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Caught in the Tigers' spin

Caught in the Tigers' spin

Six-shooter Shakib Al Hasan made a dazzling return after serving a two and a half month ban as Bangladesh gave Zimbabwe the message that spin-threat would be as inevitable as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo breaking Raul's Champions League's goal-scoring record. And there was plenty of proof on the very first day of the opening Test at Mirpur yesterday, where the Southern African nation lost nine of their 10 first innings wickets to the spinners led...

Five-for against all but Aussies

With Shakib Al Hasan back in the side, the idea of not unleashing him against the Zimbabwean top order on a...

Jubair even impresses Sikandar

Jubair even impresses Sikandar

When Zimbabwe elected to bat yesterday they would have had special...

'Support like this kind will make you forget everything'

Following his six-wicket haul against Zimbabwe yesterday ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan thanked his family and friends for their immense support...

A good total: Raza

The Zimbabwean batsmen seemed baffled against the Bangladesh spin attack during their innings on the first day of the first Test yesterday at Mirpur, but half-century scorer Sikandar Raza was not ready to blame the wicket. “I think we read the wicket pretty well. I think there were a couple of balls that bounced a little more than we expected. But apart from that, the wicket played well. Normally, you come to Asia and expect low-bounce wickets. This didn't really...

Pakistan sniff a win

Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat in Dubai on Saturday. After setting an imposing 438-run target, Pakistan rattled the Australians through a brace of wickets apiece from spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah to leave Australia tottering on 59-4 at stumps on the fourth day, needing six wickets for a 1-0 lead in the two-Test...

M'singh upset Ansar

Mymensingh emerged as new champions in the National Women's Football Super League after a 4-3 shootout win, beating three-time champions Bangladesh Ansar in the final at the Bangabandhu National stadium yesterday. The match rolled into shootout after the 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time ended 1-1. 'Player of the Championship', Marzia cancelled out a 27th minute lead from Sajeda of Bangladesh Ansar in the 70th minute. The girls of Mymensingh, who have been together for the last...

Hosts meet Thailand Nov 30

The Bangladesh U-21 national hockey team will play Thailand in one of the two opening Men's Junior AHF Cup qualifying round robin matches at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on November 30. According to the fixture released by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation yesterday, the five-nation U-21 meet , which also includes Chinese Taipei, Oman, Sri Lanka, will end on December 7. Top two teams will  qualify for the finals in China next year.

Younis on top of them all

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan hit a record making 103 not out on the fourth day of the first Test against Australia here on Saturday. He swept Steve O'Keefe to square-leg boundary for his sixth boundary to get to his second hundred in the match following his 106 in the first innings. Younis became the seventh Pakistani batsman, but first against Australia, to score twin hundreds in a Test. Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Wajahatullah Wasti, Yasir Hameed, Inzamamul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf had...

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Barclays English Premier League

Hammer blow for City

Hammer blow for City

Manchester City's bid to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a setback as the champions slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini's team, who kicked off in second place, had hoped to close the gap on the Blues to two points ahead of their rivals' clash...

Barclays English Premier League

Friends cross swords

Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal insist their friendship will survive whatever happens when Chelsea look to cement their position on top of the Premier League with a statement victory at Manchester United on Sunday. Mourinho has never hidden his distain for some of his managerial rivals, with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Aston Villa's Paul Lambert crossing swords with the Chelsea boss already this season, and the prospect of a crucial clash with a team capable of ending his side's...

Bundes Liga

Dortmund slip further

Dortmund slip further

Borussia Dortmund's horror run of Bundesliga results continued on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to ten-man Hanover 96 to drop to 15th after a fourth straight defeat. Dortmund's terrible Bundesliga form is in stark contrast to their Champions League campaign, where they top their group with three straight wins after Wednesday's impressive...

Indian Super League

Delhi thrash Chennaiyin

Delhi Dynamos put in a top performance on Saturday evening as they registered a 4-1 victory over Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi and thus, ended their unbeaten run in the Indian Super League (ISL). Wim Raymaekers and Mads Junker put the home side in the lead before Elano pulled one back for Chennainyin. Bruno Herrero scored from a penalty awarded and Gustavo Marmentini added his name on the score sheet to complete the rout. Delhi coach Harm Van...

