Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) — Mohammedan Sporting Club won their second successive match in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Tuesday at Shre-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium against Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity where its captain Raqibul Hasan starred with the bat by heating unbeaten 84.
Mohammedan won the toss and sent Khelghar to bat first. They have posted 225 all-out in 47.3 overs. Mohammedan chased it down in 49.2 overs (226/6) and won the game by four wickets. Raqibul was awarded man of the match for his match-winning knock.
While batting first, Khelaghar have posted 225 runs with the help of Mosaddek Iftekhar. The right-handed batsman struck 87 off 113 balls with seven fours to his name.
Apart from Iftekhar, Amit Majumder (37), Ashok Menaria (26), Robiul Islam Robi (19) also contributed with the bat.
Sohag Gazi, the offspinner, was the best batsman of Mohammedan as he scalped three wickets in 41 runs. Alauddin Babu and Qazi Onik bagged two wickets each for the team as well. However, Qazi Onik failed to complete his bowling quota as he was stretchered out off the field due to an ankle injury during the 39th over.
In reply, Mohammedan posted 64 runs in the opening stand of Avishek Mitra and Abdul Mazi. Avishek was the first man to get dismissed on 27 while Abdul Mazid was the second batsman to back to the dressing room scoring 40.
After an ideal start, Mohammedan lost both of the openers in four runs. However, in the third wicket stand, Irfan Shukkur and Raqibul posted 29 runs and stepped up to the win. Irfan fell for 19, but Raqibul was firm at his end.
Mohammad Ashraful failed to grab the chance once again as he fell only 10 runs this time. But Nadif Chowdhury was comfortable in the middle as he posted 39 off 38 deliveries.
Eventually, Mohammedan completed the win in style. In the last over, they needed 9 runs. Ifran Hossain gave a wide in the first ball of the last over. In the second ball, Raqibul smashed a six over the midwicket, and in the third ball, he struck a four to ensure the win.
Earlier In the first match of the league, Mohammedan also beat Gazi Group Cricketers. Shafiul Islam was the hero of the first match registering his first five-wicket haul in List-A Cricket.
After two matches for each team, Mohammedan are at number three on the points table right after Abahani Limited and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club who have also won their first two matches.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) - Junaina Ahmed, a 15-year-old swimmer, has attracted spectators’ attention in the Max Group 29th National Swimming competition by breaking two national records in her first appearance at the senior level event.
The teenage swimmer on Tuesday said that she has a dream to represent the country in international arena and clinch gold medals for the country.
“I like swimming… want to represent Bangladesh in the international arena in the future and hoping to get a chance in the upcoming South Asian Games to be held in Nepal,” Junaina told UNB on Tuesday at Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.
Junaina lives in London with her parents, and she has started swimming there. The British-Bangladeshi wonder kid also said that she has preferred to be a swimmer in spite of having many sports to choose from. She is taking part in the national competition for Bangladesh Navy.
“I have chosen swimming as my favourite sports because I love it,” Junaina said on Tuesday while waiting for taking part in another event.
“My parents always support me to do well in the pool. Like I do, they also have the dream to see me to represent my country in the international arena.”
Junaina took part in the contest against many swimmers who are older than her. But, she proved her worth in the pool while breaking the two old national records of 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.
The 15-year-old kid has covered 200-meter of freestyle just in 02:19.89 to better the old record of covering the distance in 02:25.56 minutes while she completed the 200-meter backstroke in 02:40.75 minutes to better the previous mark of 02:44.80 minutes.
Junaina further said that everything was possible due to her hard work and determination.
“Usually, I work hard while take preparation and use to pass long time in the pool. I think there is no secret behind my performance,” Junaina further said.
“Micheal Phelps is my idol who wins many things through this sport. I also dream to do like him and eagerly waiting to win gold for Bangladesh in international arena.”
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) — Bangladesh’s failure to take advantage of the wicket led to their humiliating loss to New Zealand in the second Test at Wellington, Mahmudullah Riyad said Tuesday.
Beating Tigers by an innings and 12 runs confirmed the Kiwis’ series win with one match to go.
Bangladeshi batsmen appeared clueless against New Zealand pace attack. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner took 16 wickets in the series so far, most of them have been notched by short deliveries.
“I think the help from the wicket was equally the same for both groups of the bowlers. They (Kiwis) utilised the wicket properly, but we failed to do so,” Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah told a post-match press conference.
