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'A win is a win'

'A win is a win'

The weak points of this Bangladeshi contingent may be forgiven after their successful chase at Nelson's Saxton Oval. After all, it's not every day that the inconsistent Tigers manage to scale down a 300-plus total. However, it wasn't a secret that skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had to dig deep into his bowling armoury in...

'100s can't be scored at will'

'100s can't be scored at will'

Tamim Iqbal looked a relieved man yesterday. Despite having missed out on what could have been a historic century for the player, the good news was that the batsman had finally hit...

Good, can be better

After the Tigers had completed the highest run chase in their one-day international history against Scotland yesterday, cricket fans across the...

Sk Jamal retain title

Sk Jamal retain title

Sheikh Jamal retained the Federation Cup with a 6-4 win over...

Walton16th National Cricket League 2015

Rajshahi clinch a thriller

The sixth round of the National Cricket League managed to produce just one win as a majority of the four-day matches were affected by inclement weather. Rajshahi were the only team to come up with a positive result as they cruised to a four-wicket victory over Barisal at the BKSP. It was an exciting finish which saw Rajshahi given a target of 353 runs on the final day. The aggressive intent from Rajshahi's players from the start made it clear...

TAMIM second to 4k

TAMIM second to 4k

Opener Tamim Iqbal became the second Bangladeshi to score 4,000 runs in one-day internationals. He reached the landmark during the World Cup match against Scotland in Nelson on Thursday. He crossed the line by flicking a delivery through fine-leg for a boundary on his way to making 95 runs. He reached the milestone in...

Imrul flies down under, will replace Anamul

Imrul flies down under, will replace Anamul

Anamul Haque's World Cup campaign came to a sad end yesterday as it was revealed that the opener suffered a Grade 3 injury in his right shoulder. While attempting to save a boundary at long-leg during yesterday's game against Scotland, Anamul landed awkwardly on his shoulder after a dive. As soon as he got...

Tigers fans everywhere!

Tigers fans everywhere!

The Saxton Oval isn't a big international cricket stadium. With a capacity of a little over 5,000, the ground at Nelson was never going to share the ambience of its bigger cousins in Melbourne and Adelaide. It wasn't a packed stadium either. The official count read 3,491. However, even in these circumstances, Bangladesh's supporters...

India V West Indies

WI must win this already

WI must win this already

Defending champions India will look to continue their recent success against Chris Gayle when they clash with the West Indies in the World Cup at the WACA ground in Perth on Friday. The explosive left-hander has not passed 50 in his last 10 one-day innings against India and not hit a century against them...

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Holder wants to forget that 70

West Indies captain Jason Holder on Friday returns to Perth's WACA ground, the place where he made his one-day international debut in 2013 and the scene of one of his team's greatest humiliations. The West Indies were bowled out by Australia for just 70 on February 1, 2013 -- their third lowest total of all time -- in a game where 'extras' were their top scorer with 17. Holder made just seven runs on his nightmare debut but at least had...

'Bring on big-hitters'

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is all set for the challenge of facing some of the biggest hitters in the game when his side play the West Indies in a World Cup clash in Perth on Friday. Defending champions India are top of Pool B, with three wins from as many games, but the third-placed West Indies are also in the hunt for a quarterfinal place with two wins from four matches. The West Indies piled up 372 for two in their...

‘Played like a complete team’

‘Played like a complete team’

Gazi Ashraf Hossain. This was a win that gave us both relief and a sense of belief amongst the batsmen. Not at any point of time did they seem like losing. They knew that they could chase down the target and that's a good sign.    Abdur Razzak We were expected to win this game. However, Scotland batted well. Chasing 318 was going to be difficult for any team; no matter which side. So in those regards this is a big win. The best part is that the players can now carry this confidence into the next game against England.   Minhajul Abedin In 1999 we were an inexperienced side that beat England. 2015 we were...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

World Cup Cocktail

Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run that resulted in his dumping from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years. Watson accepts he has had “plenty of opportunities" and knows his World Cup fate is now out of his control, but is confident he can make an impact if given another chance. "We'll see how it goes. I know I haven't scored enough runs," Watson said on Thursday. "But in the...

