Tigers aim to end on high note in Siddon’s last match

Bangladesh will look to turn around their fortune in the last match of coach Jamie Siddons in charge in the third and final one-day international game against Australia on Tuesday.
The day-night game, which will begin at 2:00am and will be telecast by Neo Cricket and Bangladesh Television, will provide Bangladesh with a chance to end the series on a high after heavy

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Mashrafe yet to decide

The drama over Mashrafe Bin Mortaza playing the three-match one-day series against Australia still hangs in the balance with the first game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur only 48 hours away.
Everybody was curious to know whether Mashrafe would make an international return after missing the World Cup due to injury as the ‘Narail Express’ skipped training with the Tigers at

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Roebuck sees good future for Tigers

Bangladesh have a good future in international cricket despite their modest performances in the ongoing World Cup, leading cricket writer Peter Roebuck told reporters on Wednesday.
‘The future of cricket lies with spinners and this is what their strength is,’ said Roebuck.
‘The Umpiring Decision Review System has made life easier for spinners as they are now getting

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Defeat spoils Tamim’s birthday party

Mumbai:  Tamim Iqbal, who turned 22 on Sunday, accepted the congratulatory message, saying, “Thank you”,  to this scribe. Had Bangladesh won its crucial World Cup match against South Africa on Saturday, the team could have had a grand party and his birthday celebration as well. “After leaving the team hotel, he preferred to celebrate the day in Dhaka (Tamim has a house in the same building in Dhaka, where his

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Gloomy face all over after sad exit

Dhaka: The euphoria which gripped the country for the last one month is over now. Bangladesh are now a mere spectator of the cricket’s showcase event in their own den as they will hold two quarterfinal matches on March 23 and 25. Surroundings of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) are beautifully lit up on the eve of the World Cup which is a sight to behold. Over the one month, for people it

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Tigers’ WC dream shattered

The Proteas proved far too strong for the Tigers who failed firstly to check South Africa’s run making and later to withstand their bowling attack, folding for only 78 and thus ending their Cricket World Cup dream at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
South Africa secured its place at the top on the point table and among top eight moving into

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Aiming for the quarterfinals

Tigers face SA today
Prior to today’s crunch Bangladesh-South Africa match, the question on everybody’s lips was what awaited the millions of cricket crazy fans in the country? Will it be heartbreak or will today usher in an era of hope?
Shakib Al Hasan’s men can write a new chapter for Bangladesh cricket when they face off against an inform South Africa in a make or break battle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in

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Shakib relaxed

The general populace might have plenty of questions regarding Bangladesh’s batting prior to their crucial Group B match against formidable South Africa today but Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was as satisfied as he could be with his team’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup and was upbeat ahead of the tough battle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in

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Smith knows the occasion

Graeme Smith believes the South Africa team have become accustomed to sub-continental teams and conditions as they face the Tigers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
The Proteas arrived in town the day after their win over Ireland last Tuesday but chose to train only yesterday, on the eve of their final group game in the

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Still room for improvement

The under pressure Bangladesh side achieved the best of all possible outcomes in Chittagong after a shocking defeat against West Indies to revive the flagging enthusiasm among the cricket crazy fans in the country about the ICC World Cup.
Taking advantage of the conditions the Tigers displayed a splendid team spirit to script a famous

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Beating SA is only option, says Sakib

With one step closer to the knockout stage in the World Cup, Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan thinks the team should now make a desperate attempt to win against South Africa on Saturday.
Sakib is not interested to see their chance for the quarter-finals by calculating complicated run-rate stuffs, rather winning against South Africa is his thought of the

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Imrul surprises himself

It was even surprising to Imrul Kayes himself. Before coming to Chittagong, Imrul had 33 one-day internationals to his name which featured six fifties and a century. But none of them had won him any man of the match award.
Imrul will return to Dhaka after winning the man of the match award in two back to back

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Tigers devour Lions in epic battle

“One must desire something to be truly alive,” said a great novelist.
The Bangladesh cricket team definitely was the perfect example of this belief after the way they bounced back against England in a dramatic and nail-biting game to keep their quarterfinals hopes alive in the ICC Cricket World Cup yesterday.
The thrilling two-wicket victory came through a valiant batting effort from number ten batsman Shafiul Islam who shared a 58-run partnership in a ninth wicket stand along with Mahmudullah Riyad to script one of the most fantastic victories for

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Celebrations all over

Jubilant cricket lovers brought out victory processions and motorcycle rallies all over the country after Bangladesh cricketers snatched a sensational win against a strong England in the Group B match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday.
The capital Dhaka witnessed wild celebrations with thousands of people coming down to the

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Sakib all praise for Shafiul

Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan said he had lost the hopes of winning the game against England on Friday when they were eight wickets down with 57 runs still needed.
‘I thought we lost the game,’ Sakib said after the crucial two-wicket win. ‘But when Riyad [Mahmudullah] hit the winning runs, suddenly I realised we won it. Still I would say it took some time

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Bowlers do their part for Tigers

Bowlers gave Bangladesh a shot in the arm in their battle for World Cup survival when they restricted England to a modest 225 in a crucial Group B match in Chittagong on Friday.
Coming from a horror show against West Indies when they were all out for their lowest ever one-day total of 58, Bangladesh needed a good start to lift their morale and the bowlers gave them

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Strauss blames dew for defeat

England captain Andrew Strauss blamed early evening dew for their Friday’s shock two-wicket defeat against Bangladesh which left their World Cup campaign in tatters.
‘There was a 20-over period where it was very, very bad,’ Strauss said at the post-match press conference.
‘Graeme Swann couldn’t grip the ball at all. I think there’s something not quite right if a spinner

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Make or break for Tigers

Hosts take on England today
With Bangladesh taking on England today, is it all set up for a breathtaking game of cricket at the ICC Cricket World Cup?
The question came to the fore since the most exciting games in the World Cup so far have involved England. All eyes will thus be fixed on today’s day-night match at the

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A blessing in disguise!

The recent controversies surrounding him have come as a blessing in disguise for the team as it made the job easier for him to motivate the side, Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan said on Thursday.
Sakib grabbed the media attention for all the wrong reasons and was at the centre of a series of controversies since the disastrous performance against West Indies in the

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