• Monday, March 02, 2015

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A recipe for Tigers

Well, well, well. Pakistan are finally off the mark. It has taken the former champions two bashings and a close escape to register their first points on the board. Does this team look like going through to the knock-out rounds? Or do these players look anything like their predecessors, who had the character to turn matches on their heads from points of no return? This current team, led by the under pressure Misbahul Haq, look frustratingly short of both character and spirit. Having won the toss against Zimbabwe yesterday, Pakistan trotted to 14 for 2 in the first powerplay, the lowest in the tournament so far. Against West Indies in the previous match, the score was 25 for 4. This type of batting hardly fits the bill in modern one-day cricket, and only shows how much struggle it has been for the Pakistanis so far. The only good thing about this team is their bowling attack; which despite missing the likes of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan, has given the team hope when the batting had left them with little to hope for. The future for this team, at least in this tournament, looks quite...

Mash awaits a fresh start against Scots

Mash awaits a fresh start against Scots

Scenes from the 1999 World Cup match in Edinburgh stormed into...

'Spin crucial vs Scotland'

'Spin crucial vs Scotland'

Bangladesh middle order batsman Sabbir Rahman reckons that the Tigers use...

'Greatness is contagious'

To be brutally honest, the start to our New Zealand tour wasn't the best. It took a long time for us...

Sk Jamal win a feisty battle

Sk Jamal win a feisty battle

The first big clash of the season produced an ill-tempered affair at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as Sheikh Jamal edged bitter rivals Sheikh Russel 2-1 to book their fifth consecutive Federation Cup final. The defending champions came from behind and needed an 89th minute winner to overcome the spirited Sheikh Russel during a...

World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Cocktail

Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said. The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England's innings in their World Cup clash when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive...

Score more, Misbah asks batters

Score more, Misbah asks batters

Pakistan skipper Misbahul Haq told his batsmen to shape-up or ship out of the World Cup after the 1992 champions scraped a 20-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday. It was Pakistan's first victory of this World Cup after losing by 76 runs to India and suffering a 150-run hiding at the hands of the...

Taylor is clueless

Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor said he couldn't comprehend his team's 20-run loss to Pakistan at the World Cup in Brisbane on Sunday. Zimbabwe appeared well on track as Hamilton Masakadza (29), Taylor (50) and Sean Williams (33) dominated the Pakistan attack. But some soft dismissals handed the momentum back to Pakistan. Taylor said Zimbabwe had targeted this match as one they could win and said they had only done half the job. "We certainly did target this match and we felt that half...

'England were punished'

'England were punished'

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted his side had been "punished" by a rampant Sri Lanka on Sunday in a nine-wicket loss that left them on the brink of World Cup elimination. Sri Lanka are now on the verge of the quarterfinals after three wins in four games while England's tally of two points means...

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Why won't Eoin sing the anthem

When Eoin Morgan, the England captain, failed to sing God Save The Queen at the World Cup, questions were asked. Morgan is Irish, switching allegiance to England in 2009 in order to play Test cricket. Was his decision a political statement? A deliberate snub to the monarch? According to his former mentor, the answer is more prosaic: Morgan is too shy to sing on camera. Invited during a press conference in New Zealand to discuss his reasons, Morgan said it was "a...

Hailing Sangakkara

Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne on Sunday declared teammate Kumar Sangakkara one of the best limited-overs batsmen of all time after his second successive century at the World Cup. Sangakkara hit an unbeaten 117 as the 1996 champions thrashed England by nine wickets in Wellington, following up on his 105 not out against Bangladesh. It was Sangakkara's 24th century in 401 one-day internationals and Thirimanne said the vastly experienced 37-year-old was a steadying influence on the team. Asked where Sangakkara, who is playing...

Dalmiya to return as BCCI boss?

Veteran official Jagmohan Dalmiya is set to be elected head of Indian cricket's governing body, replacing the sport's world supremo Narayanaswami Srinivasan following a corruption scandal, reports said Sunday. Dalmiya, a former head of the International Cricket Council, emerged as the front-runner amid backroom negotiations for votes at elections on Monday for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Dalmiya, 74, was the "consensus candidate" among rival factions for BCCI president, a position he held a decade ago, according...

Ray of hope for Kevin

Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career. Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14. But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English...

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LvG admits Di Maria 'struggling'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that Angel di Maria is struggling to adjust to English football after substituting him at half-time of United's 2-0 win over Sunderland. After a promising start to his United career the form of the Argentina international has dipped. Di Maria has scored just once for United since the start of October and, after an ineffective first half against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday, he was taken off at the interval by Van Gaal. "When...

