Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh will take on visiting Zimbabwe in the 2nd game of the three-match day-night basis ODI series on Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chattogram with a hope to seal the series with a match to spare.
The match will begin at 2:30pm where the Tigers will miss the entertaining services from dashing opener and local hero Tamim Iqbal and talismanic world famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan like the first ODI as both of them are sidelined from the squad due to injury.
Bangladesh, which enjoyed an upper hand advantage in the three-match ODI series beating Zimbabwe by 28 runs in the first ODI on Sunday in Dhaka featuring opener Imrul Kayes’ career best 144 runs, will play the 3rd and last ODI on Friday (Oct 26), also at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Cutter mater Mustafizur Rahman may be rested for Wednesday’s match subject to his injury and pacer Rubel Hossain, who almost recovered from fever, may return to the best eleven.
Despite not having two reliable senior cricketers, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wants to win the series beating Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
“We don’t like to take Zimbabwe lightly. They have also some good and senior players to change the game, but we’re ready to give our full efforts displaying our best performance with professionalism to win the match,” he said during the team’s practice session at Sagarika in Chattogram Tuesday.
Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe made their practice on Tuesday ahead of the 2nd ODI match.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - 17-year-old spinner Nayeem Hasan set his career-best figure by picking up eight wickets in an innings in the first-class National Cricket League (NCL) at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.
Nayeem playing for Chattogram Division conceded 106 runs in 35 overs for-eight when he was in the 4th round of the 20th NCL in a Tier 2 match restricting Dhaka Division at 288/10 in 88 overs in the 1st innings on day one.
However, Chattogram will open the 1st innings on Tuesday.
The youngster Nayeem got Abdul Mazid , Raqibul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom , Taibur Rahman, skipper Nadif Chowdhury, Mosharraf Hossain, Shahadat Hossain  and Salauddin Sakil to complete the mission.
Nayeem, who captured nine wickets (3/74 and 6/119) in the two innings of the 3rd round match against Dhaka Metro, made his first class debut against Sylhet Division in the 19th NCL in January 2017.
Nayeem, however, got a call for the national side in a Test against Sri Lanka in January 2018, but did not get chance in best XI.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – Qatari news network Al Jazeera aired its 2nd documentary on corruption in cricket, alleging corruption and fixing in 15 international cricket matches during the 2011-12 period, including a Bangladesh-England ICC World Cup match in 2011.
Of the 15 matches, Al Jazeera claimed spot-fix attempts in the 2011-12 periods with seven involving England, five Australia, four Pakistan and three South Africa.
Al Jazeera claimed to have obtained recordings of a person identified as Aneel Munawar, who is said to work for the crime syndicate D Company, revealing details of fixed matches to an Indian bookmaker.
Munawar was also at the center of Al Jazeera's previous documentary in cricket, which alleged that the Chennai Test in December 2016 and the Ranchi Test in March 2017 had been subject to spot-fixing by English and Australian players respectively.
The Al Jazeera report claims there were some matches where players on both teams attempted to fix periods of play.
The spot-fixing plots reportedly surrounded fixing periods of matches to allow bookmakers to know the number of runs scored in periods ranging from six overs to ten overs.
In response to those claims, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) had said there was no credible evidence linking any of their players to corruption.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) called Al Jazeera's information "poorly prepared", but said it had looked into the allegations and found no evidence against any England player.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia had been aware of Al Jazeera's plans to release a second documentary, and of the Australia matches mentioned in it. James Sutherland, CA's then chief executive, had said a CA integrity unit investigation had been conducted into the claims.
The ICC had then asked Al Jazeera for its cooperation in investigating these allegations, including sharing "un-edited and unseen evidence" - which it later said the broadcaster had refused to hand over.
