Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB)- Bangladesh top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar, who was dismissed by a short-pitched delivery in the first T20I against West Indies, said on Wednesday that “great courage” was required to play short balls.
West Indies beat Bangladesh in Monday’s series opener, putting the Tigers in a tight spot. The hosts must win the remaining two matches to clinch the series.
In the first match, Bangladeshi batsmen struggled against short-pitched bowling. They lost five wickets to the short ball.
“Playing short balls is a matter of great courage. It would have been a different case if it was a Test match. We have to play big shots. I would love to say there is nothing to fear,” Soumya told a press conference prior to the second T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“They bowled short and we tried to hit them. It is a matter of courage,” he said. “If we went on back foot and were dismissed, you could have said that there was some fear factor involved,” he added.
In the series opener, Bangladesh tumbled for 129. The touring side chased the target losing only two wickets as Shai Hope hit third fastest fifty in the T20I history.
“They are T20I champions. We are also trying to play like them. But what we did in the first match was perhaps a mistake,” Soumya said. “We charged at them at the very early stage. We would have scored more in the death overs if we had played their pacers more carefully at the beginning. We will try to not repeat this [mistake] in the next match.”
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB)- Bangladesh are looking to make a strong comeback against the visitors after losing the opener of the three-match series.
The Tigers are desperate to keep their chances of winning the series alive by beating the guests in the second game scheduled for Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh have played 20 matches at the venue and won only seven.
Despite their phenomenal performance throughout the Test and ODI series, the Tigers lost the first T20 by eight wickets. Five of Bangladesh’s wickets fell to short balls, and Bangladesh managed to post only 129, which turned out to be an easy target for the Windies.
Shakib Al Hasan hit 61, the best batting show for the Tigers in the match.
At Wednesday’s pre-match press meet, Soumya Sarkar said they were not worried about facing short deliveries. He was one of the batsmen dismissed to short balls.
“I don’t think there is anything to worry about. They bowled short and we tried to hit them. It is a matter of courage. If we had gone on the back foot and were dismissed, then you could have said that there was some fear factor involved,” he said.
Bangladesh beat the touring side in both the Test and ODI series. A poor performance in the second match will take away Tigers’ chance of winning back-to-back series against any opponent in the three formats of the game.
“We are ready for the challenge. We are trailing by 1-0, and we will try to make a strong comeback tomorrow (December 20),” Soumya said. “We need to make sure that we do not repeat our mistakes from the opening match.”
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) - Bangladesh T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan was fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching the Code of Conduct during the first T20I against the touring West Indies on Monday at Sylhet.
Shakib was fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘showing dissent at an umpire’s decision’.
In addition, Shakib was handed one demerit point, his second such penalty since the introduction of the system in September 2016, for the offence during hosts' eight-wicket defeat.
The all-rounder’s was handed the first demerit point for an offence during a T20I against Sri Lanka in March this year.
Shakib’s new code breaching incident happened on 14th over of Bangladesh’s innings in the first T20 of ongoing three-match series against West Indies when he was at the striker’s end, showed dissent at the umpire’s decision of not calling a wide when he first shouted at the umpire and then involved in a long animated discussion.
After the match, on-field umpire Saikat Sharfuddoula and Tanvir Ahmed, third umpire Masudur Rahman and fourth umpire Gazi Sohel levelled the charge against Bangladesh captain, and Shakib admitted his wrongdoing and accepted the sanctions proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. So, there was no need for a formal hearing.
Bangladesh will play the second and final T20 of the series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on 20 and 22 December respectively.
Wellington, Dec 19 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lanka batsmen Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews continued their courageous effort to save the first cricket test against New Zealand on Wednesday.
After rain delayed the start of play on the final day, at lunch the 274-run partnership between Mendis and Mathews had allowed Sri Lanka to erase all but nine runs of the deficit it labored under at the end of the first innings.
Mendis, who resumed at 116 not out, was 141 and Mathews, resuming at 117 not out, had moved to 120. Sri Lanka was 287-3, closing in on an overall lead with seven second-innings wickets remaining.
Rain delayed the start of play at the Basin Reserve by 90 minutes, allowing only an hour before lunch and returning just before the scheduled break to steal another over from the day.