Acharya Trophy

BCB XI's 1st match today

Led by Anamul Haque, a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI will begin their campaign in the Acharya Memorial Trophy tomorrow against Mumbai at the Jadavpur University. The team, which left here for Kolkata on Friday, had their first practice session yesterday. After playing Mumbai, they will play Karnataka on October 28 and Bengal on October 30. The final of the competition will take place on November 2 at the Eden Gardens.

Pires punished for scuffle

Former French and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires was on Saturday suspended for two matches after a bust-up with a rival coach during half-time in an Indian Super League football match, organisers said. The incident took place between Pires, who plays for FC Goa, and Atletico Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas during the break of an ill-tempered match in Goa last Thursday. Brazilian great Zico, who coaches FC Goa, said after the game that Pires mentioned he was hit on the face...

LFP

Clasico spoils taken by Real

Clasico spoils taken by Real

Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the 'Clasico' on Saturday. Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo...

Bangladesh vs Zibabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Time to go for the kill

Time to go for the kill

The phrase 'kill or be killed' is an appropriate expression to describe Bangladesh's last series of the year, which begins today at Mirpur with the first Test against Zimbabwe. But it's not because the upcoming series -- a battle at the bottom of the Test ranking table -- is an event that the rest...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 25, 2014
'Still not feeling any difference'

'Still not feeling any difference'

Mushfiqur Rahim may have spoken to the media after a month at Mirpur yesterday and yet, only five minutes into the press conference, you could predict almost every statement that the Test captain was about to make. That the 26-year-old was going to base almost all his replies on a set formula was obvious from his very first statement of the day: "We have been working on our processes -- the basics. If that goes well everything will go fine." The cliched statement is something that Mushfiqur has been blurting out throughout the difficult moments this year and, going by Bangladesh's disastrous run in 2014, these so called processes have yet...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Dav surprise

Dav surprise

Former Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore surprised the Tigers when he visited them at their training camp in Mirpur yesterday. The former Bangladesh coach won't be another new addition to the Tigers' growing support staff; he has in fact come here to do some commentary. The broadcasters for the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series reckoned that Whatmore...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Pakistan in command

Pakistan's spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday. Warner smashed 133 for his ninth Test century and his third in as many innings to match the indomitable Donald Bradman. But Pakistan hit back to dismiss Australia for 303 in their first innings, for a first innings lead of 151, after they had made 454. By the close, Pakistan had made...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Nadal out of Paris Masters

French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the next week's ATP Paris Masters citing personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said Friday. The Spanish world number three is already guaranteed a place in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next month. The Paris tournament, often beset by withdrawals due to its position in the calendar at the end of the season, has also seen US Open champion Marin Cilic pull out with an arm injury and No.13...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Women's camp trimmed to 20

Bangladesh women team's Japanese coach Norio Tsukitate yesterday announced a 20-member squad for the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship with the inclusion of six players who participated in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at home. The U-16 players are defenders Masura Parvin and Khadija Akhter, midfielders Krishna Rani Sarker and Mishrat Jahan and striking pair Bipasha Mali and Lipi Akhter. Sanjida Akhter was also named in the senior squad but the girl from Mymensingh, who drew attention with her four goals in...

Pepsi Media Cup

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Channel 24, Jamuna TV reach final

Channel 24 and Jamuna Television moved into the final of the Pepsi-DRU Media Cup cricket tournament beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. In the six-a-side competition, Channel 24 (78/2) defeated Alokito Bangladesh (66/2) by 12 runs before Jamuna TV (80/3) beat Ittefaq (70/3) by 10 runs in the second match. The final will be held on Monday.

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Unfulfillment in Jessore

A raucous home support, a wealth of experience, a rich vein of form and a record-breaking early strike -- all those positives failed to lift Bangladesh as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a young and spirited Sri Lanka in the first of a two-match SS Steel International FIFA Friendly Series at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. Jessore was all geared up to witness a win for the hosts in the first international match to be held...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Wasteful Emily breaks record

Wasteful Emily breaks record

Veteran striker Zahid Hassan Emily became the highest scorer for Bangladesh when he scored his 17th international goal with a header against Sri Lanka at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. It should have been a moment of celebration for the 28-year-old striker, yet he was disappointed as the hosts were held to a...

LFP

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Lionel Messi can become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga this weekend when Barcelona travel to face Real Madrid. The Argentine is just one goal behind Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record of scoring 251 goals for Athletic Bilbao. Messi already knows the feeling of breaking a significant record at the Bernabeu. On his last visit...

