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12:00 AM, August 23, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 23, 2007

Batsmen still not firing



Academy fast bowler Mahbubul Alam (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Shakib Al Hasan during the second warm-up match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.Photo: STAR

Bangladesh national team maintained their supremacy against the BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) as they won the limited overs practice match by 16 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
But like the two Twenty20 matches on Tuesday, the Tigers again failed to come out of their shells as they could not maximise while batting against the Australia-bound players.
But captain Mohammad Ashraful continued his good form with a 55-ball 51 that contained four boundaries and a huge six before falling victim to a run out, for a second successive occasion.
The senior team managed a decent 188 in their stipulated 40 overs, thanks to cameos from vice-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and newcomer Ziaur Rahman when they smashed five sixes in the last two overs.
Mashrafe smote three consecutive sixes against occasional off-spinner Nayeem Islam in the penultimate over during his 11-ball 22 while Zia, who scored 12 off only 4 balls, clobbered two sixes against Academy skipper Mehrab Hossain.
"We have to bat much better than we batted today," said Ashraful, whose side lost four wickets for 64 runs in the first 20 overs. The innings was divided into 20 overs each.
Mehrab and Rokibul Hasan both scored 41 but the Academy side were bundled out for 172 runs in 39.4 overs.
Once again, it was the bowlers who did their part to ensure the national team's victory. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak claimed four wickets for 38 runs while left-arm seamer Syed Rasel, who recovered from an ankle injury, took 2-26.
Aftab Ahmed missed the match due to fever.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: 188 all out in 40 overs (Tamim 11, Junaed 24, Nazimuddin 12, Ashraful 51, Shakib 3, Kapali 18, Mushfiqur 2, Nadif 13 not out, Forhad 10, Mashrafee 22, Ziaur 12, extras 10; Dollar 1-16, Talha 1-13, Robin 2-13, Mosharraf 1-28, Mehrab 2-41, Nayeem 2-48).
NCA: 172 all out in 39.4 overs (Sahagir 22, Nasiruddin 1, Rokibul 41, Mehrab 46, Nayeem 4, Dhiman 25, Dollar 16, Nazmul 2, Mosharraf 3, Mahbub 1 not out, Talha 0, extras 11; Mashrafee 2-29, Rasel 2-26, Shakib 1-26, Razzak 4-38).
Result: Bangladesh won by 16 runs.

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