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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Strauss scared of Tigers

Bangladesh may come out very hard on England to make up for their humiliating defeat against West Indies and to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, skipper Andrew Strauss warned his side.
Bangladesh will go into the match knowing that a defeat would make tournament nothing but a mere formality having already lost two games badly that also seriously damaged their

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Tigers positive ahead of vital clash

The Bangladesh team turned up for training yesterday after a day’s break at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, coming back in a united mood. The sentiment, as top-order batsman Junaed Siddiqui and vice-captain Tamim Iqbal said, was that normalcy has returned to the team after the shocker against West Indies and the off-field controversies that followed. The left-handers also informed that the

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‘It’s a massive game’

A close win like England’s over South Africa only a few days ago is hard to let go off, even though another crucial game is only a couple of days away. You tend to go on and on about the game and how the twists and turns took place and how the winning team actually crossed the finish line.
Stuart Broad’s match-winning performance and the manner in which England fought back

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Sakib in murky waters

The World Cup has suddenly turned into a long, tough journey for Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan after he did very little to motivate his beleaguered side other than drag himself into some unnecessary disputes.
Always known for his carefully careless attitude, Sakib first hit the headline for a wrong reason in the World Cup when he retorted to a question about his game-plan with regards to the

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England wary of wounded Tigers

With their World Cup bid firmly back on track, England have now shifted their attention to Bangladesh and are fully aware of the backlash they might face against their beleaguered hosts.
Bangladesh were humiliated by West Indies in their latest game having been dismissed to their lowest ever one-day total of 58 runs for a nine

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