Champions Trophy Final: India won the toss, elected to bowl

Trophy final

MNA Sports Desk: India have won the toss and elected to field against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. India’s lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world’s top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8. Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events. India Team RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, KM Jadhav, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, ...

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ICC Champions Trophy: Tigers return home

ICC Champions

MNA Sport Desk: After playing the semi-finals in the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in their history, Bangladesh national cricket team returned home on Saturday morning. The team landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 10:00am after being away for 50 days in the UK. But, test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan not retuned with the team. Three cricketers except Shakib will stay in England for more few days. The Tigers achieved the dream semifinal berth of the ICC global event eliminating World Champions Australia and upper ranking New ...

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Pakistan booked place in Champions Trophy final

Champions Trophy final

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Pakistan will now face title-holders Bangladesh in Sunday’s final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat India in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston. Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) all but ended previously unbeaten tournament hosts England’s slim hopes of victory with an opening stand of 118. Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs. Brief scores England 211, 49.5 overs (Hasan Ali 3-35) ...

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Iran confirmed spot in 2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi were on target as Iran confirmed their spot in the 2018 World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Monday. It was Iran’s sixth win from eight matches in Group A which took the table-toppers to 20 points, while South Korea are second on 13 ahead of their match against Qatar on Tuesday. Iran are still unbeaten in the third stage of qualifying and amazingly have not conceded a single goal during the campaign, thus underlining their credentials as one of Asia’s football giants. ...

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Champions Trophy: India crushed South Africa to reach semi-finals

India crushed

MNA Sports Desk: India crushed shambolic South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. World number ones South Africa, who are eliminated, suffered three run-outs in a collapse of eight wickets for 51 runs to be bowled out for 191. Shikhar Dhawan made 78 and Virat Kohli 76 not out as India raced to their target with 12 overs to spare. India join England and Bangladesh in the last four, with Sri Lanka meeting Pakistan on Monday for the final spot. It would take a dramatic swing in net run-rate for India ...

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Champions Trophy: Tigers into semis as England beat Australia

England beat Australia

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh reached into Champions Trophy semi-finals as England beat Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday. Ben Stokes hit a career-best 102 not out and captain Eoin Morgan 87 as England knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a 40-run win over their arch-rivals. England collapsed to 35 for three chasing 278 for victory before left-handers Morgan and Stokes changed the course of the game with a fourth-wicket partnership of 159. Stokes’s third one-day international century was his highest score at this level after the all-rounder had twice made 101. Brief scores: Australia 277-9, 50 overs (T Head ...

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Champions Trophy: Pakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs

19 runs

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs on the DLS method to cause a Champions Trophy upset in the Edgbaston rain. Pakistan, hammered by India on Sunday, reduced the world number ones to 90-4 and 118-6 before David Miller’s 75 not out helped them to 219-8. Although Morne Morkel took 3-18, Pakistan were 119-3 when the forecast bad weather arrived after 27 overs. The win reignites Pakistan’s semi-final hopes, while South Africa may have to beat India to stay in the tournament. Earlier, winning the toss, South African skipper AB de Villiers opted to bat first. Champions ...

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Champions Trophy: England booked place in semi-finals


MNA Sports Desk: England captain Eoin Morgan praised his ‘outstanding’ bowling attack after the tournament hosts booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with an 87-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff. Tuesday’s success means England will return to the Welsh capital as Group A winners for a last four clash against the as yet unknown Group B runners-up on June 14, in an event featuring the world’s leading eight one-day international teams. England looked to have fallen short of a par score despite making 310 all out after Joe Root (64), Alex Hales (56) and Ben ...

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Rain spoiled Bangladesh-Australia match

Rain spoiled

MNA Sports Desk: Rain spoiled another Champions Trophy match on Monday as the game between Bangladesh and Australia was washed out, much to the dismay of the Aussie fans. Australia looked set to clinch an easy win, making 83 for 1 at the end of 16 overs in their chase of 183, but rain did not let that happen. It meant both of Australia’s games in the tournament so far have been abandoned due to rain, they getting a point against New Zealand from a disadvantageous position and then this share of spoils with Bangladesh. If they win the game ...

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Champions Trophy: Bangladesh to face Australia today

face Australia

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will face Australia in their 2nd match of the 8th ICC Champions Trophy at Kennington Oval in London today. The day-night Group A match will begin at 6:30 pm (Bangladesh time). The game is a must-win battle for Bangladesh to escape the early elimination from the race while Australia will also find itself into danger if it loses the match. In their previous 19 ODI encounters, Bangladesh could manage only one win against Australia which was by 5 wickets at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff in June 6, 2005. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur ...

