Galle, Nov 9 (AP/UNB) — England took three wickets in the hour before lunch Friday to move within seven wickets of its first ever test win at Galle.
Sri Lanka, set an improbable victory target of 461 and two days to bat, slumped to 98-3 at lunch on day four, still 364 runs behind.
Resuming at 15-0, Sri Lanka's openers batted out the first hour of the session without any trouble but England's patience paid off when Jack Leach made the breakthrough when Kaushal Silva attempted a sweep and was adjudged lbw for 30.
Moeen Ali took a return catch to dismiss Dimuth Karunaratne for 26, giving the England spinner his 150th test wicket and making amends for a chance that went down off his bowling when the Sri Lanka opener was on 16,
Ben Stokes made a vital breakthrough on the stroke of the interval when he had Dhananjaya de Silva (21) cauth at slip by Joe Root one ball after his strong appeal for a caught-behind decision was rejected by the TV umpire.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – Rajshahi Division smartly clinched the National Cricket League (NCL) title with unbeaten record beating Barishal Division by six wickets in the 6th and final round Tier-1 match at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi on Thursday.
With the feat, Rajshahi Division reached a land mark of clinching their 6th national crown in the first class cricket alongside last time champions Khulna Division.
On completion of the six-round Tier-1 league, Rajshahi Division lifted the trophy securing 34.81 points with two wins and four draws while Rangpur Division finished runners-up with 24.59 with one win and five draws.
Last-time champions Khulna Division became 3rd collecting 16.61 points with one loss, four draws and one no result while Barishal Division finished bottom in the four-team Tier-1 league with 14.61 points with two loss, three draws and one no result.
Rajshahi Division having 160 runs in the first innings resumed the 2nd innings on Thursday morning with their overnight total of 182 for 2 in 51 overs and achieved their long-cherished title after about seven years scoring match-winner 284 for 4 in 76 overs.
Earlier, Barishal Division scored 97 runs in the first innings and made 346 runs in the 2nd innings giving a winning target of 284 runs for Rajshahi Division in the 2nd innings.
After the departure of two openers for 103 runs, one down national coloured batsman Junaid Siddique pairing with two down captain Jahurul Islam contributed 149 runs in the 3rd wicket stand to guide the team towards victory.
Junaid Siddique, who was in batting with 65 runs, hammered a century contributing an unconquered 120 off 181 balls, featuring 17 boundaries and was adjudged the player of the match.
Overnight batsman Jahurul Islam (25) scored 108-ball 64 runs hitting five fours and three sixes.
Tanvir Islam took two wickets for 61 runs.
The other Tier-1 match between Khulna and Rangpur ended in draw on the final day at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – The sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 will begin on November 9 with Bangladesh taking on the hosts and current champions West Indies in an opening day match at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
In their Group A matches, Bangladesh will face England (Nov 12), Sri Lanka (Nov 14) and South Africa (Nov 18) to confirm a seat in the last four race of the event.
Ahead of their campaign in the in the 10-team world tournament, Bangladesh completed their warm-up mission with a six-wicket win against Ireland before an eight-run loss against Pakistan in Guyana on November 4 and 7 respectively.
On the way to World T20 in Caribbean, Bangladesh, ranked ninth on the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, remained irresistible throughout the eight-nation qualifiers tournament in Netherlands for an all-win title victory in July this year.
They defeated Ireland by 25-runs in the final of the qualifiers tournament in Utrecht on July 14, following victories against Scotland by 49-runs in the semifinal, eight-wickets against Papua New Guinea, seven wickets against the Netherlands and eight wickets against United Arab Emirates in their Pool ‘A’ battles.
Emerging champions in the qualifiers tournament, Bangladesh secured their third title victory in a row on the back of a maiden success in the six-nation Asia Cup T20 in Malaysia and a bilateral T20 series win by 2-1 margin against host Ireland both in June this year.
Bangladesh defeated India twice on their way to lift the Asia Cup title, and also had among their scalps Pakistan.
Bangladesh have not yet won a match in WT20 but the Asia Cup title spring can bring surprises this year.
The recent records of Bangladesh made their World T20 opponents wary of and have already took preparations with hard work to pose challenges in Caribbean.
Riding high on the success in Asia Cup, Bangladesh star all-rounder Rumana Ahmed said, “Asia Cup is in our hand, the qualifier trophy is in our hand. Everything is going well, so we are confident this time.”
