Dhaka [Bangladesh], February 13 (ANI): Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, and Taijul Islam took crucial wickets as Bangladesh came back to stay in the game against West Indies on day three of the ongoing second Test on Saturday here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
At stumps on day three, West Indies’ score reads 41/3 and the visitors have extended their lead to 154 runs. Nkrumah Bonner and Jomel Warrican are currently unbeaten on 8 and 2 respectively.
After bundling out Bangladesh for 296 in the first innings, West Indies’ hopes of getting off to a good start were dashed as Kraigg Brathwaite (6) and Sheyne Moseley (7) were dismissed by Nayeem Hasan and Mehidy Hasan respectively, and the side was reduced to 20/2. As a result of dismissing Moseley, Mehidy became only the fourth Bangladesh bowler to 100 Test wickets.
John Campbell (18) also failed to stay at the crease for a long time and he was clean bowled by Taijul Islam. In the end, Nkrumah Bonner and Jomel Warrican ensured that the visitors did not lose more wickets before the close of play on day three.
Earlier, resuming day three at 105/4, overnight batters Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun managed to add 37 runs more to the total, before Rahkeem Cornwall striking for the Windies and the spinner sent Mithun (15) back to the pavilion in the 46th over.
Three overs later, Cornwall dismissed Rahim (54) and this reduced the hosts to 155/6 and the side was in danger of being asked to follow-on. Liton Das and Mehidy then ensured that the hosts did not lose more wickets before the lunch break and the side went into the interval at a score of 181/6, still trailing Windies by 228 runs.
In the second session, Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan were on top of their game and the duo mixed caution with aggression to bring their hosts back into the game. The second session saw both batters going past their 50-run mark and Windies bowlers were not able to take a single wicket in two hours.
At the tea break, Bangladesh’s score read 272/6, still trailing West Indies by 137 runs with Das and Hasan unbeaten on 66 and 53 respectively. However, after the tea break, Windies stormed back as the side dismissed Das (71) and Nayeem Hasan (0) in quick succession by Cornwall.
Soon after, Bangladesh was bowled out for 296 and this gave the visitors West Indies a lead of 113 runs. For the visitors, Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 5-74 from 32 overs.
Brief Scores: West Indies 409 and (John Campbell 18, Nkrumah Bonner 8*, Mehidy Hasan 1-14); Bangladesh 296 (Liton Das 71, Mehidy Hasan 57, Rahkeem Cornwall 5-74). (ANI)
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Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Baroda (Gujarat) [India], February 26 (ANI): All-rounder Yusuf Pathan on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
“I still remember the day when I wore the India jersey for the first time. I didn’t only wear the jersey that day, but I took upon my family’s, coach’s, friends’, the whole country’s and my own expectations on my shoulders as well. Since my childhood, my life has revolved only around Cricket. I played at the international level, domestic level, and in the IPL in my career,” said Yusuf Pathan in a statement on Twitter.
“But today is a bit different. There is no World Cup or IPL final today but it is equally important. The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches, and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in the future as well,” he added.
Yusuf Pathan was a part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning squad and the 2011 50-over World Cup squad. The all-rounder had played the finals of the 2007 T20 World Cup against Pakistan and he had famously struck a six off Mohammad Asif in the very first over of the final.
In the finals of the 2011 World Cup, Yusuf had lifted Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders as the hosts defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium to lift their second 50-over World Cup title.
“Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career. I made my international debut under MS Dhoni, IPL debut under Shane Warne, Ranji debut under Jacob Martin, and would like to thank them for believing in me. I thank Gautam Gambhir with whom, at KKR, we won the IPL trophy twice. I would also like to thank my brother and backbone Irfan Pathan who was always there for me during the highs and lows of my career. Last but not the least, I would like to thank the BCCI & BCA for giving me the opportunity to play for my country and state,” said Pathan.