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Real Madrid wins Champions League title

Champions League title

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid wrote another page in the club’s gilded history on Saturday as they became the first team to retain the Champions League title in its modern expanded format. This current Blancos side also confirmed their place as one of this competition’s best-ever teams by easing to a 4-1 win over Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. The victory made Real Madrid the first team to repeat in the Champions League era, and the first to win consecutive titles in the competition since A.C. Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup. ...

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Champions Trophy: Rain forces no result in Australia-New Zealand match


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made exactly 100 before rain saw his side’s Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday end in a no-result washout. This was an identical outcome to when the teams met at the Birmingham ground in the last edition four years ago. Australia, who were left needing a revised target of 235 to win in 33 overs, were 53 for three off nine when the players left the field for the final time Both teams received a point apiece for the no result from what was their opening match of the ...

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Champions Trophy: England won toss, elected to bowl first


MNA Sports Desk: England won the toss and elected to bowl first in ICC Champions Trophy opener at Oval in England, which is scheduled to start at 3:30pm on Thursday (Bangladesh time). In the remaining group matches, Tigers will face Australia and New Zealand on June 5 and 9 respectively. Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed England squad: EJG Morgan, MM Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, SW Billings, JC Buttler, AD Hales, LE ...

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8th ICC Champions Trophy kicks off today

ICC Champions Trophy

MNA Sports Desk: The 8th edition of the eight-team ICC Champions Trophy will kick off at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday. Bangladesh will start their Group A campaign taking on the host England in the tournament opener, starting at 3:30pm (Bangladesh time). In the remaining group matches, Tigers will face Australia and New Zealand on June 5 and 9 respectively. Dubbed as the mini-World Cup, eight international teams – Pakistan, Australia, England, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will battle for the tournament which is held after every two years. The first two editions of the ...

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Champions Trophy: Tigers suffer big defeat in 2nd warm-up match


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh conceded a humiliating 240-run defeat against India in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday. In the day’s match, chasing target of 325 runs, Bangladesh finished the innings at 84 for all in 23.5 overs where Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sunzamul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim could manage double-digit figures scoring 24, 18 and 13 runs respectively. Tigers suffered a massive batting disaster losing three top-order batsmen — Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Imrul Kayes — within a span of 8 balls adding no more runs with their collection of 11. They ...

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Champions Trophy: Tigers to play with India in 2nd warm-up match


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play giant India in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday. The Tigers’ 2nd and last warm-up match will begin at 3:30 pm (Bangladesh time). After a day’s break, Bangladesh will play the host England in the opener of the 8th edition ICC Champions Trophy in their Group A match at Kennington Oval in Londo on June 1. However, ahead of the Bangladesh match, India continued to put in the finish touches to their preparations by working out in the nets. The biggest novelty to the session was the ...

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ICC Champions Trophy warm-up: Pakistan beat Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by two wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England on Saturday. Shoaib Malik (72 off 66 balls) provided the perfect foundation for the run chase and Fahir Ashraf scored an unbeaten 64 off just 41 balls to clinch the match for Pakistan. Chasing a huge target of 342, Pakistan were off to a rocky start after they lost Azhar Ali and Babar Azam within the first five overs of their innings. However, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez steadied the innings and both the batsmen were unlucky to miss out ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 5 wickets


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got their prized first away win over New Zealand a week before the start of their Champions Trophy campaign. The Black Caps set the Tigers a 271-run chase at Dublin’s Clontarf Cricket Club Ground on Wednesday. Bangladesh rode on half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal (65) and Sabbir Rahman (65) before Mahmudullah (46) and Mushfiqur Rahim’s (45) gritty stand carried them over the finish line with 10 balls to spare and seal their first away win against the Kiwis. The win helped them climb to No. 6 on the ICC ODI rankings table.  Earlier, New Zealand suffered a ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl first

bowl first

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first in the 6th and final match of the Tri-Nation Series against New Zealand at Dublin on Wednesday. There is one change for the Bangladesh side – Sunzamul Islam is replaced in the team with Nasir Hossain. Bangladesh Squad Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman. New Zealand Squad Luke Ronchi (wk), Tom Latham (capt), Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Jeetan ...

