London, May 26 (AP/UNB) — A century by Steve Smith led Australia to a 12-run win over England, and New Zealand made short work of India at the Oval in Cricket World Cup warmup matches on Saturday.
New Zealand won by six wickets a game of only 78 overs.
With Australia made to bat first in Southampton, Smith walked in at 82-2 after opener David Warner was out for 43, caught at deep midwicket. Smith hit 116 off 102 balls, including three sixes and eight boundaries.
He was out, caught and bowled by medium-pacer Tom Curran on the penultimate ball of the innings. Australia made 297-9, and England was dismissed for 285 with three balls left.
The top seven England batsmen made starts, but only James Vince (64) and stand-in captain Jos Buttler (52) scored more than 40.
At the Oval, Ross Taylor hit 71 and Kane Williamson 67 as New Zealand reached 180-4 in the 38th over to overhaul India's 179 all out in the 40th over.
India, which chose to bat first, was 115-8 until Ravindra Jadeja hit 54 and combined with Kuldeep Yadav for 62.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult took 4-33 in 6.2 overs and medium-pacer James Neesham 3-26.
Virat Kohli was bowled by medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme on 18, beaten by a ball which cut in late.
The warmup results are unofficial as they're 13-a-side ODIs.
On Sunday, Bangladesh and Pakistan meet in Cardiff, and South Africa face the West Indies in Bristol.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB)– A brilliant 94 runs by Disa Kasat guided Dhaka Mohammedan SC to beat league leader Khelaghar SKS by four wickets under D/L method in a super league match of the Dhaka Premier Division Women’s Cricket at the BKSP ground-3 in Savar on Saturday.
This was the first defeat for Khelaghar SKS in the ongoing league.
In the day’s other super league match, Rupali Bank SP defeated Dhaka Abahani Limited by three wickets under D’L Method at the BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Saturday.
Brief score of the day’s matches:
Teams: Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity vs Mohammedan Sporting Club
Toss: Khelaghar SKS
Khelaghar SKS -223/5(50 overs), Sanjida Islam Moyna 50(67), Mukta Magre 43, Fahima Khatun 35*, Nupur Kohale 2/39 and Salma Khatun-1/31
Mohammedan SC- 214/6(42.4 overs), Disa Kasat 94(115), Ritu Moni 51(64), Salma Khatun 22, Fahima Khatun 3/30, Sabekun Nahar Jesmin 1/17
Result: Mohammedan SC won by 4 wickets under D/L Method due to rain.
Player of the Match: Disa Kasat (Mohammedan Sporting Club).
Teams: Rupali Bank Krira Parishad vs Abahani Limited
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) — Bangladesh are scheduled to face Pakistan on Sunday in their first of two official warm-up games ahead of the World Cup.
The match will take place at Sophia Garden, Cardiff, where Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets in the last ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.
The game will start at 3:30pm (BdST) and will be telecast by Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.
Bangladesh last played an ODI against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai, where Tigers came up victorious by 37 runs. Before that, the Tigers played a three-match ODI series in 2015, where they whitewashed Pakistan.
The teams clashed 36 times in ODIs and Pakistan won 31 of them. Bangladesh managed five wins.
Sunday’s match offers an opportunity for both teams to prepare ahead of the World Cup. Pakistan are set to take some confidence from this match after losing their first warm-up against Afghanistan on Friday by three wickets.
The loss against Afghanistan came as a wake-up call for Pakistan. They will be keen to win against Tigers to gain some confidence ahead of the World Cup.
On the other hand, Bangladesh came to England after their maiden title triumph in Ireland tri-series, where they beat West Indies three times to clinch the title. The triumph boosted Tigers’ confidence ahead of the World Cup.
However, Bangladesh need to finalise their strategy for the mega event. The warm-up match against Pakistan comes as a perfect stage for them to test their strength.
After the match, Tigers will take on India on May 28 at the same venue at the second and final warm-up game.
Bangladesh will start their World Cup assault on June 2 with the game against South Africa. The match will take place at the Kennington Oval at London.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) — Bangladesh star all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad has said that he is confident to start bowling again.
He bowled a few deliveries during Friday’s practice session at Cardiff, sources from the venue said.
During the practice, he worked closely with spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi who observed the all-rounder carefully.
Mahmudullah last bowled on February 20 against New Zeland at Dunedin. He has since been skipping bowling due to a shoulder injury he sustained before the New Zealand tour.
In a recent media briefing, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Debashis Chowdhury said that Mahmudullah might require a surgery to get rid of the pain. He said taking some rest might help the all-rounder but it is a temporary solution.
The all-rounder might go for a surgery after the World Cup.
“I’ve bowled three overs today (Friday). Still, there’s some pain. But I think I’ll be able to bowl two or three overs in the practice game,” Mahmudullah told the media about his progress.
The former vice-captain of Bangladesh also said he is confident to get better ahead of the first match of the Tigers in the World Cup, which will take place in London on June 2 against South Africa.
“We’re still two weeks away. I think within this time I’ll improve more. I’ll talk to the captain. If I can manage the pain, I’ll bowl two or three overs,” Mahmudullah said.