batters, only two down Nigar Sultana (20), opener Ayasha Rahman (11) and tail-ender Ritu Moni (11) were able to make the double figure.
AC Jayangani picked up three Bangladesh wickets for 7 runs while player of the match Shashikala Siriwardene and KDU Prabadhena took wickets each giving away 10 and 6 runs respectively.
In the remaining group match Bangladesh to face South Africa on November 19 at the same venue.