Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI against NZ


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


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


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


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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Injury throws away Shakib from New Zealand tour


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh stalwart Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out from the upcoming New Zealand ODIs due to a finger injury that he sustained during the final of Bangladehs Premier League (BPL) on Friday between Dhaka Dynamites and ComillaVictorians. Shakib led the Dynamites in the Final who lost the by 17 runs and failed to clinch the title in the second attempt on a trot. A source close to Shakib said he got injured on his left ring-finger while batting for the Dynamites. The southpaw got the blow while facing a short delivery from Sri Lankan ...

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Riders, Dynamites fights to reach final on Wednesday


MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns in the Qualifier-2 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday for a final berth. The Titans’ clash will start at 6:30 pm. The winners of the match will qualify for the BPL season-six final on Friday (February 8) at the same venue against Comilla Victorians, which smartly reached the title-deciding final beating holders Rangpur Riders by eight wickets in Qualifier-1 on Monday. The loser of Wednesday’s match will be eliminated from the prestigious league. At the start of the league, defending runners-up Dynamites ...

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BPL Play-Off: Ctg Vikings beat Dhk Dynamites


MNA Sports Desk: The victory at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after three consecutive defeats helped Vikings secure a spot in the super-four play-off stage after Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians. They have secured 14 points from 11 matches. Vikings, opting to bat first after winning the toss, posted 174/5 in 20 overs. Andre Russell took a hat-trick in the final over, picking up the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Cameron Delfort and Sanaka in the first three balls. It was the third hat-trick of the ongoing BPL. For the Vikings, South African all-rounder Cameron Delport scored the match highest of 71 ...

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ICC urges Sri Lanka to come clean on corruption


MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council has urged Sri Lanka’s scandal-ridden sporting community to come forward with information about corruption before an amnesty expires or risk expulsion from the game. Sri Lankan cricket has been mired in corruption allegations in recent years, including claims of match fixing ahead of an international Test against England last year, and the sport’s world governing body is in the middle of a major inquiry into the island nation. The ICC said it had received a “positive response” after granting a 15-day amnesty this month for players, coaches or anyone else linked to the ...

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Record seventh AO title for Djokovic


MNA Sports Desk: Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. The Serb broke the Spaniard’s serve five times – and was rarely troubled on his own – in a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory to clinch his 15th Grand Slam. Second seed Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one’s intensity and made 28 unforced errors, reports BBC. Djokovic, 31, won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men’s winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer. A forehand winner down the ...

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Pliskova beats Serena as Djokovic enters semis


MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was brought to a halt in sensational style at the Australian Open Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, but fellow former champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals. The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but folded against the tall Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. Her reward is a clash against Japan’s Naomi Osaka for a place in the final, after the Japanese fourth seed brutally swatted aside the ...

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Last message of Sala before plane vanished


MNA Sports Desk: Emiliano Sala was unfortunately on board a plane that was heading to his new club Cardiff City in the Premier League but disappeared off the radar over the Channel Islands. Bone-chilling messages from the player to his friends have now emerged, sent out by Sala via WhatsApp, that show just how concerned and “scared” he really was, reports FOX Sports Asia. “Hey guys, how is it going? Brother, I am really tired now,” Sala said in Spanish. “I was over in Nantes sorting things out, doing this, doing that. “I am now aboard a plan that seems ...

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Mustafizur named in ICC’s 2018 ODI XI


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s left-handed pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been named in ICC’s ODI team of the year 2018. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Test and ODI XI of the year 2018 on Tuesday. Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named as the skipper in both teams. Kohli, in 2018, scored 1,322 runs in 13 test matches at an average of 55.08 with five centuries. In the same year, in ODI’s, he scored 1,202 runs in 14 matches at an average of 133.55 with six centuries. He finished the year at the top of the ICC Test and ...

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Kohli all time greatest ODI batsman


MNA Sports Desk: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has put Virat Kohli above all stalwarts of ODI cricket, calling him the “greatest batsman ever” in the format. Kohli, the world’s top-ranked batter in Tests and ODIs, led India in their historic tour of Australia, wherein they won the Test and ODI series and drew the T20I series, reports PTI. Kohli led India to their first-ever Test series win Down Under and added to his already astonishing collection of international hundreds, which, as of now, stands at 64. “To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day ...

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Serena, Zverev makes flashing start

Serena Williams

MNA Sports Desk: A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title. The American giant is bidding to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam crowns on her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant. Now 37, she kept a low profile in the lead-up to the opening major of the year and came out of the blocks flying against fellow mum Tatjana Maria, pummelling her German opponent 6-0, 6-2. Sporting ...

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Rahul, Pandya suspended over ‘sexist’ comments


MNA Sports Desk: Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been suspended pending an inquiry into comments they made about women on a television show this week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday. Batsman Rahul and all-rounder Pandya have been heavily criticised in India and on social media for remarks that have been widely condemned as sexist and inappropriate. The length of their suspensions is not known, but the duo look set to miss the one-day international series in Australia starting on Saturday and a limited-overs tour of New Zealand. The Committee of ...

