Bangladesh scored 502 runs with loss of seven wickets in 156.3 overs in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka. Bangladesh extended their innings on an attritional second morning in Mirpur, Mushfiqur Rahim laying down anchor to go to lunch unbeaten on 135 from 307 deliveries. With Mahmudullah providing able support in a stand of 66 for the sixth wicket, Bangladesh reached 365 for 5 at the interval and looked set to bat deep into the day. Once again, Zimbabwe's catching let them down when it really mattered. In the fourth over of the morning, Tendai Chatara found the inside edge of Mushfiqur's bat with an offcutter, the ball ricocheting off his thigh on the way through to Regis Chakabva behind the stumps. The Zimbabwe wicketkeeper tumbled to his right, but spilled the chance. Worse still for the visitors, soon afterwards Chatara pulled up short running up to bowl the third delivery of his 22nd of the innings, clutching his left thigh and wincing in pain. He was stretchered off with a suspected grade 2 quadriceps muscle strain, and Zimbabwe lost a leader of their attack for the remainder of the match. The batting pair - and particularly Mushfiqur - ground down the rest of the bowlers in Chatara's absence. Mushfiqur faced 55 deliveries in the session before he hit his first boundary. There was no hint of the impatient or limited-overs batting style that blighted Bangladesh's efforts in the first Test, and Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah progressed through the morning very much in Test mode. There were four maidens in the first hour before Mahmudullah broke free with back to back boundaries off Donald Tiripano, and it was only as the lunch interval neared that Mushfiqur started to impose himself a little more. Mushfiqur took an hour and a half to score his first ten runs of the day, but then unfurled the sweep shot to good effect against Zimbabwe's spinners, collecting boundaries off Sean Williams and Brandon Mavuta before umpire Kumar Dharmasena called the players off for lunch. The batting pair only took 62 runs from the first session, but more importantly, they did not allow Zimbabwe a breakthrough.
Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim scored a magnificent ton saw Bangladesh reigned the first day scoring 303 for 5 at stumps against visiting Zimbabwe in the second and final Test held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in the city on Sunday. Opted to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh plunged into deep trouble as they lost their three top orders batsman early in the innings. It was a difficult session for the Tigers as Zimbabwe bowled with fire, maintaining good line and length. The wicket provided good carry and movement. Kyle Jarvis launched early inroad on Bangladesh innings removing both the Bangladesh openers. He first sent back to opener Imrul Kays who backed to the pavilion without disturbing the score board. Liton Das also lasted a little as he failed to keep the ball on the ground, driving the ball in the air, straight to the man to become Jarvis’s second victim. Debutant Mohammad Mithun also failed to open his account as he perished to Donald Tiripano leaving Bangladesh in deep trouble. In this crucial stage, Bangladesh desperately needed a big partnership to o repair their early damage and both Mominul and Mushfiq concentrated to rebuild the dilapidated Bangladesh’s innings. The left-hander Mominul made the most of drop catch on nine dispatched a Sikandar Raza full-toss to the mid-wicket boundary in the 55th over to complete his seventh Test ton in style. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque, two of Tigers’ regular performers also shared a massive 266-run fourth wickets stand to take the team’s to a commanding position before Tendai Chatara finally broke the stubborn partnership dismissing Mominul, who’s heroic innings ended at 161 off 247-ball that furnished with 19 boundaries. The Zimbabwe bowlers however fought back in the final session of the day picking up two wickets of Mominul Haque and Taijul Islam. Despite picking up two wickets late on the day, Bangladesh were the clear winners of the last two sessions courtesy of Mominul Haque’s 161 and Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 111. Mushfiqur, who provided an ample support to Mominul during the process of 266-run stand, also completed his sixth Test century. He contributed 111 runs off 231-balls laced with nine boundaries to remain unbeaten along with skipper Mahmudullah 4 as the bails were drawn for the day. Kyle Jarvis was the pick of Zimbabwe bowler as he claimed three wickets conceding 48 runs. He was well supported by Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano who both shared one wicket giving away 28 and 33 runs respectively. [b]Brief score:[/b] Bangladesh 1st innings – 303 for 5, Mominul 161, Mushfiqur 111 batting, Mahmudullah 0 batting, Jarvis 3/48, Chatara 1/28 and Tiripano 1/33.
