Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)— Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Friday said this is not the right time to question the ability of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who is yet to perform up to the expectation in the World Cup.
Mashrafe took one wicket in the three matches Bangladesh have played so far. Tigers’ fourth game was washed out due to rain.
In the first match against South Africa, Mashrafe bowled six overs and conceded 49 runs. In the next game against New Zealand, he bowled five overs and conceded 32 runs.
In the third game against England, he completed all of his 10 overs for the first time in this World Cup and gave away 68 runs and took a wicket.
The skipper’s performance, which many felt has been below par, invited criticism from some Bangladeshi supporters who questioned his abilities.
“This is unnecessary (to question). We all know that Mashrafe is a fighter,” Walsh said.
“He isn’t 100 percent fit yet due to some niggles. As a captain, he always wants to lead the team from the front. He bowled some good spells recently. So this isn’t the time to raise a question about his ability,” the coach said.
Bangladesh are gearing up to face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton. Right before the World Cup, Bangladesh won their first-ever trophy in a multinational event beating West Indies thrice in the contest in Ireland.
Mashrafe sustained a hamstring blow in the final of that tri-series, which is still creating problems for the Bangladesh captain.
Walsh believes the players are at their best possible mindset to register another win against West Indies.
“Supporters always want their team to win … Now, if we can win some matches, people will believe how strong we are. Mash has rested for a few days. I think he is no fitter than before.”
With one win, two losses and one no-result match, Bangladesh are now at number seven on the points table. They need to end the league stage games among the top four teams to ensure a semi-finals berth.
London, Jun 14 (AP/UNB) — The sun appeared after a week of gloom and shined on England, giving the World Cup hosts perfect batting conditions to chase down a meager West Indies target and clinch an eight-wicket with almost 17 overs to spare.
Joe Root was able to get on the front foot to nullify any threat of an expected barrage from the West Indies pace attack and scored an unbeaten century to guide England to 213-2 in reply to 212.
Root also took two wickets — both caught-and-bowled — and Barbados-born Jofra Archer took 3-30 after England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and gave his bowlers advantage of the early cold, overcast conditions by sending West Indies in to bat.
For a change there were no rain interruptions after bad weather that plagued the tournament earlier in the week, causing two games to be abandoned without a ball bowled and the West Indies' match against South Africa to be washed out after 7.3 overs.
While the weather report was OK, the news wasn't entirely good for England. Morgan hobbled off in the 40th over after experiencing muscle spasms in his back. And big-hitting opener Jason Roy strained his left hamstring while fielding in the eighth over and didn't re-enter the game.
Root scored his second hundred, passing 50 for the third time in the tournament, to become the leading scorer in the World Cup so far. He was unbeaten on 100 from 94 balls and shared a 95-run opening stand with Jonny Bairstow (45) and 104 for the second wicket with Chris Woakes, who scored 40 batting up the order.
Australia captain Aaron Finch says the weather has been unkind to Sri Lanka at the World Cup.
"It's not ideal, is it, when rain plays a big part in a tournament like this," Finch said on the eve of Australia's group game against Sri Lanka at the Oval. "I think Sri Lanka have been unlucky with a couple of games they have had washed out."
Sri Lanka has been the worst-affected team of this rain-hit World Cup, as its games against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol were abandoned without a ball bowled. Yet, the two points from those washouts, plus the win from its last appearance on June 4 against Afghanistan, have Sri Lanka still in the top half of the standings. Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in its opener in Cardiff.
Finch says he won't be underestimating his opponents, the 1996 World Cup champions.
"You look down their side, and there's a lot of experience there. There's a lot of world-class players. You can never take any team in this competition lightly," Finch says.
Defending champion Australia, which has three wins and one loss, is getting into a groove of its own.
"We just play, travel, play, travel, which gives you a good opportunity just to keep the flow going and we get an extra day between this and the next game, and then it slows down a little bit toward the back end of the tournament," Finch says.
Joe Root has passed 50 for the third time in the tournament and England is coasting at 138-1 after 20 overs as it chases 213 to beat West Indies.
Root posted a run-a-ball half century containing seven boundaries and was unbeaten on 68 after 20 overs. He was batting with Chris Woakes, who was on 16.
Root and Jonny Bairstow shared a 95-run opening stand in glorious sunlight after a week of rain across England that caused two World Cup games to be abandoned without a ball bowled and another called off after 7.3 overs.
Bairstow was out for 45 in the 15th over when he was caught at third man off Shannon Gabriel's bowling.
Root, who scored 51, 107 and 21 in his previous three innings, is England's leading scorer at the tournament.
West Indies stacked its attack with pace bowlers but the quicks had limited success in conditions that became ideal for batting in the second innings after a cold, overcast start to the game.
England lost two fielders and dropped two outfield catches yet managed to dismiss the West Indies for 212 in 44.4 overs on Friday in cold, overcast conditions at the Cricket World Cup.