LFP

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Messi eyes record in El Clasico

Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million euros) move from Liverpool after receiving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. The Uruguayan's temperament will be tested...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Clasico in Numbers

1The number of 'Clasico' victories Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has presided over in three meetings since taking over from Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season, a 2-1 win in April's King's Cup final. 18 The number of cards the most booked player, former Real and Spain defender Fernando Hierro, collected in official 'Clasicos' (17 yellow and one red). Real's current centre back Sergio Ramos has 14 yellow cards and two red. 21 The number of goals scored by...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 25, 2014
North East stun Mumbai

North East United FC produced a sound performance on both sides of the pitch as they downed ten men Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goals from Kondwani Mtonga and Felipe de Castro in the second half helped them to win three crucial points away from home as Pavel Cmovs was given his marching orders after picking his second booking in the 75th minute. Having enjoyed...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Zico alleges Pires assault

Organisers of India's Super League football tournament were on Friday investigating claims that former French international Robert Pires was punched on the face by a rival coach during a half-time scuffle. The incident reportedly took place during the break in Thursday night's match in Goa between Pires' FC Goa and Atletico Kolkata. An ISL official said both sides had informed organisers of what took place. Brazilian great Zico, who coaches FC Goa, said after the match that Pires mentioned he was...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Kavazovic irked

Sri Lanka coach Nikola Kavazovic knew that his side would be playing in front of a large and partisan crowd in Jessore. He had said it would be 'a learning experience' for his players during the pre-match press conference. But the Serbian was surely not prepared for what he saw, and neither was he amused. Among the 25,000-plus people inside the Shamsul Huda Stadium, there were a few thousand watching the match just from behind the bamboo fencing inside the...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Shakib-like confidence

Shakib-like confidence

"On paper Bangladesh is a better team than visiting Zimbabwe," was the encouraging statement made by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday, ahead of the start of the first Test tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. He said that the team is only thinking about victory in the series, which is very important...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Zim up to the challenge

Zim up to the challenge

It's no secret that the Tigers have pinned their hopes on their slow bowlers to deliver the wickets against Zimbabwe. One can label the match as a battle between Bangladesh's spin and Zimbabwe's batting. But Stephen Mangongo, the Zimbabwe coach, was not ready to accept the single-minded thought and referred to the flipside...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Sagor's eight in 8

The RMM Group 27th National Swimming Championships ended with two more national records on the concluding day at the newly-built Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj yesterday. Nayma Akter and the women's team of Bangladesh Navy set new marks in the 100m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay respectively, taking the overall records set to 15 out of 38 events settled in the four-day meet. Nayma of Bangladesh Navy erased Sonia Akter's record of 1:17.44 with a time of 1:17.32...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Jessore's taste of int'l football

Bangladesh take on a young and unknown Sri Lanka side in the first of the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series here today. The first international match to be held in this district town has created a lot of buzz among the football lovers here and a sell-out crowd is expected at the 12,000-capacity Shamsul Huda Stadium. The match will kick off at 3:15 pm and will be telecast live on BTV. There should also be a festive atmosphere inside the...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Biggest occasion since 1973

Jessore is all geared up to host its first-ever international football match today. The historic Shamsul Huda Stadium, which is said to have once hosted Dynamo Moscow against a Bangladesh team way back in 1973, is set to grab the headlines again as it stages the first of a two-match FIFA International Series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The 12,000-capacity stadium, which looks nondescript even by a district standard, was taking last-minute paintbrushes last evening to make it look attractive....

AFC U-16 Womens Championship

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Girls sign off with heads held high

Bangladesh girls might not have signed off from the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers with a victory -- losing their last game against Iran 1-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday -- but the unheralded Bangladeshi girls, with little exposure and with very limited facilities, have won the hearts and minds of the nation with entertaining displays of football that not only surprised their opponents but also their fans. Two wins and two defeats, that too by the slightest of...