Zimbabwe has beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in the first Test of the two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Zimbabwe: 282 & 181 Bangladesh: 143 & 169 (63.1 ov, target 321) Zimbabwe chased their first Test win in five years after having Bangladesh five down by lunch on day four. The offspinner bowled 17 overs on the trot to nip out three giant strikes as Bangladesh slipped and slid on the face of a daunting target on a tricky surface where there was enough turn to keep the spinners interested. Raza, who took three wickets in the first innings, looked threatening all session, with Bangladesh's batsman paying the price for indecision. They were tottering at 111 for 5, having lost debutant Nazmul Hossain Shanto to a long-hop to give fellow debutant Brandon Mavuta a wicket when he slapped one straight to Raza - who else - at cover point in the final over before lunch. While the spinners enjoyed four wickets between them, Kyle Jarvis extracted bounce and some late movement to have Mominul Haque chop on earlier in the session. The only semblance of support for Bangladesh came in the form of Imrul Kayes, who looked solid in his 43 until a grave mistake cost him. Looking to paddle sweep Raza, he played too early and was bowled round his legs. Before Imrul fell, Liton Das, with whom he put on a half-century opening stand - Bangladesh's first in Tests since January - was out lbw. riginally given not out, Hamilton Masakadza reviewed and stood vindicated when ball tracking showed the missed pull to a short delivery would've crashed into middle and leg. The opening pair survived three chances in total. Brendan Taylor put down a tough chance at first slip off Jarvis to repirve Imrul, while Brian Chari couldn't latch on to two tough chances - one at silly point and the other at short leg - off both openers. Mominul struck two crisp boundaries but his woeful run continued when he misjudged the length of a Jarvis delivery that rattled his stumps. Bangladesh needed a rally from their captain, but they didn't get one. Average close to seven in his last six Test innings, Mahmudullah was a picture of doubt at the crease. Caught in two minds - of pulling or paddling - he was out as the ball lobbed off his gove to short leg. It completed a full-blown collapse to give the visitors more than a ray of hope heading into the second session, after what has so far been a winless tour. [i]Source:[/i]
Sean Williams continued his great form on this Bangladesh tour, as he kept Zimbabwe afloat in the second session of day one. At tea, he was batting on 53, having already scored 226 runs in the ODI series in which he was dismissed just once. Zimbabwe: 164/4 * (66.4 ov) Williams struck four boundaries in his 125 balls at the crease, adding 44 for the fourth wicket with Sikandar Raza after Hamilton Masakadza fell in the first over after lunch. Abu Jayed removed Masakadza with a delivery that moved sharply into the batsmen's front pad. Masakadza didn't add any runs to the 52 he made in the morning session. Raza, who became Nazmul Islam's first Test victim, was bowled for 19 and his dismissal led to a slowdown in Zimbabwe's scoring, with Nazmul and Mehidy Hasan Miraz racking up six maidens in a row at one stage. But Williams and PJ Moor fought through that difficult period to take Zimbabwe to tea still four down. Having chosen to bat, Zimbabwe had made 85 for 2 in a first session that had very little drama. Taijul Islam removed both Brian Chari and Brendan Taylor, while Hamilton Masakadza remained steadfast in scoring 52. Masakadza struck three fours and two sixes, all off Taijul and all with power. Both sixes were struck straight down the ground while the fours were either cut or swept. Chari struck Abu Jayed, Bangladesh's only seamer in this attack, for two fours before his ugly slog off Taijul only caught air; he was bowled for 13. Brendan Taylor also followed suit, although he was undone by a beautifully crafted delivery from Taijul, to which he employed the forward press. But the ball slid on with the angle and caught his inside edge, which was latched on to by Nazmul Hossain Shanto, playing his first Test since January 2017, at short leg. Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first against hosts Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh decided to pick just the one seamer - Abu Jayed - as they bank on a three-man spin attack. They handed debuts to middle-order batsman Ariful Haque and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam as they made four changes from their last Test line-up. Nazmul Hossain has been included in the playing eleven while pacer Mustafizur Rahman was dropped as Bangladesh opted for three spinners in Nazmul, Taijul Islam and Mehedi Miraz. Abu Jayed Rahi was picked in the side and he, along with Ariful are the only pace bowling options in the side. [b]Bangladesh:[/b] 1 Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah (capt), 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu Jayed [b]Zimbabwe:[/b] 1 Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 2 Brian Chari, 3 Brendan Taylor, 4 Sean Williams, 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 PJ Moor, 7 Regis Chakabva (wk), 8 Brandon Mavuta, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara The second Test of the series will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from November 11.
