Dhaka, Dec 14 (UNB)- Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bowl first in the third and final ODI of three-match series against the touring West Indies on Friday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The match became a series decider as both teams won each of the first two matches of the contest.
Bangladesh made two changes to their last playing XI. Imrul Kayes and Rubel Hossain were axed and Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin came to the best XI to replace them.
The match will be marked as the first ODI in Sylhet which is getting the honour of hosting an ODI as the eighth venue of the country.
While walking to the middle in the match, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Bangladesh ODI captain, passed Habibul Bashar’s record of leading Bangladesh in most ODIs. Habibul led the Tigers in 69 matches. Mashrafe surpassed him today as he is leading the side in the 70th match.
In the series opener, Bangladesh beat the visiting team by five wickets. Mashrafe led the bowling side taking three scalps and MustafizurRahman followed him bagging another three. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fifty later and secured a win for the hosts.
But in the second match, the Caribbean boys bounced back with a stunning win courtesy to Shai Hope’s career-best knock of unbeaten 146. Bangladesh posted 255 in the first innings of the second match which has proved to be an easy target to chase for the Windies.
So the third match became the series decider. The winner of today’s game will hold the trophy of the series.
Australia, Dec 14 (AP/UNB) — Australia skipper Tim Paine won the toss Friday and elected to bat first in the second cricket test against India, the first to be played at the new Perth Stadium.
While Australia retained an unchanged XI following a 31-run loss in the first test in Adelaide, India picked an all-swing attack after injuries forced two changes.
Virat Kohli's lineup is aiming to become the first from India to win a test series in Australia and held the No. 1-ranking heading into the four-test series in Australia.
Injuries to batsman Rohit Sharma and offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin forced the changes. Batsman Hanuma Vihari replaced Sharma in the middle order, while swing bowler Umesh Yadav came in for Ashwin to form a four-man pace attack alongside Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumra.
While Aswin played a key role in India's series opening win, the win was largely setup by the swing and seam attack.
The Australian batting lineup, missing the suspended Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, will be under pressure to perform at the world's newest test cricket venue.
The pace attack will relish the conditions on a very hot day when temperature is expected to reach 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) with the first use of a green-top wicket. The drop-in pitch is expected to produce the traditional pace and bounce that was a characteristic of the old WACA pitches.
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, K.L. Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Umpires: Chris Gaffeney, New Zealand, Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Television umpire: Nigel Long, England. Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-23 cricket team were eliminated of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Cup losing to hosts Sri Lanka by four wickets in the semifinal at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
Islander Sri Lanka will play the final on Saturday (December 15) in Colombo against India, which eliminated their traditional rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in the other semi on Thursday.
Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh team were all out for 237 runs in 49.1 overs despite 65 runs in the 4th wicket and 52 runs in the 5th wicket stands.
Opener Mizanur Rahman contributed team highest 72 runs off 95 balls hitting seven fours and one six, number six Yasir Ali scored 72-ball 66 runs, including three fours and one six, middle order Mosaddek Hossain made 57-ball 39 runs with a boundary, Asif Hossain and Nazmul Hossain Shanta added another 14 and 10 runs for Bangladesh.
Chamika Karunaratne made the major damage to the Bangladesh innings grabbing four wickets for 31 runs while AM Fernando took two for 50 runs.
Chasing a target of 238 runs, Sri Lanka, riding on unbeaten 91 runs by Mendis, reached their ultimate goal scoring 241 runs for 6 in 48.2 overs.
Besides, DS Weerakkody (47), GSNFG Jayasuriya (39) and DAS Gunaratne (24) were the other notable scorers for the home side.
Shoriful Islam took two wickets for 50 runs.
Bangladesh booked a seat for the semifinals from four-team Group B beating hosts Pakistan U-23 side by 84 runs in the 3rd match after beating Hong Kong by 28 runs in their 2nd match riding on all-round performance by Mosaddek Hossain Saikat after a frustrating 97-run defeat against non-Test playing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the group opener.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - Pakistan will host the next Asia Cup cricket, new Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Thursday.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted by Pakistan, and the hosting right belongs to them. Where they will host the tournament, it’s up to them,” he said while talking to the media after an executive board meeting of the ACC at a city hotel.
The last Asia Cup was hosted by India who arranged the tournament in the UAE.
Pakistan can do something like that, said Nazmul, who took over the charge of the ACC president recently.
India did not host the tournament at home apprehending possible opposition of Pakistan who do not have a peaceful diplomatic relation with India.