Yusuf had also won the Indian Premier League titles with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Rajasthan Royals had won the tournament in 2008 while KKR won the tournament twice in 2012 and 2014.
The 38-year-old played 57 ODIs, 22 T20Is for India, managing to score 1,046 runs across both formats. He also went on to take 46 wickets combined in both formats. He last played a game for the country on March 30, 2012, against South Africa in a T20I at Johannesburg. (ANI)
Have always dreamt of playing under Kohli: Suryakumar
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): Batsman Suryakumar Yadav has revealed that he started crying after seeing his name in the T20 squad for the upcoming five-match series against England and the right-handed batter also said that he has always dreamt of playing under Virat Kohli.
Last week, Suryakumar Yadav earned his maiden call-up into the Indian squad along with the likes of Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia.
“I was very excited as I got to know about the selection. I was sitting in the room, trying to watch a movie, and got a notification on the phone that I was picked in the Indian team for England T20Is. I started crying after seeing my name in the team. I called my parents, my wife, and my sister. We had a video call and all of us started crying,” the official website of BCCI quoted Suryakumar as saying.
“Along with me, they have also been trying to live this dream for a long time. It has been a very long journey and they are the ones who have stood by me throughout. It was really great to see them happy and have those tears of happiness. Everyone wants to play for India. But finally, my time has come,” he added.
When asked about playing under skipper Virat Kohli, Suryakumar replied: “Firstly, I am looking forward to spending some quality time with the team and soaking in the atmosphere when I reach Ahmedabad. I have always dreamt of playing under Virat Kohli for a long time and I am excited to go and learn a lot from Virat as quickly as I can so that I can be a better player.
“I have played against him in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the way he reflects his energy on the field even after achieving so much for India is remarkable. I have seen him on the field keeping himself charged all the time. His want-to-win attitude is something to learn.”
Suryakumar Yadav shares the dressing room with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya at Mumbai Indians. Talking about his experience of playing at Mumbai, the batsman revealed that he has learnt a lot about Virat from the likes of Hardik.
“Over the years, playing with the Mumbai Indians, I have got to learn and know so much about Virat from Hardik Pandya as well. Whenever we have been together, I have asked Hardik what Virat does differently during the practice sessions that he is the best on the ground. Hardik has also told me that Virat practices differently, the energy he has in the practice sessions — be it batting or fielding — is completely different and he is the same on the ground. So, these are some of the things that I want to learn from him which makes him the best,” said Surya.
When asked about Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar said: “I still remember the time when I was batting with Rohit Sharma during my Ranji Trophy debut. When I walked out to bat, there were a lot of butterflies in my stomach. He just came up to me and said, mate, just keep things very simple. You have worked very hard to reach here. You just have to go out and express yourself. Think about nothing. Just express yourself.
“It is amazing to see that his approach towards the game or his batting or his advice to the young crop has still not changed. Even today, he tells me the same thing. His presence has really helped me a lot. Having played under Rohit, I have learnt many things about him and his game, how he keeps things very simple, and his astute understanding of the game,” he added.
The five-match T20I series between India and England is set to begin on March 12. All five matches will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. (ANI)
Cricket a very small thing and life of our soldiers more important: Gambhir on ties with Pakistan
By Nitin Srivastava
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Former India opener and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Friday said that there should not be any relation with Pakistan till cross-border terrorism gets over.
Global terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Thursday retained Pakistan on its “grey list” till June after concluding that Islamabad failed to address its strategically important deficiencies, to fully implement the 27-point action plan that the watchdog had drawn up for Pakistan.
“Till the time cross border terrorism does not get over, I don’t think there should be any kind of relationship with Pakistan because the life of our soldiers is more important than anything,” Gambhir told ANI.
When asked about the sporting ties with the neighboring country, Gambhir reiterated that the “life of our soldiers is more important” and said: “Cricket is a very small thing and the life of our soldiers is more important. So, till the time cross-border terrorism does not get over, there should not be any relationship with Pakistan.”
