Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – An all-round performance by Mosaddek Hossain Saikat enabled Bangladesh U-23 cricket team to return to the winning way in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Cup Cricket beating Hong Kong U-23 team by 28 runs in their 2nd Group B match at the Karachi South End Club Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The right-handed all-rounder hit a century and took two wickets to register the first win for the team in the tournament helping Bangladesh to stay in the race.
Bangladesh made a frustrating start in the four-team Group B after suffering a 97-run defeat against non-Test playing United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the group opener at the same ground on Thursday.
In the remaining Group B match, Bangladesh will play hosts Pakistan on December 9 at Karachi National Stadium to decide their fate for the semifinal berth from the group. Pakistan won both of their group matches against Hong Kong and the UAE.
In the day’s match, Bangladesh batted first after winning the toss and scored a fighting total of 286 runs for 8 in stipulated 50 overs, despite losing first wicket for just nine runs.
Bangladesh had a solid start as Zakir Hasan, the opener, scored 49 runs. They suffered a mini-collapse in a span of 10 runs while reaching to 99 from 89. They lost well-set batsman Zakir Hasan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Right after that, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat and Yasir Ali added 90 runs on the board in the fourth wicket stand which helped Bangladesh surpass the 250-mark.
While Yasir Ali fell for 45, Mosaddek ended his innings hitting a ton for 85 balls with eight fours and three sixes to his name. Aizaz Khan, the captain of Hong Kong, took three wickets for 62 runs.
Hong Kong shocked Bangladesh with a solid start of 76 for two, and in the third wicket stand, they added 101 runs. But, they were not experienced enough to outclass Bangladesh.
Both Nizakat Khan and Babar Hayat missed centuries for eight and nine runs respectively. If Bangladesh had not dismissed them, the story of the match would have been written differently. While Nayeem trapped Nizakat, Khaled bagged Babar Azam when they were pushing Bangladesh away from the match.
Eventually, Hong Kong scored 258 for seven wickets. Khaled Ahmed and Mosaddek took two wickets each to seal the match.
In the first match, Bangladesh tumbled to the UAE by a margin of 97 runs. The Bangladesh Emerging Team failed to chase down the total of 267 that the UAE posted on the board in the first innings of the match. Ashraf Ahmed and Ghulam Shabber hit the fifties for them.
Shorifil Islam, the left-handed pacer of Bangladesh, took four wickets in the first match while Khaled Ahmed bagged another three. But their effort went in vain for the failure of the batsmen. Bangladesh gathered only 170 runs on the board and started the tournament on a negative note.
Australia, Dec 7 (AP/UNB) — India claimed the wickets of both Australian openers on the second morning of the first test, including Aaron Finch for a third-ball duck on Friday.
In reply to India's first innings of 250, Australia reached lunch at 57 for two with Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 21 runs and Shaun Marsh one not out. Finch was dismissed in the first over and Marcus Harris, making his test debut, fell just before lunch.
After a scorching opening day, conditions remained warm but cloud cover provided favorable conditions for India's seamers. Australia's innings started disastrously when Finch was bowled by Ishant Sharma.
The hard-hitting Finch drove loosely at a full delivery and inside-edged onto his stumps, which went cartwheeling. Finch became just the fifth Australian batsman to be dismissed without scoring in their home test debut.
Harris scored immediately with a crisp three runs on the leg-side. He found the going tougher after that, being unable to score a run off his next 15 deliveries. Harris showed discipline and concentration in a notable contrast to India's reckless batting approach on the first day.
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came on after the drinks break and immediately caused problems for the left-handed Harris. Fifteen minutes before lunch, Harris prodded a full Ashwin delivery to Murali Vijay at silly point. Harris made 26 runs from 57 balls.
India had a scare when paceman Mohammed Shami required medical attention on his right shoulder with one ball left in his fourth over. He left the ground but returned shortly after.
Australia dismissed India on the first ball of the morning, with Shami edging a short Josh Hazlewood delivery to be caught behind.
India had sustained a blow late on the first day when Cheteshwar Pujara was run out after compiling 123 runs. No. 6 batsman Rohit Sharma was next best with 37 runs as India's batting struggled on a two-paced Adelaide Oval pitch.
Hazlewood finished with 3 for 52 from 20 overs, as wickets were shared among Australia's four-pronged attack.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – League leader Walton Central Zone were leading by 71 runs against Islami Bank East Zone in the 2nd innings on the 2nd day of the four-day 3rd round match of Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura on Thursday.
Replying to Walton Central Zone’s first innings total of 118 runs, Islami Bank East Zone resumed the first innings with their overnight score of 37 for 1 and finally were all out for 186 runs in 52.5 overs,
Opener Shamsur Rahman, who was on batting with 9 runs, scored 26 runs off 67 balls hitting four boundaries, another night watch batsman Mahmudul Hasan (9) contributed 101-ball 41 runs featuring six fours while number six Mahidul Islam Akond made 42-ball 34 runs featuring seven boundaries.