Rumana expressed high hopes to journalists on Wednesday, though still battling jet lag and getting all the practice they can get, especially of playing under lights - something Bangladesh hasn't done much of.
Spin has always been their strength, having two bowlers in the top 10 of the rankings -- leg-spinner Rumana at number seven and the left-arm spinner Nahida Akter at number nine.
Besides they have another leg-spinner Fahima Khatun, the first Bangladesh female cricketer to hit a T20I hat-trick that helped her team beat the UAE by eight wickets to reach the semi-finals of Women’s World T20 Qualifiers.
In recent times, they’ve hunted as a pack with good support from Khadija Tul Kubra and Salma's off-spin, while the pacers too have pitched in.
The new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam, became the first from the country to take a five-wicket haul 5/28 against Ireland, while the tall Panna Ghosh picked up 5/16 a couple of weeks later.
Bangladesh women’s team coach Anju Jain thinks that the variety in their attack and speeds make the bowlers stand apart and offer something different.
“The game is changing, with a lot of power hitting," pointed out Jain, identifying several of the players as capable of clearing the ropes. Constant work on fitness, and training with set targets of areas to attack and runs they want in a certain number of overs has helped them pace innings better.
Fargana Hoque and Shamima Sultana have held together the batting. Both batters have got two half-centuries this year, and between them have the top four individual scores for their country. They have also shown the ability to accelerate when needed.
No teams other than India have played as many T20Is as Bangladesh in the past 12 months.
They have tested themselves against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Ireland, all of whom will be involved in the World T20. Ahead of the tournament, they spent a week in Grenada, practicing against boys' teams.
They may not have won as many matches against higher-ranked teams as they’d have liked, but in all, they have 12 wins out of 20 matches this year.
“When you lose, it doesn’t mean that everything is gone,” said Rumana. “Even when we lose, we can learn. The South Africa tour was effective for us because the condition there was difficult. We knew that we played well against them. After that we played the Asia Cup and won.”
“I believe skills-wise they are at par [with higher-ranked] teams. It’s just the mindset. Just participating in a tournament is one thing, and looking to do well and making your presence felt is a different approach. That’s what we are working on, the mindset that yes, you can beat any side.”
Bangladesh Women’s squad for Women’s World T20: Salma Khatun (captain), Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Fargana Haque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Shamima Sultana (wk), Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana, Lata Mondol and Sharmin Akter Supta.
Stand-by: Sharmin Sultana, Surya Azmin, Shaila Sharmin and Sultana Khatun.
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh Test Match Played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Brief Score Card
Zimbabwe 282 ( Sean Williams 88 , Peter Moore 63* , Hamilton Masakdaza 62 , Taizul Islam 6/108 , Nazmul Opu 2/49 ) and 181 ( Hamilton Masakdaza 48, Sikandar Raza 25, Brendon Taylor 24 , Taijul Islam 5/62, Mehedy Miraj 3/45 , Nazmul Opu 2/27 ) beat Bangladesh 143 ( Ariful Haq 41* , Musfiqur Rahim 31 , Mehedy Miraj 21 , Sikandar Raza 3/35 , Tendai Chttara 3/19 , Kyle Jarvis 2/28 ) and 169 ( Imrul Kayes 43, Ariful Haq 38 <liton K Das 23 , Mavuta 4/21 , Raza 3/41 ) by 151 runs.
Well organized Zimbabwe playing disciplined cricket avalanched clueless Bangladesh to a 151 runs crushing defeat in the inaugural test match at Sylhet International Cricket stadium. Spineless batting by team tigers caused them yet another miserable defeat in test by a team which appeared in its only test match this year in 2018 . The visitors recorded their only third test victory away from home and its first in 17 years since 2001. Let us not take away the well deserved credit from them.
Ironically the woos of Bangladesh in test cricket continued. For the 8th consecutive test innings Bangladesh failed crossing 200 in test . They lost test earlier this year at home against Sri Lanka and on tour against West Indies. Only a few days back Bangladesh white washed Zimbabwe 3-0 in ODI series. Experts observed that apart from selection puzzle brain freeze and mind block of Bangladeshi batsmen caused such abysmal performance for the team. With the only other test match at Dhaka starting next Sunday Zimbabwe is poised for achieving a series white wash, What a huge humiliation it would be for Bangladesh if that happens.
