Ranchi, Mar 8 (AP/UNB) — Captain Virat Kohli scored 123 runs but India was prevented from clinching the one-day cricket international series when Australia won the third match by 32 runs on Friday.
Australia cut India's lead to 2-1 in the five-match series. The fourth match is on Sunday in Mohali.
Australia made 313-5 after an opening stand of 193 between Usman Khawaja, 104, and captain Aaron Finch, 93.
India was bowled out for 281 in the 49th over.
Only Kohli passed 35 in the chase.
Kohli reached his 41st hundred, and second in two matches, off 84 balls but after he was out at 219-6, bowled by legspinner Adam Zampa, India ran out of puff. Vijay Shankar, with 32 off 30 balls, was the second-highest scorer.
The Indians were stymied by fast bowlers Pat Cummins, 3-37, and Jhye Richardson, 3-37, and Zampa, 3-70.
India, unchanged from the second ODI win, got off to a bad start with Shikhar Dhawan out for 1 in the fourth over, caught at point off Richardson.
Cummins took two wickets in six balls as India was reduced to 27-3 in the seventh over. Rohit Sharma was dismissed lbw for 14 in the fifth over, and Ambati Rayudu bowled on 2.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 26 off 42 balls at his home ground, trying to repair the innings by adding 59 runs off 77 balls with Kohli for the fourth wicket.
But the capacity crowd at JSCA Stadium was disappointed when, in the 20th over, Zampa bowled Dhoni in what could be his last international game at the ground.
Kohli reached 50 off 52 balls, and picked up the innings' reins as he added 88 runs off 75 balls with Kedar Jadhav (26) for the fifth wicket. The skipper accelerated, attacking Marcus Stoinis (0-39) in particular.
While Kohli scored another hundred, Zampa undermined India again by trapping Jadhav, who was out trying to sweep.
Kohli didn't slow his pace as he hit 16 fours and a six in the 95-ball knock. As India crossed 200 in the 36th over, it seemed he would singlehandedly win the game.
However, Zampa bowled Kohli in the 38th over, with 95 runs still needed off 75 balls. And India's threat evaporated with him.
"In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest innings. I was feeling good since ball one," Kohli said.
"We pulled things back because at one stage it looked like we would be chasing 350. I was told to expect dew in the evening, but none of it happened."
Australia was put into bat and Finch and Khawaja produced a mammoth opening stand.
Khawaja scored his maiden ODI hundred, and Finch crossed 50 for the first time since June 2018.
They plundered Mohammed Shami, who needed regular treatment after being hit on the ankle off a Finch drive, and benefited from dubious India judgment and fielding. India wasted a video review against Finch for lbw in the second over, and Khawaja was on 17 when he was dropped by Dhawan off Ravindra Jadeja in the seventh over.
Finch and Khawaja brought up their combined 100 off 99 balls on the best batting surface of this series so far.
They were close to 200 runs together when Finch was out lbw off Yadav in the 32nd over.
Finch sought a video review, which showed the ball pitching away from its original spot. However, Hawk-Eye claimed to suffer a technical glitch, the right decision was eventually made, and Finch walked.
Khawaja reached his hundred off 107 balls, and was out shortly afterwards, chipping Shami straight to midwicket.
"My previous high score was 98, so it was good to get those extra two runs," Khawaja said. "We weren't sure what a good score is and the bowlers bowled beautifully (to set up the win)."
Glenn Maxwell was promoted up the order and made 47 off 31 balls before he was run out by a deflection. That slowed Australia's momentum, though it crossed 300 in the 49th over, the first time any team has done so in five ODIs at this ground.
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — Legends of Rupganj and Uttara Sporting Club won their respective first matches in the Dhaka Premier Division League Cricket League (DPDCL) which kicked off on Friday.
Rupganj played against Brothers Union in BKSP and won the game by three wickets in the last over while Uttara stunned the comparatively stronger opponent- Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by nine runs.
Rupganj bowled first after winning the toss. Relying on the bowling of Muktar Ali and Nabil Samad, they restricted Brothers to 220/8 in 50 overs. In reply, Rupganj chased it down in 49.5 overs with three wickets in hand (221/7 in 49.5 overs).
Yasir Ali 65, Sharifullah 35, Fazle Mahmud 34 and Mohammad Sharif 24 contributed with the bat for Brothers to post the total of 220.
Muktar Ali and Nabil Samad bagged two wickets each for Rupganj while Mohammad Shahid, Rishi Dhawan and Asif Hasan took one wicket each for them as well.
In reply, Shahriar Nafees hit 59 to set up the platform for Rupganj to win their tournament opener. Along with him, Azmir Ahmed (38), Asif Ahmed (38), Mohammad Naim (22) and Rishi Dhawan (21) batted well for them.
Rupganj needed 9 runs in the last over which was bowled by Chirag Jani, the Indian recruit of Brothers. He gave away one run in the first two balls; however, in the third ball, he was hit for a six by Muktar Ali. In the fourth and fifth balls, Rupganj scored two runs and won the game by three wickets.
In the other match, Uttara posted 249 for four wickets while batting first against Sheikh Jamal. Tanzid Hasan and Anisul Islam Emon accumulated 113 runs in the opening stand.
Tanzid fell for 64 while Anisul posted 47 runs. Coming to bat on number three, Sojib Hossain struck unbeaten 61. Besides them, Minhaz Khan posted 38.
Tanbir Hyder bagged two wickets for Sheikh Jamal while Salahuddin Sakil and Shahidul Islam scalped one wicket each.
