Tigers out to beat South Africa to bolster T20 WC Super 8 hopes

Published at : 09 June 2024, 04:00 pm
Tigers out to beat South Africa to bolster T20 WC Super 8 hopes

Bangladesh hope that they will be able to put up a tough fight when they will take on South Africa in their second game of the T20 World Cup at the scenic Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Monday. The match starts at 8.30 PM (Bangladesh Time).

The Tigers kicked off the event with winning note, edging past Sri Lanka by two wickets in a thrilling contest. When their batting was still a concern, the two points that they earned gave them the immense confidence ahead of facing off South Africa.

Bangladesh had never beaten South Africa in T20 format despite playing eight matches but this time they oozed with confidence to break the jinx.

South Africa won their match against Sri Lanka and Netherlands but struggled a lot in slow pitch. The pitch in New York had already gauged a huge criticism, forcing ICC to improve its standard. However if the pitch remains slow, no doubt, it will play to Bangladesh's strength.

"New York will host India vs Pakistan match ahead of our match against South Africa. So we'll get some idea about the pitch," Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto said.

"But whatever it is, I believe if we can play to our strength we can beat any team in the world."

Shanto's confidence basically stemmed from the performance of the bowlers, who consistently put a good show even though most of the time their effort was undermined by the fragile batting line up.

"Our bowlers have been in top form for sometimes now. They can give any batting line up of the world a nightmare. I hope they will continue to what they have been doing over the years."

"As far as batting is concerned, I am not worried that much. You can't expect all batters to fire simultaneously. But it is true there is room to work. We have been working hard to fix our batting problems."

Thanks to bowlers performance, Bangladesh restricted Sri Lanka for just 124-9 in the first game but they had to toil hard to overhaul the target. Towhid Hridoy, the most inform batter of the side played an impactful 20 ball-40, which eventually was key in their two-wicket victory.

Liton Das played a 36 ball-34 runs which not looked so handsome but considering the match scenario, his slow knock was equally important. Later Mahmdullah's experience won the game for the Bangladesh.

"I think Sri Lanka bowled really well, but on a wicket like this we should have won this easily. Very important for Litton, he's been struggling a bit but he showed his skill today. I think he batted really well. Hridoy was really courageous, the way he played that over really helped us," Shanto said.

Bangladesh are unlikely to break the winning combination if everyone remains fit.

Bangladesh squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Tanvir Islam, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib. Travelling reserves: Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud.

South Africa squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeze Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs. Reserves: Nandre Burger, Lungi Ngidi.


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.