Batting first Zimbabwe scored 282 in the first innings. Bangladesh batting collapsed to 143 in response. Zimbabwe added another 181 in the second innings presenting a 321 runs victory target to Bangladesh. The hosts crushed again scoring 169 all out. Zimbabwe crushed Bangladesh to 151 runs defeat within three and a little over half a day of the historic first ever test match played at Sylhet International Cricket stadium.
Winning the toss and electing to bat the visitors scored 282 all out in the first innings. Two senior professionals Sean Williams (88) and Hamilton Masakdaza (62) laid the backbone of the innings batting with patience and application . Young Peter Moore followed their suit with an unbeaten 63*.
When Bangladesh replied they immediately ran into crisis against very accurate and purposeful pace bowling of Tendai Chattara and Kyle Jarvis . Bowling consistently in off stump corridor they exploited the weakness of Bangladeshi batsmen playing away from the body .Imrul Kayes , Liton Das , Momunl Huq and Mahmudullah were gone in the twinkle of an eye . The score board showed only 19/4 within the first 10 overs. Shocked and awed Bangladesh could not recover . Only a fighting unbeaten 41 by debutant Ariful and 31 from Mushfique saved Bangladesh from reaching three figures of 143 which was still 139 in arrears . Not only the pace bowling of the visitors even the spinners became unplayable for Bangladesh . However , Bangladesh bowlers bowled reasonably well in the second innings restricting Zimbabwe to 181 . Taijul who took 6/108 in the first innings had another 5/62 taking his tally to 170 /11 in the match a creditable feat by any account . But added with 139 lead in the first innings Bangladesh was presented with a steep target of 321.
The wicket did not have venom and there was enough time at hand .Yet history was against the home side . No team in the past scored over 300 in the fourth innings in Bangladesh for winning a test . Yet cricket crazy Bangladesh nation dreamt . But unfortunately the dream was dashed from another pathetic batting display by Bangladesh. They were all out in less than two sessions scoring 169 . Another ignominious defeat of 151 runs in test cricket . This time against a lower rated Zimbabwean team. This loss is perhaps more shocking than the recent Bangladesh getting white washed by Afghanistan in T20 series.
Win or loss is a part of the game and cricket is termed as a game of glorious uncertainity . But judging from the recent forms of two teams in international cricket losing a test like this at home condition against a team which just suffered a series white wash in ODI series need soul searching . Was it brain freeze , was it mind block or was it characterless insipid performance of panicked Bangladesh batsmen that led to such disaster . Bangladesh in recent times won test at home against much stronger England and Australia and also won test against Sri Lanka on tour . But the batting in test remains a huge puzzle. This team over the last eight innings failed to cross 200 in any innings. Our batsmen perform so well in the limited over formats but the same batsmen look pretty ordinary in tests does not matter who are the bowlers or what type of wickets they play . Sylhet wicket was not fast or bouncy like Antigua or Kingstone , neither it was turning or bouncing prodigiously like Dhaka wicket from the first day. Yet Bangladesh batted poorly .
If one carry out post mortem one would find the adverse influence of too many limited over cricket and lack of planning of BCB for domestic longer version cricket . Add to this deliberately ignoring better players performing consistently well over the years in longer version cricket in domestic formats. The bulk of players playing test cricket hardly appear in local longer version cricket . They play BPL and only some of them play in ODI cricket.
Players like Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam , Shahriar Najees scoring tones of runs consistently fail to attract the attention of the BCB selectors despite of their favored players failing time and time again. The excuse given is poor quality of domestic cricket and lack of fitness . Wonder how an unfit player can score 11000 runs in first class cricket and keep on scoring centuries regularly. How an unfit bowlers gets over 500 wickets in first class cricket. Test players mature with ages . Bangladesh needs over hauling domestic cricket , making appearance in domestic cricket mandatory for players playing international cricket . The wickets must be conducive to creating quality batsmen and umpiring must not be motivated. Coaching staff must be tasked for mentoring and fine tuning quality players . Performance must be the only criteria for getting selected.
Failures in test gives rise to question why talented Mominul could not be mentored appropriately for translating his unexplored talents into a player of higher pedigree? Why Soumya still struggles to find his feet in longer version of the game ? Why Bangladesh can not shadow quality players behind Mashrafee , Shakib , Tamim , Mushfique and Mahmudullah ? Why Bangladesh can not find a match winning leg spinner?
