Tigers clinch victory over Australia in first test


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh won the first Test match against Australia in Mirpure Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium on Wednesday by 20 runs for the first time. The spinners smashed the Australian batting line up to win the Test. Double strikes by all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan and Taijul Islam damaged visiting Australia in the morning session. Shakib bagged two big fishes — David Warner and Steve Smith in the morning. Another spinner Taijul Islam dismissed Handscomb and Ashton Agar. David Warner helped Australia to steady with 112 runs while Aussie captain Steve Smith was tapped lbw at his 37 runs off 99 ...

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Tigers set 265-run target to win 1st test


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh set Australia a target of 265-run to win the first Test after the hosts were bowled out for 221 in their second innings in Dhaka on Tuesday. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 6-82 as Bangladesh lost nine wickets in little over two sessions on the third day after resuming on 45-1. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan fell within minutes of each other shortly after lunch as Australia clawed their way back into the first Test on day three in Dhaka. Bangladesh bowled Australia out for 217 in their first innings. Shakib Al-Hasan ended with a five-wicket ...

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Tamim Iqbal made double fifty in 50th test


MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal scored his second consecutive fifty in the first Test match against Australia in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Taijul Islam and Imrul Kayes have gone to the pavilion scoring only 4 and 2 runs respectively. Nathan Lyon took the wickets of Taijul and Imrul. Earlier, on Monday, after wrapping up a 43-run lead in the first innings dismissing visiting Australia for 217, the Tigers extended the margin to 88 runs scoring 45 for 1 in 22 overs in the 2nd innings at stumps. The Tigers’ spin bowlers ran through the Aussie batting castle bundling ...

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Tigers bowled out Australia for 217


MNA Sports Desk: In the first innings tigers bowled out Australia for 217 to get 43 runs lead over Australia on day two of the opening test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka on Monday. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan picked up five wickets while Mehedi Miraz took 3 and Taijul Islam took one wicket. Pat Cummins and Ashton Agar fought against the tide to produce Australia’s longest partnership of the innings, after Bangladesh threatened to take a hefty first-innings lead. At tea, Australia were 193 for 8, with Cummins on 25 and Agar on 22, and they ...

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Tigers rock Australia with 3 late wickets

back strongly

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh bowlers too came back strongly to reduce Australia to 18 for 3 late wickets in reply on the first day of first Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Sunday. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan both hit fifties, but the rest of the team were subdued by a controlled Australian bowling as Bangladesh were bundled out for 260. Winning the toss, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim opted to bat first, but Pat Cummins ripped through the Bangladesh top order inside the day’s first four overs. Brief Score: Bangladesh: 1st innings – 260 for all 78.5 ...

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Tamim, Shakib fifties rescue Tigers


MNA Sports Desk: Pat Cummins ripped through the Bangladesh top order early in the morning, but Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, both playing their 50th Test, have both then struck fifties to bring the team back to the game. Winning the toss, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim opted to bat first, but it was a batting debacle that followed. Both Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman failed to score a run after opener Soumya Sarkar could manage only eight to become the day’s first wicket. The Tigers have 148 for 3 after 42 overs now, with Tamim unbeaten on 62 and Shakib ...

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Ousmane Dembele to sign for Barcelona

Ousmane Dembele

MNA Sports Desk: French starlet Ousmane Dembele brought an end to protracted transfer talks by agreeing a five-year deal with Barcelona worth 105 million euros plus add-ons, the Spanish giants announced Friday. Dembele moves from Borussia Dortmund, where he has been suspended since he boycotted training on August 10 in protest after the German club rejected Barca’s first bid, reported news agency. The add-ons amount to a maximum of 42 million euros, according to Dortmund, which would make it the second biggest transfer in history after Neymar’s move From Barca to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. It will surpass the ...

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AB de Villiers quits as S Africa ODI captain

AB de Villiers

MNA Sports Desk: AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats, reported news agency. “Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 (T20) and Test teams,” he said in a statement. “Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain. It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward. Whoever ...

