Tigers edge Sri Lanka in cliffhanger for a winning start to T20 WC

Published at : 08 June 2024, 07:22 pm
Tigers edge Sri Lanka in cliffhanger for a winning start to T20 WC
Bangladesh's Tawhid Hridoy hits a 6 during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group D cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 7, 2024 — AFP Photo
In a nail-biting encounter, Bangladesh edged Sri Lanka past by two wickets to make a winning start to the T20 World Cup today at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.
The victory came at a moment when hardly anyone put a bet on Bangladesh following their sub-standard performance ahead of the global event.
It was Bangladesh's only second victory over higher ranked team in their T20 World Cup history since their win against West Indies in the inaugural edition in 2007.
Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto won the all important toss and expectedly put Sri Lanka into bat first. The bowlers justified the decision right by restricting Sri Lanka to a below par 124-9 and then overhauled the target with 125-8 in 19 overs by overcoming a massive adrenaline pumping moment.
Pacer Mustafizur Rahman (3-17) and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain (3-22) claimed three wickets apiece while fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, who is playing his first game after recovering from the injury grabbed 2-25. Another pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib took 1-24.
While it looked the bowlers were key behind the victory, it was Towhid Hridoy whose 20 ball-40 made all difference in the low-scoring affair.
Later, Mahmudullah Riyad finished the things off with cool head when Sri Lanka looked all over on Bangladesh by taking some quick wickets.
Bangladesh made a disastrous start with Soumya Sarkar getting second-ball- duck as he top-edged a Dhananjaya de Silva delivery to Wanindu Hasaranga at mid-on.
Fast bowler Nuwan Thushara who snapped up 4-18 dealt a double strike, taking out Tanzid Hasan Tamim for 3 and extending skipper Shanto's lean patch by dismissing him for 7.
Liton Das and Towhid Hridoy put on a 63-run for the fourth wicket which eventually became key behind Bangladesh's victory.
Hridoy hit one four and four sixes in his knock. He was dismissed by Hasanranga after hitting him three consecutive sixes.
Hasaranga also took the wicket of Liton Das who made 36 of 38. Thushara then came back with fire to take two wickets in consecutive deliveries before Matheesha Pathirana undid Shakib Al Hasan for 8.
As it looked Bangladesh's victory was in jeopardized state, Mahmudullah released the pressure by hitting Dasun Shanaka six with his side needing 11 from 12 balls with two wickets at hands.
However, Mahmudllah completed the victory in that penultimate over by holding his nerve well.
Earlier, Bangladesh bowlers put a disciplined bowling effort to keep the side on the course of a victory.
Sri Lanka made a fluent start with Pathum Nissanka tearing apart Bangladesh bowlers in a sensational batting.
Nissanka made team-best 47 off 28 with seven fours and one six.
However, Taskin Ahmed broke through with the wicket of Kusal Mendis (10) who struck him consecutive two boundaries.
The introduction of Mustafizur brought Bangladesh back to the game as he got the rid of Kamindu Mendis (4) and Nissanka in his consecutive overs.
With Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka giving Sri Lanka the ray of hope to regroup, Rishad dismantled them in a career-best bowling effort that saw him taking three wickets for just 22 runs.
Dhananjaya made 21 while Asalanka contributed 19.
Sri Lanka could never recover from the collapse as they lost wickets in cluster to be bowled out for a below par total.
This was Sri Lanka's second consecutive defeat following its six-wicket loss South Africa and it left their Super 8 hopes at peril.

Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Published at : 24 September 2023, 03:42 pm
Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Bangladeshi wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim is set to feature for Fortune Barishal in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).


Mushfiqur had played for Sylhet Strikers in the last edition. His price was fixed at 80 lakhs in the players' draft according to the category. Which means he was in 'A' category.

The top category player will play along with other star players like Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Khaled Ahmed in Fortune Barishal.

Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:06 pm
Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Neymar said he was relishing “new challenges and opportunities in new places” after he joined Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal Tuesday, becoming the latest big name lured to the oil-rich Gulf state.

The Brazil forward, 31, ends a six-year stay in the French capital and follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane in swapping Europe for the Middle East.

“I have achieved a lot in Europe and enjoyed special times, but I have always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said in a statement from the Saudi Pro League.

“I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment,” he added.

Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:05 pm
Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Neymar was “in negotiations” on Sunday to become the latest football superstar to decamp for Saudi Arabia, leaving Paris Saint-Germain just as Kylian Mbappe was brought back in from the cold by the French champions.

A source close to PSG told AFP that 31-year-old Neymar “no longer figures in the club or manager’s plans” with the Brazilian immediately linked to Al-Hilal in the Gulf kingdom.

Another source in Saudi Arabia said that “direct negotiations” between Neymar’s agents and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) were ongoing.

PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:03 pm
PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Paris Saint-Germain got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday as a Kylian Mbappe penalty set them up for a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes.

The French champions had dominated the first half without overly troubling the Dortmund defence, but they went ahead four minutes after the break when Mbappe scored a spot-kick awarded for a Niklas Suele handball.

Achraf Hakimi added a memorable second, and PSG could have won the Group F encounter by a far more handsome margin in the end.

The result immediately puts them in control of the group, after AC Milan and Newcastle United drew 0-0 earlier, and coach Luis Enrique will hope they can build on this performance when they visit the English side next in a fortnight.

"It was an almost perfect evening," said Luis Enrique.