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L'pool give City the Blues

Philippe Coutinho scored a sensational winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday to close on the Premier League top four and dent their opponents' title defence while Arsenal won 2-0 against top four contenders Everton. A 31st minute strike by Oliver Giroud opened the scoring, before Tomas Rosicky wrapped the game up in the 88th minute. Coutinho produced a tremendous finish from 25 yards at Anfield to settle a game of immense quality after City striker Edin...

China to reform football

China has taken steps to improve its football performance, state media reported Sunday, after a key group with presidential backing agreed a plan to raise the level of the game. The country's central reform leading group, chaired by President Xi Jinping, approved the plan on Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said. "We must develop and revitalise soccer to ensure we are a strong nation of sports," Xinhua cited a statement issued after a meeting of the group as saying. "It is...

FA wants video technology

Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke said he would be keen to pilot the use of video technology in British football to aid referee's decision making. Dyke's proposal would mirror the Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) policy of utilising replays to aid referee's decision making via a headset. “I would very much like to do a pilot in the UK," Dyke told the BBC. "FIFA can stop us doing a pilot in the UK." Dyke added: "I can understand that everybody thinks we...

'We can beat Juventus’

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has played down his side's title hopes but insists the Giallorossi can hand Juventus only their second defeat of the season on Monday to reinforce their grip on second place. Roma started the season hoping to be challenging for a first scudetto since 2001 but a run of six draws in seven league games has seen Garcia's men slip steadily out of the title race. Juve travel to the capital on Monday with a nine-point lead. With Napoli...

Lille stun Lyon

Ligue 1 leaders Lyon suffered their first defeat in 12 matches on Saturday, going down 2-1 at Lille to leave second-placed Paris Saint-Germain trailing by just two points with a game in hand. Hubert Fournier's side broke the deadlock after just three minutes when Corentin Tolisso converted a Nabil Fekir corner. However, Idrissa Gueye clawed back an equaliser in the second half after a clever one-two with Rony Lopes.And four minutes later, right on the hour mark, Manchester City loanee Lopes...

Milan draw with Chievo

AC Milan could only labour a goalless draw with Chievo in Serie A action on Saturday, leaving them ninth in the table, three off a potential European qualifying spot. In a tight match, Keisuke Honda had a chance for Milan in the 48th minute, while there was almost an own goal after Chievo's Alex saw a shot deflected off a defender past Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Roma will host Juventus today.

Valencia trump Soceidad

Valencia moved level with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in third with a comfortable 2-0 win over David Moyes's Real Sociedad on Sunday. Argentine winger Pablo Piatti bagged both goals in a three minute spell early in the second-half as he slotted home low crosses from Dani Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli. Atletico can move three points clear of Los Che once more before the two sides meet at the Vicente Calderon next weekend when they travel to Sevilla later on Sunday....

Men of Steel

Men of Steel

KUMAR SANGAKKARA Teams in Pool A must be cursing Bangladesh's fielders. Those catch-drops against Sri Lanka seemed to have woken up the sleeping lion and boy is he enjoying himself. After 400 ODIs one would have expected Kumar Sangakkara to be way past his prime; but here he is smacking one century after the other. He may be getting tired a lot sooner these days -- going by his post-match statements -- and these ODIs may also be the last few of his career, but the 37-year-old looks like he can go on for years. After Tillakaratne Dilshan was sent back in the 19th over, England hoped for a comeback....

MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

LAHIRU THIRIMANNE Thirimanne may well be described as the 'boy who lived' for Sri Lanka. Having survived a number of chances, it was only a matter of time before the 25-year-old would utilise those opportunities to make a big one. Against Bangladesh, he was dropped in the first over off Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and while he couldn't make the most of that chance, he made amends against England as he went on to slam his way to his career-best score; an unbeaten 139. Chasing a 300-plus score is never easy; in fact it's daunting to say the least. As a result, the start that Thirimanne provided the Lankans was perfect...

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  Harsha Bhogle: I find the criticism of Misbah very strange. It is like a family of ten complaining that the sole breadwinner isn't doing enough. Graham Vickers: So disillusioned with the ECB. Is "harmony" in the dressing room worth losing fights on the field? Hang your heads.  

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Tigers reach Nelson

For the first time in the tour the Tigers have ventured outside Australia as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and co reached Nelson in New Zealand yesterday morning. They will be facing Scotland at the Saxton Oval here this Thursday. An extremely small venue compared to the grounds that the Tigers played in Australia; the Oval has a capacity of around 5000. Two matches have been played here during the World Cup and both of them have witnessed high-scoring games. Ireland chased down...

