Barbados, Feb 21(AP/UNB) — Jason Roy and Joe Root hit centuries to power England to its record one-day run chase on Wednesday, seeing off the West Indies by six wickets after weathering a barrage of sixes by Chris Gayle.
The tourists were given a target of 360 in the first ODI after Gayle ended his six-month exile from the team by hitting 12 sixes in a knock of 135. England's previous best pursuit was the 350 they scored against New Zealand in 2015 but Jos Buttler clipped his first ball for four to put England on 364-4 and seal a historic win with eight deliveries remaining.
Roy led England at the top of the order with 123 in 85 balls, while Root all but finished the job with a measured 102 before falling with the scores tied.
Gayle, beginning a lap-of-honor that will end with retirement after this summer's World Cup, was nearly caught when he was on just nine from 33 balls when he fended Liam Plunkett just over the grasping Roy at point.
Four balls later he struck his first six and began working through the gears, clattering four sixes from Plunkett's 14 balls at him.
Where Gayle's first 50 had occupied 76 balls, his second 50 required only 24. He celebrated the moment by dropping to his knees and hailing the pavilion before getting to his feet, balancing his maroon helmet on top of his bat.
He finally fell in the 47th over, turning a Ben Stokes slower ball into his stumps.
The England all-rounder finished with 3-37, including the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite.
Adil Rashid also took three wickets, despite being curiously held back until the 34th over, and Nurse added three late sixes to break the innings record of 22 previously held by New Zealand.
Far from being overwhelmed by the chase, Roy went after opening pair Devendra Bishoo and Oshane Thomas.
Roy's fourth ball of the day, from Bishoo, disappeared down the ground for six while both he and Jonny Bairstow used Thomas' express speed against him amid a flurry of early boundaries.
England reached 50 inside six overs and 100 in exactly 12, with Roy's focus undimmed by Bairstow's departure for 34. With Root calmly accumulating, the West Indies needed to halt Roy's charge but a top edge drifted away from Thomas in the breeze and Holder failed to grab a reaction caught-and-bowled on 82.
Roy had further luck before finally slicing Bishoo to short third man. Root put on 116 with Eoin Morgan, who made an enterprising 65, but found an equally willing accomplice in Nurse, who misread a hat trick of takeable chances to leave England's finisher in position until the closing moments.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) — The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) on Wednesday finalised the grouping of the Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League (DPDCL).
CCDM Chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed announced the grouping of the 12 teams at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) office in Mirpur.
“We have finalised the four groups of the upcoming T20 edition of DPDCL scheduled to start on February 25. We have put top four teams of the previous league in four groups and divided other teams through lottery,” he told reporters.
The groupings are:
Group A - Abahani Limited, Prime Bank Cricket Club and Brothers Union
Group B- Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, Khelaghar Samaj Kallan Samity and Uttara Sporting Club
Group C- Legends of Rupganj, Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited and Shinepukur Cricket Club,
Group D-Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club, Gazi Group Cricketers and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP)
“All matches of the group stage will be played from February 25 to 28 and the group champions will play in the semi-finals on March 1 and the final will be played on March 3,” said Kazi Inam.
The chairman of the CCDM also said they are trying to telecast the semi-finals and the final live.
“We are trying to telecast the semi-finals and the final of the tournament live. We will confirm it after finalising the broadcaster,” he said.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh started their tour with lots of expectations and hope of winning their maiden ODI series in New Zealand. But they ended up losing all three matches.
The Tigers lost the third and final match by 88 runs.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the captain, said they have to find a way to perform better, with the World Cup just around the corner.
“Despite losing the first two matches by big margins, we were positive about the third match. It was important for us to stick to the basic game. Instead of doing that, we played as we did in the first two games,” Mashrafe told the post-match press conference.
He said they lost three-four wickets at the start of the innings as they did in Asia Cup last year. “Still, we have to think positively. We have to find a way to end this kind of [poor] show ahead of the World Cup,” the captain said, adding that Bangladesh may have to play on similar surface in Ireland in their next assignment.
In the third match, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. The hosts posted 330 for six wickets with the help of three fifties from Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Tigers lost three wickets in two runs and subsequently tumbled for 242/10 in 50 overs. Sabbir Rahman was the only one to show batting prowess hitting 102 – his first ODI ton.
The team’s star batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar failed to impress again. Tamim scored 10 runs in three matches with a duck while Liton scored three and Soumya struck 52.
Poor performances from the top order played a key role in Bangladesh’s series defeat. But captain Masrhafe is optimistic.
