London, May 28 (AP/UNB) — Australia overhauled Sri Lanka and England swatted aside Afghanistan with a clean bill of health in their last Cricket World Cup warmups on Monday.
Usman Khawaja, stumped on 89, led Australia to chasing down Sri Lanka's 239-8 with five wickets and five overs to spare in Southampton.
Khawaja gave Australia an injury scare when he was struck on the left knee by the ball while fielding. He limped off the Rose Bowl and Australia later said it was only a contact injury and he would bat.
It was his second injury in three warmup games, after being hit on the jaw by a ball last Wednesday against the West Indies. Like the knee, exams showed nothing was broken and he played on.
Opener Lahiru Thirimanne led Sri Lanka with 56 but his teammates failed to build partnerships.
All four Australians who bowled spin — Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith — took wickets.
Australia has won all three of its warmups, while Sri Lanka has lost its two.
England will head back to the Oval on Thursday for the tournament opener against South Africa full of confidence after thrashing Afghanistan by nine wickets.
Afghanistan was all out for 160 in 38.4 overs, and England reached 161-1 in the 18th over.
Jason Roy punished poor Afghanistan bowling by plundering 89 not out off 46 balls, including 11 boundaries.
He and Jonny Bairstow combined for 77 before Bairstow was out for 39 off 22 balls.
Roy combined for 84 with Joe Root, who was 29 not out. Roy finished off the Afghans with his fourth six.
Bowler Mohammad Nabi top-scored for Afghanistan with 44 from 42 balls, including three sixes. But a poor total was already in store at 92-8, and his scoring lifted Afghanistan to 160 before Nabi was dismissed by Jofra Archer.
Archer claimed 3-32 in 34 balls. Part-time spinner Joe Root also got three.
In other good news for England, its fastest bowler, Mark Wood, was cleared to play South Africa on Thursday. Wood pulled up with a left ankle injury on Saturday.
In the last warmups on Tuesday, Bangladesh and India meet in Cardiff, and the West Indies and New Zealand play in Bristol.
Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) — Bangladesh are gearing up for their second and final warm-up game against India on Tuesday. Before that, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain are on the center of contention to bat at no. 7.
Mosaddek was included in Bangladesh’s World Cup set-up as a backup option. But he played a historic innings in the final of tri-series in Ireland to help the Tigers win their first-ever title in a multinational cricketing event, which made him an automatic choice for the first choice playing XI.
In the final of the tri-series against West Indies, Bangladesh needed to chase down the target of 210 in 24 overs. Mosaddek came to bat after Mohammad Mithun’s dismissal when Bangladesh needed more 67 runs in 50 balls. Mosaddek smashed a fifty off 23 deliveries with five cannon-powered sixes.
That explosive innings helped the Tigers to chase the total of 210 in 22.5 balls and with the first-ever title in a tri-series.
This performance paved the way for Mosaddek to get more concentration from the team management who are currently thinking to prefer Mosaddek over Sabbir to bat at no. 7 in the World Cup.
Sabbir, on the other hand, failed to grab the chance when he got to bat at number three in final replacing injured then Shakib Al Hasan. He fell without adding anything on the board.
However, Mosaddek said he is not thinking to be included in the team for the lean performance of others.
“I don’t want someone to play bad so that I can get a chance. I don’t think Sabbir is a rival. I want everyone to play well, I want Bangladesh play well. The team is ahead of everything,” Mosaddek told media after the warm-up game against Pakistan washed out out due to rain.
On the other hand, Sabbir is confident of doing well if he gets a chance in the World Cup. The right-handed batsman said the after Pakistan match was abandoned.
“I did not get enough to bat in tri-series. The warm-up match was very important for me. But I am very disappointed that we could not play the game. I will try best to perform well if I get a chance in the World Cup.”
Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) — Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes said he wants Shakib Al Hasan to prove his worth of being No.1 all-rounder in the World Cup.
Shakib, who missed out the final of tri-nation series in Ireland, is now set to face India on Tuesday in the final warm-up game before the World Cup begins.
“He is looking forward to a wonderful tournament. I think he has got a bit of a point to prove and he probably thinks that as well. He seems to have been a little bit forgotten but now he backed as the world's No.1 all-rounder in ODI cricket - and that is where we think he belongs,” Rhodes told the ICC.
It was unfortunate that Shakib missed out the final of the tri-nation series, but he played a pivotal role for the Tigers to march to the final. Before the final, he played three matches and scored two unbeaten fifties along with taking two wickets. His performance was crucial to gather confidence for the Tigers at the early stage of the event.
According to Rhodes, Shakib is now at the pick time to make the people believe that he is number one all-rounder now. “But he has got a point to prove to make sure everybody else believe that (he is number one).” Rhodes also told.
Shakib played 21 matches in the last three World Cups and scored 540 at an average of 30 by taking 23 wickets. He registered five fifties in World Cups but yet to hit a ton.
Rhodes also talked about Mahmudullah Riyad who is not at his best with the ball in hand for a shoulder injury. Rhodes believes Mahmudullah will be fine before their first assault in the World Cup.
