Friday, December 8, 2023


Bishwajit Roy When the news first broke, Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s first reaction was astonishment, which goes to explain his first words. “This is totally unexpected,” said the man who has been dubbed the Narail Express by adulating

MSC clinch T20 title

Biman take third place Staff Correspondent Roqibul Hassan and Dollar Mahmud shared an unbroken 65-run stand off 33 balls to help Mohammedan Sporting Club lift the Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket Tournament title defeating Gazi Tanks by 20 runs at the

Bangladesh better now

Grameenphone Women’s Tri-Nation Series Bangladesh better now Ameeruddin Zain Bangladesh women’s cricket team captain Salma Khatun believes that her team has come a long way since the Asia Cup in Colombo last year. “We have played two practice matches prior to the series and I think we are a much improved side now,” said Salma ... Read more

It’s Gazi Tanks v Mohammedan

Premier Twenty20 final today Staff Correspondent Opener Imrul Kayes and seamer Rubel Hossain starred with bat and ball to help newly-promoted Gazi Tanks crush holders Abahani by eight wickets to reach the final of the Premier Twenty20 Tournament on Tuesday. Mohammedan Sporting Club, who defeated Bangladesh Biman by five wickets later in the second semi-final, ... Read more

India take series in style

Afp, Colombo Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran equalled the one-day bowling record before India clinched the series with a crushing 147-run victory in the third match at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday. The tourists posted a challenging 363-5 following rapidfire centuries from Yuvraj Singh (117) and Virender Sehwag (116) and then dismissed the ... Read more

West Indies-England 1st Test from today

Agence France-Presse . Kingston West Indies have promised to make life tough for England when the sides start a four-Test series today at Sabina Park. England will start the series as the big favourites, having not lost a Test series to the Caribbean side in the last 15 years. That remarkable statistic takes on fuller ... Read more

Relieved but not resting

Bishwajit Roy It was not a victory to celebrate. It rather came as a relief for Bangla-desh when they handed a six-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in the second game to square the three-match series 1-1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Anything other than a victory would not only have awarded the series ... Read more

After Murali, it’s Price

Azad Majumder The lack of penetrating bowler at the death coupled with the poor thinking of captain Mohammad Ashraful left Bangladesh in an anguish of conceding a second heartbreaking two-wicket defeat in four days, this time against

Barisal win one-day national league crown despite losing to Dhaka

UNB, Dhaka Barisal Division clinched the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National one-day Cricket League crown despite losing to Dhaka Division by 21 runs in the last round match at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium in Fatullah on Monday. On completion of the day’s last and 10th round matches, both Barisal and Rajshahi divisions secured equal 14 ... Read more


Azad Majumder The decision to give Rubel Hossain the ball during the crucial power play against Sri Lanka had earned the Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful severe criticisms as it cost the team the match and the championship. But Ashraful had at least some point to defend himself after that Tri-nation Cup final as it could ... Read more

Graceful in defeat

Bishwajit Roy “People only remember the wins, not the close matches,” Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful heaved a sigh in disappointment after their heartbreaking two-wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lankan in the tri-nation

We have to believe

Quazi Zulquarnain Islam Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – MARIANNE WILLIAMSON What a match! A topsy-turvy encounter encompassing all possible emotions a fan can experience, ended via the unexpectedly lusty blows of the wily Muttiah Muralidaran. He will have seen it ... Read more

Sangakkara pays tribute to Murali

Staff Correspondent Kumar Sangakkara, the pivotal Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman was in a realistic mood after his team inflicted a two wicket victory over Bangladesh on Friday. The man of the final with his hardworking 59 said, the greatest lesson he took from this match was in cricket ‘A match is not over until it ... Read more

South Africa seek stunning win

BBC Online South Africa (272/7) beat Australia (271/8) by three wickets South Africa edged out Australia in the first of their five-game one-day international series in Melbourne. Opener Shaun Marsh led the way for the Aussies with 79, adding 94 with Ricky Ponting (46) while David Hussey smashed a rapid 52 as the hosts made ... Read more

Powerplay ponderings for Ponting

Cricinfo The first one-day international in Australia to feature a batting Powerplay ended with the new rule contributing to the home team’s demise. A win that South Africa’s captain Johan Botha described as ‘massive’ came because he and Albie Morkel took full advantage of their five-over selection, which they used to put a chase that ... Read more

‘Like a final’

Grameenphone Tri-Nation Cup, Bangladesh – Srilanka – Zimbabwe ‘Like a final’ It seemed that the whole Bangladesh team wanted to take inspiration from the very familiar words ‘anything can happen in cricket’ ahead of their do-or-die challenge against the Sri Lankans in today’s tri-series

New Zealand beat Windies to take rain-hit series

Reuters, Wellington New Zealand beat West Indies by nine runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-disrupted fifth one-day international at Mclean Park in Napier on Tuesday to win the series 2-1. Chasing 294 for victory after Chris Gayle’s 135 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 94 had lifted the visitors to 293 for nine, New Zealand were ... Read more

Barisal take solo lead beating Khulna

Sports Reporter Barisal Division took the top spot of the Ispahani Mirzapur Tea 10th National Cricket League when they defeated Khulna Division by seven wickets in their one-dayer match at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium on Tuesday. Barisal led the points table securing 10 points from seven matches while Khulna remained with six points from as ... Read more

Ashraful signs for Gazi Tank

Sports Reporter National cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful signed for his third club in as many years when the country’s premier batsman joined Premier League newcomers Gazi Tank yesterday. The three-day cricketers’ transfers for the Premier and First Division cricket leagues concluded with Gazi

Magical Mendis

Grameenphone Test Series,Bangladesh-Srilanka Magical Mendis Sports Reporter Ajantha Mendis contributed with three wickets as Sri Lanka demolished Zimbabwe by 130 runs in the second match of the Grameenphone tri-nation tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in