Besides, captain Farhad Reza scored 33-ball 27 runs, including five fours, while tail-ender Abu Jayed made 15-ball 14 runs with the help of three fours for East Zone.
Shahidul Islam grabbed five wickets for 62 runs while Salahuddin Shakil and Shahadat Hossain took two wickets each conceding 35 and 67 runs respectively.
In reply, Walton Central Zone opened the 2nd innings and scored 139 runs for 2 in 39.1 overs with opener Pinak Ghosh in batting on 52 runs after the departure of Rakin Ahmed (17) and Abdul Mazid (67).
Hasan Mahmud and Mohammad Ashraful picked up one wicket each.
In the other BCL match, Prime Bank South Zone resumed the first inning with overnight score of 280 for 9 and were all out for 329 in 108.4 overs against BCB North Zone on the 2nd day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday.
Mahedi Hasan, who was on batting with 23 runs, contributed 63 runs off 90 deliveries with eight boundaries while another overnight batsman Kamrul Islam Rabbi (4) made 67-ball 13 runs, including a boundary.
Slow left arm orthodox bowler Sunzamul Islam made the major damage to the Prime Bank South Zone innings taking five wickets for 87 runs.
Inn reply, BCB North Zone opened the first innings and scored 136 for 2 in 71 overs at the end of the 2nd day to trail by 193 runs with eight wickets in hand.
National coloured opener Junaid Siddiqui (not out 70) and two down Naeem Islam (not out 62) were in batting when the bails were drawn for the 2nd day.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) - After hitting a match-winning hundred in the practice game on Thursday for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI against West Indies at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) ground on Thursday, Soumya Sarkar said he is keen to bring his golden form to one-dayers.
The southpaw was struggling to keep his place in the squad cemented. He got a lifeline during the Asia Cup when he earned a sudden call to the national side due to the lean performance of the top-order batsmen. But, Soumya failed to utilise the chance as he scored 33 in two outings with a duck to his name.
The left-handed opener earned another unexpected call during the Zimbabwe one-dayers last month, and he grabbed the chance hitting a ton in Chattogram that helped the Tigers to chase a total of 286 with 47 balls to play.
“I always have a dream to play big innings, but the things are not same in every time I go to the middle. I’ll try to maintain the current form in the forthcoming series. If I get selected for the best XI, I’ll try to play the way I did today (Thursday),” Soumya said after beating the Caribbean boys by 51 runs in BKSP via the DLS method.
The 25-year-old lad believes that the victory chasing more than 300 runs will help them in the one-day series beginning on December 9 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
“Obviously, this victory is going to help us in the one-day series by keeping our confidence high. We’ve finished the match with nine overs to play. I think if we get a fiery start in the coming matches as we had today, chasing the totals of 300-plus will be an easy task,” Soumya added.
Soumya partnered Tamim Iqbal in the second wicket stand of 114 runs which helped the BCB XI to win the game in an easy manner.
The left-hander insisted that the partnership with Tamim was amazing for him, and what Tamim told him during the stand helped him flourish.
“I was trying to stay at the wicket as much as possible, and Tamim bhai was telling me something that helped me a lot. It’s not possible to get his advice staying out of the team, and it’s easy to learn from him while batting with him in the middle,” Soumya said while explaining his partnership with Tamim.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Soumyo Sarkar (103*) and Tamin Iqbal (107) hit centuries on Thursday as a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI beat the visiting West Indies by 51 runs in DLS method in the lone prequel to the three-match one-day International series at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) in Savar.
When the match ended unexpectedly after 41st over due to insufficient light, Bangladesh were still needed 18 runs with four wickets in hand to overhaul the tourists’ 331 for 8 in 50 overs.
Tamim, playing for the first time since his wrist injury sustained in the Asia Cup, opened for the home team with Imrul Kayes and added 81 runs in nine overs in the first wicket before Imrul was out for a quick 27.
Tamim and Soumya gave BCB XI a solid foundation adding 114 runs in the second wicket stand.
Earlier, the Windies posted a commanding total of 331 with two of their batters, Shai Hope and Roston Chase, scoring fifties.
West Indies: 331/8 (50 overs); Shai Hope 81, Roston Chase 65; Rubel Hossain 2/55;
BCB XI: 314/6 (41 overs); Tamim Iqbal 107, Soumya Sarkar 103*; Roston Chase 2/57.
Result: BCB XI won by 51 runs (DLS method)
BCB XI: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Towhid Hridoy, Ariful Haque, Akbar Ali, Rubel Hossain, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Shahin Alam, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Nazmul Islam Apu, Shamim Patwary
West Indies: Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell (c), Darren Bravo, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Sunil Ambris, Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Oshane Thomas, Chandrapaul Hemraj.