Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) — Bangladesh A lost the three-match one-day series opener against Sri Lanka A by seven wickets on Wednesday at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Bangladeshi batsmen failed to live up to the expectation in the middle which has eventually handed them a defeat.
Bangladesh A won the toss and opted to bat first but they disappointed to put up a challenging total on the board. They ended the innings on 116 for all wickets in 33.3 overs.
The touring side lost the first wicket just in eight runs. In the second wicket, Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto added 46 runs, which was the only 40-plus partnership in Bangladesh’s innings.
Saif fell for 32 while Shanto posted 24. Captain Mohammad Mithun (21) and Afif Hossain (11) other two batsmen have scored two-digit runs. Eventually, Bangladesh ended on 116 runs only for all wickets in 33.3 overs.
For Sri Lanka, captain Ashan Priyanjan bagged four wickets in only 4.3 overs conceding 10 runs while Chamika Karunaratne bagged two wickets.
In reply, Sri Lanka chased the target of 117 in just 25.5 overs losing three wickets in spite of losing first wicket in five runs. Captain Ashan Priyanjan remained unbeaten scoring 50 off 62 with three fours and two sixes. They ended on 120 for three and won the game by a big margin of seven wickets.
The remaining two matches of the series will be held on October 10 and 12 at the same venue.
Before the one-day series, both teams have faced each other in a two-match four-day series which has ended in a draw.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB)- The Bangladesh national team wants a boost in confidence by beating Bhutan a second time in 2 FIFA International Friendlies, ahead of their Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar and India in October.
Head Coach of Bangladesh National Football team Jamie Day said this to the newsmen after a training session on Monday at BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Monday.
Bangladesh competed a superb win against higher-ranked Bhutan beating them 4-1 in the first friendly here on Sunday, and will play their remaining match against the Himalayan nation on Thursday (Oct 3) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
“Players always enjoy a win. So, Bangladesh’s confidence will get a boost if they are able to beat Bhutan in both the matches, ahead of their Qatar and India matches,” Jamie said.
“We have done well yesterday (Sunday) against Bhutan and are now preparing for the next match. I have earlier said that we want to win both matches against them (Bhutan), because we want to complete our preparations with a positive note,” Bangladesh head coach added.
Bangladesh booters are preparing for the next ties in their Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar in their home match on October 10 at Bangabandhu National Stadium and their away match with India on October 15 at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Asked about the preparations for the Qatar and India games, Jamie replied, “We played with confidence yesterday, we have scored the goals. These are positive sides. But, we will not get many chances against teams like Qatar and India. We will get one or two chances and we have to utilize it.”
Replying to query about their plans and tactics for Qatar and India, Jamie Day said, “The plan will be different against them. We will try to score goal without conceding any, but we will follow the same attacking tactics against them like the match against Bhutan.”
Bangladesh, who put Group E of the AFC Cup with Qatar, Oman, neighboring India and Afghanistan, started their campaign with a 0-1 goal defeat against Afghanistan in their first match at the Central Republican Stadium in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on September 10.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Oman on November 14 in Oman, Afghanistan on 26 March 2020 in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Under-18 Football team, which finished runners-up in the five-team SAFF U-18 Championship 2019 in Nepal, return home on Monday afternoon.
In the SAFF U-18 Championship, Bangladesh finished runners-up for the 2nd times in a row after conceding a 1-2 goals defeat against India in a keenly contested final at APF Stadium in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Earlier, Bangladesh were eliminated from the semifinal of the SAFF U-18 Championship in 2015 after conceding a 3-4 goals defeat against India in the penalty shootout in Nepal, but two years later Bangladesh crushed them by 4-3 goals in the group match of SAFF U-18 Championship 2017 in Bhutan.
Sherpur, Sept 30 (UNB) – Sherpur District team reached the final of the Mymensingh Division of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup (U-17) Football Tournament eliminating Netrokona District team by 2-1 goals at the Rofiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Monday.
Earlier, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid MP inaugurated the Mymensingh Divisional phase of the Bangabandhu and Bangamata Gold Cup Football Tournaments.
In the day’s keenly contested match, Tajuddin put Sherpur ahead in the 22nd minute by a spectacular shot outside from the danger zone (1-0) while Towfiq restored the parity for Netrokona in the 43rd minute (1-1).
Striker Rabbi scored the match-winning goal for Sherpur in the 60th minute of the match (2-1).
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) - The start of the National Cricket League (NCL) 2019 was rescheduled again as the event will now commence on October 10, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Monday.
The tournament committee of BCB held a meeting today and after that, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury confirmed that the most prestigious First-class cricket event of the country will begin on October 10.
“We’ve decided to start the NCL from October 10. Most of the national players will participate in this edition of the NCL. They’ll play at least first two rounds of the league before the tour of India in November,” Nizam told the media.
The BCB set a fitness bar for the players who are interested to play in NCL as they have to score at least 11 in the beep test in order to get selected in a team of the NCL.
“We’ve decided to set a fitness bar for the players who are willing to play in the NCL. Despite this, if the selectors consider any player for a team with a lower level of fitness, they can do it,” Nizam added.
Earlier, some senior cricketers have expressed their concerns to score 11 or more in beep test as they do not get the best quality of practice facilities because of being out of the national setup.
The NCL 2019 will be played across four venues of Dhaka, Narayanganj, Rajshahi and Khulna.
The BCB CEO said the match fee of this NCL will be increased. He, however, did not disclose the match fees in exact amount.
At the same time, the CEO confirmed that the quality of the wickets will be better this time. “We’ve discussed about the quality of the wickets. I hope we’ll be able to provide the best wickets this time.”