“Mahmudullah's shoulder is coming along slowly. I don't think it would have been possible for him to bowl against Pakistan (in warm-up game) even if that was washed away due to persistent rain. We are very optimistic that we can get him up and running for the early stages of the World Cup,” Rhodes told the ICC.
On last Friday, Mahmudullah told the media that he is getting fit slowly and ready to bowl two-three overs in the practice game.
Bangladesh will face India on Tuesday in their final warm-up game before the World Cup at Sophia Garden, Cardiff. Mahmudullah might bowl in this match. After that, the Tigers will set their camp in London where they will play first two of their World Cup matches against South Africa and New Zealand respectively on June 2 and 5.
Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) — After the first warm-up against Pakistan was washed out due to persistent rain, the Tigers are now gearing up to face India, who ranked two in the ICC ODI teams, in the final warm-game before the ICC World Cup on Tuesday at the Sophia Garden, Cardiff.
The match will take place from 3:30 (BdST) and will be telecast by Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.
The match came as the final chance for the Tigers to sort out their best combination before the World Cup. Right before going to England and Wales to participate in the biggest cricketing event, the Tigers have won their first-ever multinational ODI tournament in Ireland.
But given to the strength of current Bangladesh set-up, the other two opponents of that event - - West Indies and Ireland -- were easy to fight against.
So the two official warm-up games before the actual tournament begins on May 30 are Bangladesh’s last chance to sort out their plan for the mega event.
While Bangladesh are disappointed due to failing to play the first warm-up game, India are also dissatisfied as they lost their first warm-up game to New Zealand. India suffered a rare batting collapse in the match.
India batted first in the match and tumbled for 179 in 39.2 overs. They failed to manage an ideal start to their innings as they lost seven wickets before posting 100 runs on the board.
The famous batting line of India involving Rohit Sharma (2), Virat Kohli (18) and Shikhar Dhawan (2) failed to face the Kiwi pace attack in a right manner. They lost five wickets to the first two bowlers of New Zealand -- Tim Southee and Trent Boult. While Boult bagged four scalps for 33, Southee took one. India were also clueless to face James Neesham who haunted three for 26 in six overs.
In reply, New Zealand chased the total of 179 down in 37.1 overs with six wickets in hand. Captain Kane Williamson and the veteran Ross Taylor hit 67 and 71 respectively to seal the game.
However, Ravindra Jadeja, the spin-bowling all-rounder of India showed firm confidence with the bat as he posted 54 off 50 coming to bat at eight. The effort was making a case for his inclusion in the world-cup set-up of India.
Bangladesh need to prove their worth on the Tuesday’s battle against India. Steve Rhodes, the head coach of Bangladesh, has urged the Bangladesh stalwart - Shakib Al Hasan - to show the world why he is number one ODI all-rounder.
“He is looking forward to a wonderful tournament. I think he has got a bit of a point to prove and he probably thinks that as well. He seems to have been a little bit forgotten but now he backed as the world's No.1 all-rounder in ODI cricket - and that is where we think he belongs,” Steve Rhodes told the ICC on Sunday.
Shakib, who missed the final of the tri-nation series in the Ireland due to an injury, got the India match his as last chance to get prepared ahead of the World Cup. The match is also important for Sabbir Rahman, who failed to impress in the final. He came to bat at number three in the absence of Shakib but got dismissed without adding anything on the board.
After the warm-up game against India, the Tigers will host their camp in London where they will play first two of their World Cup battles against South Africa and New Zealand respectively on June 2 and 5.
Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) — Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is looking forward to touching a milestone in Tigers’ first ODI match of this World Cup.
He has already scored 5,000 runs in ODI but needs one more wicket to complete 250 scalps and join an elite club of all-rounders. There are only a few cricketers who have achieved the double of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs— Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430 runs and 323 wickets), Shahid Afridi (8,046 runs and 395 wickets), Jacques Kallis (11,579 runs and 273 wickets) and Abdul Razzaq (5,080 runs and 269 wickets).
If Shakib can touch the feat in the next match, he will be the the faster cricketer to do so. While Sanath Jayasuriya took 304 matches to complete the double of 5,000 runs and 250 or more wickets, Kallis, Afridi and Razzaq took 296, 273 and 234 matches respectively. Shakib, on the other hand, played 198 matches till the date.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said while talking to the ICC. “But I’m still one wicket away and hopefully, I can get that in the first match.”
“When your name is mentioned alongside some of the greats, obviously you feel proud. It’ll motivate me more,” Shakib said.
Before heading to the World Cup, the star all-rounder grabbed the top place of the ODI all-rounder, which will surely boost his confidence in doing great in the mega event of cricket.
The Test and T20 captain of Bangladesh believes the blend of experience and young guys in the team will help Bangladesh do their best in the World cup.
“We’ve got a very good blend of youth and experience. There are five of us who have played almost 200 ODIs. That’s a huge experience under our belt and then there are guys who are young but have played 60 or 70 ODIs,” Shakib said.
“That’ll help us in a tournament like this where there’s a lot of pressure. You need that experience to handle it. So I think we have what we need to get results. I’ve got an important role to play, not only batting and bowling but also with leadership. I’ll do everything I can to help the team,” he added.