Barclays English Premier League

Young rescues MU

Ashley Young bolstered Manchester United's bid for a Premier League top-four place with an 89th-minute winner at Newcastle United on Wednesday, while leaders Chelsea preserved their five-point lead. Young's strike, after a mistake by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, gave Louis van Gaal's side a 1-0 win that enabled them to maintain a two-point advantage over in-form Liverpool, who won 2-0 at home to Burnley. Chelsea kept their advantage at the summit intact by winning 1-0 at West Ham United, while second-place...

Brazil recall Robinho

Brazil coach Dunga brought back veteran forward Robinho on Thursday as he named his squad for a pair of European friendlies against France on March 26 at the Stade de France and Chile on March 29 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Dunga, who succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari after Brazil's World Cup misadventure in July, said the idea is to blood a squad in advance of June's Copa America in Chile but with an eye on the longer term. "It is all about...

Barca-Bilbao final

Barcelona eased into the Copa del Rey final as they completed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal with a 3-1 win at El Madrigal on Wednesday. Luis Enrique's men will face Athletic Bilbao in the final for the third time in five years on May 30 after the Basques beat Espanyol 2-0 to progress 3-1 on aggregate. Neymar had missed a penalty in Barca's 3-1 first leg win three weeks ago, but made amends after just three minutes when he turned...

Jonas's Emotional Return

Jonas's Emotional Return

Newcastle United's Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez said he would remember his return to action on Wednesday after treatment for testicular cancer for the rest of his life. Gutierrez, 31, had surgery in Argentina in September to have his left testicle removed after a tumour was discovered and he since underwent a course of...

Germany to extend with Loew

World champions Germany are in advanced negotiations to extend national coach Joachim Loew's contract until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, German daily Bild reported on Thursday. The 55-year-old Loew currently has a deal to take him through to Euro 2016, and the new deal includes a get out clause should either party wish to part company after the tournament to be held in France. German Football Federation president Wolfgang Niersbach and his general secretary Helmut Sandrock have been in tight...

FA charges Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct following a touchline altercation with his Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce, the Football Association announced on Thursday. Poyet was sent to the stands during Tuesday's Premier League game at the KC Stadium for kicking a drinks bucket after Jack Rodwell was booked for diving and reacted by walking over to remonstrate with Bruce. Bruce, a former Sunderland manager, responded angrily and had to be restrained by one of the assistant referees....

Fan Zone

Fan Zone

Sheikh Akbar: Bangladesh won chased 319 runs!! Alhamdulillah, so proud of the team today. OptaJim: There have been 21 centuries in 26 matches at the WC, same number there were in 2003, in 52 games. Most is 24 in 49 games in 2011.  

MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

KYLE COETZER That Scotland ended up on the losing side yet again does not take away anything from Kyle Coetzer's innings. His chanceless 156 will remain a tale that the Scots can include in their folklore and incessantly narrate it for the years to come; for it deserves that kind of a response. Not...

Man of Steel

Man of Steel

TAMIM IQBAL Tamim Iqbal wasn't able to fulfil his dream of becoming Bangladesh's first World Cup centurion yesterday; he did however provide Bangladesh with exactly the kind of start they were hoping for. His 95 off 100 may seem nothing next to Kyle Coetzer's marvellous 156, however, it built the foundation for a mission...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Tigers is about red and green

Tigers is about red and green

It appears that two schools of thought exist in the Bangladesh cricket team regarding the fans' interest and enthusiasm. The idea sprang to mind after differing responses from captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and superstar Shakib Al Hasan about the almost nonexistence of Tigers supporters in this calm and quiet city of Nelson. While...

Third Eye

Published Date: March 5, 2015
A batsman's game

Glenn Maxwell's innings against Afghanistan yesterday could be a classic example to illustrate how more and more cricket is evolving into a batsman's game. The outrageously talented all-rounder came to the crease in the 38th over, the third of the batting Powerplay. He reverse-swept the second ball over point for a boundary, curved one over long on for a six in the next over from Dawlat Zadran, and two overs later, reverse-flicked a 140kph delivery from Shapoor Zadran over the...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
A barren day in NCL

The staple of the National Cricket League so far has been the barrage of centuries that have been hit everyday. Whether it was Rony Talukder notching up one century after another or Alok Kapali's double-ton, an illustrious batting display was almost guaranteed every single day. Yesterday however, the winds shifted direction. As rain poured across four venues, the dampness was evident, even in the batsmen's performances. Barisal started their innings against Rajshahi at the BKSP on 59 for two. Al-Amin...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
A battle of 2 coaches

A battle of 2 coaches

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will be looking to defend their title and lift it for the third time in five years as they take on last edition's beaten finalists Muktijoddha Sangsad in today's final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Since the last final, when Sheikh Jamal overcame three-time champions Muktijoddha Sangsad through an 83rd...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: March 5, 2015
World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Cocktail

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said that Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was a case of misunderstanding and the issue should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup. "He (Kohli) has clarified on the issue. For India, the ongoing World Cup is very important....

