Visakhapatnam, Oct 5 (AP/UNB) – Run machine Rohit Sharma struck his second century of the match to help India set South Africa a daunting victory target of 395 on the fourth day of the first test on Saturday.
South Africa was 11-1 when bad light ended play for the day, Ravindra Jadeja having trapped first-innings centurion Dean Elgar lbw for 2, after the home team had declared on 323-4.
Sharma followed up his 176 in the first innings with 127 in the second, hitting 10 fours and seven sixes in his 149-ball knock.
The total of 13 sixes he struck in the match is the most by an Indian batsman in any test. He also became the first player from his country to score centuries in both innings of his maiden test as opener.
Sharma joined compatriots Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar (three times), Rahul Dravid (twice), Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane by recording two hundreds in the same test.
On the downside, he added an unwanted record by becoming the first Indian to be stumped twice in a test, having been dismissed by Keshav Maharaj for the second time in the game.
Sharma, who struck the fifth test century of his career, put on 169 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (81).
Pujara was lbw to Vernon Philander after tea, which prompted India to push Jadeja up the order for some quick runs. He obliged with 40 off 32 balls, including three sixes.
Kohli (31) and Rahane (27) were the unbeaten batsmen when India declared.
Earlier, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ended with 7-145 as South Africa added 46 runs to its overnight score to finish on 431 all out.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) - Chairman of the Cricket Operation Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Akram Khan on Saturday said the board is trying to extend the working area of national batting consultant Neil McKenzie.
The South African coach is working as the batting consultant for the Tigers only in white-ball cricket. But the BCB is trying to hand him overthe same onus for red-ball cricket, too.
“It’ll really be good for the team if the same man works with them both in white-ball and red-ball cricket. We’re trying to do this. McKenzie will join the team before the first Test (against India). But it is not sure whether he’ll be available for the 2nd Test,” Akram told the media on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“McKenzie worked as the batting consultant for South Africa in all three formats. We’re trying to appoint him for the same job here. It’s really important to have a batting consultant in all the formats of the game,” he further said.
In July 2018, McKenzie joined Bangladesh as the batting consultant for the Tigers in only white-ball cricket. Since then, Bangladeshi batsmen showed notable improvement in ODIs and T20Is. However, they are yet to display consistency in Test cricket.
In a recent interaction with the media, McKenzie defended under-fire Bangladeshi batsmen Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Liton Das, saying they are good enough but need some time to get their best in international cricket.
Bangladesh are set to tour India for a two-match Test and three-match T20Is series in November. Before that, the BCB is hopeful to hand over McKenzie a full-time role.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) — Bangladesh Women’s A team will play touring India Women’s A team in the 2nd match of three-match one-day series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.
In the series opener, India thumped Bangladesh by eight wickets at the same venue on Friday.
In the first one dayer, Bangladesh opted to bat first after winning toss and were bundled out cheaply for 104 runs in 45.3 overs with Nigar Sultana Joty and Fahima Khatun scoring the team highest 17 runs each.
Besides, Mursida Khatun (10) and Fargana Haque Pinky (10) were the other two Bangladeshi batters to reach double-digit.
For India, Tanuja Kanwar and Sushree Dibyadarshini took three wickets each to dismiss the 2nd string Bangladesh Women team only for 104 runs.
In reply, India Women’s team scored the match winner 105 for loss of two wickets in 37.5 overs to seal the game by a comfortable eight wickets.
Rumana Ahmed and Shaila Sharmin took one wicket each.
The remaining match of the series will be held on October 8 at the same venue.
After the one-day series, both the teams will lock the horns in the three match T20 series on October 11, 12 and 14, all at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Touring Bangladesh U-19 cricket team will go into Sunday’s match against New Zealand U-19 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval eying a series victory against the hosts.
The third match of the five-match series will kick-off at 4am (BdST).
Bangladesh are leading the series 2-0. They defeated the hosts by six wickets in both matches.
The remaining matches of the series, scheduled for Oct 9 and 13, will be played at the same venue.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) — Bangladesh all-rounder Afif Hossain said he is optimistic about doing well in Sri Lanka tour.
He will fly to Sri Lanka on either Sunday or Monday with other four cricketers.
Recently, Afif returned to the national side after two years and did well in T20Is. The 20-year-old is now upbeat to show his prowess in 50-over cricket as well.
“They’re (Sri Lanka) a competitive opponent. If I can do better in this series, it’ll boost my confidence,” Afif told the media on Saturday at the national academy ground in Mirpur.
“We have prepared ourselves as much as possible. Now, the focus will be on playing good cricket in Sri Lanka. We’ll be looking to win all games in this series,” he said.
Initially, Afif was considered as a T20 specialist. But on his debut back in 2018 against Sri Lanka, Afif failed in his first chance. But he did well on his return against Zimbabwe last month when he struck a match-winning fifty at Shere-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
“I can’t see where I am better, which format suits me well. But I’ll try to deliver my best cricket wherever I get a chance,” Afif replied when asked about his thoughts on his favourite format.
The one-day series between Bangladesh A and Sri Lanka will be held on October 9, 10 and 12. While the first two games will be played on Hambantota, the last game will take place in Colombo.