Bangladesh clinch ODI series


MNA Sports Desk: Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged four wickets while Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar hit commanding fifties as Bangladesh easily beat West Indies by eight wickets on Friday to win the ODI series. Shai Hope’s second century in as many games helped the visitors somehow manage 198 for 9, a target that seemed too easy for the Bangladesh top-order. Tamim’s 81 runs came in 104 balls courtesy of nine fours while Soumya was brutal, hitting 80 in 81 balls in an innings that featured five fours and five sixes. Keemo Paul bagged both the wickets of Liton Das (23) ...

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‘Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’


MNA Sports Desk: Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday, while Egypt expressed an interest in hosting the finals. “Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told news agency. Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on 15 June. Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to ...

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Windies level series 1-1


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies won by 4 wickets against host Bangladesh in the second ODI of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Tuesday. Shai Hope carried his bat through the innings and recorded a career-best score of 146 to help Windies draw level. Earlier, Bangladesh scored 255 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs, after they were forced to bat first by West Indies. The series-deciding 3rd ODI match will be held in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday (December 14) as the hosts won the opening match by five wickets on Sunday last ...

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Tigers set Windies 256-run target


MNA Sports Desk: Fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh to 255 for 7 in the second ODI against West Indies on Tuesday. Opener Liton Das was retired hurt on five while one-down Imrul Kayes failed to manage a single run, but Tamim and Mushfiq then added 111 runs to put Bangladesh in control. Tamim departed just after reaching his fifty, made with four fours and a six, while Mushfiq soon followed him to the pavillion after scoring 62 in 80 balls, courtesy of five fours. Shakib and Mahmudullah (30) now added 61 to take ...

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Bangladesh beat West Indies easily


MNA Sports Desk: A Mushfiqur Rahim fifty and great bowling by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman helped Bangladesh easily beat West Indies by five wickets in the first ODI on Sunday. The hosts were set a target of 196 to win the game, and the batsmen played their part to ensure the Tigers remain in winning ways. Chasing 196, openers Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal (12) made 37 in the first wicket before Roston Chase removed the former thanks to a Devendra Bishoo catch. Oshane Thomas bowled Imrul Kayes (4) four balls later to cause a little problem, but ...

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Windies won the toss, opted to bat first


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies captain Rovman Powell has won the toss and decided to bat first in their first ODI against Bangladesh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell(c), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

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Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets

Yasir Shah

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah Thursday became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand. The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four — his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings — to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against New ...

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U-23 set to face UAE in Emerging Asia Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh U23 cricket team, which is currently touring Pakistan for the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018, will begin their campaign when they take on UAE at the Southend Cricket Ground in Karachi Thursday. On the same day, co-hosts Pakistan U23 will face Hong Kong at the National Stadium at the same city. Bangladesh U23 is led by wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan and features Bangladesh national cricketers Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Khaled Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan. The Bangladesh side that reached Karachi on Wednesday morning is only the second Bangladeshi team to have visited Pakistan since ...

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Powell to lead Windies against Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Rovman Powell will lead the Windies for the first time in his career, during the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, reported news agency. Powell had an average outing in the ODI series against India, with only 61 runs in five innings. However, he had a productive time during the T10 League, scoring 177 runs at a strike rate of 226.92, including a 25-ball 61 in the final that laid the platform for Northern Warriors’ title victory. Meanwhile, the Windies will be boosted by the return of Darren Bravo, who is set to play his first ODI in ...

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Modric wins Ballon d’Or

Luka Modric

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France. “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the ...

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Shakib, Tamim return for WI ODIs


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh selectors on Sunday recalled Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan to a full-strength squad for the one-day international series against West Indies, reported news agency. The pair missed the Tigers’ last ODI series against Zimbabwe in October due to injury, but were deemed fit for the upcoming three-match contest in Bangladesh. The three-match ODI series will be held from December 9 to 14 in Dhaka and Sylhet. Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mohammad ...