Third Eye

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Slobberknocker at Eden Park

The atmosphere at Auckland's Eden Park as Australia and New Zealand prepared to face off for their group match was very much like a prize fight, and legitimately so. Here were the two co-hosts, the two pre-tournament favourites, each led by two of the most aggressive leaders in world cricket (Michael Clarke taking the Australian reins after an injury-forced absence). The match started like a boxing bout too; there was desperation to deliver the knockout blow early in the...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Clash of the heavyweights

Clash of the heavyweights

The first big clash of the football season takes place today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium as defending champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club square off against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the first semifinal of the Federation Cup. Two of the new leviathans of Bangladesh football were both considered contenders for the title, but...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
'Horrendous batting'

'Horrendous batting'

Michael Clarke on Saturday night savaged his team's batting as "horrendous" but hailed the performance of Mitchell Starc as genius after the left-arm quick almost pulled off an extraordinary comeback win against New Zealand. What a game! For most of the afternoon in Auckland, Australia seemed headed for a heavy defeat, their batsmen having...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Last Kiwis standing

Last Kiwis standing

New Zealand's last pair of Kane Williamson and Trent Boult said their edge-of-the-seat one-wicket World Cup triumph over Australia on Saturday will live in the memory for a long time. Chasing a modest 152-run target, New Zealand were facing an improbable defeat at 146-9 with number 11 batsman Boult walking in to face the last two deliveries from a rampaging Mitchell Starc who had nearly turned the tables with a career best 6-28. But Boult survived both balls leaving it to Williamson to hit Pat Cummins for a straight six to bring up the win as a packed 40,000 Eden Park crowd gave them a standing ovation. The win ensured New Zealand's...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Men Of Steel

Men Of Steel

Kane Williamson   His 45 off 42 has been described as an ice-cool innings. But in all likelihood, Kane Williamson was probably sweating bullets as he watched his colleagues depart one after the other and there was barely any time to recover from that shock. As a result, Williamson decided to finish the game Miandad-style, smashing one with all his might over mid-on with a wicket to go. It was all or nothing at that moment and he took the risk at the appropriate time. With Pat Cummins bowling, Williamson knew that he had to finish the game in that over. Letting the dangerous Mitchell Starc have a go in...

England V Sri Lanka

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Not many options

Not many options

England are determined to restore their World Cup credibility in a crunch Pool A match Sunday against an improving Sri Lanka. Eoin Morgan's men return to Wellington's Westpac stadium for the fixture, scene of a humiliating eight-wicket loss to New Zealand on February 20. That defeat, a day-nighter in which England folded so quickly that...

Pakistan V Zimbabwe

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Make or break for Pakistan

Make or break for Pakistan

Pakistan's calamity-hit World Cup campaign stops off at Brisbane on Sunday where they will look to get their first points on the board and so keep their quarterfinal hopes alive against a bruised and battered Zimbabwe. On the field, 1992 champions Pakistan have been mauled by 76 runs by bitter rivals India and suffered...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Cocktail

M.S. Dhoni can crack a joke with a straight face even before one realises it, as one photo journalist learnt on Friday. A senior photographer said, “Mahi, you are not the same person you used to be in 2004-05. You used to give poses for such amazing compositions.” Dhoni said, “Ahh, don't lie. You didn't know me in 2004.” The photographer jogged his memory and said, “I was there in Bangladesh during your debut series.” Dhoni, however, confused him saying: “Who told you that I made my debut against Bangladesh? “You don't even know,” said Dhoni with a wry smile (he made his debut against Bangladesh in December 2004). “Then was it in...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Mr. Efficient

Mr. Efficient

So here's how the day panned out for several viewers around the world yesterday. After watching New Zealand cruise to 78 for 1 in seven overs, the ordinary viewer, switched off the TV and decided to get involved in the daily duties of life, which at that moment, seemed a lot more interesting. The shock that jolted many an hour later, when the scores popped up on the laptops and mobile phones however, compelled them to run-back to their sofas, switch the TV back on and sit at the edge of their seats. Such was the effect that Mitchell Starc's bowling had all over the world. His toe-crunchers and nasty...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Quick win gives time for a beer

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hailed the perfect finish to his side's thrilling one-wicket World Cup win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday, saying the game had finished so early a capacity crowd would have plenty of time for a drink. "It was one hell of a game," said McCullum after his side's fourth win. “It didn't go the distance but I'm sure everyone will go home happy. It's good to see both teams getting 300-plus but sometimes 150 games can...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Charles in for Bravo

