Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Bangladesh ODI captain, has created a new history playing the second encounter of three-match series against West Indies by equaling the record of Habibul Bashar to lead Tigers in most ODIs.
Mashrafe has all the chances to surpass his predecessor in the third and final match of the series that is slated to be played in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Habibul Bashar was the other captain of Bangladesh who led the Tigers in 69 ODIs. In his tenure, Bangladesh won 29 ODIs. Mashrafe already surpassed him as the Tigers won 39 before today’s (Tuesday) match under his captaincy.
Mashrafe captained visiting Bangladesh for the first time in 2010 against England at Nottingham. He has led the Tigers till October 2010 in the first stint and again got the captaincy back in 2014 after a horrible time in limited-overs cricket under Musfiqur Rahim.
Since then, Masrhafe led the Tigers in 62 ODIs including today’s one. He will be continuing to lead the side to the World Cup next year in England as per the BCB contact.
Mashrafe, who recently joined politics for the ruling party Awami League, is supposed to announce the retirement after the World Cup, though, he did not mention an exact time to say goodbye.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - The visiting West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first against Bangladesh in the second One-day International of three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here in Mirpur on Tuesday.
This match could be a series-winning affair for the Tigers with one match to be played on 14 December as the hosts won the first match of the series by five wickets.
At the time of the toss, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza equalled Habibul Bashar’s record of leading Bangladesh for most ODIs.
Habibul Bashar was the other captain of Bangladesh who led the Tigers in 69 ODIs. In his tenure, Bangladesh won 29 ODIs. Mashrafe already surpassed him as the Tigers won 39 before today’s match.
This match will be marked as the 100th appearance together of Bangladesh’s fabulous-five comprising Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad.
In the first match of the series, Bangladesh played almost a perfect game. They showed firm confidence while limiting the Windies for 195 runs. They displayed rigid batting while chasing the sub-par total as well.
Mashrafe, who completed the milestone of playing 200 ODI for the Tigers in the last match, took three scalps registering best bowling figures for the team. Mustafizur Rahman emulated him bagging another three wickets. And Mushfiqur Rahim hit an unbeaten 50 to ensure the win.
In the second match, Bangladesh made no change in their playing XI. But the Windies brought one change to their playing XI as Kieran Powell overlooked to pave the way for Chandrapaul Hemraj.
Before starting the ODI series on a positive note, Bangladesh smashed the Caribbeans boys in the two-match where spinners performed tremendously well.
Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain.
West Indies XI: Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell (capt), Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) - BTCF Women’s Team, riding on a century by Monika Akter, managed a 31-run victory over Rayer Bazar Athletics Club in a super league match of the Dhaka Metropolis First Division Women’s Cricket at the City Club ground in Mirpur on Monday.
Batting first after winning the toss, BTCF Women’s Cricket Team scored 209 runs for 8 in 40 overs, featuring a century by Monika Akter with 124 runs off 115 balls hitting 14 fours and two sixes.
In reply, Rayer Bazar AC were all out for 178 runs in 37.2 overs.
Score: BTCF – 209/8 in 40 overs; Monika Akter 124 (115), 4×14, 6×2, Nilufa Yasmin 25, Srabonti Sarker 22, Zannaty Shubrima 2/17, Sharmin Akter1/29.
Rayer Bazar -178/10 in 37.2 over; Juyairiya Ferdous 31, Eva Akter 25, Rani Khatun 22, Putul Biswas 3/20, Apu Halder 2/45, Shafaly 2/28
Player of the Match: Monika Akter
City Club will play Indira Road Krira Chakra in the last league match on Tuesday at the City Club ground.
The match will followed by a prize distribution ceremony at the same venue on Tuesday afternoon
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB)- Sunil Joshi, the former Indian cricketer and current spin-bowling coach of Bangladesh, believes that spinners have to face the biggest challenge and tough time when they go away from home. The Bangladeshi spinners are having a dream-like time at home as they helped the Tigers to register a clean sweep over West Indies recently.
“I think conditions are always tough when you go away from home, especially for the spinners. You need to adapt to the conditions, you need to change your mindset. Your mindset changes every format of the game,” Sunil Joshi on Monday said at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after an optional training session.
Bangladesh played four spinners in the second Test of the series against the Windies, which was the first instance of its kind. While Shakib Al Hasan led the side, Taijul Islam, Mehidi Hasan Miraz and Nayeem Hasan accompanied him handily.
Sunil talked in favour of the four spinners strategy while talking to the reporters. He said: “I will take you out of the box for a minute. Back in those days, West Indies played with five fast bowlers. Australia played five fast bowlers. It’s the same way when the trend is changing you need to adapt to the trend.”
The Bangladesh spin-bowling coach believes mindset is the key to the success of a spinner. As per his coaching philosophy, a spinner gets most success when he has the best mindset.
“Mindset is the key to performing consistently at international cricket. See, the best example I would give you is we have seen Taijul. He plays only one format. He has been very successful. Because he focuses, he puts in that extra effort in practice and in the match as well. We have seen Miraz (Mehedi Hasan) and Nayeem Hasan as well. And of course Shakib, you know, the master is there,” Sunil said.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB)- After winning the first game of the three-match ODI series against West Indies in Dhaka, Bangladesh have now given their all attention to sealing the series when they meet the Caribbeans in the second ODI at the home of Bangladesh Cricket -- Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium -- here on Tuesday.
The match will kick off at 1pm which will be telecast live by GTV.
Bangladesh almost played a perfect match according to their plan in the series opener on Sunday to beat the tourists by five wickets.
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who is probably playing his last ODI series at home, was adjudged man of the match grabbing three wickets conceding 30 runs for the Tigers. Former national skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fifty to ensure the thumping five-wicket win.
This win brought Bangladesh to a position to seal the series in the second match in Dhaka before the last ODI scheduled for Friday (December 14) at Sylhet International Stadium.
Visiting West Indies were whitewashed in the two-match Test series prior to the ODI series. So, it was expected that they would play explosive cricket in the one-dayers, but they were clueless to provide any moment to cheer for their fans while failing to face Bangladeshi pace bowlers.
Bangladesh played the first match with three pace bowlers, who took seven out of nine West Indians wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman took three scalps each while Rubel bagged another one.
The hosts went into the last match with four batsmen who are recognised as openers. Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar played the match. Despite having a reputation as an opener, Soumya Sarkar played at number six.
The Tigers overlooked Mohammad Mithun who has been responding positively since the Asia Cup. So, his omission came as a surprise keeping the World Cup preparation in mind.
Mithun’s stay out of the team might see another match as Bangladesh are unlikely to make any change to their playing XI on Tuesday.
While Bangladesh are hoping another series win over West Indies, the Caribbean boys are keen to bounce back as Roston Chase said on Sunday after the first match: “No way (of losing the series in the second match). I think we go back to the drawing board, we look at our plans, and we will look at where we fell down in this match and improve on that. I will never say that the series is over. We will come back strong. We know the guys will be up for the challenge.”
In the last One-day International series, Bangladesh outshot the Caribbeans in their home soil in spite of pace bowling threat. The West Indian pacers are yet to flourish in the ongoing series.
Kemar Roach failed to take anything memorable from the first ODI. On the other hand, Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul took one wicket each but both were expensive. While Oshane Thomas conceded more than 6.8 runs per over, Paul gave away 4.63 runs per over.
If Bangladesh can maintain their golden run in the second One-day International of the series, they will earn the third successive One-day International series victory which will surely boost their confidence ahead of a challenging tour to New Zealand next year.