Riding on brilliant spells of spin bowling from Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, India registered a comprehensive 10-wicket win over England in the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
Some former cricketers like Michael Vaughan had criticised the pitch. “Let’s be honest this is not a 5 day Test pitch !! #INDvENG,” Vaughan had tweeted.
When asked about the Motera pitch, Gambhir said: “It is a matter for ICC to look into. I do not want to comment on that. I think England batsmen should look at their techniques.” (ANI)
Delhi will host Vijay Hazare Trophy knockouts: DDCA director Sanjay Bhardwaj
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Delhi will be hosting the knockout matches of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) director Sanjay Bhardwaj confirmed on Friday.
Earlier, the BCCI had not revealed the venue for the knockouts of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, but now it has been revealed that Delhi would be hosting the games both at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and the Palam Ground.
“Yes, Delhi would be hosting the knockout matches of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The matches will be played at the Kotla and in Palam,” Bhardwaj told ANI.
As a result, Delhi will now host eight knockout games of the Vijay Hazare Trophy: one eliminator, four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final. The knockouts are set to begin from March 7. The final of the tournament would be played on March 14.
The ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy has witnessed compelling action as Mumbai had registered the highest score in the history of the tournament on Thursday. Mumbai scored a mammoth 457/4 with Prithvi Shaw scoring 227 runs — the highest ever individual score in the history of the tournament.
Earlier, Ishan Kishan of Jharkhand had scored 173 runs in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Vijay Hazare Trophy had begun from March 20 and the teams were divided into six groups. (ANI)
Jordan Henderson undergoes surgery on groin injury
Liverpool [UK], February 26 (ANI): Liverpool on Friday announced that Jordan Henderson has undergone an operation after suffering a groin injury during the club’s Premier League clash against Everton. The captain was withdrawn after half an hour of the match on February 20 as he was unable to continue.
“Liverpool can confirm Jordan Henderson has undergone an operation on the injury he sustained during last weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton,” the club said in a statement.
“…Following further assessment with the club’s medical team, Henderson has successfully had a corrective procedure carried out on the adductor injury. He will begin a rehabilitation programme immediately,” the statement added.
The club said although no specific timescale has been being placed upon his return, the 30-year-old is ruled out initially until after the March international break.
“Henderson’s recovery will be closely monitored by the club’s medical department and his progression during his rehab work will determine when he is able to resume full training,” the statement concluded.
Liverpool is currently placed on the sixth spot on the Premier League table with 40 points, 19 points behind the table-toppers. The team will next play against Sheffield United on March 1. (ANI)
Senior women’s one-day tournament to start on March 11, 6 venues to hold group ties
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be starting the senior women’s one-day tournament on March 11 and the final will be played on April 4. The quarter-finals would be played on March 29 and 30, while the semi-finals would go ahead on April 1.
The venues for the knockout stages have not been revealed yet and they would be confirmed in due course. “All the teams are required to assemble in their respective host cities on March 4 and they will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing procedures and quarantine in accordance with the state regulatory authorities and the BCCI SOPs,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote in a letter to all the affiliated units of the BCCI, accessed by ANI.
The teams have been divided into six groups and the group-stage matches will run up to March 21.
Surat will be hosting all Elite A group matches and the group comprises Jharkhand, Odisha, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, and Tripura.
Elite Group B has Railways, Bengal, Saurashtra, Haryana, Assam, and Uttarakhand and all the matches in this group would go ahead in Rajkot.
Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, and Chandigarh form Elite Group C and all games in this group would be held in Jaipur.
Indore would be hosting Elite D group games and this has Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Kerela, Baroda, Punjab, and Nagaland.
Elite Group E comprises Karnataka, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Vidarbha, Meghalaya, and the matches would be played in Chennai.
The final Plate Group is made up of Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Bihar, Manipur, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh and the games would go ahead in Bengaluru. (ANI)
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