Joe Root picked up his first two wickets in one-day international cricket since January 2018, both caught-and-bowled, and Barbados-born paceman Jofra Archer (3-30) picked up his first wickets against West Indies.
Archer was expensive in his opening spell against Chris Gayle (36) but had a chance for a hat trick in his second, picking up his first wicket on a referral to the TV umpire when Nicholas Pooran (63) got a fine edge off his glove to England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Archer trapped Sheldon Cottrell lbw on the next delivery and later got his third when he had Carlos Brathwaite (14) caught behind with a ball that brushed the batsman's shoulder.
Mark Wood (3-18) finished off the innings when he bowled Shannon Gabriel with a yorker as the last four West Indies wickets fell for 10 runs.
England captain Eoin Morgan limped off the field with back muscle spasms in the 40th over, when West Indies was 202-6 and Archer hadn't taken a wicket.
Making matters worse for England, Morgan was the second batsman to hobble off the field in the first innings. Big-hitting opener Jason Roy strained his left hamstring in the eighth over and didn't return to the field. Roy wasn't allowed to bat any higher than No. 7 as England chased 213 to win.
The two dropped outfield catches weren't too damaging for England. Gayle was on 15 when Wood dropped him in the outfield. Gayle went on to set the career record for most runs in ODIs between West Indies and England before he was finally caught on the boundary for 36.
Andre Russell was on three when he was dropped in the outfield by Chris Woakes. He clubbed a pair of sixes in the same over from Adil Rashid but was eventually out for 21, caught by Woakes off Woods' bowling.
England captain Eoin Morgan has limped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the 40th over of the World Cup group game against the West Indies.
It wasn't clear how Morgan injured himself but he joined opening batsman Jason Roy in getting treatment in the pavilion.
West Indies was 202-6 at the time.
Jason Roy won't return to field during the West Indies innings and will have to bat down the order for England after straining his left hamstring in the World Cup group game at Hampshire's Rose Bowl.
Roy, a big-hitting opening batsman, pulled up as he attempted to field a ball in the eighth over. He slowly walked from the field and was treated for tightness in his upper left leg.
The England team issued an update saying Roy wouldn't field again on Friday and would not be allowed to bat above No. 7.
Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer have shared a 63-run partnership to lift West Indies to 118-3 halfway through its allotted 50 overs in the Cricket World Cup group game against England.
Top-ranked England won the toss and sent West Indies in to bat in cold, overcast conditions, removing opener Evin Lewis in the third over with the total at 4.
Chris Gayle and Shai Hope shared a 50-run second-wicket stand before both lost their wickets within three balls as West Indies slumped to 55-3 in the 14th over. Gayle surpassed Viv Richards as the leading scorer in one-day international cricket games between West Indies and England before he was caught in the outfield off Liam Plunkett's bowling for 36.
Mark Wood, who dropped Gayle on 15, had Hope (11) out leg before wicket on review after the on-field umpire had given the West Indies batsman not out.
Pooran was unbeaten on 36 and Hetmyer was 23 not out when West Indies hit the 25-over mark.
Chris Gayle has had a slow start, been dropped in the outfield, and hit Chris Woakes for a boundary in an eventful innings before becoming the leading run-scorer ever in one-day internationals between West Indies and England.
Gayle was unbeaten on 33 from 29 balls as West Indies reached 41-1 after 10 overs in the Cricket World Cup group game at Hampshire's Rose Bowl.
He started the game with 1,596 career runs in ODIs against England and surpassed Viv Richards' previous record of 1,619 when he drove Woakes down the ground. Just for good measure, he drove the next ball over long-on for six.
Woakes started well, troubling Gayle and taking the wicket of Evin Lewis bowled for 2.
Gayle was on 15 when he skied a Woakes ball down to third man, where Mark Wood grabbed the ball in both hands but dropped it when his elbows hit the ground.
Compounding England's concerns, opener Jason Roy left the field soon after with a leg injury after attempting to cut off a single.
Gayle wasn't timing the ball well but was still scoring, particularly against Barbados-born Jofra Archer, who had 0-25 in his first five overs.
England skipper Eoin Morgan has won the toss and sent West Indies in to bat in a Cricket World Cup group game expected to start on time after a spate of rain interruptions or washouts at the tournament.
England retained the same starting XI which beat Bangladesh in Cardiff, with pace bowler Mark Wood passing a fitness test on his sore left ankle to take his place in the attack.
West Indies made three changes to the lineup that started in the game here on Monday against South Africa, which lasted only 7.3 overs.
The Windies have bolstered the pace attack by giving Shannon Gabriel his first start of the tournament at the expense of off-spinner Ashley Nurse. Andre Russell returns after being rested for the South Africa game and takes Kemar Roach's place, and Evin Lewis returns at the top of the order in favor of Darren Bravo.
