Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-19 Cricket team got off to a good start in the two-match four-day Youth Test series beating touring English U-19 side by eight wickets at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chattogram on Sunday.
Earlier, the Young Tigers whitewashed the visitors in the three-match Youth ODI series 3-0 beating them by five wickets in both the 1st and 2nd ODIs and outplaying them by 63 runs in the 3rd and final one, all at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
This was the second successive series victory for the Under-19 side after winning the one-off T20 series beating visiting English Youth team by seven wickets at the same venue.
In the 1st Youth Test, England U-19 side having 280 runs in the first innings resumed the 2nd innings on the 4th and final day (Sunday) with overnight score 89 for 6 and were bundled out cheaply for 152 runs in 84.3 overs with two overnight batsmen GCH Hill (32) and LBK Hollman (29) emerging as the leading scorers for the tourists.
Minhazur Rahman bowled devastatingly to grab six wickets for 28 runs to be adjudged man of the match while Asadullah Galib claimed three wickets for 30 runs.
After the match, Head Coach of England U-19 team Jon Lewis and Manager of Bangladesh U-19 team Shajal Chowdhury distributed the man of the match trophy to Minhazur Rahman.
Having 398 runs in the first innings, the Young Tigers opened the 2nd innings with a small target of 35 runs and easily reached the target scoring 40 runs for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs to win the match comfortably by eight wickets.
One down Shamim Ahmed scored an unbeaten 20 runs and opener Amite Hasan made 10 runs for the Young Tigers.
AW Finch and LBK Hollman took one wicket each conceding 6 and 19 runs respectively.
The English team will play the 2nd and last match of the two-match four-day Youth Tests series on February 15-18 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram before leaving for home on February 19.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) — Visiting Bangladesh failed to start the tour on a positive note as they lost the lone practice game against New Zealand XI on Sunday at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz led the Bangladesh team while Jeet Raval was the captain of New Zeland XI.
New Zealand XI won the toss and decided to bowl first. Bangladesh amassed 247 runs in 46.1 over losing all the wickets. New Zealand XI chased it down in 48.1 overs with the help of right-hand 25-year-old batsman Andrew Fletcher’s 92 and Jeet Raval’s 52.
The tourists lost the first four wickets in only 31 runs. Liton Das and Mominul Haque opened the innings for the Tigers but failed to impress as they accumulated only 11 runs.
Mominul was the first man of Bangladesh to fall as skied a short delivery off Andrew Hazeldine. Dale Phillips sprinted from his position at third slip and took a wonderful catch to remove Mominul (6 off 10).
In the next over, Liton poked to slip to lose his wicket for three off 10 deliveries. He fell prey to Ian McPeake. Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun fell scoring one each facing nine and five deliveries respectively. Both of them were hunted by short balls off Hazeldine and McPeake.
However, in the fifth wicket partnership, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad added 108 runs.
Mushfiqur fell for 62 off 61 deliveries with eight fours to his name while Mahmdullah scored 72 off 88 with 10 fours. Besides Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman was the only man to offer some batting resistance for the Tigers as he struck 40 off 41 balls with six fours to his name.
Nayeem Hasan, the right-arm off spinner, hit 17 off 23 balls while Mustafizur Rahman added 12 off 14 to the board.
27-year-old right-arm pacer Ian McPeake bagged four wickets for the New Zealand XI while Hazeldine and Rachin Ravindra took two wickets each for them.
While replying, Fletcher ad Raval made 114 in the first wicket stand and propelled the New Zealand XI to a win.
Mustafizur, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahmudullah took two wickets each for the Tigers but their efforts were not enough to avoid an embarrassing loss for them.
Bangladesh will start the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on February 13. Right after the ODI series, both of the teams will lock horn in a three-match Test series as well.
Gros Islet, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were unbeaten on half-centuries as England wore down the West Indies to be a healthy 231-4 at stumps on the first day of the third cricket test on Saturday.
England has already lost the series 2-0, but finally dug in against a bowling attack minus captain Jason Holder, who has been banned from the test for his team's slow over-rate in the three-day second test in Antigua.
Ironically, Holder's replacement, Keemo Paul, removed both openers and was the only bowler with two wickets.
Stokes, whose availability was in some doubt because of a bruised right heel, was a fortunate 62 not out, and Buttler was 67 not out. Their unbeaten partnership of 124 started in the middle session and handled three overs of the new ball.
West Indies stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite made England bat, and they broke the opening stand in the 17th over when Keaton Jennings guided Paul to the slips after taking 42 balls for 8.
Paul then bagged Rory Burns lbw on middle stump, after the opener scored 29 off 103 balls.
Joe Denly, playing his second test, made 20 off 50 balls before he was lbw to Shannon Gabriel.
When captain Joe Root nicked one behind on 15 from 54 balls, he was out to Alzarri Joseph for a third straight time.
Joseph also dismissed Stokes caught and bowled on 52 in the 70th over, but long after Stokes left the pitch he was summoned back when video showed Joseph no-balled.
After all the balls absorbed in the first half of the day, Stokes and Buttler handled the tiring West Indies attack with little other bother.
