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Neymar-less Brazil seal 3-0 victory over Bolivia

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MNA Sports Desk: It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants. The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned ...

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Rhodes hopeful of Shakib to be fit for Windies clash

Shakib

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh are optimistic that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will recover from a thigh injury in time for Monday’s World Cup match against West Indies in Taunton, their coach Steve Rhodes has said. Shakib strained a muscle in his left thigh while batting against England in Cardiff last week, but fought past the pain to make 121 runs as Bangladesh lost by 106 runs, reports Reuters. The 32-year old, who has scored 260 runs at the tournament so far, was a doubt for Tuesday’s match against Sri Lanka, which was subsequently abandoned, and Rhodes is confident the extra ...

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Rain delays Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match

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MNA Sports Desk: The toss of the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at The County Ground in Bristol delayed due to rain. Rain ensured the covers remained on the pitch and square and prevented the toss taking place as scheduled at 3.30pm. Only 7.3 overs were possible in the match between West Indies and South Africa at Southampton on Monday. Sri Lanka’s match against Pakistan at Bristol on 7 June was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It is still not clear when the game can take to the field as the rain continues. UNB adds: The ...

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Mashrafe eyes semis spot in World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said their mission to seal the semifinal spot is still on the track as they have six matches at hand. The captain urged his side not to be panicked in the wake to successive defeats, stating that the Tigers are capable enough to turn the things around, BSS reports. ”Still six matches to go and hopefully others step up in those games because we have very important matches coming up,” Mashrafe said in the post-match presentation after their 106-run defeat to tournament favourties England. After their impressive 21-run win over mighty South ...

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 2 wkts

New Zealand

MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand held their nerve under the floodlights to beat Bangladesh by two wickets at The Oval on Wednesday. Chasing a modest target of 245, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson shared a third-wicket partnership of 105 to put the Black Caps on course for a comfortable victory, but they lost six more wickets before notching up their second win of the tournament with 17 balls to spare. Set 245 to win, New Zealand was cruising at 218-5 in the 43rd over, but the loss in consecutive overs of allrounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham left tailenders Mitchell ...

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Tigers off to flying start in ICC World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the ICC Cricket World Cup crushing South Africa by 21 runs in their first match at the Kennington Oval, London on Sunday. Chasing a target of 331 runs, the Proteas were restricted to 309 runs for eight in stipulated 50 overs. Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets conceding 67 runs in 10 overs while Mohammad Saifuddin scalped two for 57 runs in eight overs. Earlier, two brilliant half century by world number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh post their highest-ever ODI total of ...

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Bangladesh to win only a match in World Cup: McCullum

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MNA Sports Desk: Former captain of New Zealand cricket team Brendon McCullum predicted Bangladesh can win only a match in the ICC World Cup 2019. In a facebook post, McCullum made predictions which team will win how many matches in the tournament where he placed the Tigers at bottom. The former NZ captain thinks Bangladesh can beat only Sri Lanka. Such prediction about Bangladesh team sparked an outcry on social media. Many reacted in the predictions. Among them, one wrote, ‘Yes, we will get victory just in a match, but it would be final game’. The former black cap captain ...

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ICC World Cup: Last-minute countdown on

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MNA Sports Desk: The wait is finally over. The 12th edition of ICC World Cricket World Cup is all set to begin in England and Wales on Thursday, with the opening match between the hosts England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval, London. The match will start at 3:30pm (BdST) and will be telecast in Bangladesh by Maasranga, GTV & BTV. At the same time, the live streaming of all the matches will be available through Rabbithole in YouTube and Bioscope (bioscopelive.com) in Bangladesh. In this edition of the World Cup, 10 Test-playing nations are the participants. The top ...

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Tigers’ World Cup theme song unveiled

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and its team rights holder Unilever Bangladesh Limited jointly unveiled the official theme song of the Bangladesh Cricket Team on Saturday in a bid to give the side an impetus in the flagship event. The title of the theme song is “Khalbe Tiger, Jitbe Tiger, Tigers fans roaring, can you hear” — written by Pullok Anil, composed by Emon Chakrabartee, while Zoyat gave voice to it, BSS reports. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury formally announced the unveiling of the theme song at the media block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in ...

