Bangladesh set for fresh start against Sri Lanka



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From a shock defeat to Scotland in the first round to eventually qualifying for the Super 12, Bangladesh have seen both sides of the coin in their short time at the ICC T20 World Cup.

Mahmudullah Riyad's troops will now begin their Super 12 journey with a game against Sri Lanka in Group 1 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium today.

The match will begin at 4:00pm Bangladesh standard time.

In the evening, the flagship event will witness an epic Group 2 clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket stadium, the frenzy created by which can be observed on the streets of the UAE.

Although the India captain Virat Kohli and his Pakistani counterpart Babar Azad will be taking it as just another game, emotions related to this historic face-off always give it a deeper significance.

Pakistan have never been able to beat India in the T20 World Cup in five attempts, but considering the form guide, both teams are evenly matched.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh dressing room has taken on a dense environment following the six-run defeat to Scotland. Intense criticism followed that defeat, with even Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan remarking about the poor showing from the Tigers.

However, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo stated yesterday that the players are focused on upcoming matches and were not concerned by what was being said on the outside.

“The focus will be on cricket, not concern about what is being said outside the team, be it in the media or anywhere else. My concern is about my team and making sure my team is preparing well for Sunday mentally and physically,” Domingo said during a pre-match press conference yesterday.

Bangladesh's main weapon against Sri Lanka will be premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was in terrific form during the three first-round matches in Oman.

The left-hander, who has 675 runs in 28 T20 World Cup matches, has a chance to leapfrog South Africa legend AB de Villiers (717 runs) into fifth place in the list of top run-getters at the T20 World Cup.

With 39 wickets, Shakib is also joint-top among leading wicket-takers in the T20 World Cup. He can go past Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and make a spot for himself at the top with just one scalp.

Recent scores suggest that the pitch in Sharjah will be slow and it will be difficult for batters to score freely, so the Tigers must be watchful of Sri Lanka's bowling, which was instrumental to them winning all three of their first-round games. Leg-spinning all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga can play a vital role against the Tigers.

The two sides have met each other eleven times in T20Is, with Sri Lanka managing seven wins and Bangladesh winning four times.

Cumilla Victorians win BPL title beating Barishal Fortune



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Cumilla Victorians beat Fortune Barishal by one run in a thrilling final to secure the title of the 8th edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)-2022 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka on Friday (February 18).

This is the hat-trick BPL title triumph for the franchise. Earlier, Cumilla secured titles of third and sixth edition of the tournament.

In the final of eighth BPL edition in 2022 on Friday (February 18), Cumilla, thanks to Sunil Narine’s 57 runs, scored 151 runs by losing 9 wickets in 20 overs when the skipper won the toss and opted to bat first.

In reply, Barishal, thanks to brilliant innings of Shaikat Ali’s 58 runs, managed to score 150 runs by losing eight wickets in 20 overs.

For Cumilla, Sunil Narine hit a quick innings of 57 runs from 23 balls which includes five boundaries and as many over-boundaries.

Moeen Ali smashed 38 runs from 32 balls while Abu Hider Rony posted 19 runs off 27 balls.

Imrul Kayes scored 12 runs off 12 balls while wicket-keeper Liton Das, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Faf du Plessis could not reach two digits. Liton and du Plessis scored four runs each while Mahmudul Joy bagged eight runs. Ariful Haque and Shohidul Islam hit a duck each.

For Barishal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Shafiqul Islam bagged two wickets each. Dwayne Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Rana shared a wicket each.

In Chase, Barishal’s Shykat Ali smashed 58 runs off 34 balls with 11 fours and a six.

Chris Gayle scored 33 runs from 31 runs while Nurul Hasan bagged 14 runs and Najmul Hossain Shanto scored 12 runs.

However, no other batsmen of Barishal could reach two digits.

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Junior Tigers in the quarter finals of the World Cup



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After losing to England in the first match, an unknown fear arose. However, the Junior Tigers kept their dream alive by beating Canada in the second match of the group stage. This time in their last match in the group, the under-19 youth of the country fulfilled that dream by beating UAE by 9 wickets under the rain law. Reigning world champions Bangladesh have reached the Super League quarter-finals of the Under-19 World Cup.

Captain Rakibul Hasan's side will play against India in the fight to reach the Super League semi-finals of the tournament. The two neighbors will fight on January 29.

Due to the rain, the target of the red-green representatives was 107 runs in 35 overs. The country's cricketers reached the port of victory by losing just one wicket in 24.5 overs and scoring 110 runs in the opener Mahfizul Islam's fifty. This victory came in with 61 balls remaining.

Mahfizul Islam and Iftekhar Hossain laid the foundation of victory in the inaugural partnership. Both of them collected 86 runs. Iftekhar returned with 37 runs but Mahfizul played a strong innings of 64 * off 69 balls with 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. He left the field with the gift of victory to the team.

Jash Gianani took the only wicket of Bangladesh for UAE. He returned opener Iftekhar to the dressing room.

In their third and final match of the Under-19 World Cup group stage, the UAE averaged 148 runs in 48.1 overs against Bangladesh. Punia Mehra showed his power with the bat. He played a great innings of 43 runs. 33 runs came from Dhruv Parashar's bat. Captain Alishan Sharafu collected 23 runs.

Ripon Mandal took three wickets for Bangladesh. Ashikur Zaman and Tanjim Hasan Shakib took two wickets each. Earlier, the Junior Tigers won the toss and elected to field at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

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Bangladesh gets historical win in New Zealand



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Today is an unforgettable day for Bangladesh cricket. Dreamy one day. It was a dazzling morning with an incredible fairy tale mix. The Tigers made history by performing on fire. The red-green representatives won by a huge margin of 8 wickets on New Zealand soil. Bangladesh snatched the first victory in the country.

Muminul Haque has dominated the field battle for four days. The remnants of which remained on the fifth and last day of the first Test. The golden boys of the country fought with greater strength than before. The victory came as soon as the hosts were bowled out for 169 in the second innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim's bat touched the boundary of the field and the silence was broken. The guests reached the easy target of 40 runs given by the Kiwis by losing only two wickets. The wicket-keeper-batsman roared on the field. He threw his hand into the air. Mushfq hugged the captain. By that time, the festival and excitement had spread among all the cricketers of the country.

On the fourth day, Ebadat Hossain laid the foundation of the Tigers' victory with four wickets in devastating bowling. He took two more wickets today. His bowling figure is 6/46. Match best played a leading role in the team's victory in the incredible bowling of his career.

Brief score: New Zealand: 328 & 169

Bangladesh: 458 & 42-2

Result :Bangladesh won by 8 wickets.

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Bangladesh women win U -19 SAFF trophy



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Bangladesh have beaten India 1-0 goal to lift the trophy of the SAFF U-19 Women's Championship 2021. 

Anai Mogini scored the only goal in the 79th minute in the final match at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the capital on Wednesday. 

Earlier, the Bangladesh women became the champion of the SAFF U-18 Championship 2018, defeating Nepal.

The same tournament was held in the name of the U-19 Championship this year. 

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