Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB) – The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman of West Indies, Shai Hope, is eying revenge against hosts Bangladesh in the one-day series beginning on December 9 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Bangladesh outplayed West Indies in the Test series recently, and in July last, the Tigers beat them in one-day and T20 series.
“Definitely, (we want to take revenge). We know that we have to win against any team we come up against. We must put our best foot forward and do the things we know. If we play our best cricket, we know we’ll come out victorious,” Shai Hope said on Wednesday at the National Cricket Academy Ground after their practice session.
West Indies struggled against the Bangladesh spin attack comprising Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nayeem Hasan in the two-match Test series that Bangladesh clinched 2-0.
Shai Hope believes they will have to face this challenge once again in one-dayers, and he also added that if the Tigers come up with another plan, they are ready to face that.
“As everyone would expect the ball will spin a bit more in Bangladesh, but still, we have to wait till the day to see what it is like to play. We can expect spin and it can be something different. So we have to cover all our bases and be ready for whatever they throw at us,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
Before heading to the one-day series, West Indies will play a 50-over practice match on Thursday.
Shai Hope said the practice game is too important for West Indies to take a better preparation for the one-day series. “We have to make sure to get the best preparation possible in the game tomorrow (Thursday), and lead up to the first ODI. We’re ready for it,” the 25-year-old lad said.
Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB) - Right-arm fast bowler Rubel Hossain believes Bangladeshi pace bowlers are capable enough to dominate in the limited-overs cricket against tourists West Indies as the way the spinners showed their influence in the Test series.
“Obviously, Bangladesh pacers are capable enough to win the series as the West Indies pacers did against Bangladesh in their home. I believe we can repeat the act in the home as well. The wicket might not be helpful for the spinners unlike Tests. I hope they can win matches for the team,” he said on Wednesday after the practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh outplayed the tourists in the two-match Test series where the Caribbean boys were totally clueless to face the challenge of Bangladeshi spinners. The hosts went into the second and final Test of the series in Dhaka with an all-spin attack which was the first instance of its kind for the Tigers. The spin attack comprising Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nayeem Hasan bagged all 40 wickets of the visitors in the series.
Rubel Hossain thinks Bangladesh will think a different bowling approach in the limited-overs series.
“The wickets of the Test series were built to favour the spinners. As a pacer, it’s disappointing to me that I couldn’t play in the Tests as the spinners did well. But, I think the wickets of the limited-overs will be different, and the wicket will not favour only the spinners,” he said.
The 28-year-old pacer backed the team strategy to play four spinners in the second Test of the series as he said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve played a Test match without having a pacer in the playing XI. But, we succeeded and that was the plan according to the condition.”
Rubel scalped five wickets during the last one-day series against West Indies in July. He was fabulous in the death-overs bowling. The right-arm pacer who has been playing in the international cricket for a long period of nine years now is hopeful to do the same in the forthcoming series.
“Since I have to bowl in death-overs, I have been working hard to develop my bowling and bring it to the next level. I used to bowl in such situations where the team can win or lose the matches from. So, I need to stay focused in death-overs bowling, and I have been doing that,” Ruble told reporters.
The Tigers will face the Caribbean boys in three one-dayers. While the first two of them will be held in Dhaka on December 9 and 11, the third and final match will take place in Sylhet International Stadium on 14.
Right after the one-day series, the both teams will lock horns in three T20Is.
United Arab Emirates, Dec 5 (AP/UNB) — Azhar Ali's century powered Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch Day 3 of the third and final test against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Azhar, the dependable Pakistan No. 3 batsman, was batting on 111 off 245 balls with 10 fours. It was Azhar's 15th test hundred and first against New Zealand.
Asad Shafiq contributed with unbeaten 55 off 183 balls as both batsmen stretched their fourth-wicket stand to 139 runs.
Azhar's rare aggression in the first session saw Pakistan trailing the visitors by just 50 runs as New Zealand couldn't get the breakthrough even after bowling 10 overs with the second new ball before lunch.
New Zealand wasted one of its two reviews when they went for an unsuccessful caught behind television referral against Shafiq off Trent Boult's (2-54) first over with the second new ball.
Resuming on 139-3, Azhar square cut Boult over backward point for a boundary off the very first ball of the day.
Both New Zealand spinners — debutant Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel — couldn't get enough help off the wicket, and bowled 37 overs without a wicket, conceding 81 runs between them.
This was in sharp contrast to the effort of Pakistan spinners Bilal Asif and Yasir Shah, who bagged eight wickets in between them in New Zealand first innings score of 274.
Azhar, 62 overnight, completed his flawless century inside the first hour, off 210 balls, with an edgy boundary through third man off Colin de Grandhomme.
Shafiq then reached his fifty off 142 balls when he reverse swept Patel for two runs as Pakistan added 85 runs in the first session and denied New Zealand any success.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – City Club earned a facile nine-wicket victory over BTCF Women’s Cricket Team in a super league match of the Dhaka First Division Women’s Cricket League at City Club ground here on Tuesday.
Score: BTCF-138/9 (40 overs), Srabonti Sarker 55*, Putul Biswas 17, Chumki Akter 15, Hamza Ara Moni 2/17, Nupur Akter 2/25
Score: City Club-140/1 (27.5 overs), Tanjila Akter Mou 65*, Fatama Tuj Jahura 53 Sabekun Nahar Chaity 08*, Apu Halder 1/38
Player of the match: Tanjila Akter Mou (City Club)
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – The 3rd round matches of the four-day Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL)
begins on Wednesday at two venues in Chattogram and Bagura.
League leader Walton Central Zone will take on Islami Bank East Zone at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in
Bagura while Prime Bank South Zone will play BCB North Zone in the other match at Zahur Ahmed
Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
After the 2nd round matches, former champions Walton Central Zone dominated the league securing
13.32 points, last time runners-up BCB North Zone followed the leaders collecting 7.99 points, Islami
Bank East Zone were in the 3rd slot with 7.94 points while defending champions Prime Bank South Zone
were in the bottom of the four-team league with 4.39 points.
Team M W L T Pts
Walton Central Zone 2 1 0 0 13.32
BCB North Zone 2 0 0 0 7.99
Islami Bank East Zone 2 0 0 0 7.94
Prime Bank South Zone 2 0 1 0 4.39