BPL Fixing

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Case against ICC & BCB

Dhaka Gladiators Chairman Salim Chowdhury on Thursday filed a case against six people, including one Bangladesh Cricket Board and four International Cricket Council (ICC) high ups with a Chittagong court, accusing them of failing to a prevent a fixed match. The six high profile people sued are – ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson, ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chairman Sir Ronald Flanagan, its officials Joginder Singh, Dharambir Singh Yadav, Dhaka Gladiators coach Ian Pont and BCB Chief...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
UCBL to sell Zim series tickets

The tickets of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series will be available at the different branches of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) from Saturday. The minimum price for a day's ticket has been fixed at Tk 20 for the Tests and the most expensive tickets will cost Tk 1,000. For the ODIs, the prices will range between Tk 100 and 300. The tickets will be available at the bank's Dhanmondi, Bashundhara, Bijoy Nagar, Uttara and Mirpur branches in Dhaka; Muradpur, Dampara, Andorkilla and...

Action Remodelling

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Shohag to go to Malaysia

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will travel to Malaysia to remodel his bowling action under the supervision of Mohammad Salahuddin, the former Bangladesh fielding coach who is now a coach at a Malaysian university. "We have decided to send him to Malaysia for several reasons. We thought it would be better for him to work under Salahuddin who had successfully monitored Abdur Razzak during his suspension. Our other coaches are busy with the upcoming series, and another reason is that he will...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Real lesson for L'pool

Real lesson for L'pool

Real Madrid handed Liverpool a 3-0 Champions League reality check Wednesday as Arsenal struck twice at the death in a 2-1 win at Anderlecht to mark manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday in style. At Anfield, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 70th Champions League goal -- one short of the all-time record 71 held by Raul...

UEFA Championship

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Rodgers rages after Balotelli shirt swap

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield. Rodgers already planned to haul off Balotelli during the interval after growing frustrated with the latest in a growing list of lacklustre displays from the eccentric Italy striker since his August move from AC Milan. The former Manchester City star, who was replaced by Adam Lallana, hardly improved...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Kolkata turn it around

Atletico de Kolkata managed to comeback from being a goal down to win the tie 2-1 against FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Thursday evening. Andre Santos had put the home side ahead in the first half before Cavin Lobo struck twice in the second session to ensure that the Kolkata side remain unbeaten in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goa have now lost both their home games this season as they lie...

Season's First El Clasico Build-up

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Suarez's baptism of fire

After 122 days Luis Suarez will be free to take part in a competitive match again and not just any game, but the biggest one in world football when Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Much has changed since Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. He was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators the world over, handed a four-month ban from by FIFA...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Aussies begin reply solidly

Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday. Opener David Warner smashed a quickfire 75 and Chris Rogers was on 31 to take Australia to 113 without loss at close of play on the second day, trailing by 341 runs with all ten wickets standing. Warner hit seven fours and a six in his eighth Test half-century, his...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Costa in hospital

The mystery over Diego Costa's condition has deepened after it emerged that the Chelsea striker was forced to spend time in hospital after returning from international duty with Spain. Costa is struggling with a groin injury, but has also been battling an illness that forced him to go to hospital. Chelsea have not specified the illness and whether Costa is fully over it, but it is understood that the 26-year-old had symptoms similar to a severe stomach bug. That he...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Germany top of the pile

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a recent 2-0 loss to Poland and 1-1 draw with Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Spain's domination of several years however is most certainly on the wane as the reigning European champions drop to tenth The top three remain unchanged from September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. The 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil are sixth and Uruguay...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
ICC may suspend Windies

The ICC board will meet on November 10 with the implications of West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India certain to dominate discussions. While the ICC has released a statement expressing a hope "the matter will be resolved amicably", it appears that the potential consequences for the WICB could be catastrophic if the ICC's rules are applied to the letter. The worst case scenario is not only that WICB could see its participation fees for the 2015 World Cup reallocated...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Bangladesh’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim today said he would continue his effort to perform best at all levels of cricket despite losing the ODI captaincy.  “If our team is successful in the ODI matches, even though I am not captain, I will be the first one to be happy,” he told reporters in a...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 23, 2014
A choice by default

A choice by default

When selectors picked Shahadat Hossain for Bangladesh's first Test against Zimbabwe last week, analysts, journalists and even a number of cricket enthusiasts seemed to have had a brain freeze momentarily. Why would Bangladesh's selectors recall a bowler whom the think-tank had written off 19 months ago after a dreadful series against Sri Lanka? Is it his current domestic record? Not quite. Shahadat has played a total of ten first-class matches since he was dropped from the national squad in March last year.  He scalped eleven wickets in the Bangladesh Cricket League which finished earlier this year. While in the National Cricket League he picked 16 in five matches. His statistics are ordinary...