Will anyone answer me what else Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam and Shariar Nafees can do other than performing regularly in domestic cricket for getting a call back into national team? What else Jubayer Likhon and couple of others can do to grow as leg spinners ? They are treated as burden in test cricket but look at any other international team.
Leg spinners are treated as special breed. Bangladesh does not learn.
Bangladesh may bounce back in Dhaka test and may even win and square the series . If that happens all will be forgotten. Bangladesh would get busy with cash cow BPL forgetting completely about longer version cricket . Trapping Australia and England in sub standard turning track has given Bangladesh false confidence . The players get stuck in the quick sands of pacey bouncy wickets in Australia , South Africa , New Zealand and West Indies . These will never change unless we have professionals running BCB instead of tradesmen having no clues .
It was the only third victory away from home for the Zimbabweans and the first since 2001. Due credits must be given to the visitors for wonderful turning around after getting a comprehensive white wash in the ODI series only a few days back.
Sylhet, Nov 6 (UNB) – Zimbabwe took 1-0 lead in a two-Test series against host Bangladesh with a 151-run victory in the first match that ended in the second session on day-four at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
The visitors dismantled Bangladesh for 169 for all in 63.1 overs in the second innings for their third overseas Test win. Zimbabwe’s last overseas victory was in November 2001 also against Bangladesh by eight wickets in Chattogram.
(Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/UNB)
Zimbabwe, however, got the first win against Bangladesh after four successive losses, since April 2013.
This is Bangladesh’s seventh failure against Zimbabwe among their 15 Test encounters of which three ended in draws since April 2001.
The remarkable job in the match for any Bangladesh players was done by spinner Taijul Islam by hitting his best bowling figure in a Test match with a haul of 11-wicket for 170 runs. He thrived on both innings by grabbing 5/62 in the second innings and 6/108 in the first innings.
The series deciding second match will begin on November 11 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh started the fourth day to chase a 295-run target, but Zimbabwean bowlers--Brandon Mavuta [4/21], Sikandar Raza [3/41], Wellington Masakadza [2/33] and Kyle Jarvis [1/29] -- packed all 10 wickets within 53 overs.
Having 282 runs in the first innings, Bangladesh resumed their second innings with overnight score of 26 for no loss in 10.1 overs, but lost their half force for 111 runs in 46.5 overs at launch and lost the remaining wickets for only 58 off 16.2.
Overnight batsman Imrul Kayes was the big hitter in the innings scoring 43 off 103 balls, including six boundaries, before being bowled out by Sikandar Raza on 83/3 in 36.5 overs.
(Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/UNB)
Debut Ariful Haque [38 off 37b; 4x4; 2x6] was another notable scorer while Liton Kumar Das was out for 23, sharing a 56 off 23 overs in the overnight opening stand with Kayes.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad score 16 while Mushfiqur Rahim and Nazmul Hossain Shanto could hardly reach double digit adding 13 runs each.
Zimbabwe 1st innings: 282/10 in 117.3 overs; Sean Williams 88, Peter Moor 63*, Hamilton Masakadza 52, Taijul Islam 6/108, Nazmul Islam2/49, Mahmudullah Riyad 1/3, Abu Jayed 1/68.
Zimbabwe 2nd innings: 181/10 in 65.4 overs (overnight 1/0 in 2 overs); Hamilton Masakadza 48, Sikandar Raza 25, Brendan Taylor 24, Sean Williams 20, Regis Chakabva 20, Taijul Islam 5/62, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3/48, Nazmul Islam 2/27.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 143/10 in 51 overs; Ariful Haque 41*, Mushfiqur Rahim 31, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 21, Mominul Haque 11, TendaiChatara 3/19, Sikandar Raza 3/35, Kyle Jarvis 2/28, Sean Williams 1/5.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 169/10 in 63.1 overs(overnight 26/0 in 10.1 overs); Imrul Kayes 43, Ariful Haque 38, Liton Kumar Das 23, Mahmudullah 16, Nazmul Hossain Shanto13, Mushfiqur Rahim 13, Brandon Mavuta 4/21, Sikandar Raza 3/41, Wellington Masakadza 2/33, Kyle Jarvis 1/29.