Sakib the only shining light in KKR defeat

Bangladeshi all-rounder Sakib al Hasan was the only successful bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders on a day that saw Rohit Sharma’s blistering knock of 109 get his side Mumbai Indians a 27-run victory at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
After sitting out the last seven matches, which they won, the world number one

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Fifth-time lucky Sakib

It was almost inevitable in some stages of Sakib al Hasan’s career. He created at least four opportunities in the past, came close on two occasions and missed it agonisingly.
But anyone with the slightest idea of his capability as an all-rounder knew Sakib would get a five-for in an innings and a century in the same Test match sooner or later in his

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Shakib brings respectability

Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh expand upon their strong base during the second day’s play of the second Test against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The day ended with Pakistan on 87-1 after bad light stopped play. In all, 26 overs were lost on the day after the morning session began an hour late due to the same problem as on the first

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The sign of a complete all-rounder

Sakib al Hasan proudly announced himself as a complete all-rounder after his 144 runs in the first innings that guided Bangladesh to a respectable 338 against Pakistan on Sunday.
Sakib had started his career as a batsman who could bowl but gradually turned into Bangladesh’s main strike bowler with his left-arm spin that often turned deceptive for

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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

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Sakib’s sacking surprises Law

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law said he was surprised to see Sakib al Hasan being sacked as captain but hoped the decision would not hamper progress of the national team. Speaking to reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday after the first practice session of the Tigers ahead of the home series against West Indies, Law also defended his decision of requesting head of delegation

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Sakib can’t wait for Messi

While the entire country is gripped by the Lionel Messi fever with the arrival time of the Argentine superstar looming close, national cricket captain Sakib al Hasan is also not an exception.
Sakib, currently Bangladesh’s biggest sporting icon, is a keen follower of Messi, so much so that he even recently switched his support to Barcelona from English football giants Chelsea

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Sakib and Tigers slide in rankings

Bangladesh’s one-day ranking has declined sharply after they lost to Zimbabwe 3-2 in the just-concluded series, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
Though the Tigers maintained their ninth place in the ranking, they dropped seven crucial points, sliding from 70 to 63. Zimbabwe also remained stuck in the10th place though they added eight points to take

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Too much T20 spoils Sakib’s spin

Too much Twenty20 cricket has substantially reduced Sakib al Hasan’s ability to spin the ball, observed his former coach and mentor Mohammad Salauddin.
Apart from the final one-dayer, Sakib was a shadow of his usual self with the ball in the recently-concluded Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe – something which many believe affected the team’s

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BCB to dig deep into Tigers debacle

Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan will be summoned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to give his account of the team’s debacle in the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe, said BCB officials on Wednesday.
Bangladesh have failed to win a single match in the tour so far, succumbing to a 130-run defeat in the only Test match before losing their first one-day series in five years against Zimbabwe on

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Tigers wilt in Vitori heat

A miserable Bangladesh were nowhere near repeating history but the sensational Brian Vitori created his own at a nearly-packed Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Zimbabwe now have a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, eclipsing the Tigers’ 188 by cruising to 191-7, a win by seven wickets with 35 balls in

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From disappointment to disgrace

What initially looked like a minor blip has now turned into a major disaster as Bangladesh continued their losing streak on Zimbabwe tour with yet another heavy defeat in the second of the five-match ODI series in Harare on Sunday.
Brian Vitori produced an extraordinary performance to take his second successive five-wicket haul

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It’s crisis time now for Tigers, says Sakib

Bangladesh captain Sakib al Hasan admitted that crisis time had arrived for his team after the Tigers succumbed to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe in the second one-day international match in Harare on Sunday.
Bangladesh now face a must win situation to stay alive in the series after going down 2-0 in the

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Onus on Shakib

UCB ODI Series – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe
Onus on Shakib
The five-match one-day series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe begins tomorrow at the Harare Sports Club ground and it is already a huge ask for Shakib Al Hasan’s men to make a quick recovery.
The complexity of the task, especially after the 130-run defeat in the one-off Test match that ended on Monday, was writ large on their faces as they went about their business yesterday, also going

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Akram banks on Sumon to regain lost pride

The cricketers started the preparation on Wednesday to begin the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe with an aim to regain some pride after wobbled in the one-off Test which left the whole cricket fraternity astonished. Though Bangladesh did not loss the last six ODI series against Zimbabwe dating back to 2006, the scenario is now totally different as the East African opponent are more determined to break

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