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Mumbai Indians beat Pune by 1 run to win IPL

Mumbai Indians

MNA Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 1 run in a low-scoring final to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here on Sunday. In a match that went right down to the last ball, Mumbai registered a one-run victory in front of packed stands at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. This is Mumbai’s third IPL title. Chasing a target of 130 runs, Pune could only manage to post 128/6 in their 20 overs. IPL final, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians 129-8: K Pandya 47, Unadkat 2-19, Zampa 2-32, Christian 2-34 Rising Pune Supergiant 128-6: Smith 51, Rahane ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh win by 8 wickets


MNA Sports Desk: An all-round performance from Bangladesh enabled them to overwhelm Ireland by eight wickets in the fourth match of the Tri-Nation Series at Dublin. Chasing 182, Bangladesh rode on the opening partnership of 95 between Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal followed by the 76-run stand to win the match quite comfortably in the end. Soumya was 87 not out. He faced only 68 balls and struck 11 fours and two sixes during his match-winning knock. Tamim made 47. Winning the toss, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bowl first and his bowlers made sure his decision gets proven ...

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Juventus beat Lazio to win Italian Cup

Italian Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci struck one apiece as treble-chasing Juventus secured a record third successive Italian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday. Juventus, who won a league and Cup double the past two seasons, can clinch a record sixth consecutive Serie A title—and a record third double—with victory at home to Crotone on Sunday. Massimiliano Allegri’s men also face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on June—and on this showing the Spanish giants will have cause for concern. Lazio were competing in their third final in ...

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Bangladesh post 257 against New Zealand


MNA Sports Desk: Half centuries from Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah led Bangladesh to 257 for 9 against New Zealand in the third match of the ODI Tri-Series at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin. Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Captain Mortaza returns, and Taskin Ahmed drops out to get Mashrafe back in the team. Bangladesh, which never beat New Zealand in an away or neutral venue in 15 matches, are very much keen to set that record straight. The Tigers’ first game against Ireland was washed out in rain, while the Kiwis ...

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Bangladesh shooters win gold in Islamic Games


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladeshi shooters Abdulla Hel Baki and Syeda Atkia Hassan Disha won gold medals in mixed team event of the 10-meter Air Rifles shooting in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the Baku Shooting Centre on Sunday. The pair clinched first gold medal for Bangladesh on the 2nd day of the games in a new event, mixed team, beating their Iranian rival by 5-1 points in the final. Earlier on Saturday, shooter Rabbi Hasan Munna clinched the first silver medal for Bangladesh in the men’s 10 metre air rifles scoring 245.5 points on the very first day at ...

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UAE appoint Bauza as national team coach


MNA Sports Desk: United Arab Emirates have appointed Argentinian Edgardo Bauza as the new coach of their national side as they pursue a place at their first FIFA World Cup in almost 30 years. Replacing the outgoing Mahdi Ali, who resigned in March following a 2-0 defeat to Australia, Bauza arrives having recently parted company with his native Argentina. UAE currently sit four points adrift of the Socceroos in fourth as they continue to chase the play-off spot in Asian qualifying Group B. With three games remaining, the Gulf side hope the South American will be able to inspire a ...

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Ireland and Bangladesh match abandoned due to rain


MNA Sports Desk: The first match of the tri-series in Dublin between Ireland and Bangladesh was abandoned after just 31.1 overs because of rain. The Tigers were 157 for four against hosts Ireland when the players were forced off the field, with Tamim 64 not out from 88 balls. The opening batsman was unable to play the full range of his attacking strokes because his side found themselves in trouble at 70 for four. But in partnership with Mahmudullah he led an impressive recovery, with the latter 43 not out when the rain came. Winning the toss, Irish skipper William ...

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Tigers defeated Ireland Wolves by 199 runs

Ireland Wolves

MNA Sports Desk: After Sabbir Rahman’s unbeaten century in the first innings, Bangladesh bowlers played enthralling spells destroying Ireland Wolves for 195 in their warm-up match on Thursday. In the first innings, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal made a solid start with 86 runs off 76 balls after another opener Soumya Sarkar was dismissed at 44-run opening partnership. Bangladesh blaster Sabbir Rahman made 100 from 86 balls with 16 fours and a sole six leading Bangladesh score to 394 for 7 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan blasted 44 off 27 balls when Mosaddek Hossain scored 31 from 27 balls, Mushfiqur Rahim 41 ...

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