Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) - Defending champions Australia posted a mammoth total of 334 runs for 7 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Kennington Oval on Saturday thanks to Aaron Finch's 153 runs, the joint-highest individual knock in this World Cup with Joe Root of England.
Australia, who scored 237 for 2 in 40 overs, added 97 runs in the last 10 overs losing five more wickets. The lower order of Australia was not up to the mark today. However, this deficit was overshadowed by their big total of 334 for 7, featuring a record 173 runs in the 3rd wicket stand by Finch and Steve Smith in the ongoing World Cup.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. David Warner and Aaron Finch added 80 runs in the opening stand to prove that they are equipped well to bat against Sri Lanka’s bowling attack.
Warner, who struck a ton in the previous game, fell for 26 off 48 with two fours. Dhananjaya de Silva was the man to break the opening stand of Australia. Warner came forward to cut the ball to the cover area but misjudged the line and lost his stumps.
Within 20 more runs, Australia lost Usman Khawaja too. This time, de Silva bowled a tossed up delivery. Khawaja swept it through the mid-wicket area. Isuru Udana managed an excellent low catch to remove Khawaja for 10.
However, in the third wicket stand, Australia added 173 runs with Steve Smith partnering with Finch scoring 73 runs off 59 balls featuring seven fours and a six. Before the Smith’s removal by Lasith Malinga, Finch fell for 153 off 132 with 15 fours and five sixes.
Along with Finch and Smith, Glenn Maxwell was also rhythmic in the middle as he struck 46 off 25 balls with five fours and one six. He remained unbeaten at the end of their innings. Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey and Pat Cummins failed to accelerate the innings during the death overs as they fell respectively for 3, 4 and 0.
For Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya and Udana took two wickets each conceding 40 and 57 runs respectively while Lasith Malinga took one and the rest two wickets were trapped by run-out.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) – A brilliant hat-trick by Nigerian booter Sunday Chizoba enabled defending champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd to pile up another impressive 5-2 goals victory over Rahmatganj MFS in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football that resumed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.
In the first leg match at the same venue on February 2, Dhaka Abahani Ltd outplayed Rahmagtanj MFS by massive 5-1 goals.
The league resumed on Saturday after a recess of three weeks for Eid-ul-Fitr as well as was for the joint pre-qualifications for the FIFA World Cup’2022 and AFC Asian Cup’2023 between Bangladesh and Laos.
Bangladesh advanced to the qualifying round of the FIFA World Cup’2022 beating Laos by 1-0 in the away match and playing a goalless draw in the home match.
After the day’s comprehensive victory, the popular sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit, Abahani, reduced their gap with league leader Bashundhara Kings securing 39 points from 16 outings featuring 13 wins and three defeats while Bashundhara Kings topped the list with 43 points from 15 matches with 14 wins and a draw.
Rahmatganj MFS remained at the 8th slot in the league with their previous credit of 15 points playing 16 matches.
In the goal-fest match, Sunday Chizoba made his first hat-trick of the ongoing BPL league scoring three goals in the 9th, 36th and 93rd minute while midfielder Jewel Rana and forward Nabib Newaz Ziban netted one goal each for Dhaka Abahani Limited.
On the other hand, Congolese forward Siyo Zunapio Jeancy and midfielder Didarul Alam scored one goal each for Rahmatganj MFS.
Abahani created strong pressure over opponent’s defence from the very beginning and reaped its fruit in the 9th minute as Sunday Chizoba opened the account for his side (1-0).
They got two more success in a span of just three minutes.
In the 33th minute, Sunday Chizoba doubled the margin with his 13th goal in the league (2-0) and mid-fielder Jewel Rana scored the 3rd goal in the 36th minute (3-0).
Old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj MFS got another blow as Abahani forward Nabib Newaz Ziban netted the 4th goal for Dhaka Abahani in the 45th minute (4-0).
In the second half, Rahmatganj MFS tried to come back in the match and started to play their aggressive football against their giant opponents.
In the 65th minute, Congolese forward Siyo Zunapio Jeancy netted the first goal for them to reduce the margin (4-1).
Rahmatganj MFS got the second success in the 70th minute as their midfielder Didarul Alam doubled their score netting the second goal (4-2).
But just before the final whistle (93rd minute), Sunday Chizoba sealed the fate of the match scoring his third goal and competed the hat-trick in the match (5-2).
With the feat, Sunday Chizoba further consolidated his position in the scorer list of the ongoing BPL scoring 14 goals while his teammate Nabib Newaz Ziban followed him with 11 goals.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a blow on his right hand during a net session at Somerset Ground at Taunton, England on Saturday.
He left the ground immediately afterwards with Bangladesh physio Thihan Chandramohan.
However, the team management is yet to reveal the details about Mushfiqur’s blow. As per the latest report from Taunton, the right-handed batsman is taking initial treatment.
Right after Mushfiqur’s incident, a local net bowler, who is helping Bangladeshi batsmen prepare for their next game, got a blow on his head when Mohammad Saifuddin played a shot during the net session.
Thihan had to come out again to treat that bowler. As per the latest development, the young bowler stopped bowling at the net and took initial treatment.
Bangladesh are now gearing up for their next game in the World Cup against West Indies on June 17 at the Taunton.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) — Bangladeshi pacers should concentrate more on consistency and control than speed to succeed in the World Cup, Tigers’ bowling coach Courtney Walsh said Friday.
Bangladesh have played four matches in the World Cup so far and won just one against South Africa. In the other three matches, they lost two and one was washed out due to rain.
Tigers are now getting ready to face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.
“Pace is sometimes helpful for fast bowlers. But to me, consistency and control are more important. You can recoup the pace with your variations, and we have been successful this way,” Walsh told the media.
Bangladesh used three pacers including Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin. They scalped 11 wickets altogether.
Saifuddin was the most successful of the three, taking six wickets in three matches while Mustafizur took four and Mashrafe bagged one. Walsh believes Bangladeshi pacers can be more successful if they focus on their accuracy.
“The boys have been sweating enough in the practice sessions to keep the ball in the right areas. They went through some bad days. We have to keep our consistency and I believe that we have the ability as well,” Walsh told the media.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)— Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia on Saturday at Kennington Oval, London.
Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne said the wicket was under the cover for the rain. So it might help the bowler at the start of the game, and this is why they opted to bowl first against the defending champions.
Citing the same reason, Australian captain Aaron Finch told the broadcaster that he too would have opted to bowl first.
Before this match, Sri Lanka played four games and two of them were washed out due to rain. Of the remaining matches, they won one and lost the other.
Australia, on the other hand, played as many matches and won three of them and lost one.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep