Bangladesh win the toss, opt to bat first

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has won the toss and decided to bat first against Zimbabwe in the first ODI, reported news agency. The match kicks off at 2:30pm at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. After a long wait, Fazle Rabbi begins his maiden international cap through this match. Squads: Bangladesh- Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Fazle Rabbi, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Saifuddin, Mashrafe bin Mortaza (C), Nazmul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman. Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza (C), Cephas Zhuwao, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (WK), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Donald ...

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Bangladesh eye win against Zimbabwe


MNA Sports Desk: Host Bangladesh will face off Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the three-match series scheduled to be held today at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka, repots news agency. The match kicks off at 2.30 pm. The Tigers will go to the field in the first match missing the service of their two key players Shakib AL Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh Squads (probable) Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Fazle Mahmud, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Zimbabwe Squads (probable) Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon ...

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Barca not considering swoop for Neymar, says vice-president


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris St Germain, the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner said on Friday, knocking down media reports the La Liga champions were ready to tempt the Brazilian forward back to the Nou Camp. Neymar won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four years with Barca and formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, departing in July 2017 after the Paris giants exercised his release clause. “No-one on the Barca board has talked about the possibility of bringing back Neymar, right now we can’t give ...

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Morgan, Rashid shine as England beat Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Captain Eoin Morgan smashed his second half-century in two games and Adil Rashid took four wickets to help England crush Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the rain-marred third one-day international on Wednesday. Chasing 151 in 21 overs after persistent rain had shortened the match, the visitors rode on Morgan’s unbeaten 58, including seven fours, to reach 153-3 with 15 balls to spare. Jason Roy (41) and Ben Stokes (35 not out) gave Morgan valuable support as England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after the opening game was washed out. Earlier, Adil Rashid produced ...

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Cricket WC trophy to arrive Wednesday


MNA Sports Desk: The cricket World Cup trophy is set to land in Bangladesh tomorrow morning for a four-day visit, reported news agency. Fans in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong will get the opportunity to see the trophy in their respective cities before it leaves Bangladesh Sunday. The World Cup 2019, ICC’s showpiece 50-over event, will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. The trophy began its journey from the International Cricket Council headquarters in Dubai on August 27 this year and is travelling across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities. It is the ...

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ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-graft probe


MNA Sports Desk: Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged for not cooperating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information, the International Cricket Council said Monday. “The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Jayasuriya on two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and have given him 14 days to respond,” the ICC said in a statement. Jayasuriya, 49, was reportedly asked to cooperate with an inquiry from ACU chief Alex Marshall who visited Sri Lanka last month, reported news agency. “The charges include failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including ...

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Shakib returns home after finger treatment


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan returned home after a successful treatment of his left little finger injury in a Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Shakib said his finger infection was almost cured and expected to play cricket within a month or two, subject to gaining strength in his injured finger, reported news agency. Surgery will not requires in his finger if he does not feel any further pain during playing the match or after the match as his reports of the medical tests were said to come satisfactory. Shakib was discharged from a hospital in Melbourne on Friday afternoon after being ...

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Schumacher’s son wins European F3 title


MNA Sports Desk: Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, was crowned 2018 Formula Three European champion on Saturday to claim the first key title of his career, reported news agency. With one race left this season, the 19-year-old Schumacher finished second in the day’s second race at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit to leave him with an unassailable lead in the drivers’ championship. Before Sunday’s final race, Schumacher had 347 points, 51 ahead of Britain’s Daniel Ticktum, who was second in the table and the only driver who could have caught the German. Schumacher had finished ...

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Palestine win Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Bangabandhu Gold

MNA Sports Desk: Palestine for the first time clinched the title of Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament defeating Tajikistan, reported news agency. The only goal came through a penalty shootout after a goalless play in the stipulated and extra time at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday. Palestine reached the final eliminating hosts Bangladesh by 2-0 goals in the hard fought second semifinal at the Birshrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium in Cox’s Bazar while Tajikistan made final berth eliminating the Philippines also by 2-0 goals in the first semifinal at the same venue. In the group stage, both Palestine and Philippines ...