“We have got some runs from the middle and lower middle-order. Sabbir struck a hundred today. He also scored 40-plus runs in the previous game. Mithun scored two fifties in the first two games, and Saifuddin also contributed with the bat and bowled well too,” the skipper noted.
“Overall, we have these things to count as positive [outcomes] from this series. But, we need big contributions from the top-order,” the captain said.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) - Sabbir Rahman hit his first international century on Wednesday at Dunedin but Bangladesh failed to avoid a clean sweep against the hosts New Zealand.
The Tigers suffered a big loss of 88 runs after losing first two matches by eight wickets each, and subsequently, they lost the series 3-0.
The New Zealanders posted 330 for six wickets in the first part of the match after losing the toss and sending to bat first. Despite the knock of 102 by Sabbir, Bangladesh capitulated for 242/10 in 47.2 overs and lost the match by 88 runs.
Tim Southee, the right-arm speedster of the hosts, recorded six wickets-haul conceding 65 runs in 9.2 overs and was adjudged man of the match award as well.
Martin Guptill was awarded man of the series for hitting back-to-back centuries in the first two matches of the series.
While replying the challenging target of 331 runs, Bangladesh disappointed to exploit the first ten overs of the innings as well. They found themselves in a dark hole just in two runs losing three wickets.
Tamim Iqbal continued to his unexpected run while adding nothing to the board in the final ODI of the series. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar also failed when the management asked them to do as much as possible in the last ODI before picking up the squad for the World Cup. However, Liton returned with a single run, and Soumya failed fell for a duck.
While Tamim and Soumya fell in the first over bowled by Southee, Liton was hunted by the same bowler in the third over. The first spell from Southee was irresistible for the Tigers.
Bangladesh lost the fourth wicket when Mushfiqur Rahim (17) skied a delivery of Trent Boult to Colin Munro at third man. Mushfiqur’s misery came to the end by his departure.
The right-handed batsman was looked discomfort at the very start of his innings, and he was looked vulnerable against the pace bowlers.
Like Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah Riyad also looked so helpless in the middle against the quality pace attack of the New Zealanders. He faced 36 deliveries to score 16 runs.
In the fifth wicket stand, Sabbir and Mohammad Saifuddin, who has improved a lot as a batsman, added 101 runs in the board and which was the biggest stand in the Bangladesh innings.
Saifuddin struck 44 off 63 with four fours before being dismissed by Boult. After his dismissal, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was in the wicket just for three balls.
In the eighth wicket stand, Sabbir and Mehidy Hasan Miraz added 67 runs. Mehidy scored 37 off 34 balls. He looked comfortable in the wicket. The right-handed all-rounder struck seven fours in his innings.
Bangladesh’s innings came to the end after five runs since Mehidy’s dismissal. Sabbir was the last batsman to get dismissed by Southee. Sabbir’s innings ended with 12 fours and two sixes to his name.
Earlier, Henry Nicholls (64), Ross Taylor (69) and Tom Latham (59) struck the fifties for the hosts to propel them to a challenging total of 330/6 in 50 overs. Along with them, James Neesham (37 off 24) and Colin de Grandhomme (37 off 15) contributed with the bat.
Mustafizur Rahman bagged two wickets for the Tigers while Mashrafe, Rubel Hossain, Saifuddin and Mehidy took one wicket each.
By losing the series 3-0, Bangladesh suffered a whitewash after 2017 when they were outplayed by the Proteas in a three-match ODI series in their home.
It was Bangladesh’s last ODI before picking up the squad for the World Cup. Who performed poorly in the just-concluded series unlikely to be picked for the World Cup squad.
Bangladesh will lock horn against the Kiwi in a three-match Test series now starting from February 28.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – All the matches of the T20 version of the 12-team Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) beginning here on Monday (February 25) will get the List ‘A’ status.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has granted the status and informed the International Cricket Council of it accordingly, said its senior media manager Rabeed Imam on Tuesday.
As per the decision, all the records of the local T20 league will now enter into the record books like 50–over-a-side Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, which got the List A status earlier.
Twelve teams, split into four groups, will take part in the shorter version of the league and later the group champions will play in the semifinals on March 1 and the final will be held on March 3, all at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur under floodlights.
Foreign cricketers are allowed to play in the T20 league, but only one foreign player will be entitled to play for a team in the 50-over league.
This T20 league is considered as a preparatory event of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League scheduled to start on March 8. If it can produce some quality matches and some good T20 performances, it might continue in the future.
Most of the other Test-playing nations have more than one T20 domestic league but Bangladesh only has the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Now, the local players found another opportunity to flourish their T20 prowess in the DPDCL T20.