Stokes reached his 17th test half-century, and first on this tour. He has six boundaries.
After given life by the no ball, he helped England pass 200 and Buttler reached his 13th half-century in the same over. He's hit nine boundaries.
Dhaka, Feb 9 (UNB) – Bangladesh stalwart Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the upcoming New Zealand ODIs due to a finger injury that he sustained during the final of Bangladehs Premier League (BPL) on Friday between Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians.
Shakib led the Dynamites in the Final who lost the by 17 runs and failed to clinch the title in the second attempt on a trot.
A source close to Shakib said he got injured on his left ring-finger while batting for the Dynamites.
The southpaw got the blow while facing a short delivery from Sri Lankan pace-bowler Thisara Perera as Shakib missed the ball while pulling away and the ball has struck on his left ring-finger.
Source said Shakib had a scan after the blow, and the scan suggested that he suffered a fracture.
Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB, said, “An X-ray was done after the match which suggested that he had a fracture on the left ring-finger. It will take three weeks to heal.”
A group of eight Bangladeshi players have already rached New Zealand, and the another group will fly tonight (February 9). Shakib was one of them who are set to fly tonight along with ODI captian Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin. But an abrupt injury ruled him out.
Banglaesh will play a three-match ODI series against New Zaland which will start from February 13 and they will lock horn against the same opponent in a three-match Test series as well. Shakib might return in Tests.
Shakib was sidelined during most part of last year due to another injury on his finger what he has sustained during the final of tri-series in the home. He was out of action during the Test and T20 series against Sri Lanka. He was also out of cricket during the first part of Nidahas trophy in the Island nation.
However, he played in West Indies managing his injury but failed to complete the Asia Cup in UAE. Shakib started playing regularly from the home series against West Indies later in the last year.
Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) - Tamim Iqbal's ton proved to be the title-deciding performance in the final of the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as Comilla Victorians beat Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to clinch the title for the second time.
The Dynamites won the toss and sent the Victorians to bat first. They posted a mammoth total of 199 in 20 overs with the help of Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten 141 off 61 balls with 10 fours and 11 sixes.
While replying to Victorians’ 199, the Dynamites tumbled for 182 in 20 overs for nine wickets. Rony Talukdar struck 66 off 38 with six fours and four sixes while Upul Tharanga made 28 off 27 deliveries but their efforts went in vain as they lost the match.
In the league stage of the tournament, the Dynamites played two matches against the Victorians and lost both of them. In the third chance in the final, they failed to overcome the challenge of the Victorians once again.
Wahab Riaz was the best bowler for the Victorians as he bagged three wickets, including Shakib Al Hasan and Kieron Pollard, who can single-handedly change the fortune of the match at any time. Thisara Perera and Mohammad Saifuddin also took two wickets each for the Victorians.
Earlier, the fiery Tamim struck unbeaten 141 to propel Victorians to 199 in 20 overs for three wickets. Later, he was adjudged man of the final.
Dynamites captain Shakib Al Hasan was adjudged player of the tournament for his all-round performance. Shakib scored 301 runs apart from taking 23 wickets in the BPL.
The Victorians lost the first wicket in nine runs. But Tamim was in a mood to smash the bowlers over the boundary this evening. He hit his fifty in 31 balls and reached the ton in the next 19 deliveries.
The Victorians posted 40 in the powerplay losing the wicket of Evin Lewis. The Carribean batting star fell prey to Rubel Hossain. Lewis went to drive him through the cover but failed to go to the line of the delivery. Rubel appealed for an lbw but the on-field umpire decided against the dismissal. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of the Dynamites, reviewed against the decision and got the wicket of Lewis.
During the eighth over of the innings which was bowled by Qazi Onik, the Dynamites missed two chances to remove Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal respectively.
In the second ball of the over, Anamul drove to the cover and Rubel missed a catch. Three balls later, Nurul Hasan Shohan missed another catch from Tamim. In the last ball of Rubel’s next over, Tamim got another life when Andre Russell failed to grab a catch before it landed.
In the very next over, Tamim got his fifty in 31 balls with five fours and two sixes. But the Victorians lost Anamul and Shamsur Rahman in a span of three deliveries, though the dismissal of Anamul was controversial. TV replays showed the ball kissed the bat of Anamul before hitting the pad. But the umpire called it out.
After Shamsur’s dismissal, Tamim and Imrul Kayes made the partnership in the fourth wicket stand. They have added 100 runs in just 46 balls. Imrul added 17 off 21 deliveries while Tamim struck the rest of the runs.
Tamim finished on 141 off 61 balls with 10 fours and 11 sixes to his credit. It was the best T20 innings by a Bangladeshi cricketer. It was the highest individual innings by a Bangladesh in the BPL as well. Along the way, Tamim surpassed Sabbir Rahman’s 122 which he struck against Barishal Bulls while playing for Rajshahi Kings back in 2016.
Shakib and Rubel took one wicket each for the Dynamites while the other bowlers were clueless to do their job in front of the imperious Tamim. Shakib conceded 45 runs while Rubel gave away 48 runs.
With this, the month-long cricketing extravaganza of Bangladesh came to an end.