Forecasts suggest the rain will become persistent and heavy during the afternoon, potentially aiding Sri Lanka to pull of one of the greatest escapes in test history.
Trailing by 296 runs after New Zealand made 578 in reply to its first innings of 282, Sri Lanka slipped to 20-3 in 12 overs before stumps on the third day.
Sri Lanka's position seemed hopeless and it seemed inevitable New Zealand would complete a win sometime on day four which would give it a 1-0 lead in the two-test series.
But Mendis and Mathews became the first batsmen to bat through an entire day in a test in New Zealand in a superb stand which will be responsible more than the rain for allowing Sri Lanka to save the match.
Tuesday was also the first full day in a test match anywhere in the world for almost a decade in which a wicket hasn't fallen.
Mendis' and Mathews' innings have been almost identical in quality and duration. By lunch, Mathews had batted 450 minutes — 7-1/2 hours — and Mendis eight minutes longer.
Mendis was slightly more willing to play his in the short passage of play possible before lunch, adding 25 to his overnight score while Mathews added three.
The New Zealand bowlers remained at a loss to devise means to separate the pair. Tim Southee had bowled 25 overs at a cost of 52 runs with eight maidens without looking threatening.
Australia, Dec 18 (AP/UNB) — Australia trounced India by 146 runs in the second test to level the four-test series 1-1 on the final day on Tuesday.
Needing 287 runs to win, India resumed the day on 112-5 and was all out in a hurry for 140 in the second innings, and Australia was home for lunch.
India lost the last six wickets for 42 runs as Australia hurried to its first victory in seven test matches since March when it beat South Africa in Durban.
The No. 1 test team in the world crumbled in the face of fast bowler Mitchel Starc taking 3-46 and offspinner Nathan Lyon 3-39. They were superbly backed up by fellow fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood (2-24) and Pat Cummins (2-25).
"I am relieved personally," skipper Tim Paine said after the long awaited test win. "It's hard work ... I am really proud of the competitive and hard cricket we played."
Both teams were left battered and bruised on a pitch in which cracks were widening at Perth Stadium, the newest test venue.
India, in particular, enjoyed bowling on it, leaving the Australia batsmen ducking for cover. Opener Aaron Finch was forced to retire after taking a painful blow on his hand.
"It was a tough and bruising test," Paine added. "Both teams have outstanding fast bowling attacks.
"We have some inexperienced players in terms of test matches played. To get a win like that against the best test team in the world is going to give them a huge boost of confidence.
"The game tightened up a lot at certain stages and we stuck to our guns and delivered our skills really well under pressure."
It was an outstanding bowling effort by man-of-the-match Lyon, who claimed a match bag of 8-106 after 5-67 in the first innings to secure a crucial 43-run lead to tilt the balance in Australia's favor.
He has 17 wickets in the series. Lyon has also taken 80 wickets against India in test cricket, the second highest by a spinner.
Lyon is the joint highest wicket-taker in 2018 with 48 at an average of 26.02 in nine tests, alongside Sri Lanka offspinner Dilruwan Perera.
"Australia played better cricket and consistently," India captain Virat Kohli said. "We didn't play with the same intensity as we did in the first test match.
"We always had the belief we could do it, but they were more relentless and pitched the ball in the right area for long enough to put us in trouble."
Kohli defended his decision to play an all-seam attack by leaving out a specialist spinner.
"We never thought as a team that we needed a spin option," he said. "Nathan bowled really well on this wicket. He was able to get the maximum out of this pitch."
Kohli batted beautifully for over six hours to anchor the India first innings and scored his sixth test century in Australia.
"When you don't win you really don't rank your performance, and at the moment it's irrelevant because we didn't get the result we wanted. I want to contribute in a winning cause."
After Australia scored 326 in the first innings, India replied with 283 runs which was largely built around Kohli's 25th century in his 75th test.
Australia was then dismissed for 243 when swing bowler Mohammed Shami claimed a career-best 6-56.
Both captains played down the onfield sledging with Kohli saying, "As long as there's no swearing and personal attack it is fine. Little bit of banter is fine ... this is test cricket and it has to be competitive.
Paine added: "It what's said, and not how much that matters. We played with our skills and not on emotions."
The third starts on Dec. 26 in Melbourne.