Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) - In the last league stage match of the ongoing Tri-Nation Series, hosts Ireland posted a big total of 292 for 8 in 50 overs against finalist Bangladesh at Castle Avenue, Dublin on Wednesday.
Abu Jayed Rahi, the right-arm pacer of Bangladesh, bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in his 2nd ODI appearance conceding 58 runs in nine overs.
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and decided to bat first but they failed to make an impressive start as they lost the first wicket in just 23 runs, but they made comfortable the total of 292 runs, featuring 118 runs in the 3rd wicket stand by centurion Paul Stirling and captain William Porterfield.
James McCollum was the first man to get dismissed. The ball was outside off-stump, and McCollum went to drive it through the cover area but he failed to execute it properly. The ball kissed his bat before going to Liton Das who was ready to take a catch at the slip cordon. Rubel Hossain, who missed the first two matches, scalped the first wicket.
Andy Balbirnie, who struck a ton for Ireland in the previous game against West Indies, was removed by Abu Jayed for 20 this time. His dismissal was an unfortunate one as the TV replays showed the ball did not touch the bat before going the gloves of Mushfiqur Rahim.
However, Ireland lost two wickets in 59 runs. Balbirnie was the maiden ODI wicket of Abu Jayed who failed to grab any wicket in his debut in Bangladesh’s previous game against West Indies.
In the third wicket stand, Stirling and Ireland captain William Porterfield added 118 runs on the board, which was Ireland’s biggest partnership against Bangladesh in any wicket. They surpassed the previous highest of 92 which was made by Porterfield and Jeremy Bray back in 2007 at Bridgetown in ICC Super Eight stage of the World Cup.
Both of Stirling and Porterfield were going to strike a ton, but Porterfield fell for 94 off 106 with seven fours and two sixes. He was hunted by Abu Jayed.
After breaking the biggest stand of the innings, Abu Jayed took two wickets conceding six runs in his eighth over.
First one was Kevin O'Brien. The ball was back of the length, and O’Brien tried to clear it for six but he skied the ball to Tamim Iqbal who was riding on the boundary. In the same over, Abu Jayed bagged the wicket of Paul Stirling as well.
Stirling went to play a big shot through the cow corner area but the power behind the shot was insufficient. Liton Das took a regulation catch at the boundary line.
Stirling fell for 130 off 141 with eight fours and four sixes. It was his second biggest ODI knock.
In the last over of the innings, Mohammad Saifuddin took the wickets of Mark Adair and George Dockrell, conceding only two runs. In the end, Ireland posted 292 for eight in 50 overs.
The Tigers have already confirmed a place in the final against West Indies, which is slated for May 17 at the Village, Dublin.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB) - League leader Bangladesh Police FC dropped points with bottom placed Swadinata KC as the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) football match between them ended in 2-2 draw at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Wednesday.
Rasel put Police FC ahead in the very 7th minute while Bokor restored the parity for Swadinata KC in the 22nd minute (1-1).
Tareq again put Swadinata KC ahead in the 28th minute (2-1) while Isa made the face-saving equaliser for Police in the stoppage time (90+3 minute, 2-2).
Komol of Police FC got the marching order in the 88th minute of the match after receiving the 2nd yellow card.
In the day’s other match, Agrani Bank outplayed old horse Soccer Club, Feni by 3-0 goals at the same venue.
Ahsanul struck twice in the stoppage time of the first half (45+3 minute) and in the 74th minute while Sabbir opened the account in the 37th minute.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) — The hosts Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first in the last league fixture of the ongoing Tri-Nation series on Wednesday at Castle Avenue, Dublin.
The match became a formality as Bangladesh have already confirmed a place in the final against West Indies, which is slated to be played on May 17 at the Village, Dublin.
While Ireland have lost both of their matches against West Indies, Bangladesh came up victorious in their two battles against the Caribbean boys. The other match between Bangladesh and Ireland abandoned without the toss due to persistent rain.
However, the game is a rare chance for the Tigers to test their bench ahead of the World Cup.
Bangladesh made four changes in this match- Liton Das came to replace SoumyaSarkar, Moasaddek Hossain got a chance in the place of Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin came in for Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman overlooked to pave the way for Rubel Hossain.
Bangladesh playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, MashrafeMortaza(c), , Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Ireland playing XI: Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield(c), Kevin O Brien, Mark Adair, Gary Wilson(w), George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.
Madrid, May 15 (AP/UNB) — Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid and could be close to joining Barcelona next season.
The France forward told Atletico on Tuesday he has decided not to stay for a sixth season with the club.
He said in a video released by the Spanish club that he wants to "see different things, face other challenges."
"It wasn't easy to make this decision, but it's what I feel and what I need," the 28-year-old Griezmann said. "I want to thank everyone for their support during these five years with the club where I've won my first important trophies. I've enjoyed some incredible moments and I'll never forget them."
Griezmann joined from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped Atletico win last year's Europa League title, along with one Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.
"I've truly enjoyed my time with the club," he said. "I've always left everything on the pitch, always tried to make fans happy."
Griezmann, who scored 133 goals in more than 250 matches with Atletico, did not give any hints about his future but he has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona, with some Spanish media saying he has already reached a deal with the Catalan club.
Barcelona has acknowledged being interested in Griezmann, and the player once confirmed there was an offer made by the club.
There has been speculation about his move to the Catalan club during the most recent transfer windows. Last June, Griezmann announced his decision to stay with Atletico at the end of a 45-minute television special called "The Decision."
Griezmann had a contract with Atletico until 2023 with a reported buyout clause of 200 million euros ($224 million), but the clause will be automatically reduced to about 120 million euros ($134 million) this summer.
Griezmann was a World Cup champion with France last year, when he also finished third in the Ballon d'Or vote for world's best player, behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who recently said he didn't think Griezmann would leave, is also losing captain Diego Godin for next season. The Uruguay defender said he was not able to reach a deal to extend his contract with the club.
Atletico's final match of the season is Sunday at Levante. It finished second to Barcelona in the Spanish league for a second straight season.
Bristol, May 15 (AP/UNB) — England's batsmen showed they are in prime form ahead of the Cricket World Cup by chasing down a target of 359 with 5.1 overs to spare to beat Pakistan in the third one-day international between the teams Tuesday.
Jonny Bairstow struck a 93-ball 128 and had a 176-run partnership for the first wicket with Jason Roy (76), providing the platform for a comfortable six-wicket win in Bristol as England reached 359-4 for its second-highest run chase.
Joe Root (43 off 36 balls), Ben Stokes (37 off 38 balls) and Moeen Ali (46 not out off 36 balls) also chipped in with impressive knocks for England, which hit 16 sixes in total.
The English, who host the World Cup starting May 30, rested Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid, while paceman Jofra Archer — looking to stake a claim for a place in the World Cup squad — didn't start for the second straight game.
Pakistan, which lost the second ODI by 12 runs after the first match was rained off, made 358-9 mainly thanks to Imam-ul-Haq's 151 off 131 balls. Asif Ali (51) was the other player to make a half-century.