Published Date: March 5, 2015
SRT calls for 25-team WC

SRT calls for 25-team WC

Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday blasted proposals to slash the 2019 World Cup to just 10 nations, describing it as "a backward step" and suggesting the tournament be expanded to 25 teams. Tendulkar, an ambassador for the World Cup on behalf of the International Cricket Council said the ICC should be expanding the...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Pep dismisses City rumours

Pep Guardiola said Tuesday he will only decide his Bayern Munich future at the end of the season and dismissed rumours of a move to Manchester City. Guardiola has been tipped as a possible candidate to replace City coach Manuel Pellegrini, but the Spaniard poured cold water on any speculation. "I have had no offers and I am not waiting for any," he said in Tuesday's press conference. "I'm very happy here, this is an outstanding club. "I want to fulfil my contract...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Benteke at the death

Christian Benteke scored a nerveless stoppage-time penalty as Aston Villa edged West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Tuesday to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory. The Belgian striker's goal gave Villa their first league win since December 7, shooting the club three points clear of the relegation zone and ending a run of seven consecutive defeats. Sherwood, who succeeded the sacked Paul Lambert last month, celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle after what could prove a turning...

LFP

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Tide turning against him

Tide turning against him

With Real Madrid's attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti. Such is the level of expectation at the Bernabeu that winning a coveted 10th European Cup last season and overseeing their Spanish record 22-match winning streak before Christmas,...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Immobile fires Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund eased to a 2-0 victory at third-division Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday to book their place in the German Cup quarterfinals thank to Ciro Immobile's second-half goals. The Italy striker pounced on a mistake by Dresden captain Michael Hefele to give Dortmund a 50th-minute lead and lit up a dull third-round tie to put the 2012 cup winners into the last eight. Immobile then added Dortmund's second when he fired home a superb cross from Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski on...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Pique Punished

Pique Punished

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was fined 10,500 euros ($11,740) by a Spanish judge on Tuesday for abusing police after the car he was travelling in was given a parking ticket. Pique wrote an apology to the court hearing in Barcelona for the public order offence that took place on October 13, last year....

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Atalanta sack Colantuono

Stefano Colantuono has been sacked as Atalanta's coach after the club slumped to their fourth successive league loss at the weekend, the Serie A side said on Wednesday. Colantuono began his second stint with Atalanta in 2010 when he helped the club to win promotion back into the top flight in his first season in charge but they are now hovering three points above the drop zone in 17th place. "Atalanta... have sacked coach Stefano Colantuono and have entrusted the team...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Champs League final tickets up for grabs

Around one third of the 70,500 tickets for this year's Champions League final in Berlin will be reserved for football officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality, UEFA said on Tuesday. European soccer's governing body said 20,000 tickets would be allocated to supporters of each of the two finalists, with another 6,000 going on sale to neutral fans via UEFA's website. "As usual, fans and the general public are being allocated the majority of the tickets for the final," UEFA said in a...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Shamim in Special Olympics Council

Dr. Shamim Matin Chowdhury, chairman of Special Olympics, Bangladesh, has been selected as member of the Special Olympic Asia Pacific Leadership Council for 2015-17. Chowdhury, one of the founders of Special Olympics, Bangladesh, has been the chairman of the organisation since 2008. She has arranged various sports training camps for intellectually challenged children to prepare them for the Special Olympics. She has also built a school for autistic and intellectually challenged children.