The 15 matches in question are:
1. Australia v England, ODI, January 21st, 2011.
2. Australia v Zimbabwe, ODI World Cup, February 21st 2011.
3. England v Netherlands, ODI World Cup, February 22nd, 2011.
4. Australia v Kenya, ODI World Cup, March 3rd, 2011.
5. England v South Africa, ODI World Cup, June 3rd 2011.
6. England v Bangladesh, ODI World Cup, March 3rd, 2011.
7. England v India, Test, July 21st-25th, 2011.
8. South Africa v Australia, Test, November 9th-11th, 2011.
9. Australia v New Zealand, Test, December 9th-12th, 2011.
10. England v Pakistan, Test, January 17th-19th, 2012.
11. England v Pakistan, Test, January 25th-28th, 2012.
12. England v Pakistan, Test, February 3rd-6th, 2012.
13. Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, T20I World Cup, September 18th, 2012.
14. England v Afghanistan, T20I World Cup, September 21st, 2009.
15. South Africa v Pakistan, T20I World Cup, September 28th, 2012.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – Defending champions Khulna Division scored 281* for 7 at stumps in the 1st innings against Rajshahi Division after the first day’s play in their Tier1 4th round first-class match of the 20th National Cricket League (NCL) at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Monday.
Khulna won the toss and opted to bat first and played 81 overs for their collection on the day spurred with three half centuries by Tushar Imran [71 off 127b; 9x4], Soumya Sarkar [66 off 96b; 9x4; 1x6] and Anamul Haque [56 off 112b; 6x4; 1x6].
Ziaur Rahman [37* off 73b; 3x4; 2x6] and Moinul Islam [1*] were at the crease when the bails were drawn for the day.
Sunzamul Islam [3/73] and Farhad Reza [2/37] shared five wickets while Muktar Ali [1/43] and Shafiul Islam [1/51] were other wicket takers for the Tier1 top slot holders Rajshahi division.
Barishal vs Rangpur
In another Tier-1 match at Cricket Ground Rangpur, Barishal Division trailed by 112 runs with 8 wickets remaining in hand in the 1st innings after Sohag Gazi’s [5/40] wicket haul to restrict Rangpur Division at 147 for all in 74 overs in the 1st innings.
Rakin Ahmed [46 off 152b; 3x4] and Naeem Islam [39 off 105b; 3x4] were the notable scorers for Rangpur, the side showed powerless game in the innings after sent in to bat first as their six batsmen were out for single digit while three batsmen were out before reaching to 20-run marks.
Opening the 1st innings, Barishal 35/2* in 14 overs, at stumps, where Rafsan Al Mahmud [14* off 36b] and Al-Amin [8* off 25b] were at the crease in the 3rd stand.
Subashis Roy [2/13] was the only wicket taker for the side.
Chattogram vs Dhaka Division
At Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar, the 17-year-old Chattogram Division spinner Nayeem Hasan bewildered Dhaka Division batsmen with his haul of eight wickets for 106 in 35 overs in the 1st innings of a Tier-2 match allowed the opponent to manage a total 288/10 in 88 overs.
Opening batsman Abdul Mazid [72 off 134b; 5x4; 1x6] and Shuvagata Hom [57 off 96b; 3x4] hit half centuries while opener Saif Hassan added 71-ball 41, including five boundaries and one six.
Dhaka Division opened the 1st innings with bat after winning the toss and opening pair Mazid and Saif Hassan shared an innings of 82 in 24.2 overs for a good start.
Sylhet vs Dhaka Metro
Sent in to bat first, Sylhet Division scored 292/9* in 90 overs at stumps in the 1st innings against Dhaka Metro after day1 in the Tier-2 match at Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.
Shanaj Ahmed [60 off 110b; 12x4], Shahanur Rahman [54 off 103b; 6x4; 1x6] and Zakir Hasan [50 off 86b; 9x4] hammered half centuries for Sylhet.
Khaled Ahmed [5*] and Ebadat Hossain [4*] were at the crease in the 9th wicket stand when the bails were drawn for the day.
Shykat Ali [2/25], Qazi Onik [2/53], former national team captain Mohammad Ashraful [2/56] and Arafat Sunny [2/60] equally shared eight wickets.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Opening batsman Imrul Kayes’s personal best of 144 – also the highest score by a Bangladeshi at home - helped the hosts to a 28-run win against visiting Zimbabwe in the first match of a three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
It was Bangladesh’s 42nd victory against Zimbabwe in 60 ODIs, including 11 consecutive at home since November 2014.