In reply, Nurul Hasan Sohan, the captain of Sheikh Jamal, hit 65 and Nasir Hossain accompanied him scoring 48. Along with them, Fardeen Hasan (39), Ziaur Rahman (27) and Elias Sunny (28) tried well to overcome the challenge of Uttara, but they failed.
In the last over, they needed 11 runs. They disappointed scoring only one run and lost the match by nine runs.
Abdur Rashid and Asaduzzaman Payel took three wickets for Uttara while Nahid Hasan bagged one wicket.
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — In the opening match of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL), Abahani Limited on Friday beat Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by 60 runs with the help of Jahurul Islam’s steady hundred at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Abahani posted 216/9 in 50 overs while batting first but BKSP tumbled for 156/10 in 40.5 overs.
BKSP won the toss and decided to bowl first. They scalped four of Abahani wickets in 53 runs.
Kaushal Silva, the Sri Lankan recruit of Abahai, was the first man to get dismissed. He fell for seven by right-arm medium pacer Sumon Khan. Nazmul Hossain Shanto fell for a duck while playing Abu Naser, a pacer of BKSP.
Right after that, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, the captain of Abahani, got trapped in run-out by Shamim Hossain. He posted 13 runs on the board. The onus was on Sabbir Rahman to control the initial damage. But the right-hander failed to execute as he was removed on two by Hasan Murad.
When Abahani was crumbling on 53/4, Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Saif posted 112 runs in the fifth wicket stand which steered Abahani to a moderate 216/9 in 50 overs.
While Saifuddin posted 55, Jahurul Islam completed his third List-A century. Jahurul was playing this match with a muscle cramp. After posting 90, his pain was immense but the right-hander completed his ton.
Abu Naser took three wickets for 39 in 10 overs, while Hasan Murad took two and Sumon Khan and Naushad Iqbal bagged one each.
In reply, BKSP finished at 156 for 10 in 40.5 overs. Abdul Kayium, the captain of BKSP, scored 38, and the opener Ratul Khan posted 37. Along with them, Shamim Hossain, Sumon Khan and Abu Naser were the other batsmen to reach double-digit score as they hit 18, 10 and 12 respectively.
But their effort was not enough to win the battle against the bowling attack comprising Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Nazmul Islam Apu.
Nazmul bagged three wickets for defending champions Abahani while Sunzamul Islam scalped two. Saifuddin, Rubel, Mosaddek, Ariful and Sabbir took one wicket each.
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) — Due to persistent rain, the game of the first day of Bangladesh’s Wellington Test against New Zealand has been called off.
The day has been washed out without any ball was bowled, and even the toss was not held.
However, Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh’s head coach taken the rainy day as an opportunity to take extra rest and freshen up for the players.
“A lot of rain and wind. I think it is an opportunity for the guys to take rest and freshen up for the next day,” Rhodes said while talking to the media.
Earlier in the first Test of three-match series in Hamilton, Bangladesh suffered a big loss by an innings and 52 runs. The touring side were far behind of the hosts both in bowling and batting in the first Test.
Despite the brave centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad in Hamilton, Bangladesh accumulated 429 in their second innings, which was 52 runs short of the first innings of New Zealand. The hosts posted a record 715 in their only innings of the match. New Zealand have never posted a Test innings more than 700-runs.
Tamim Iqbal was the only Bangladeshi batsman to show his batting ability against the quality pace attack of New Zealand registering his ninth Test ton. Barring him, none of the Bangladesh batsmen appeared equipped well against pace attack which was offered to them.
Heading into the second Test of the series, Bangladesh are now facing the challenge of bouncing back. They have to show a firm display, especially in the bowling department.
Bangladesh’s pace attack was comprised of three fledgelings-- Abu Jayed Rahi, Khaled Ahmed and the debutant Ebadat Hossain -- who suffered a lot against the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. Soumya Sarkar, the fourth pacer of the Tigers, took two wickets in the first match to become the best bowler of Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB)— Defending champions Abahani Limited will face Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) in one of the opening matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL).
The match will take place at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday morning.
Altogether, three matches will be played on the opening day. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi and Uttara Sporting Club will lock horns at Fatullah while Legends of Rupganj will face Brothers Union at BKSP’s field number three in Savar.
This time though, most of the national team players touring New Zealand are skipping the DPDCL. But many local stars, who are not part of the national team now, are playing in the prestigious domestic league.
Abahani coach Khaled Mahmud on Thursday said the tournament will be very competitive.
“If you ask me to rate Dhaka League, I will say this is the most competitive domestic tournament in Bangladesh,” he said.
Mahmud believes DPDCL can help national players.
“Dhaka League can be a perfect stage for the national player to prepare for the World Cup. The wickets are mostly batting-friendly similar to those of England,” the former Bangladesh captain said.
Performing well with bat and ball will help boost the players’ confidence, he said.
Star cricketer Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim decided to skip the league and focus on their fitness ahead of the World Cup. Shakib Al Hasan is also sidelined due to a finger injury. He started strength training from Tuesday.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the ODI captain, will play for Abahani. But it is still unclear when he will join them.
Every team can have one foreign recruit in its playing XI.
Here is the list of foreign recruits of the participating teams: Kaushal Silva (Abahani), Saad Nasim (Prime Doleshwar), Ashok Menaria (Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity), Chirag Jani (Brothers Union), Parvez Rasool (Gazi Group Cricketers), Bipul Sharma (Mohammedan), Uday Kaul (Shinepukur), Asela Gunaratne and Upul Tharanga (Sheikh Jamal), Sudip Chatterjee and Abhimanyu Easwaran (Prime Bank), and Rishi Dhawan (Legends of Rupganj).
The other two teams, Uttara Sporting Club and BKSP, are yet to announce the names of their foreign recruits.