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Tigers whitewash Windies thru innings defeat in 2nd Test


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh whitewashed West Indies in Test series as the visitors failed to skip innings defeat in the 2nd match on Sunday, reported news agency. Tigers defeated West Indies by 184 runs in the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur. Mehidy Hasan Miraz produced his career best figure picking up 7 wickets in the first innings and 5 wickets in the second one. Being forced to follow on after being dismissed their first innings at 111 on the first session of the third day, West Indies again lost all wickets scoring only 213 ...

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Tigers force West Indies to follow-on

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MNA Sports Desk: Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagged seven wickets as Bangladesh dismissed the West Indies for 111, thus taking a 397-run first-innings lead during day three of their second and final Test match Sunday. Miraz took seven conceding 58 runs while captain Shakib al Hasan picked up three giving away 27 runs. This is Miraz’s career-best figure in Tests. Middle-order batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich scored 39 and 37 respectively. The Tigers then decided to impose the follow on, the first in their 18-year Test history. Bangladesh took control of the match on the second day, posting a ...

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Mahmudullah scores century to power Tigers past 450


MNA Sports Desk: Mahmudullah has scored his third Test century against the West Indies in Dhaka, reported news agency. His partnership with Taijul Islam took the Tigers past 450 on Saturday. Bangladesh has also seen half-centuries from debutant Shadman Islam (76), Shakib Al Hasan (80) and Liton Das (53). The Tigers have built on the solid platform they made on Friday and are now eyeing a massive total with two wickets still in hand. With Bangladesh at 259/5, it looks like the game is in perfect balance, but a lot will depend on whether Windies are able to skittle the ...

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Hornets seal Premier Div Basketball


MNA Sports Desk: Hornets Sporting Club emerged as the unbeaten champion in the Unimed Unihealth Pharmaceuticals Premier Division Basketball League, organised by Bangladesh Basketball Federation, after beating Rangers Club by 63-50 points Wednesday at Wooden Floor Basketball Gymnasium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The winning side led 33-22 in the first half. Hornets’ Jamil and Raim caged 25 and 13 points respectively while Rangers’ Bappy and Mehedi scored 19 and 13 points accordingly. Hornets received Tk30,000 as prize money while Rangers got Tk20,000, reported news agency.

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Smith to play for Comilla Victorians

Comilla Victorians

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Premier League side Comilla Victorians on Tuesday announced the signing of former Australian captain Steve Smith for the upcoming edition of the Twenty20 tournament. Smith would join the team mid-January for the second phase of the BPL as a replacement for Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, reported news agency. Australia’s ex-vice captain David Warner will also play in the BPL — which runs from 5 January to 8 February 2019 — having signed for the Sylhet Sixers. Smith and Warner were handed year-long international bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in ...

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Babar Azam slams anchor Zainab Abbas

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MNA Sports Desk: Babar Azam, who scored the first Test century of his career in the second Test match against New Zealand, hit out at Zainab Abbas over a tweet from the star Pakistani cricket anchor. Abbas, a popular anchor in Pakistan who has 1.12 million followers on Twitter, congratulated Babar on getting his first hundred. But Babar did not like a cheeky line in that tweet. ‘Well played @babarazam258 – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his ‘son’s’ century #PakvNZ,’ Zainab tweeted after Babar’s maiden hundred on Sunday. But the 24-year-old Pakistan batsman apparently didn’t like ...

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Mashrafe gets AL’s nomination for Narail-2


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh national cricket team ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been nominated from ruling Awami League to join the race of 11th parliamentary polls from Narail-2 constituency. He was served the confirmation letter, from Awami Legaue central office at Bangabandhu Avenue Sunday (Nov 25) morning. Narail district AL leaders collected the final nomination paper on behalf of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Party Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap has forwarded the letter. Meanwhile, people from different walks of life of Narail congratulated the paceman upon bagging ticket from Awami League. AL started distributing the final nomination letters to the ...