The ACC is looking to take steps to develop Asian cricket with more care.
Ehsan Mani, the chief development officer of ACC, on Thursday said: “We have a long programme to develop the Asian cricket. We want to start from under-16 and under-19 to the Asia Cup.”
“It’s not about cricket only but also about developing our umpires, match referees. Our main focus is to strengthen cricket of Asia. Asia is the strongest area for cricket. Afghanistan invested a lot for cricket and thus they became the full member nation of International Cricket Council (ICC). We’re searching for more nations. Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi Arab are doing well. They can bring themselves to the next level. We’re trying to develop cricket of these countries,” Ehsan Mani, the former president of ACC, further added.
The next Asia Cup is scheduled to be played in September 2020, right before the next ICC World Twenty20.
At the executive board meeting, ACC Vice-president KH Imran, Ehsan Mani, also PCB President, BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, SLC President Kamal Pathmasiri and ACB President Azziullah Fazale were present.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - Hosts Bangladesh and touring West Indies will take on each other in the 3rd and final game of the three-match ODI series on Friday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium to decide the series which is locked 1-1 after the first two matches.
Through the match which will kick off at 12 noon, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium will make its debut as the ODI venue. The match will be telecast live by GTV.
After losing the 2nd match in Dhaka by four wickets, Bangladesh will face several challenges in the 3rd and final ODI. Bangladesh, which fielded four recognised opening batsmen in the first two matches of the series, did not prove as a wise decision.
World famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played well at number three, which is considered to be a crucial position to bat. Despite a fifty at the position, Shakib made the number three position vulnerable.
But, the rest places of four openers from number two to five did not work properly, Imrul Kayes failed to impress at number three in spite of his golden run in the last home series against Zimbabwe where he scored two centuries in three matches and made another 90 in the other match. But after being moved from his desired opening position, Imrul has been struggling.
At the same time, Bangladesh’s move to play four openers did not reflect their attention for the World Cup preparation which is not too far.
Mohammad Mithun grabbed his second chance in the Bangladesh’s ODI line-up before being dropped in the ongoing series. He struck two crucial fifties in the Asia Cup which was enough to cement his place at number five. But the sudden formula of playing four openers prevented his progress to become a long-term solution for the position.
In all, Bangladesh team management needs to rethink their batting line-up ahead of the final ODI of the series. They might need to bring one certain change as Liton Das sustained an injury in the second match. He was stretchered off the field due to immense pain in his right leg. He was carried to the hospital for a quick scan which suggested no fracture before came into the middle to bat on later.
Mithun has a good chance to make a comeback in the place of Liton Das, who scored 41 and 8 in the first two matches respectively. Bangladesh might consider inclusion of Mohammad Saifuddin, who played superbly well in the last series.
If reshuffling batting line is the first challenge for the Tigers, adapting with the local condition of Sylhet is the second. Bangladesh played two international matches in Sylhet and lost both of them. The wicket of Sylhet is comparatively different from the other area of the country which may add more complication to select a final XI in the series decider. The fast-bowlers of both teams can hope something better for them in the wicket of Sylhet.
However, Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz said they are optimistic to win two successive ODI series over West Indies. He said: “The final match of the series is a do-or-die match for us and we do well in this kind of situation. We won the series in West Indies beating them in the last match. So, the final match is an opportunity for us.”
Shai Hope, the hero of West Indies win in the 2nd match, said: “We came here (Sylhet) to win the series. Now our job is to make sure the series 2-1.”
Earlier in the first match, Bangladesh took a step ahead to win the series by the superb effort of the bowlers. Mashrafe-led bowling side restricted West Indies to 195 runs, which proved to be an easy target to chase down for the hosts. Mashrafe and Mustafizur bagged three wickets each. Mushfiqur Rahim hit an unbeaten fifty to ensure a lead 1-0, winning the first match by five wickets.
But in the second match, bowlers failed to defend the total of 255 runs.
Bangladesh lost the match in the last over when West Indies needed only four runs. In the last three overs, they needed 32 runs. Mustafizur Rahman gave 16 runs in the 48th over which made Bangladesh’s escape nearly impossible. And eventually, the visiting team managed to win the match to level the series 1-1.
Shai Hope played the main role for West Indies. He struck career-best an unbeaten 146 to secure the win. In the seventh wicket stand with Keemo Paul, he added 70 runs. This stand threw Bangladesh out of the match.