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has called time on his international career. He will however continue to play franchise T20 cricket across the world. The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004, and played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is, although his last international appearance was more than two years ago, in a T20I against Pakistan in September 2016. In a statement released to the media, Bravo said, "Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career. Bravo played his last Test in 2010, and had gradually transformed into a T20 specialist in the past few years. The combination of his big-hitting ability, athletic fielding, and canny bowling with an assortment of slower balls and change-ups made him a much sough-after figure in T20 cricket the world over. His last ODI was in 2014, the fourth match of the dramatic series against India in Dharamsala, after which the West Indies flew home in protest against their board, cutting the tour short. Bravo was the captain of the ODI side then, and at the toss, the full squad stood behind him, symbolically backing his decision. With his announcement, Bravo has drawn a line under any potential international comeback. As recently as before West Indies' ongoing tour of India, there had been talk of Bravo, among others, possibly making it to the national team. He ends with 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Tests, with three centuries, to go with 86 wickets at 39.83. In ODIs, he made 2968 runs at 25.36, with a strike-rate of 82.30, while taking 199 wickets at 29.51 with an economy rate of 5.41.
আগের দিনেই তুলে নিয়েছিলেন ফিফটি। দিন শেষে অপরাজিত ছিলেন ৬২ রানে। আজ শেষ দিনে সেটিকে সেঞ্চুরিতে রূপান্তর করেছেন মুমিনুল হক। বড় জয় পেয়েছে তার দল চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগ। ওয়ালটন জাতীয় ক্রিকেট লিগের চতুর্থ রাউন্ডে দ্বিতীয় স্তরের এই ম্যাচে ঢাকা বিভাগকে ৮ উইকেটে হারিয়েছে চট্টগ্রাম। এবারের জাতীয় লিগে এটাই তাদের প্রথম জয়। চতুর্থ ইনিংসে চট্টগ্রামের সামনে ছিল ২০২ রানের লক্ষ্য। তৃতীয় দিনেই জয়ের অর্ধেক কাজটা সেরে রেখেছিলেন মুমিনুল ও তাসামুল হক। লক্ষ্য তাড়ায় চট্টগ্রামের শুরুটা যদিও ভালো ছিল না। ২২ রানের মধ্যেই ফিরে গিয়েছিলেন দুই ওপেনার সাদিকুর রহমান ও পিনাক ঘোষ। সেখান থেকে দলকে জয়ের বন্দরে পৌঁছে দেন মুমিনুল ও তাসামুল। জয় থেকে ৮৯ রান দূরে থেকে আজ শেষ দিন শুরু করেছিল চট্টগ্রাম। ৪৬ রান নিয়ে দিন শুরু করা তাসামুল দিনের শুরুতেই ফিফটি পূর্ণ করেন ৫৯ বলে। আর মুমিনুল আগের দিনের ফিফটিটাকে পূর্ণতা দেন সেঞ্চুরিতে। ব্যক্তিগত ৯৮ থেকে তাইবুর রহমানের বলে দুই রান নিয়ে তিন অঙ্ক ছুঁয়ে ফেলেন বাঁহাতি ব্যাটসম্যান। প্রথম শ্রেণির ক্রিকেটে এটি মুমিনুল ১৬তম সেঞ্চুরি। মুমিনুল-তাসামুলের অবিচ্ছিন্ন ১৮৩ রানের জুটিতে চট্টগ্রাম ম্যাচ জিতেছে প্রথম সেশনেই। আব্দুল মজিদকে টানা তিন চারে জয় নিশ্চিত করেন তাসামুল। ১১৫ বলে ১১ চার ও ২ ছক্কায় ১১১ রানে অপরাজিত ছিলেন মুমিনুল। ১১০ বলে ১৩ চার ও এক ছক্কায় ৮৯ রানে অপরাজিত থাকেন তাসামুল। প্রথম ইনিংসে ৮টি ও দ্বিতীয় ইনিংসে ৩টি- ম্যাচে ১১ উইকেট নিয়ে ‘ম্যান অব দ্য ম্যাচ’ হয়েছেন অবশ্য চট্টগ্রামের তরুণ অফ স্পিনার নাঈম হাসান। [b]সংক্ষিপ্ত স্কোর[/b][b]:[/b] [b]ঢাকা ১ম ইনিংস:[/b] ২৮৮ ও ২য় ইনিংস: ১৫১ [b]চট্টগ্রাম ১ম ইনিংস: [/b]২৩৮ ও ২য় ইনিংস: (লক্ষ্য ২০২) ২০৫/২ [b]ফল:[/b] চট্টগ্রাম ৮ উইকেটে জয়ী [b]ম্যান অব দ্য ম্যাচ:[/b] নাঈম হাসান।
In the end, this loss might come as a minor relief for Pakistan. It can only be an indictment of the format and schedule of the tournament that a side could play so poorly and still be one game from a shot at the title. Pakistan, barely able to cling a performance together, finally had their flickering hopes of an unlikely Asia Cup triumph extinguished by a Bangladesh team that, on the day, simply did what needed doing with ruthless efficiency, dispatching Pakistan by 37 runs, and securing a final date with India. They had two men at opposite ends of their careers to thank for it, an epic rescue act from Mushfiqur Rahim followed by Mustafizur Rahman's figures of four for 42 sending Sarfraz Ahmed's men crashing out of a tournament they never really took off in. For all of the strides Bangladesh have made in limited-overs cricket over the years, this was still an exceptionally gallant effort from Mashrafe Mortaza's men. They came into the match having just learned their talisman Shakib al Hasan would play no further part in the tournament. Tamim Iqbal hadn't been available since the first game. Mashrafe himself would be limited halfway into the Pakistan innings, having injured himself taking a screamer at midwicket to effect arguably the most important dismissal of the match - that of Shoaib Malik. This was no full-strength Bangladesh, but they made up for it with calculated, intelligent cricket, and an understanding that, in these conditions, they could play to their strengths. Chasing 240, Pakistan were slight favourites at the halfway mark, but Bangladesh