West Indies have been allowed to call-up Johnson Charles to replace batsman Darren Bravo who was ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury. Charles, a 26-year-old top order batsman, has played 30 ODIs in which he has scored 869 runs with two centuries and as many half-centuries. His last ODI was against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2014. Bravo suffered a left hamstring injury in the 150-run win over Pakistan in Christchurch last weekend and missed Friday's 257-run...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Minnows dealt an MS blow

Minnows dealt an MS blow

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni dealt a huge blow to cricket's non-Test nations Saturday when he warned that his world champions have no plans to play regular fixtures against them. With controversy over the make-up of the 2019 World Cup -- where the number of teams is set to be slashed from 14 to...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Bowlers impress Dhoni more

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted Saturday that his bowling attack, so often over-shadowed by the team's legion of batting superstars, will be key if they are to successfully defend their World Cup title. India hardly broke sweat at Perth's WACA ground as they cruised past the part-timers of the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets, easily reaching the 103-run winning target they had been set. But unlike their two opening wins at the tournament which yielded totals of 300 and...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Cricket camp for physically challenged

A camp will be organised from March 2 to March 4 at the BKSP, inviting physically challenged athletes to display their cricketing skills. The camp's aim is to create the best possible national cricket team. It will be organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in cooperation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan and the National Sports Council. State Minister of Youth and Sports Shri Biren Sikder will be...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Parma players refuse to play

Players at Parma are refusing to play Sunday's scheduled Serie A match at Genoa ahead of a league meeting which will decide whether the cash-strapped club can finish the season. Serie A bosses are due to decide Parma's fate on March 6 and the players do not want to play until that meeting has taken place. "We are not going to Genoa, we have asked for the match to be postponed and if that request is not granted we are prepared...

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Published Date: March 1, 2015
'Man City have advantage'

Manuel Pellegrini believes Liverpool's exertions in Europe will provide Manchester City with an advantage when the teams meet at Anfield in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday. Liverpool only returned to Merseyside at 0420 GMT on Friday after being knocked out of the Europa League by Turkish club Besiktas, so Brendan Rodgers' side have little time to recover before they return to action in Sunday's early game. Second placed City would dearly love a win to close the gap on...

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Published Date: March 1, 2015
Rooney lifts Man Utd

Rooney lifts Man Utd

A case of mistaken identity helped Wayne Rooney return Manchester United to winning ways in the Premier League with a brace in a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. Beaten 2-1 at Swansea City last weekend, Louis van Gaal's United were frustrated by Sunderland until the 64th minute at Old Trafford, when John O'Shea...

Bundes Liga

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Bayern's birthday win

Bayern Munich celebrated their 115th birthday Friday with a 4-1 win over Cologne to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga as top-scorer Arjen Robben added to his tally. The fleet-footed Dutchman netted his 17th goal in 19 league matches this season with a crisp header with 20 minutes left to remain the league's top scorer. Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger gave hosts Bayern an early lead at Munich's Allianz Arena before Franck Ribery added a second inside 10 minutes. Cologne fought back when...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
L'pool escape fair-play fine

Liverpool have satisfied UEFA's new financial fair-play regulations but European football's governing body fined four other clubs including Hull City on Friday. While Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Greek giants Panathinaikos of Greece, Hull and Ruch Chorzow of Poland were all fined 200,000 euros (223,000 dollars, 145,000 pounds) for breaching rules layed down by UEFA, Sparta Prague and Liverpool were both cleared.

Published Date: March 1, 2015
'NO 20-GOAL STRIKERS'

'NO 20-GOAL STRIKERS'

Despite having Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao at his disposal, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed there are no 20-goal strikers in his squad. United have been far from prolific this season and their average return of 1.69 goals per game pales by comparison with Premier League pace-setters...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
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Published Date: March 1, 2015
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Published Date: March 1, 2015
Barca close gap to Real

Barcelona moved to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were on target in a 3-1 win at Granada on Saturday. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring for the visitors as he profited from a mishit Suarez shot before half-time and Suarez himself then prodded in the second just after the break. Fran Rico's penalty briefly gave Granada hope, but Suarez teed up Messi to make the points safe 20 minutes...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Top-order batting biggest concern

It is no wonder why Anamul Haque is not Kumar Sangakkara.  The Bangladesh opener was gifted as many chances as the Sri Lankan maestro during the two team's respective innings. However, the end result was very different. While Sangakkara made most of those early chances to score an unbeaten 76-ball 105, the Bangladesh opener huffed and puffed to 29 before being dismissed. His technique was severely tested throughout his innings, which was ended by a run-out. While Anamul's technique was...