Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Prime Bank Cricket Club and Prime Doleshwar Sporting earned victories in their respective matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) at different venues on Saturday.
Prime Bank beat Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by two wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium while Prime Doleshwar outplayed Shinepukur Cricket Club by nine wickets at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Shinepukur set a target of 176 for Prime Doleshwar in Fatullah in 47.1 over, which Doleshwar chased down in 32.5 overs.
While chasing, Doleshwar lost the wicket of Shykat Ali in 57 runs. But they managed to score the remaining runs without losing any wicket. Saif Hassan and Farhad Hossain remained unbeaten on 60 and 40 respectively.
Earlier, Shinepukur tumbled for 175 all-out in 47.1 overs. Most of their batsmen failed to capitalise a good start. They lost the first wicket in six runs when opener Suhrawardi Shuvo fell prey to Arafat Sunny for five.
In the second wicket stand, they posted 42 runs. Sabbir Hossain was the second man to get dismissed for Shinepukur. He scored 31 runs off 31 balls.
Towhid Hridoy and Delwar Hossain were the other batsmen to post more than 30 runs. Towhid posted 33 while Delwar scored 40 coming to bat at number eight.
Farhad Reza, the best all-rounder of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20, took three wickets for Prime Doleshwar while Arafat Sunny bagged two wickets for them.
In the other match, Khelaghar posted 195 all-out while batting first against Prime Bank, who chased it in 47 overs (196/8).
Rubel Mia was the best scorer for Prime Bank as he struck 46 while opening the innings with captain Anamul Haque (37).
Along with them, Ariful Haque (32*) and Nahidul Islam (31) were the most successful batsman for them.
Irfan Hossain took three wickets for Khelaghar while Robiul Haque took two for them.
Earlier, Khelaghar posted 195 runs while batting first in the match with the help of Amit Majumder (36), Ashok Menaria (35) and the captain Nazimuddin (29). Besides them, Robiul Islam Robi (16), Mosaddek Iftekhar (19), Masum Khan (17) and Robiul Haque (14) contributed with the bat as well.
Right-arm pacer Ariful Haque was the best bowler for Prime Bank as he scalped four wickets conceding 32 runs in seven overs while leg-spinner Alok Kapali bagged three wickets.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Right-arm pacer Shafiul Islam bagged five wickets in a List-A game for the first time in his career to help Mohammedan Sporting Club defeat Gazi Group Cricketers on Saturday.
Gazi, sent to bat first, posted 182 at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) grounds in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL).
Mohammedan chased it down (183/7) with three wickets in hand in 45.2 overs with the help of captain Raqibul Hasan’s unbeaten 82.
Gazi bowlers dominated the match initially, taking five wickets in 51 runs. Mohammedan lost the first wicket in 25 runs when Abdul Mazid (13) fell to Ruhel Ahmed. Mohammad Ashraful, the former Bangladesh captain, came in at number three but suffered a golden duck.
After losing Mazid and Ashraful in successive deliveries, Mohammedan lost the wickets of Avishek Mitra (24) and Irfat Shukkur (0) on 48 in two consecutive deliveries.
Along with them, Nadif Chowdhury (1) and Bipul Sharma (9) also failed to help Mohammedan accelerate the innings. However, Raqibul was firm with the bat. In the eighth wicket stand, Raqibul and Sohag Gazi added 49 runs.
Eventually, Raqibul struck unbeaten 82, and Sohag scored 29 to ensure a win in their first match of the league.
Earlier in the match, Gazi stuttered at the start of the innings as they were at 26 for the loss of six wickets. Shafiul scalped three wickets in his first eight balls.
Mehedi Hasan was the first batsman to get dismissed. Rony Talukdar and Shamsur Rahman were also removed by Shafiul. After Shafiul bagged three early wickets, Alauddin Babu scalped the wicket of Gazi’s captain Imrul Kayes, who just posted seven runs.
Shafiul took the wicket of Raihan Uddin in his fourth over and bagged the fifth one - Parvez Rasool- in his fifth over to complete the five-wicket haul.
However, in the seventh wicket stand, Touhid Tareq and Shamsul Islam added 101 runs to avoid an embarrassing total.
Touhid fell during the 33rd over after hitting 56. Shamsul remained unbeaten for 71 off 111 deliveries. Coming into bat at number nine, Abu Hider struck 26.
Shafiul took five wickets conceding 32 runs, while Sohag Gazi bagged two wickets and Alauddin Babu, and Mohammad Ashraful scalped one each.
Shafiul was adjudged as the man of the match.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Rain has washed away the first two days of the second Test of three-match series between Bangladesh and New Zealand. But Tigers head coach Steve Rhodes believes that it is possible to get a result in the remaining three days at Wellington.
“I think cricket is a strange game,” Rhodes told the media on Saturday. “We saw a lot of two days and three days games. So, there is still a good chance of result (in this game). But let us see how the weather remains tomorrow.”
Rhodes said the situation “is very frustrating” for both teams. There was a chance to play for 40 minutes but both teams decided not to.
“Maybe at a certain point of time, the umpires felt that with 40 minutes of play it is certainly going to be unfair to one of the teams. So, they decided to start again tomorrow, and I think that was the right call,” he said.
New Zealand are leading the series 1-0. In the first Test, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult bowled superbly, and Kane Williamson hit his second Test double-ton.
On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal hit a ton in the first innings, and Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad replicated the same feat in the second innings but that was not enough to avoid a defeat by an innings and 52 runs.
Bangladesh have so far failed to win any of the 14 Tests they played against the Kiwis.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — After day one has gone away due to persistent rain, the second day was also flushed out by non-stop rain in Wellington as Bangladesh and New Zealand yet to perform toss in the second Test of three-match series.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 as they outplayed the touring side in the first Test of the series by an innings and 52 runs in Hamilton. Along with the pacer-duo- Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson performed well in the first match.
While Wagner and Boult registered five-wicket haul in the first and second innings of Bangladesh, Williamson struck his second Test double-ton in the only innings of New Zealand.
Heading to the second Test, Bangladesh’s biggest challenge is to bounce back to stay alive in the series. But the persistent rain raised the question mark to the possible result in Wellington.
After losing two successive days to rain, it is unlikely to see a result in the second Test of the series which still to observe a toss performed by the captains of both teams.
Unlike the day one, there was a hope of hosting at least a session on day two at 4pm local time. But the rain came again, and the last hope faded away. The players from both teams were warming up, but at the end of the day, they went back to the dressing room without taking any part in the match.
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.