gave them a taste of their own medicine, reducing them to 18 for 3 in the first four overs. Mustafizur was brilliant in the early overs, arguably the only one all tournament to get the new ball to move around occasionally. His variations were judged to perfection; he seemed to understand the Pakistan batsman's psyche better than they did themselves. Both Babar Azam and Sarfraz failed to read the cutters, paying the price with their wickets and exposing Pakistan's famously fragile middle order within the first five overs. Imam-ul-Haq struck up a couple of attritional partnerships with Malik and Asif Ali that kept Pakistan dreaming until the last ten overs, but in truth, they were never really ahead in the game after that opening burst. Imam's innings didn't have the fluency of Mushfiqur's, nor its conviction and confidence. Bangladesh's spinners, ideally suited to strangulating teams mid-chase, followed the template to perfection. wicket every few overs gave Pakistan a bloody nose, allowing the young Mustafizur, already looking like a leader at 23, to return to deliver the knockout blow. He stomped on any outlandish hopes Pakistan might have continued to harbour, removing Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali - key bit-part players in the chase against Afghanistan - in quick succession, and from there on, all Pakistan could do was delay the inevitable. It had looked like a different script at the start of the match, a brilliant start by Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi reducing Bangladesh to 12 for 3. It left Mushfiqur needing to pull off another rescue act, and true to reputation the diminutive wicketkeeper set about that task with the grim determination that has defined his career, a 144-run partnership with Mohammad Mithun helping Bangladesh climb out of that mess and put up 239, a total they would have happily signed up to after a nightmarish first seven overs. Mushfiqur himself was desperately unlucky to fall a run shy of another hundred, becoming the first Bangladesh cricketer to ever be dismissed on 99 in international cricket. It wasn't just the statistical landmark he missed out on; with his dismissal, Bangladesh's hopes of putting up a total in excess of 250 all but evaporated. Pakistan had much to thank Junaid for. Given his first start of this tournament, the left-armer put in Pakistan's best fast-bowling performance with figures of 9-1-19-4. No international side's middle order has made a greater proportion of their team's runs since the start of 2017 than Bangladesh's, and one can see why in games like these. There's an argument to be made that Mushfiqur bats too low in this line-up, especially since neither Shakib nor Tamim are playing, and he looked his side's best batsman by a distance, guiding his side away from the cliff edge, and helping Mithun grow in confidence around him. Once they saw off the initial burst, they began to look comfortable very quickly. Sarfraz, a man under pressure on many fronts over the past few days, didn't have his best day as captain, taking off Afridi and Junaid after just four overs each. They were the only bowlers that threatened to take wickets in that first phase, and once the out-of-form Hasan Ali conceded seven runs off his first over, the partnership was underway. Pakistan's field was another point of contention, Sarfraz never sure whether he wanted first slip in or not. Several edges went through that position, but never when the man was in. The case for a defensive field was particularly flimsy given how much pressure Bangladesh were under, and Mushfiqur's experience allowed him to take his chances as his side clawed its way back to parity. Pakistan's spinners lacked penetration, as they have done all tournament, allowing the fourth-wicket partnership to continue building, threatening to take the contest away from Pakistan. It wasn't until the quicker bowlers were reintroduced that a breakthrough came, with a short delivery from Hasan Ali coaxing a top edge from Mithun, allowing him to complete the simplest of catches. From there on, the faster bowlers continued to chip away at the lower middle order, and dismissals kept stymieing Bangladesh's ambitions of setting a total they would truly be confident of defending. Junaid returned to bowl just as spectacularly as he had begun the day, taking two more wickets and enjoying perhaps his best performance in a Pakistan shirt since recovering from the debilitating knee injury that hampered his career for so long. Afridi at the other end played his part as Bangladesh fell apart at the end, losing their last four wickets for 18 runs. It might have looked a bit shy at that point, but Mustafizur and the spinners were about to take over, and ensure Mushfiqur's efforts wouldn't go in vain. While they look ahead to the ultimate glory against India, the recriminations in Pakistan could be severe indeed. [i]Source: ESPNcricinfo[/i]
