After losing three matches in a row, Beximco Dhaka have made a strong comeback winning back-to-back games in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020.
Their latest, 25-run, victory came against Minister Group Rajshahi at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
In a surprising move, Dhaka sent offspinner Nayeem Hasan to open the innings with Mohammad Naim. But it did not work as Nayeem fell for one in the first over of the game.
Despite the early damage, Dhaka posted a challenging 175 runs riding on Yasir Ali (67), Akbar Ali (45), and Mushfiqur Rahim (37).
Three of the first four Dhaka batsmen failed to reach two-digit scores as Nayeem, Naim and Tanzid Hasan fell for 1, 9, and 2. Two of them fell prey to right-arm pacer Mukidul Islam who ended up taking two wickets for 38 runs in three overs.
Dhaka lost four wickets to reach 100 runs. However, Yasir and Akbar added 100 runs in the fifth wicket stand and helped their team post a challenging total, which eventually proved to be a tough one for Rajshahi.
In reply, Rajshahi were all out for 150 runs in 20 overs despite a well-fought partnership of 67 runs by Rony Talukdar and Fazle Mahmud Rabbi. They paired up as Rajshahi lost three wickets for 15 runs and parted ways after at 82.
Rony fell for 40 while Mahmud recorded his first fifty of this competition – 58 off 40 with five fours and three sixes.
Next, Mahmud went to clear Muktar Ali for a boundary through the onside, only to sky an easy catch to Tanzid.
Muktar Ali scalped four wickets conceding 37 runs in four overs while Shafiqul Alam bagged three conceding 31 runs in four overs.
With this win, Dhaka moved one place up in the points table surpassing Fortune Barishal.
They now have four points from two wins in five games while Rajshahi lost three matches in a row, and they are now at number four in the points table with four points from the same number of games.
Due to a higher run rate, Dhaka topped Rajshahi, who also have four points from two wins in five matches.
Zakir Hasan hit a fifty to help Gemcon Khulna beat Fortune Barishal by 48 runs on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Playing for the first time in Bangabandhu T20 Cup, the left-handed top-order batsman did enough to prove his mettle.
However, Shakib Al Hasan continued his poor run in the competition. The allrounder, who has returned to competitive games after serving a one-year ban, posted 14 runs and took a wicket in the game.
Barishal won the toss and got an early success, removing Jahurul Islam for two. Taskin Ahmed bagged the wicket in the third over of the game.
However, Zakir and Imrul Kayes added 90 runs in the second wicket stand.
Imrul fell prey to Kamrul Islam Rabbi for 37 off 34 with two fours and one six, but Zakir was firm on the other end of the wicket. He ended up on 63 off 42 balls with 10 fours.
But, Shakib (14) and Mahmudullah (24) failed to thrive on the solid start. And Khulna ended up on 173 for six in 20 overs.
Rabbi took three wickets conceding 33 runs in four overs while Taskin bagged two wickets for 44 runs in four overs.
In reply, Barishal managed to post 125 runs in 19.5 overs and lost the game by 48 runs.
Tamim Iqbal (32), Towhid Hridoy (33) were the only batsmen to have passed the 30-run mark for them. Parvez Hossain Emon (19) and Irfan Sukkur (16) also managed a decent start but failed to capitalize.
For Khulna, right-arm spinner Shuvagata Hom took two wickets for 18 runs in three overs. He conceded 13 runs in the first over but made a good comeback in the next two.
Shahidul Islam and Hasan Mahmud also bagged two wickets each.
It was the third win for Khulna in five games. However, Barishal managed to be on the winning side just once while playing the same number of games.
Gemcon Khulna expressed their interest to rope in Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for the remaining part of the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020, Nafis Iqbal, the manager of Khulna said Thursday.
Mashrafe, the former captain of Bangladesh, played his last competitive game in March this year. He, like many other cricketers, was out of action since the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Mashrafe was also absent when many cricketers joined the individual training programme and took part in the President’s Cup 50-over competition.
Citing concern over fitness, Mashrafe had opted to stay out of the players draft for Bangabandhu T20 Cup as well. But he has started training recently.
“We saw Mashrafe started training. So, we've shown our interest to rope him in. I think Mashrafe is the kind of player who is expected by every team. But everything depends on his personal call, and at the same time, we've to take the decision of the board as well,” Nafis told the media.
It’s still not clear whether any other team of Bangabandhu T20 Cup showed interest for the same. As per the by-laws of this event, any team can rope in any player who is not listed in the players draft.
“Since Mashrafe wasn’t listed in the draft, any team can take him in their squad. Every team has the same right. But it depends on Mashrafe’s call and the combination of the teams. We just showed our interest. Now the thing is on Masrhafe and the board,” Nafis added.