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Bangladesh exit from Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Gold Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s hope of playing final of the prestigious Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football tournament vanished into blue as they suffered a 2-0 goal defeat to strong Palestine in their second semifinal held on Wednesday at Birshreshtha Ruhul Amin Stadium here, reported news agency. With the win Palestine confirmed their final spot and they will meet first semi-final winners Tajikistan in the title deciding battle scheduled to be held on Friday at country’s premier venue Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital. In the day’s match, Mohammed Balah opened an account for Palestine early in the 8th minute while ...

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Women’s World T20 team announced

World T20

MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday announced a 15-member final squad of Bangladesh for the ICC Women’s World T20 beginning in West Indies on November 9. Bangladesh will play hosts West Indies in one of the three opening day matches, reported news agency. Bangladesh squad: Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Haque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana, Lata Mondol and Sharmin Akter Supta. Besides, four more cricketers are in the standby lists. They are Sharmin Sultana, Surya Azmin, Shaila Sharmin and ...

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3 Hong Kong cricketers face ICC corruption charges

Hong Kong

MNA Sports Desk: Hong Kong’s left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed and seam-bowling all-rounders Haseeb Amjad and Irfan Ahmed have been provisionally suspended for breaching the Anti Corruption Code for a total of 19 counts, the ICC said in a statement on Monday. Nine charges have been levelled against Irfan and five each against Nadeem and Haseeb. The allegations relate to “fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct” of matches” and the “failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received ...

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Bangladesh clinch SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship title


MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh U-18 national women’s football team made the nation proud as they won coveted title of maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal by 1-0 goal in the final held on Sunday at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan. After the barren first half, Musura Parvin finally broke the deadlock scoring the all-important goal in the 49th minute and Bangladesh maintained their lead till the final whistle of the match. After conceding the goal, Nepal however tried to stage a fight back in the remaining proceeding but failed to restore the parity. Earlier on the day, India ...

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Shakib fears finger will never recover 100pc


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan fears his finger will never fully recover from an infection despite a planned second surgery in Australia, reported news agency. Shakib underwent an emergency operation on his finger on 27 September in Dhaka after it became affected by a bacterial infection while he was playing in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Physicians cleared a large amount of pus from his infected finger and advised him to undergo a second surgery once the infection has cleared. “The main point is how I can cure the infection because my finger will never get ...

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Pakistan’s Shehzad gets four-month ban


MNA Sports Desk: Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been banned for four months over a failed drug test, authorities said Friday, after he pleaded guilty to violating anti-doping rules. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) punished the 26-year-old after he tested positive for a “prohibited substance” during the domestic Pakistan Cup earlier this year. Shehzad “has been banned for four months effective from 10th July 2018… for violating the board’s anti-doping rules”, the PCB said in a statement. He “accepts that he has committed the violations of the PCB rules, but had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance”, it ...

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Ronaldo denies rape allegation


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday denied accusations by a former American model that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and said his conscience is clear, reported news agency. But lawyers for his accuser Kathryn Mayorga later hit back, saying their client had been “very consistent” in her reporting of the incident. The case has threatened to tarnish the reputation of the Portuguese superstar, arguably the world’s best footballer. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in Portuguese and English. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I ...

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Bangladesh girls beat Nepal 2-1 to emerge champions


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 women’s football team emerged group champions in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal football team by 2-1 goals Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Tuesday. Bangladesh will now meet group A runners-up host Bhutan in the second semi-final following the first semi-final between group A champions India and group B runners-up Nepal on October 5 at the same venue. In the day’s match, Sirat Jahan Shawpna put Bangladesh ahead in the 16th minute while Khrisna Rani doubled the lead for Bangladesh in the 32rd minute, reported news agency. Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mossammat Sirat ...

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Bangladesh beat Laos 1-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have launched their Bangabandhu Gold Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Laos. Midfielder Biplo Ahamed scored the winner for Jamie Day’s team at the Sylhet District Stadium on Monday. It is the first victory for Bangladesh over Laos, who had won one match and drawn the other against Bangladesh in their previous two ties. Bangladesh will play the Philippines in their last Group B match on Friday.