Top-ranked England has two wins and a loss coming into the match at Hampshire's Rose Bowl. The West Indies have a win, a loss and a point from the washout against South Africa.
England and West Indies split a series 2-2 in the Caribbean. England's Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer will play for the first time against West Indies.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel.
The sun was out in Southampton and the prospects for a Cricket World Cup game getting started were high.
After just one completed game since Sunday, top-ranked England and West Indies were meeting at Hampshire's Rose Bowl on Friday with hopes high of a result.
West Indies had to share the points here with South Africa last Monday, when only 7.3 overs were played before the group game was washed out.
Since then, games in Bristol and Nottingham were abandoned without a ball bowled and defending champion Australia got enough dry weather in Taunton on Wednesday to beat Pakistan by 41 runs.
England has two wins and a loss — against Pakistan — leading into Friday's contest against the West Indies, who beat Pakistan and lost to Australia before their washout against South Africa.
One of the highlights of the contest will be how Barbados-born Jofra Archer handles playing for England against the West Indies.
The forecast is for overcast conditions with a slight chance of rain in Southampton on Friday.
Dhaka, June 14 (UNB) — England have won the toss on Friday against West Indies and opted to bowl first in their fourth game in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
England captain Eoin Morgan said the broadcaster that there is moisture on the wicket because it was under the cover for last 24 hours, and this is why they decided to bowl first.
“We are going to bowl first. The wicket has been under covers for the last 24 hours. There has been a lot of rain around and we feel there would be some moisture on it. A completely different challenge that we had against Bangladesh. The World Cup is about adapting to conditions. This match is a tough challenge for us,” Morgan told the broadcaster while performing the toss.
West Indian captain Jason Holder, on the other hand, also said he would have loved to bowl first as well.
“Now, we have the opportunity to get some runs first. Probably would have wanted to bowl first on a fresh wicket. We have planned well for this game and we are up for it,” Jason told the broadcaster.
Before this match, England played three matches and won two of them and lost one. In contrast, West Indies also played three games and won one of them and lost one with other game was washed out due to rain.
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Dhaka, June 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh spin coach Sunil Joshi has applauded Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh spin attack for their outstanding performance in the World Cup, saying they are doing their job properly.
Bangladesh have played four matches in the World Cup so far, and won one of them. They ended on the losing side in two games, and the other one against Sri Lanka was washed out due to rain. The Tigers are now keen to find their winning streak back on June 17 when they will face West Indies. Before heading to that game, Joshi applauded Bangladesh’s spin department.
“As the spin coach of Bangladesh, I’m really happy for their inspiring performance. Shakib (Al Hasan) is our best spinner. He has been doing well. At the same time, Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) and Mosaddek (Hossain) are also doing fine in the middle,” Joshi told the media on Thursday.
Bangladesh spin department might face a stiff challenge against the Caribbean batting line when they will take on them on June 17. However, Joshi believes Bangladeshi spinners are upbeat to take the challenge.
“Not just for us, I think this is (facing West Indies) a big challenge for all of the other bowlers also. Our spinners did really well whenever they have faced a rigid challenge,” Joshi further added.
Both of Shakib and Miraz bowled 30 overs in the World Cup so far and conceded 168 and 158 runs respective at the averages of 5.60 and 5.26. Miraz took five wickets while Shakib bagged three. Mosaddek, on the other hand, bowled 16 overs and took two wickets conceding 95 runs.
Before heading to the next game, Bangladesh can find a truckload of confidence from their tri-series triumph in Ireland where they beat West Indies three times to clinch the title.
Dhaka, Jun 13 (UNB)- Former England Captain Michael Vaughan praised Australian captain Aaron Finch calling him the best captain of the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup’2019 as Australia earned their third win in the mega event beating Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.
Vaughan praised Finch's rotation of bowlers and brave decision-making.
Taking to BBC, Vaughan said, "I have to say Aaron Finch, so far in this tournament (World Cup), is the best captain tactically."
"I think he maneuvered his team against the West Indies well to win that game. And just over the last hour (against Pakistan), when it started to get a little bit panicky for Australia, he maneuvered his bowling attack, knowing that he had to get these overs of spin [in]," the former English captain added.
In the match, Pakistan needed 44 runs to win from 35 balls with three wickets in hand. At that time captain Finch brought his key bowler Mitchell Starc.
Starc produced two breakthroughs by removing Wahab Riaz (45) and Mohammad Amir (0) in the 45th over to give Australia the upper hand.
With just four leading fast bowlers to choose from along with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Finch was even forced to bowl two overs of spin himself during the innings, a move that produced the key wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, just the fourth of his ODI career.
"He got a lot of things right in the field, in terms of squeezing at the right time, putting the catchers in at the right time and then spreading them out when a partnership started to develop. I thought he was outstanding as a captain," Michael Vaughan added.