Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – Bangladesh have to defend the first 300-plus score of the series to seal a series win against hosts West Indies in the deciding 3rd ODI at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts on Saturday.
Opting to bat first on winning the toss today, Bangladesh played out 50 overs for their highest total on Windies soil for the cost of six wickets as opener Tamim Iqbal continued his dominance in the series firing a century of 103 runs -- scored unbeaten 130 and 54 in the 1st and 2nd games -- and sharing a partnership of 81 off 16 overs in the second wicket with Shakib Al Hasan to recover early loss.
Mahmudullah Riyad stayed for unbeaten innings of a 49-ball 67, including five boundaries and three sixes, for his 19th ODI half century along-with building up a 42-ball 53 partnership in the 5th wicket with skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who came good after promoting himself ahead of regular batsmmen Shabbir Ahmed and Mosaddek to number 6.
Thanks to Mashrafe’s luck winning the toss in all three games of the series and the day’s innings of 25-ball 36 that included four boundaries -- of them three successive in 42nd over off skipper Jason Holder -- and one six.
Mahmudullah-Mashrafe’s 5th wicket pair carried the team collection to 253/5 in 45.5 overs, starting after the dismissal of Tamim on 200/4 in 38.5 overs, before before the Bangladesh captain was caught by Chris Gayle off Holder.
Tamim played an innings of 124 balls to fire seven boundaries and two sixes for his 11th ODI century before being caught by Keemo Paul off Devendra Bishoo.
Shakib [37 off 44b; 3x4] was removed from 2nd wicket stand by Ashley Nurse on 116/2 in 25.3 overs as was caught by Keemo Paul.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman added 12 runs each fothe side while Mosaddek Hossain’s unbeaten 11 off 5 balls with one boundary helped a quick 22* off 8-ball partnership with Mahmudullah in the 7th wicket.
Bangladesh suffered first jolt on 35/1 in 9.3 overs as Anamul Haque [10 off 31b; 1x4] was caught by Keemo Paul off Bishoo, proving himself unfit in the opening pair with Tamim.
Ashley Nurse (2/53) and Jason Holder (2/55) equally shared four wickets for the host side while Devendra Bishoo (1/42) and Sheldon Cottrell (1/59) shared two wickets.
Bangladesh had taken the lead in the series with a comfortable 48-runs win in the first ODI while the Windies bounced back in the evenly-contested series, winning the second game by three runs in a last-over thriller at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Berlin, Jul 27 (AP/UNB) — The president of Germany's football federation conceded he made mistakes in handling a controversy over Mesut Ozil's photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but strongly rejected accusations of racism on Thursday.
Ozil announced his retirement from Germany's national team on Sunday. He criticized the federation (DFB), president Reinhard Grindel, fans and media for what he regarded as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. He defended the pre-World Cup meeting with Erdogan, who draws widespread criticism in Germany for being increasingly authoritarian.
Ozil was particularly scathing about Grindel, who accused him and teammate Ilkay Gundogan of allowing themselves to be "exploited" by Erdogan for political purposes. After Germany's embarrassing first-round exit from the World Cup, Grindel called for Ozil to provide an "answer" on the photo.
The Arsenal star said Grindel was "patronizing," blasted what he called his "incompetence," and asserted that "in the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose."
In his first personal response, Grindel said in a written statement he regretted the federation's criticism of the photo "was abused for racist slogans."
"In retrospect, I as president should have said unambiguously what is self-evident for me personally and for us all as a federation: Every form of racist hostility is intolerable and unacceptable."
Grindel pushed back against being linked with racism, writing: "I reject this emphatically, for the federation and for myself personally."
Grindel's statement didn't address his own future. The 56-year-old former lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party became DFB president in 2016.
He has faced calls to resign in recent days from critics who fault his crisis management. No senior German football officials have resigned over the World Cup debacle.
He did, however, say the DFB must "develop further" its work on integration and underlined the importance of winning the right to host the 2024 European Championship. Germany and Turkey are bidding for the tournament and UEFA's executive committee will choose the host in September.
"The tournament could tell a new football tale, bring children to clubs, bring people even closer together — with and without immigrant roots," Grindel wrote. "United by football."
Meanwhile, Germany's parliament speaker added his voice to criticism of how the DFB handled the Ozil case.
"I still don't understand why people at the DFB allowed such an affair of state to be made out of such an ill-advised photo action," Wolfgang Schaeuble told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland newspaper group. "It's a shame."
Milan, Jul 27 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo will likely make his Juventus debut at Chievo Verona as the Bianconeri kick off their attempt to win a record-extending eighth league title at the Stadio Bentegodi.