Bangladesh national team cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Soikat has been sued allegedly for torturing his wife for dowry. Samira Begum filed a case against Mosaddek and his mother Parul Begum in this regard with additional chief judicial magistrate court in the district on Sunday. According to the case statement, on 15 August, Mosaddek and his mother assaulted Samira and the family demanded Tk 1 million as dowry. She was then sent back to his father’s house as her family failed to pay the dowry money.
The West Indies defeated Bangladesh by three runs to level their three-match one-day series at 1-1 on Wednesday. Shimron Hetmyer’s superb 125 helped the West Indies to 271 all out in the day-night game. Bangladesh were then restricted to 268 for six wickets off 50 overs as the hosts claimed victory at the Guyana National Stadium. Shimron Hetmyer blazed 125 off 93 balls to pace the home side to a competitive 271 all out batting first. Bangladesh were left stranded on 268 for six after their 50 overs as West Indies held on for a three-run win. West Indies captain Jason Holder, who started the innings by conceding 20 runs and whose final analysis of one for 66 was the most expensive ever by a Caribbean bowler in an ODI against Bangladesh, bowled the 50th over to give the hosts the victory. Holder's first delivery accounted for topscorer Mushfiqur Rahim for 68 via a catch on the midwicket boundary and he conceded just four runs off the remaining five deliveries to celebrate a result with his teammates which leaves the series to be decided in the final match on Saturday in St Kitts. "We just had to hang in there and believe in ourselves," said the delighted captain after the match. "Bangladesh came at us hard and credit to them for the way they batted at the top. But we didn't give up and it really sets things up for the final match." Yet it should never have come to the final over drama, especially after the flying start in which Bangladesh raced to their fastest-ever fifty in ODIs - off 4.4 overs - and were 71 for one by the seventh over and apparently cruising. However both Tamim Iqbal (54) and Shakib al Hasan (56) fell to careless shots to spinners Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse respectively to get the West Indies back into the fray. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, who contributed 39, then featured in an 87-run fourth-wicket stand that looked to have tilted the balance decisively Bangladesh's way. There were more twists to come though as Mahmudullah was run out at the start of the 46th over at 232 for four, which opened the door to a West Indies team who appeared to have been closed out from the contest just minutes earlier. "It was a game we should have won but we made too many mistakes at the end," said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. "We weren't at our best in the field either but the series is still alive and we believe we have what it takes to win it." The third and final ODI is scheduled to take place in St. Kitts and Nevis on July 28. [b]Scores in brief:[/b] [b]West Indies:[/b] 271 all out in 49.3 overs (Hetmyer 125, Powell 44, Gayle 29; Rubel 3-61, Shakib 2-45) [b]Bangladesh:[/b] 268 for 6 (Tamim 54, Shakib 56, Mahmudullah 39, Mushfiqur 68; Nurse 1-34, Holder 1-66)Result: West Indies won by 3 runs
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Bangladesh’s inspirational captain, led the charge with the ball in hand, bagging four wickets for 37 runs from 10 overs to ensure Tigers’ first competitive fixture victory in the West Indies tour as they beat the hosts by 48 runs in the first ODI at Guyana. In the end, it took a team effort from Bangladesh to pull off a victory following the disastrous Test series defeat. Mashrafe and Mehedi Miraz bowled economically at the start after Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan had laid the foundation for victory with a 207-run second-wicket stand to ensure a strong 279/4 on the scoreboard. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan made 207 runs in the second wicket to lead Bangladesh to 279 for 4 and then skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bagged four wickets to flatten the Caribbean who could only manage 231 for 9. The 280-run target did not look too difficult for a team that boasted the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Andre Russell, but the Bangladesh bowlers were right on their job to record a comfortable win. Barring Gayle (40 off 60 balls) and highest scorer Shimron Hetmyer (52 in 78 deliveries), no hosts batsmen threatened the visiting bowlers, who kept picking up wickets every now and then. Mustafizur Rahman bagged two wickets while Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Rubel Hossain bagged one apiece. Mashrafe ended the day with the figure 10-1-37-4 and Bangladesh lament what could have been in the Tests had he played those longer version games. Winning the toss, Mashrafe had opted to bat first, but opener Anamul Haque was sent to the pavillion by West Indies captain Jason Holder with only one run on board. Tamim and Shakib then steered the team clear of danger. Both the batsmen slowed down a little as they inched closer to century, but with the bowlers playing their part to clinch a win, the slow batting of the duo will certainly be forgotten. Shakib was unfortunate to miss out on a century, giving a catch to Shimron Hetmyer on 97. His 121-ball innings featured six fours. Tamim did seal his 10th ODI ton, making an unbeaten 130 off 160 balls courtesy of 10 fours and three sixes. Mushfiqur Rahim slammed 30 in just 11 balls late on to take the visitors to a fighting total that in the end proved too much for the hosts. The second match of the series will be played on 25 July and a win in that will seal the series. Right after the Tests it looked impossible but Mashrafe has rejuvenated the side and as long as he is there, everything is possible. [b]Bangladesh XI:[/b] Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman [b]West Indies XI:[/b] Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph
Lionel Messi has reportedly revealed that today will not be the last time he plays in an Argentina shirt, even if La Albiceleste fail to make the World Cup knockout stages. They will secure qualification for the last 16 if they record a win over Nigeria, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, and if Iceland do not defeat already-qualified Croatia in the other Group D game today. Even if Iceland claim a first World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference or even goals scored. There are plenty of ifs, but one thing appears certain: Messi will not consider international retirement for the second time just yet. The Barcelona star, who turned 31 on Sunday, will be 35 when the next World Cup comes around. Many observers, including former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta, believe Messi will not feature in Qatar 2022 if he faces disappointment today. But the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will keep dreaming of winning a first major trophy with his country.
Bangladesh Women's cricket team took on host Malaysia women in their last group match of the ACC Women's Asia Cup 2018 today (on Saturday) at Kinrara Oval, Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur and confirmed their berth in the final match against defending champion India beating Malaysia women by 70 runs. Winning the toss the Tigresses elected to bat first and got off to a very promising start as they scored 59 runs in 9.5 overs before Ayasha Rahman went back to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs off 27 balls. However, the Tigresses cruised along and put a total of 130 runs for four on the scoreboard courtesy of a late cameo from Fahima Khatun, who remained not out after scoring 26 runs off just 12 balls. Opener Shamima Sultana scored 43 runs off 54 balls. In reply, Malaysia women could only manage to score 60 runs for 9 in 20 overs as they struggled from the beginning. Only three players managed to reach double figures for Malaysia women cricket team with the highest 17 run knock coming from the skipper Duraisingam’s bat. The leg break bowler of Bangladesh women cricket team, Rumana Ahmed took 3 wickets for 8 runs from four overs while skipper Salma, Jahanara, Nahida and Khadija took a wicket each. Earlier, Bangladesh women started their ACC Women's Asia Cup 2018 mission with a six-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka women, who bounced back in the next match beating Pakistan women by seven wickets on June 4. Bangladesh eves caught the spotlight beating six times champion India women by seven wickets on June 6 and extended their winning streak smashing Thailand by nine wickets in the following day. India are the champion of all previous six editions of the tournament, who got Sri Lanka for four times and Pakistan for two times in the final encounters. The seventh edition thus is going to be witness of minimum one new finalist. Tigresses are now set to face India Women in the final of Women’s T20 Asia Cup at the same venue tomorrow (June 10). [b]Scores in brief Bangladesh:[/b] 130 for 4 in 20 overs (Shamima 43, Ayasha 31, Fahima 26 not out; Duraisingam 2-19, Sasha 1-29) [b]Malaysia:[/b] 60 for 9 in 20 overs (Duraisingam 17, Elysa 14, Yaakop 11; Rumana 3-8) [b]Result:[/b] Bangladesh women won by 70 runs. [b]Player-of-the-match[/b]: Shamima Sultana.