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Shakib reclaims top spot in ODI all-rounder rankings

Shakib

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got a further boost ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup as the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan finally reclaimed his number one spot in ICC ODI all-rounder rankings from the Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan. Shakib, who is in No. 2 spot in both Test and T20 all-rounder rankings, is in top in ODI format with 359 points. Rashid Khan is now on the second spot with 339 points. The Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder basically regained the top spot on the basis of his terrific performance with both bat and ball in the recently concluded tri-series in ...

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Bangladesh’s 2015 win over England named as greatest moment in WC history

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MNA Sports Desk: Another ICC Cricket World Cup is knocking at the door. So ahead of the World Cup, the global governing body of cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) is arranging different features and competitions to make it more interesting. Among them, one of the competition was “Bira 91 ICC Cricket World Cup Greatest Moments” competition. Bangladesh’s victory over England in the 2015 tournament was selected as the winner of the competition, reports bdcrictime. For selecting the winner of this competition, ICC arranged a pole in their official website. Cricket fans and followers from all over the world voted for ...

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Bangladesh reach ODI final beating West Indies

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh qualified for the tri-nations final in Ireland after another win over the West Indies on Monday. The West Indies reached Friday’s final after beating the tournament hosts Ireland on Saturday for a second time. But they lost for a second straight time to Bangladesh, when 247-9 was easily chased down by Bangladesh, which made 248-5 with 16 balls to spare. The match was won tamely on a wide delivery by Sheldon Cottrell, but it was an all-round effort by Bangladesh. Without haste, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 54 and Mushfiqur Rahim 63, and they were well supported ...

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Mumbai Indians clinch 4th IPL title

Mumbai Indians

MNA Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thrilling encounter by one run to lift their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. Needing nine to win off six balls, CSK’s star performer Shane Watson (80 off 59) got run out. Thereafter, veteran Lasith Malinga became the saviour for MI as he bowled tight lines to turn the tide in his side’s favour. Earlier, at one point CSK were cruising but MI bowlers took wickets in quick succession to bring their side back in the match. The biggest turning of the match was probably the runout ...

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Bangladesh in Bangamata U-19 Women’s Gold Cup final

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have confirmed their place in the Bangamata U19 Women’s International Gold Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win over Mongolia. Monika Chakma, Marzia Akhter and Tohura Khatun struck in the semi-final at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday. The trio did not let Golam Robbani Choton’s side feel the pressure after they started without injured stars Sirat Jahan Shopna and Krishna Rani Sarkar. They now face Laos in the final scheduled for Friday. Laos beat Kyrgyzstan 7-1 in the first semi-final match on Monday.

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Tigers start ICC World Cup preparation

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh started off their ICC World Cup preparation camp on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city with only five players of the squad. Most of the national players are busy with Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League which will end on April 23. The players who were present at the camp on the first day are Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Most of them batted for more than 30 minutes each on the central wicket of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Mohammad Saifuddin and Soumya Sarkar also came to the camp but ...

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Pele hospitalized with urinary infection

Pele

MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian soccer great Pele was hospitalized in Paris with a strong fever but his condition is not life-threatening and he should be released “within a couple of days,” one of his long-time friends said on Wednesday. The 78-year-old was suffering from a urinary infection and being treated with antibiotics, his friend and spokesman Pepito Fornos, who was with Pele at the hospital, said. “Everything is under control. Everything’s fine.” Pele was admitted late on Tuesday as a precaution after attending an event in the French capital with France’s World Cup winning youngster Kylian Mbappe. He was still ...

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Federer downs Isner for 101st career title

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MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday. Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Federer, who won his fourth Miami title, broke Isner three times in a blazing opening set, according to a Reuters report. “It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves,” the Swiss, 37, said in a courtside interview. But the American fought back in the second, levelling the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it difficult to continue. ...

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Ireland to host Windies & BD for tri-series in May

Ireland

MNA Sports Desk: Ireland will host West Indies and Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series in the first half of May, with a double round-robin phase followed by a final, reports ESPNcricinfo. The tri-series will begin on May 05, with Ireland facing West Indies, and conclude with the final on May 17. All the matches will take place in Dublin, at Castle Avenue, Clontarf and The Village, Malahide. The tournament will serve as preparation for West Indies and Bangladesh ahead of the 2019 World Cup that begins in England on May 30. West Indies play their first match on May 31, ...