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Bangladesh girls down Pakistan 17-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team Pakistan by 17-0 goals at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday evening to reach the semifinal of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship from Group B. They led the first half by 8-0 goals. Siraj Jahan Shopna made double hat-trick scoring seven goals in the 10th, 30th, 44th, 62nd, 73rd , 76th and 90th minute minutes, Marzia made hat-tricks scoring four goals in the 7th, 13th, 22nd, and 71st minute while Sheuly Azim struck twice in the 32nd and 69th minute respectively, reported news agency. Besides, captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, Akhi ...

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Heroic Tigers return home


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh national cricket team, led by proud skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, returned home after a ‘successful tour’ in the final of the Asia Cup against India in UAE. The team on Saturday night reached the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka at 11:30pm by a special flight, reported news agency. Soon after arrival at the airport, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed his opinion over the tour saying, ‘I have seen a strong mentality among the players which is a good sign.’ ‘I am not frustrated. I am proud of the boys. But, I will be frustrated later if ...

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India defeat Bangladesh on last ball to retain Asia Cup

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: India beat a spirited Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball finish of the final in Dubai on Friday to retain the Asia Cup. They lost the third Asia Cup final with this, but given the way they made Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka toil, they can hope the day they will be champions is not so far. Liton Das scored a maiden one-day international hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs ...

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Bangladesh beat Pakistan to reach Asia Cup final

Asia Cup final

MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur with their brilliant performance guide Bangladesh into the Asia Cup final defeating Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinalin Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The former skipper missed out a deserving century but still lifted Bangladesh from a precarious 12-3 to 239 all out in 49.5 overs before they kept Pakistan down to 202-9 in 50 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Mashrafe Mortaza’s team will now face defending champions India in the final in Dubai on Friday, with an opportuntiy to win the continental title for the first time, reported news agency. Bangladesh’s ...

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India, Afghanistan tie in Asia Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Stockily built Mohammad Shahzad knocked a brilliant hundred as spirited Afghanistan pulled off a last over tie against India in the Super Four match in Dubai on Tuesday. Shahzad’s 124 laid the foundation of Afghanistan’s fighting total of 252-8 in 50 overs before bowling out India in 49.5 overs for the same total at Dubai stadium. Needing seven to win off the final Rashid Khan over, Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary off the second ball before taking a single off the next. Last man Khaleel Ahmed then took a single but Jadeja holed out off the fifth ...

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Modric and Marta take Fifa player of the year awards


MNA Sports Desk: Luka Modric and Brazil’s Marta have been named as the male and female players of the year at the Fifa Best Awards in London, reported news agency. The midfielder has enjoyed arguably the best year of his career, having secured a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in May before going on to reach the World Cup final with Croatia. In Russia, the Croatia picked up the tournament’s Golden Ball for his exploits on the pitch, scoring in his side’s opening two matches and later providing an assist. This is the first time since 2007 ...

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Bangladesh keep Asia Cup dream alive

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MNA Sports Desk: Mustafizur Rahman conceded just four runs in the final over to secure a three-run victory in their 2nd Super-Four game of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night. Having been behind the required run rate for much of their innings, the Afghans entered the last 5 overs needing 51 to win with 5 wickets in hand – if there was to be a charge at victory, this was it. Afghanistan ended the innings on 246 for 7 in 50 overs where number-four batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi [71 off 99b; 5×4] and ...

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Pakistan beat Afghanistan in last over finish


MNA Sports Desk: Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last over three wicket win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi. Malik pulled the second ball of the final over by paceman Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then whacked the next to deep fine leg for a boundary as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pakistan, cashing a stiff 258-run target, were home and dry to start the Super Four Stage with a much ...

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Asia Cup: India beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Friday, reported news agency. After the Tigers were restricted to 173, Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made 61 in the opening partnership to set the platform for an easy chase. Dhawan made 40 from 47 balls before being trapped leg before by Shakib Al Hasan and Ambati Rayudu (13) also fell cheaply to Rubel Hossain, but Sharma and MS Dhoni then took the team towards victory. Dhoni hit 33 off 37 balls before giving a catch in a Mashrafe ...

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