Opting to bat first on winning the toss, Bangladesh posted a total of 271/8 in 50 overs and restricted Zimbabweans on 243/9 in 50 overs riding on Sean Williams top-scored with unbeaten 50* off 58, including five boundaries and one six, and shared a wild partnership of 69 off 8.4 overs with Kyle Jarvis in the 9th stand.
Mahmudullah Riyad got Kyle Jarvis [37 off 33b; 3x4; 2x6] on 236/9 in 48.4 overs to remove the 9th stand, which started from 169/8 in 40th over.
The visitors started with a bit good note compare to Bangladesh as their opening pair between skipper Hamilton Masakadza and Cephas Zhuwao shared 48 off 7.1 overs, but after that Bangladesh bowlers got wickets in a gradual interval.
Bangladesh’s left-handed cutter sensation Mustafizur Rahman and left-handed spinner Nazmul Islam bowled out Zhuwao [35 off 24b; 4x4; 2x6] and number-three Brendan Taylor on 48/1 in 7.1 overs and 59/2 in 10.4 overs respectively before H Masakadza [21 off 34b; 1x4] was run out on 63/3 in 12.2 overs.
Peter Moor [26 off 45b; 2x4; 1x6], Craig Ervine [24 off 48b; 1x4] and Brandon Mavuta [20 off 16b; 2x4; 1x6] were other double digit scorers for the visitors.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz [3/46] and Nazmul Islam [2/38] shared five wickets while Mahmudullah [1/24] and Mustafizur Rahman [1/29] equally shared two wickets for the winners.
In Bangladesh innings, opener Imrul Kayes played a doughty innings of 144 off 140 balla for his third ODI ton, including 13 boundaries and six sixes, alongside sharing a game-changing partnership of 127 off 19.1 overs with maiden international half-centurion Mohammad Saifuddin in the 7th wicket stand, which mesmerised the audience most at the jam-packed stadium.
The left-handed batsman opener was dismissed on 266/7 in 48.4 overs as he was caught by Peter Moor off Kyle Jarvis while Saifuddin followed the big hitter soon on 267/8 in 49.1 overs, after hammering 50 off 69 balls, including three boundaries and one six. Saifuddin was caught by Brandon Mavuta off Tendai Chatara.
Imrul Kayes shared another partnership of 71 off 12.2 overs with Mohammad Mithun [37 off 40b; 1x4; 3x6] in the 4th wicket stand, starting their composures to lift Bangladesh from a miserable state of 66/3 in the 15th over. The 4th pair ended on 137/4 in 27.2 overs as Mithun was caught behind by Brendan Taylor off Kyle Jarvis.
Imrul Kayes who became a father of a baby boy recently, reached the 100-run mark off 118 balls, taking a single off Donald Tiripano in the first ball of 43rd over when the team total was 198/6.
Opening the innings with the bat, Bangladesh lost three wickets for 66 runs in 15th over before Imrul Kayes and Mithun started their 4th pair composures before Kyle Jarvis got Mithun in the 28th over.
After a quick fall of the next two wickets as Mahmudullah Riyad was out for a duck and Mehidy Hasan Miraz for single – with a score of 139/6 in 29.3 overs, young face Saifuddin and Imrul Kayes played what could be the game-changing partnership.
Bangladesh suffered the first jolt on 16 in 5.1 overs as opener Liton Kumar Das was out on single digit as he was caught by Cephas Zhuwao off Tendai Chatara. Within a span of four balls, Tendai Chatara got debutant Fazle Mahmud Rabbi on 17/2 in 6 overs. Rabbi failed to prove his worth, leaving the ground for duck as he was caught behind by Brendan Taylor.
As a senior batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim [15 off 20b; 1x4] should have handled the middle with Imrul Kayes, but he was picked up by Brandon Mavuta on 66/3 in 15th over.
Zimbabwean keeper Brendan Taylor did a great job behind the wicket, assisting to have five wickets -- Rabbi, Mushfiq, Mithun, Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Kyle Jarvis [4/37] and Tendai Chatara[3/55] shared seven wickets while Brandon Mavuta [1/48] was another wicket-taker for the visitors.
The next two ODIs of the series will be held at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on October 24 and 26.