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Bangladesh beats Bhutan 2-0 to storm into SAFF semis

Bhutan

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 goals in the SAFF Women Championship at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday. The outright victory helped Bangladesh storm to the semifinal of the tournament with a match to spare. They will now take on Nepal on March 16 in their bid to be the champion of their group. Nepal earlier defeated Bhutan by 3-0, which means Bangladesh need to win over the hosts at any cost to be the group champion. A draw is enough for hosts Nepal to become the group champion. For most the first half of the ...

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Bangladesh failed to utilize wicket: Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s failure to take advantage of the wicket led to their humiliating loss to New Zealand in the second Test at Wellington, Mahmudullah Riyad said Tuesday. Beating Tigers by an innings and 12 runs confirmed the Kiwis’ series win with one match to go. Bangladeshi batsmen appeared clueless against New Zealand pace attack. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner took 16 wickets in the series so far, most of them have been notched by short deliveries. “I think the help from the wicket was equally the same for both groups of the bowlers. They (Kiwis) utilised the wicket properly, ...

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Juventus takes leap to retain title

Juventus

MNA Sports Desk: Serie A champion Juventus took a huge step towards retaining the Serie A title by beating second-placed Napoli on Sunday, with both sides reduced to 10 men. Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was given a straight red card for tripping Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic curled in the resulting free-kick, according to BBC. Emre Can headed a second, before Pjanic was dismissed for deliberate handball. Jose Callejon pulled a goal back and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne missed a late penalty. The spot-kick was awarded by the VAR six minutes from time after Fabian Ruiz’s cutback hit Alex Sandro on ...

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Roger Federer stands one win away from 100th singles title

Federer

MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer is one win away from a 100th ATP singles title after a semi-final victory over Borna Coric on Friday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Federer, 37, showed his best form of the tournament in easing to a 6-2, 6-2 win over the 22-year-old Croat. He now faces Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in the Australian Open last 16 in January. A win will make Federer the second male player to win 100 singles titles after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109. “Tsitsipas is tough to play, tough to beat,” said Federer. “He ...

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Sabbir’s ton fails avoiding whitewash

Sabbir

MNA Sports Desk: Sabbir Rahman hit his first international century on Wednesday at Dunedin but Bangladesh failed to avoid a clean sweep against the hosts New Zealand. The Tigers suffered a big loss of 88 runs after losing first two matches by eight wickets each, and subsequently, they lost the series 3-0. The Kiwis posted 330 for six wickets in the first part of the match after losing the toss to Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe. Despite the knock of 102 by Sabbir, Bangladesh capitulated for 242/10 in 47.2 overs and lost the match by 88 runs, reports UNB. Tim Southee, the ...

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Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI against NZ

Mithun

MNA Sports Desk: Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has been ruled out of third One-day International against New Zealand which is scheduled to be played Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. In the first two matches of the three-match series, Mithun struck the back-to-back fifties which helped the Tigers to pass 200-runs mark, UNB reports. However, Bangladesh have capitulated to the Kiwi in both of the first two matches by a big margin of eight wickets. “Mithun had suffered a hamstring injury in the second match of the series and a scan suggested he will not be available in the next ...

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BCB declares new domestic T20 tournament

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that a Twenty20 cricket tournament comprising teams from the Dhaka Premier League will begin on Feb 25. The tournament will feature local cricketers exclusively. Foreign players will not be allowed to take part. BCB Director Kazi Inam Ahmed made the announcement at a media briefing on Monday. The decision came amid growing calls for a domestic T20 competition outside the Bangladesh Premier League to develop more local talent in the shortest format of the game. The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) had previously expressed a willingness to stage a ...

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NZ beats BD by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

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MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare. The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday. After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups. It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and ...

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Mashrafe expresses confidence over success in New Zealand

Mashrafe

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his team can break their drought in New Zealand during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder’s absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. Bangladesh’s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets ...

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