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Wolves reaches round 4 of FA Cup beating Liverpool


MNA Sports Desk: Premier League leaders Liverpool paid the price for fielding a weakened side as they were knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. The Merseysiders fell behind to a Raul Jimenez goal on the break in the 38th minute, the Mexican firing home confidently after Diogo Jota robbed James Milner. Belgian forward Divock Origi brought Liverpool, seven-times FA Cup winners, level in the 51st minute with a well-placed effort from the edge of the area. But Wolves grabbed the winner four minutes later when Ruben Neves ...

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Dominant India wins in Australia after 71 years


MNA Sports Desk: India ended a 71-year drought of a test series victory in Australia on Monday, their 2-1 triumph finally confirmed when the rain-affected fourth and final test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground early on Monday afternoon. The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honors Down Under. Wins in the first test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured they could not lose the series and their ...

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BPL-2019: Dynamites get emphatic victory over Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Dhaka Dynamites got an emphatic victory over Rajshahi Kings at their first game in the 5th season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Afghan batsman Hazratulah Zazai and Bangladesh national pacer Rubel Hossain played the pivotal roles to ensure a big win for current BPL runners-up Dynamites. Zazai struck a polished innings of 78 off 41 balls featuring four fours and seven sixe to be adjudged man of the match to received prize money of US dollars 500 while Rubel Hossain took three scalps for seven runs in three overs. Rajshahi ...

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Sachin’s cricket ‘guru’ Achrekar dies


MNA Sports Desk: Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar at around 5:00pm. Achrekar, honoured with a Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in coaching Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars in the finer nuances of the game. “The BCCI expresses is deepest sympathy on the passing of Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers but ...

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Bangladesh have to play qualifiers for T20 WC


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an extra round to play in the T20 World Cup 2020, the ICC said on Tuesday, reported news agency. The 16-team tournament will have the top eight-ranked sides – Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies and Afghanistan – who will get a direct passage to the Super 12s, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start with the group stage. The group stage will include these two sides and six others who will make it there via World T20 qualifiers. The eight teams will jostle for the four remaining ...

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Fizz named in Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI

Cricket Australia

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman has been named by Cricket Australia in its ODI team of the year for 2018, reported news agency. The Fizz bagged 29 wickets in 18 ODI innings this year, at an average of 21.72. The CA especially took into account Mustafizur’s performance in the Asia Cup in the UAE where he notched four wickets in a crucial clash with Pakistan, and two against India in the final. Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Virat Kohli (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Jos Buttler (WK), Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, ...

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Bashundhara Kings win Swadhinata Cup title

Swadhinata Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bashundhara Kings clinched their first domestic title defeating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 goal in the final of Swadhinata Cup, reported news agency. The match held at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital Wednesday (Dec 26). For Bashundhara, Marcos Vinicius and Motin Mia scored the two goals. It was the 10th edition of Swadhinata Cup. Last month, Abahani Limited had shattered Bashundhara’s dream of clinching the maiden title in this season’s first tournament, the Federation Cup, with a 3-1 win in the final game.

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Open Bodybuilding begins

Open Bodybuilding

MNA Sports Desk: The 4th Marcel Cup Open Bodybuilding Competition, organised by Bangladesh Bodybuilding Federation, got underway Monday while the opening ceremony was held Tuesday, reported news agency. A total of 200 bodybuilders from 60 clubs, organisations and gymnasiums will take part in the three-day tournament. ATN Bangla will telecast the final round live Wednesday from 3:05pm onwards. The details of the tournament were announced in a press conference Sunday afternoon at the conference room of Bangladesh Olympic Bhaban. The participants will take part in six categories – 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg and 80-plus kg.

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Rangpur win Nat’l U-17 Gold Cup

Gold Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Division emerged champions in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football tournament (U- 17) beating Rajshahi Division by 2-1 goals in the grand final on Sunday at country’s premier venue Bangabandhu National Stadium. President Abdul Hamid graced the final and distributed trophies and medals as the chief guest, reported news agency. Earlier, the prestigious Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football tournament (U-17) was formally inaugurated through a fabulous ceremony with a match between Baushi Union of Barhatta team and Barhatta Sadar Union team at Sheikh Russel Mini Stadium at Barhatta Upazila of ...

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West Indies seal T20I series

T20I series

MNA Sports Desk: The West Indies clinched the T20I series after defeating host Bangladesh by 50 runs in the third and final match of the series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday, reported news agency. Chasing 191, Bangladesh were bundled out for 140 with three overs to spare. Liton top-scored with 43 off 25 balls, featuring three fours and as many sixes. Earlier, Shakib won the toss and elected to bowl first. Bangladesh named an unchanged playing XI, while the Windies made one change to their side, bringing in debutant Sherfane Rutherford in place of batsman Darren ...

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WI all out for 190

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: West Indies are all out for 190 as Oshane Thomas is run out in the last over bowled by Mahmudullah Riyad in the series-deciding third T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. West Indies showed a lot of firepower as Evin Lewis and Shai Hope started proceeding brightly for West Indies as the duo combined in a 76-run opening stand. Bangladesh came back into the game with a few breakthoroughs but Lewis continued wrecking havoc at the other end. Mahmudullah Riyad then tilted things in favour of Bangladesh with double strikes to remove Lewis and Hetmyer off back-to-back ...

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Windies won the toss, opted to field


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. West Indies will be eyeing a series win after clinching the first T20 at Sylhet by eight wickets as the prepare to face the Tigers. Teams: Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Hider, Mustafizur Rahman West Indies XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, ...

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