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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SA storm into qtrs

South Africa rode on JP Duminy’s robust 99 to storm into the World Cup quarter-finals with a crushing 131-run victory over Ireland on Tuesday.
The Proteas were wobbling at 117-5 after a tight bowling and fielding show by Ireland, but Duminy played a responsible knock to help his team

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Tigers’ Dutch demolition

So, sanity has been restored. There were no heart stopping or topsy-turvy moments, and more importantly there were no roller-coaster rides that have been associated with the Tigers in the tournament, as they comfortably posted a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands to take a bold step towards the quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup yesterday.
Shakib Al Hasan’s men won the match in the way they had exactly needed to do — through a complete team effort – in front of a

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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’ Dutch test today

With half the equation out of their control, Bangladesh are expected to do their bit against minnows Netherlands in their fifth Group B game of the ICC Cricket World Cup in a day game at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here today.
A win against the Netherlands would help the Tigers immensely in their quest for a

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Tigers aim to win big

Bangladesh will face minnows Netherlands today with an aim to take two points and improve their run-rate to give them a chance of progressing to the knockout stage of the World Cup.
A mere win may not be enough for Bangladesh as they are currently lagging far behind in terms of net run-rate compared to the other quarter-final hopefuls from a tight

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Records win matches?

Pop quiz: Which is the only team to have a 100 per cent ODI record against Bangladesh? The answer is not Australia, England or India but good old Netherlands.
The Dutch are now in town to play the World Cup Group B game against the Tigers and while the record could be treated as a statistical anomaly (they have played

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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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