The 2018-19 Serie A fixtures were announced on Thursday. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid earlier this month for 112 million euros ($131.5 million).
The season starts on Aug. 18 and the first weekend also sees Napoli visit Lazio. Juve's first home match is against Lazio the following weekend.
AC Milan hosts Genoa and Inter Milan visits Sassuolo in the opening weekend, while Roma travels to Torino.
Napoli, which finished second in an exciting title race last season, has a new coach in Carlo Ancelotti.
It has a tough start to the season. After Lazio, Napoli plays AC Milan, Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Torino, Parma and Juventus.
The weekend Napoli visits Juventus also sees Roma host Lazio in the capital derby.
The first Milan derby will be in the weekend of Oct. 21, in week 9, while the first Derby d'Italia between Juventus and Inter is in week 15 in Turin.
Juventus then immediately plays another derby match, at city rival Torino.
Juventus has a tough finish to the season, with the reverse fixtures against Inter and Torino as well as matches against Fiorentina, Roma and Atalanta in its final six games. Massimiliano Allegri's side ends the season away at Sampdoria.
Napoli visits Bologna on the final day, on May 26, the weekend after hosting Inter.
For the first time, all 10 teams will play on Dec. 26.
Portland, Jul 27 (AP/UNB) — Brazilian winger Malcom has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona before being presented Thursday during the Spanish club's preseason tour in the United States.
Malcom says he hopes "to follow in the footsteps of the great Brazilians who have played at this club." They include Neymar and Ronaldinho.
Malcom's presentation was held at Nike's headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Five-time European champion Barcelona paid Bordeaux a transfer fee of 41 million euros ($47.7 million) for the 21-year-old Malcom, who scored 23 goals in 96 games for the French club.
After passing medical tests in Spain, Malcom flew to join his new teammates as they prepare to play Tottenham on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Dhaka, July 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh will take on hosts West Indies in the series decider 3rd ODI at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts on Saturday.
The match will begin at 7:30pm Bangladesh time.
Bangladesh took lead in the series with a comfortable 48-run win in the first match while the West Indies bounced back in the evenly-contested series, winning the second game by three runs in a last-over thriller and set the stage for the finale.
A win in the 3rd game for Bangladesh means 3rd ODI series victory against the West Indies in their eight bilateral series since 1999, and first series victory in this format under Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s leadership.
But, Mashrafe needs to overcome the shocking loss in the 2nd game. “It is more disappointing because it is not the first time we have lost a game from such a position,” Mashrafe expressed disappointment after the three-run loss.
In his immediate reaction after bowling a special last over for the West Indies pulling series level at Providence Stadium in Guyana, host side skipper Jason Holder said, “It doesn’t matter how we started, it matters how we finish.” It means they are eying for the 6th ODI series win against Bangladesh.
Holder was one of the stars for his side as he defended seven runs in the final over and picked up the prized wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim, who was batting on 68 and looked good to steer Bangladesh to victory, as the visitors were restricted to 268/6 in reply to the West Indies' 271/10 in 49.3 overs.
Shimron Hetmyer scored a breezy 93-ball 125 to help the West Indies score a competitive total. He was helped by Rovman Powell's 67-ball 44. In reply, Bangladesh were well on course to victory and might have pulled it off but for Holder, who conceded only four runs in the last over.
Bangladesh put up a competitive 279/4 with Tamim Iqbal scoring 130* and Shakib Al Hasan 97 in the first ODI and restricted the opponents to 231/9 courtesy a four-wicket haul by captain Mashrafe (4/37).
Tamim and Shakib have continued to score, contributing 54 and 56 in the second match. Rahim has been outstanding too, hitting an 11-ball 30 in the first game and 68 in 67 balls in the second game.
Barring the last-over meltdown, Bangladesh have done well in the series.
Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain picked up 3/61 in the second game, complementing his captain's haul in the first. Another pacer Mustafizur Rahman has picked up two wickets in each of the two games he has played. Bangladesh picked up 19 wickets overall compared to the West Indies' 10 in two games. That factor might come in to play in the final.
West Indies bowling has been an area where the hosts will be looking for improvement as neither the new-ball bowlers nor the spinners have been able to create impact so far.
In their previous 30 ODIs, Bangladesh won eight matches against the West Indies. Of them two were ended in no results.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), TamimIqbal, NazmulHaque, Liton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, MahmudullahRiyad, SabbirRahman, MosaddekHossain, MustafizurRahman, RubelHossain, NazmulHossain, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, MehidyHasan and Nazmul Islam
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), DevendraBishoo, Chris Gayle, ShimronHetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell and Andre Russell.