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Cole faces FA charge

West Ham striker Carlton Cole faces a charge from the Football Association in relation to a comment posted on his Twitter account it was announced on Tuesday. The 31-year-old former England striker -- who has scored just three times this season -- has been brought to book over a foul mouthed response he gave to a tweet by a Spurs fan following their 2-2 draw in the Premier League game on February 22. "It is alleged that the comment was abusive...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Pakistan beat UAE clinically

Pakistan beat UAE clinically

Pakistan continued their revival in the World Cup with a professional batting and bowling performance in a 129-run win against United Arab Emirates in Napier on Wednesday. Opener Ahmed Shehzad fell seven short of his maiden World Cup hundred while Haris Sohail (70) and skipper Misbahul Haq chipped in with 65 which helped Pakistan...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Need to beat SA: Waqar

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Wednesday targeted big-hitting South Africa, saying his team must beat a strong outfit to prove they belong at the World Cup. They now play South Africa in Auckland on Saturday in a crunch match in which their qualification for the quarterfinals will largely depend. Waqar said the two wins after two losses gave the team much-needed confidence. "Look it [win] definitely changed the body language of the players because a win always make you feel comfortable and confident,...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
'Viv Anwar Richards'

United Arab Emirates captain Mohammed Tauqir found a positive in his team's 129-run defeat against Pakistan at the World Cup in Napier on Wednesday -- his shining star Shaiman Anwar. Anwar was born in Sialkot in Pakistan before migrating to the UAE. Tauqir said Anwar is nicknamed "Viv Richards" after the West Indian great. "I think he's a brilliant batsman," said Tauqir of Anwar who had scores of 67, 106 and 35 in previous games. "He's a very, very confident individual. I'm very,...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Feats

Feats

Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi became the second player to score 8000 runs and pick up 300 wickets in ODIs after Sanath Jayasuriya. The game against the UAE on Wednesday was Afridi's 499th International match, equalling Inzamam Ul-Haq's record for most appearances.   Shaiman Anwar UAE's 35-year-old Shaiman Anwar surpassed Kumar Sangakkara's tally of 268 runs in the World...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Men of Steel

Men of Steel

AHMED SHEHZAD Pakistani fans have long believed that young Ahmed Shehzad could well be the solution to their top-order batting stumbles. The 23-year-old has gradually gone on to become Pakistan's most dependable cricketer at the top. It therefore let many down when he failed to score in the first few games of the World Cup. While he began well against India, he had scores of 1 and 0 against the West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively. Yesterday's composed 93 against the UAE though could be the start of a new chapter for the talented batsman in the tournament, and it's something that Pakistan are in dire need of at the moment.   DAVID...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Whack 0 Meter

Whack 0 Meter

 

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Oz break records in Afghan rout

Oz break records in Afghan rout

Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday as they thrashed Afghanistan by a record 275 runs, a result which was also the greatest winning margin in tournament history. The home team made 417-6 at the WACA led by opener David Warner's 178-run blitz, his fourth one-day international century and...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Mark feels for Pakistan

Former opener Mark Richardson, part of the New Zealand squad which abandoned their tour of Pakistan after a bomb blast in 2002, said Wednesday he felt sorry that the country has become a cricket no-go zone. New Zealand flew back home at the start of the second and final Test in Karachi on May 8, 2002, after a blast close to their hotel killed 13 French naval staff. "The over-riding memories are sad ones when the bomb went off in Karachi...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Clarke awaits an ODI triple ton

Clarke awaits an ODI triple ton

Australia captain Michael Clarke says it is possible a batsman will crack the 300-run barrier in one-day international cricket. Clarke was speaking after his side demolished Afghanistan by a World Cup record 275 runs on Wednesday at the WACA Ground, led by a punishing David Warner century. The left-handed opener belted 178 from 133 balls...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Kohli, problem go hand in hand

Virat Kohli has delighted Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation within the press corps of being volatile and tetchy. As the team's media manager moved quickly to limit the damage of an embarrassing encounter involving India's Test skipper, a contradictory view of events in Perth was emerging from the nation's cricket journalists. The incident took place at the Murdoch Oval, where...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

GLENN MAXWELL The hard-hitting lanky right-handed batsman was sent in at number four in place of Michael Clarke for a reason yesterday and he justified the move almost instantaneously. It's hard to get noticed on a day when your colleague plays a blinder at the top, but Maxwell's own magical touch managed to stand out despite Warner's crazy 170-odd. His 88 off 39 deliveries did a lot more damage to the Afghans than what Steven Smith could have done. The highlight of his innings was his gentle whip, against full length delivery, for a six over mid-wicket. He played that shot like it was bread and butter for him.

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Fan Zone

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Sadaf Noori: We love you Lala. You are our hero & our prayers are with you. We hope you will make an explosive comeback soon. Samar Khan: Australia is reminding me of the class bully who used to pick on the smallest kid in front of class and push him around… while we all...