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Shahid Afridi hits 42-ball century in T20


MNA Sports Desk: Shahid Afridi’s breath-taking 42-ball century led Hampshire to a crushing 101-run victory over Derbyshire in the first T20 Blast quarter-final. The Pakistan all-rounder smashed seven sixes in his 101 before holing out the ball after reaching his maiden Twenty20 hundred, reported news agency. James Vince made 55 from 36 deliveries as Hampshire piled up 249-8 at Derby. Derbyshire came out swinging but were all out for 148, with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott taking three wickets each. The 37-year-old’s hundred was the fastest in the 2017 T20 Blast, beating the 45-ball centuries made by Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke ...

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Uruguay, Argentina to announce 2030 World Cup bid next week


MNA Sports Desk: Uruguay and Argentina will officially launch their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup next week at a ceremony involving the country’s two leaders, Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez said Monday. Vazquez said the formal announcement of this would take place during a visit to Uruguay by Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri on August 30. The move coincides with Uruguay’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Montevideo on August 31, reported news agency. The joint bid between the two South American neighbours had long been signaled. Uruguay, the hosts of the inaugural World Cup in 1930, is hoping ...

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Neymar scores twice on home debut for PSG

MNA Sports Desk: Neymar scored twice on his home debut as Paris St-Germain netted four of their six goals with only 10 men to thrash Toulouse and go top of Ligue 1. Max Gradel volleyed home before £200m world record signing Neymar equalised. Adrien Rabiot fired in and Edinson Cavani made it 3-1 from the spot moments after Marco Verratti saw red, reports news agency. Christopher Jullien’s header made it 3-2, but stunning strikes from Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa settled matters before Neymar’s late effort. The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with ...

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England beat West Indies in just 3 days


MNA Sport Desk: England took 19 wickets on the third day to beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston, reported news agency. West Indies, 44-1 overnight in reply to England’s 514-8 declared, were bowled out for 168 and 137. James Anderson took 3-34 in the first innings and Stuart Broad 3-34 in the second to move above Sir Ian Botham into second on the list of England’s all-time leading Test wicket-takers. England take the lead in the three-match series, and have named the same 13-man squad for the second Test beginning on ...

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Australia to arrive Dhaka today


MNA Sports Desk: Australia cricket team will arrive in Dhaka on Friday night to play a two-match Test series against the Tigers, reported news agency. Australia and Bangladesh will play the first Test (27-31 August) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka while the 2nd Test (4-8 September) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Bangladesh squad (preliminary): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Subhashish Roy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sanjamul ...

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German female ref ready to whistle in Bundesliga

female ref

MNA Sports Desk: Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus is ready to become the first female ref in Europe’s top leagues having already tamed Bayern Munich’s stars, reported news agency. The 38-year-old is on the official list of Bundesliga referees for the 2017/18 season, which starts Friday, meaning she will become the first female ref in the top flight of Germany, England, Spain, France or Italy. Steinhaus’ first Bundesliga match has yet to be announced, but she oversaw Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at minnows Chemnitz last Saturday in the first-round of the German Cup and proved she can handle star players. She gave ...

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India crushed Sri Lanka to win historic series

crushed Sri Lanka

MNA Sports Desk: Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets on Monday as India crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days to complete their first three-Test series sweep on foreign soil. Ashwin and Mohammed Shami shared seven wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 181 during their follow-on in an extended second session in Pallekele. Sri Lanka had crumbled for 135 in response to India’s 487 in the first innings, putting the world’s top Test team in firm control as early as day two. All-rounder Hardik Pandya set up the win with his blistering, 96-ball 108, ...

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Barisal Bulls ruled out of 5th BPL

Barisal Bulls

MNA Sports Desk: Barisal Bulls were ruled out of the franchise-based 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 cricket beginning on November 2 for financial constraints. The team were ousted from the eight-team ensuing league for not paying the tournament fees, curtailing the team number of the tournament to seven. The participating teams are Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Khulna Titans, Rajshahi Kings, Rangpur Riders and Surma Sixers Sylhet. After a meeting on Wednesday, Chairman of the BPL Governing Council Afzalur Rahman Sinha said, “We’ve decided that Barisal Bulls will not be participating in this year’s league as they didn’t ...

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Isco leads Real Madrid to victory in Super Cup


MNA Sports Desk: A pleasant goal by Isco leads Real Madrid to victory over Manchester United by 2-1 and lifts the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale. United were unable to create another clear-cut chance as Madrid became the first team to retain the Super Cup since 1990. With temperatures over 30C in the Macedonian capital, the match was twice ...

