Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Bangladesh have nothing but hopes

With Pakistan firmly in control, building a lead of 280 runs, all Bangladesh have in the first Test in Chittagong is just some hopes, vice-captain Mahmudullah said after second day’s play on Saturday. ‘We’ve nothing to do but to hope for the best,’ Mahmudullah told a news conference. ‘As we could not bat well in ... Read more

Batting in freefall

Bangladesh’s batting has slipped deeper into crisis as Pakistan continued their dominance on tour, tightening their grip on the home side on the opening day of the first Test at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. The manner in which the batsmen handled the world-class bowling attack by giving away their wickets made them look ... Read more

Pakistan dominate 1st day of Test

Pakistan dominated the first day of their two-match Test series against a dejected Bangladesh side after the hosts were bowled out for only 135 runs at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Unbeaten half-centuries from openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar added insult to injury as Pakistan posted 132 runs without loss at stumps on

Can Tigers survive five days?

Bangladesh-Pakistan first Test begins today Eight years ago on a September afternoon all Bangladeshis were glued to television screen hoping for their national cricket team to record their maiden Test win away from home against Pakistan in Multan. It all ended in heartbreak as Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq chose the game to prove his greatness ... Read more

High time for batsmen

With a team composed largely of batsmen out of form, Bangladesh will face an uphill task to draw some blood in the so far disappointing campaign when they meet a buoyant Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) today. Ahead of the Test series the chief ... Read more

Blackout leads Tigers to whitewash

An unexpected power failure took the momentum away from Bangladesh and led them to a 58-run defeat in the third one-day international for a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in Chittagong on Tuesday. After restricting Pakistan to 177 runs, Bangladesh appeared to be coasting towards victory as they reached 61-1 when suddenly the floodlights went out ... Read more

Ashraful recalled, Imrul, Raqibul axed

Mohammad Ashraful, the Bangladesh batsman, has been recalled to play two Tests against visiting Pakistan in December. Ashraful, who did not play the ODIs against Pakistan either, is one of the four additions to the Test squad that played West Indies in October and November. Vice-captain Mahmudullah, medium-pacer Robiul Islam and batsman Nazimuddin are the

Pakistan clinch ODI series 3-0

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 58 runs in the final one-dayer at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chittagong on Tuesday and clinch the Cool & Cool ODI series 3-0. Batting second, Bangladesh were all out for 119 runs in 38 overs chasing 177 set by the visitors. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik ... Read more

Charming Chittagong inspires Tigers

Bangladesh face Pakistan in final one-dayer today Bangladesh will take inspiration from their recent luck in the port city and the century of Nasir Hossain in their previous game when they face Pakistan in the third and final one-dayer at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong today. The match has only academic interests left after ... Read more

Nasir brings light to gloom

If nothing else, Nasir Hossain can bring the smile back to the Bangladesh dressing-room from yesterday evening. The young all-rounder’s maiden ODI century was the only bright spot in an otherwise terrible outing for the home team who conceded the one-day series 0-2 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. But the young all-rounder’s energetic ... Read more

Pakistan take winning lead

Nasir Hossain slammed his maiden international hundred but Pakistan still confirmed the series with a comfortable 76-run victory in the second one-day international to lead the three-match series 2-0 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The right-hander’s knock came as a great relief for the home side when it seemed that they

Intriguing indeed!

Thousands of fans dressed in Bangladesh garb with headbands reading “Shabash Bangladesh” and faces painted in red and green is quite a usual sight at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, rain or shine and regardless of the result. But during the Twenty20 and two one-dayers so far against Pakistan, there has been quite

Done in by offies

The Bangladesh batsmen’s struggle against off-spin during this series has been staggering. Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik have dominated proceedings like three gung-ho fast bowlers have often done over the last two decades. Hafeez has consistently bowled a superb opening spell while Ajmal has been tight as ever. Malik

Buck stops with batsmen

Bangladesh-Pakistan second ODI today Sitting in front of the dressing room, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was deep in thought while talking to the selectors Akram Khan and Minhajul Abedin yesterday. His grim face told the story that transpired at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur during the Twenty20 and first ODI last week, both of ... Read more

Sakib urges Tigers to take half-chances

When everyone is looking for a solution to Bangladesh’s batting woes, former skipper Sakib al Hasan urged team-mates also to lift their fielding standard against Pakistan. According to Sakib, Bangladesh must take advantage of every opportunity in the field and make use of the half chances to put their opposition under

Another no match

The Bangladesh batsmen are well on their way to confine 2011 as their worst year in recent memory after yet another sub-100 score in the five-wicket defeat to Pakistan yesterday. The first day-night one-dayer at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was over as a contest by the first two hours after the Tigers were all out ... Read more

One step forward & going two back

Another meek surrender by the Bangladeshi batsmen to versatile Pakistan bowling attack in the first one-dayer of the three-match series simply compelled home team skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to bring up the same old question regarding Bangladesh’s progress in the highest level of the game. Following Bangladesh’s dismissal below hundred runs and Pakistan top order batsmen’s

Not at home at home!

Mushfiqur Rahim remarked after the five-wicket loss to Pakistan yesterday that he hadn’t seen much “home advantage” since October. But the more telling comment was that the Tigers are not entirely sure what score is good on the surfaces they are being served at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The Bangladesh captain’s confusion on what is ... Read more

If you can’t win, then compete

There has been something missing in the Tigers’ tent this time. It may be a lack of self-belief. Prior to all their previous home series, regardless of the opposition’s strength, Bangladesh have never looked as submerged as they do now in the early exchanges of the home challenge against an in-form Pakistan team. It seems ... Read more