In their only innings at Wellington, New Zealand scored 432 runs for six wickets. Ross Taylor struck a double-ton after being dropped twice in the same over of Abu Jayed Rahi on the morning of the fourth day.
Mahmudullah reckoned that they have paid a huge price for the misses. He lamented the missed chances, saying they could have boosted the bowlers’ confidence.
The third and final Test will be played in Christchurch from March 20. Mahmudullah said the batsman have to be more responsible.
“We need to bat with more guts for a long time. Some of our batsmen are playing half-hearted shots or are double-minded while playing short deliveries. We need to be more focused if we really want to attack their bouncers,” he said.
“Our batsmen should take more of the blame. We lost all of our wickets twice in two and a half days. I think the wicket in the next game will be more pace bowler-friendly. Our batsmen should play with more responsibility keeping the three new bowlers in mind,” Mahmudullah added.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) — Bangladesh suffered another big defeat to hosts New Zealand by an innings and 12 runs on Tuesday.
Neil Wagner and Trent Boult scalped nine wickets to ensure the victory and seal the series 2-0 with one match to play.
In the first match of three-match series, Tigers lost by an innings and 52 runs. They wanted to make a comeback in the second Test but failed miserably.
Bangladesh tumbled for 209 in their second innings of the match. Wagner registered his second five-wicket haul in the series conceding 45 runs, and Boult scalped four wickets for 52.
In the last day of the game, Bangladesh needed to bat on for all three sessions to avoid a defeat. Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Mithun were the only batsmen to offer some resistance for the Tigers with their respective 67 and 47.
Soumya Sarkar (28) was the first man to get dismissed on the fifth day after starting the day with 80 for three wickets. Ross Taylor took an easy catch at slip off Boult.
In the fifth wicket stand, Mahmudllah and Mithun added 40 runs. Right after that, Mithun (47) was removed by Wagner’s signature bouncer. Mithun tried to clear through square leg but failed to execute properly. Tim Southee took a stunning catch to remove him.
Bangladesh lost Liton Das (1), Taijul Islam (0) and Mustafizur Rahman (16) in quick succession. While Liton and Taijul were scalped by Wagner, Mustafizur fell to Boult. Mahmudullah, the highest runs getter for the Tigers in the second innings, got dismissed as the ninth batsman for 67.
The match started after two full days had been washed away by rain. Bangladesh lost the toss and were sent to bat in the first innings of the match on day 3. They tumbled for 211 runs as Wagner took four and Boult bagged three.
New Zealand scored 432/6 declared in their first and only innings of the match. Taylor, the middle-order batsman, scored his third double-ton in Test cricket. Along with him, Henry Nicholls also hit a ton. Taylor was adjudged the man of the match.
Abu Jayed took three wickets for the Tigers, and Taijul bagged two.
The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to be played from March 20 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Dhaka, Mar 11 (UNB) — Centuries by Mohammad Naim and Naeem Islam helped Legends of Rupganj put a mammoth target against Shinepukur Cricket Club on Monday.
Shinepukur vigorously chased Rupganj’s 357 but crumbled for 334 with an over remaining and losing the match by 23 runs.
Nineteen-year-old left-hander Naim’s maiden century (122 off 108 balls) in List-A cricket in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) won him the man of the match award.
Tons by Naim and Naeem (108) at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan grounds created the solid base for Rupganj to post a huge total.
Rupganj posted 132 runs in the opening stand between Azmir Ahmed (48) and Naim. After Azmir got out, Naim joined captain Naeem and the pair posted another 93 runs on the board.
Naeem, a right-handed former national star, scored 108 off 98 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.
Chasing the target, Shinepukur responded strongly with a 104 opening stand between of Uday Kaul and Sabbir Hossain. Kaul fell for 29 off 35 balls.
Sabbir struck his maiden hundred in List-A, before the right-hander got out at 100 off 87 balls with eight fours and three sixes.
Despite an ideal start, Shinepukur lost captain Afif Hossain (5) and Shuvagata Hom (15) within a short time. However, Towhid Hridoy, the 18-year-old batsman, put up resistance with his 83 off 81 balls.
Sohrawordi Shuvo (34 off 28) and Sujon Hawlader (22 off 10) made some last-ditch attempts to chase the target but Shinepukur ended up losing the game by 23 runs.
Nabil Samad, a left-arm orthodox bowler of Rupganj, scalped three wickets conceding 51 runs, while Asif Hasan bagged two wickets.