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Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield


MNA Sports Desk: Olivier Giroud scored the winning spot-kick as Arsenal won the 2017 FA Community Shield 4-1 on penalties, reported news agency. However, Arsenal have started the campaign in encouraging style by winning the Community Shield, beating Chelsea on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in normal time. Goals from Victor Moses and an equaliser substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level in a match from which few conclusions can be drawn. Arsenal were the better side overall, but in this game last season, Ahmed Musa looked like a terrific signing for Leicester City and ...

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Bolt loses out to Gatlin in 100m world title


MNA Sports Desk: American star Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday, reported news agency. Gatlin, who served a doping ban between 2006-10 and won silvers behind Bolt at the last two world championships, clocked 9.92 seconds, with teammate Christian Coleman winning silver in 9.94sec. Bolt suffered a dreadful start and could only claim bronze in 9.95sec. Gatlin was afforded the same rough reception as he had in the heats and semi-finals, loud boos and jeering ringing around the same stadium where in 2012 his rivalry with Bolt ...

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Farah wins 10th successive global title


MNA Sports Desk: British athletics legend Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title on Friday winning the 10,000 metres world crown at the London Stadium where he won Olympic gold in 2012. The 34-year-old won despite being spiked twice in the final lap—the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield—and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf. The Somalia-born runner, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still ...

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Australian cricket’s pay dispute resolved


MNA Sports Desk: A deal has been reached to resolve Australian cricket’s protracted pay dispute, paving the way for the nation’s professional players to be re-contracted and for this month’s scheduled Test tour to Bangladesh to proceed as planned, said a report on the CA website. The in-principle agreement was signed after a final round of face-to-face negotiations between Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and his Australian Cricket Association counterpart Alistair Nicholson in Melbourne this morning. The central sticking point throughout the sometimes rancorous stand-off has been the model by which the players are paid. In previous iterations of ...

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‘I love you’ Messi bid farewell to Neymar


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him. The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain. “It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi wrote on Instagram next to a montage of pictures of both football stars high-fiving, embracing or laughing. “I wish you ...

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No BD tour without new pay: Steve Smith


MNA Sports Desk: Australia captain Steve Smith said he was upbeat that a bitter pay war between players and management could be nearly over — but warned the team wouldn’t go ahead with this month’s tour of Bangladesh until a new deal is signed. Some 230 Australian cricketers have been unemployed since the end of June when their contracts expired, in a row that has rattled the game and left their relationship with the governing body badly strained. But after months of bad-tempered negotiations over a new pay deal — and a player boycott of an Australia A tour to ...

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Spinner Moeen Ali joins England hat-trick club


MNA Sports Desk: Moeen Ali became just the 13th England cricketer to take a Test-match hat-trick when he ended the third Test against South Africa with three wickets in as many balls at The Oval on Monday, reported news agency. The Worcestershire off-spinner’s treble saw him snare Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada with the aid of two slip catches by Ben Stokes at the end of his 16th over, before he had Morne Morkel lbw on review with the first ball of his next. Morkel’s dismissal ended the match after lunch on the fifth day, with England winning by 239 ...

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Ronaldo summoned to court over tax evasion claims

tax evasion claims

MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid Monday accused of tax evasion claims, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman, reported news agency. The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China. The Portuguese star—the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine—follows in the steps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year. Other ...

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El Clasico: Barcelona edge out Real Madrid


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami. The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season. Madrid were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, still on holiday, but both teams were close to full strength. Ernesto Valverde, getting a taste of Clasico drama early in his career as Barcelona manager, selected Neymar despite speculation swirling over ...

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Australia optimistic about Bangladesh tour


MNA Sports Desk: Australia’s cricket authorities are optimistic that a Bangladesh tour due to start in less than a month will go ahead despite a player rebellion over pay, a senior team official said. The scheduled two-Test series has been placed in jeopardy by the long-running dispute, which has pitted Australia’s top cricket stars against the game’s governing body. “There is obviously a lot of work to be done. But we are hopeful and optimistic that the tour will go ahead,” Gavin Dovey, Australia cricket team manager told reporters in the Bangladesh city of Chittagong late Thursday. The fate of ...

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