On paper, Khulna is the strongest team in the competition as they have allrounders like Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan.
Khulna have played four games in the event so far and won two of them. Both Mahmudullah and Shakib are yet to come up with the performance expected to them. In the next game of the event, Khulna will take on Fortune Barishal on December 4.
India captain Virat Kohli scored 63 runs and became the fastest player to surpass 12,000 runs in one-day internationals as the visitors beat Australia by 13 runs on Wednesday in the last of three ODI matches at Manuka Oval.
India, which lost the first two matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground, scored 302-5 and bowled Australia out for 289 with three balls remaining.
Shardul Thakur took three wickets for 51 runs, including Steve Smith for seven in the former Australia captain's first failure of the series after scoring centuries in the first two matches.
Australia captain Aaron Finch scored 75 runs and Glenn Maxwell added 59.
Maxwell put the hosts in a position to win the match, but his dismissal in the 45th over saw Australia lose 4-21. The Australian effort was in marked contrast to that of India, which scored 84 runs from the same 5 1-2-over period in its innings.
After winning the toss and batting, India made up for a slow start with an unbeaten 150-run partnership between man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya (92) and Ravindra Jadeja (66), a record for India for the sixth-wicket against Australia. The pair added 110 runs in the last 10 overs.
Kohli posted his 60th ODI half-century before feathering a catch to Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey, a decision that went to the TV umpire after it was given not out on the field.
Pandya anchored the latter half of the innings, scoring his 92 from 76 balls, while Jadeja’s total came from 50 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
Australia won the first ODI by 66 runs and the second by 51 to clinch the series. Australia batted first in both wins. Teams batting first had won the last seven games at Manuka Oval before Wednesday's result.
Cameron Green made his ODI debut for Australia as a replacement for injured opener David Warner. Warner sustained a groin strain while fielding in Sunday’s series-deciding ODI win at the SCG.
After scores of 69 and 83 in the first two ODIs, Warner is hoping to recover in time for the test series, which starts Dec. 17 in Adelaide.
Green conceded 27 runs from his first four overs in ODI cricket. Agar returned the best figures for Australia with 2-44 from 10 overs, avoiding India’s run-scoring onslaught in the dying overs. Green scored 21 runs while batting in Australia's innings.
India lost both openers in the first 16 overs. Shikhar Dhawan played a loose shot off Sean Abbott to Ashton Agar in the covers for 16, and Shubman Gill was trapped lbw for 33 trying to sweep Agar.
Kohli became the fastest player to the 12,000 ODI career runs when he tapped Abbott to mid-off and took a quick single. Kohli achieved the feat in his 242nd innings, 59 innings quicker than Sachin Tendulkar.
The now-retired Tendulkar has the highest number of ODI runs with 18,426.
The teams meet again in Canberra on Friday in the first of three Twenty20 matches, followed by T20s in Sydney on Sunday and next Tuesday, also at the SCG.
Despite posting the highest total of the event so far, Gazi Group Chattogram narrowly escaped a defeat by one run against Minister Group Rajshahi in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Chattogram were sent to bat first after losing the toss and they posted 50 runs inside five overs riding on the super efforts by Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar. Before Soumya fell for 34 off 25, Chattogram posted 62 runs in the first wicket stand.
Mohammad Mithun (11) and Shamsur Rahman (1) returned to the dressing room in quick succession, but Liton was firm at the other end of the wicket. He posted 78 not-out off 53 balls with nine fours and one six, his best in the format. Along with him, Mosaddek Hossain hit 42 off 28 balls. They ended up on 176 for five in 20 overs.
For Rajshahi, Mukidul Islam took three wickets conceding 30 runs in four overs while Farhad Reza and Anisul Islam Emon scalped one each.
In reply, Rajshahi posted 175 for seven in 20 overs. Anisul posted 58 off 44 balls while Nazmul Islam Shanto (25), Mohammad Ashraful (20), Mahedi Hasan (25) contributed well with the bat.
In the last over, bowled by Mustafizur Rahman, Rajshahi needed 16 runs to win. Mustafiz removed Nurul Hasan in the first ball and the next two balls were dot. Rony Talukdar, who came late in the order, hit a six and a four off the fourth and fifth ball. Rajshahi needed four runs in the last ball, but they only managed two.
For Chattogram, Mustafizur took three wickets conceding 37 runs in four overs while Shoriful scalped two and Mosaddek Hossain and Ziaur Rahman bagged one each.
With this win, Chattogram cemented their place at the top of the order with eight points from four consecutive wins while Rajshahi remained at number three with four points from two wins in four games.