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Australia lift fourth WT20 title


MNA Sports Desk: Australia on Saturday trump England in an eight-wicket win to put their hands on the ICC Women’s World T20 title for a fourth time. Choosing to bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua England began promisingly with 12 runs in the first over. But that remained their best of the innings. Elyse Villani held on to a skyer to extend Tammy Beaumont’s disappointing tournament, and Georgia Wareham’s rocket throw from mid-on caught Amy Jones short of her crease at the non-striker’s end, ICC reports. But for those, Australia were unusually sloppy on the field, the nerves ...

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Tigers win first Test by 64 runs

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have beaten West Indies for the first time ever on home soil to go 1-0 up in the Test series after winning the first Test at Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium by 64 runs. Mehedi Miraz bagged the wicket of Jomel Warrican to break the ninth-wicket stand of 63 runs between him and Sunil Ambris. With 66 runs needed and Windies having two wickets in hand, Warrick mishit Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan took the catch at midwicket to send back Warrick after a fighting 41. Next over, Taijul Islam bagged his sixth wicket as West ...

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Bangladesh to bat first against West Indies

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies in the first of a two-Test series in Chattogram on Thursday, reported news agency. Bangladesh have handed maiden Test cap to 17-year-old off-spinner Nayeem Hasan. Soumya Sarkar also has been included in the squad while Liton Das and Khaled Ahmed are out. Ariful Haque had to make way for skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Squads: Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, ...

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Nic Pothas declared interim West Indies coach


MNA Sports Desk: Nic Pothas has been appointed West Indies’ interim head coach for the tour of Bangladesh following the end of Stuart Law’s stint. Law was named Middlesex coach in September and the recently concluded India tour was his final assignment having originally joined West Indies in early 2017. West Indies hoped Pothas, who become fielding coach earlier this year, would bring some continuity for the Bangladesh series before a full-time appointment is made. “Having Nic lead the team at this juncture is important for continuity and we look forward to strong and positive performances from the squad under ...

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Bangladesh finish Women’s World T20 with defeat


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women’s cricket team finished their Women’s World T20I with all losing note as they suffered a 30-run defeat to South Africa in their group A last encounter held on Monday at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium at Gros Islet, St. Lucia. Salma Khatun produced a superb bowling display to restrict South Africa to a small total of 109 for 9 from their stipulated 20 overs. Marizanne Kappan top scored with 25 runs while opener Lizelle Lee followed her with 21 for South Africa. Chloe Tryon (18) and Dane van Niekerk (17) were the other notable ...

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Shakib, Soumya back in Test squad


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan and batsman Soumya Sarkar will return to the squad for the first Test of two-match series against the West Indies, reported news agency. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday made the announcement. BCB has also drafted in 18-year-old off break bowler Naeem Hasan. The star all-rounder Shakib has been out of action since returning home midway through the Asia Cup with a long-standing finger injury that needed surgery. SQUAD Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Md Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmud Ullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, ...

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BCB honours Tamim, Mushfiq to reach 10,000-run club


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) honoured two Bangladeshi cricketers—opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim with special crest and blazer to mark their feat of crossing the 10,000 runs in international cricket across all three formats of the game. Mushfiqur Rahim reached the landmark of 10,000 runs as the 3rd Bangladeshi cricketer scoring 10,313 runs featuring country’s individual best 219 runs not out in the first innings on way to their comfortable 218-run victory over touring Zimbabwe in the 2nd and last Test in Dhaka to level the series 1-1. BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon MP honored ...

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Bangladesh level series against Zimbabwe


MNA Sports Desk: Host Bangladesh won by 218 against visiting Zimbabwe in the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka on Thursday. Right-arm spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 5 for 38 to finish with eight wickets in the match as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 224. Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4. The second Test of the two-match series began at Mirpur on Sunday. Zimbabwe won the first Test at Sylhet.    

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Bangladesh set 443-run target


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4 in the second Test in Mirpur in Dhaka, reported new agency. In Bangladesh’s 224 runs, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad contributed a stunning century, the second in his career. That helped visitors post a challenging target for the tourists. He remained unbeaten at 101. His first century was against New Zealand at Hamilton in February 2010. The hosts opted against enforcing the follow-on despite their 218-run first innings lead. Debutant Mohammad Mithun scored 67 runs and built up an ...

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