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Windies Get a Huge Victory

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Bangladesh vs Windies, 1st Test, Antigua

Bangladesh: 43 & 144 (Nurul 64; Gabriel 5/77)

Windies: 406

Result: Windies won by an innings and 219 runs.

Man of the Match: Kemar Roach.


Windies got the expected victory against Bangladesh in Antigua in the first match of the test series. Nurul Hasan’s half century against the run of the play could only decrease the distance. Windies finished the things off before the lunch time.

Bangladesh were on the edge of a huge defeat in the end of the second day. Scoring their lowest ever (43) total in tests, Bangladesh were out of the game from the first hour of this match. Conceding 406, bowlers couldn’t give any hope even. Surprisingly, Bangladeshi top and middle order couldn’t decipher the mystery code of Caribbean pacers in the 2nd innings. Kemar Roach couldn’t bowl in the second innings, but Gabriel and Holder gave the visitors no chance to fight back. Gabriel got 5 wickets.

Nurul Hasan showed that batting in this surface is not an impossible matter. He reached his fifty just off 34 balls. But it was too late. His innings delayed the victory Windies a little bit.

Kemar Roach was adjudged the man of the match for his destructive spell in the first hour of this match. Windies will be targeting to win the next match also in grand style. Bangladesh should rather concentrate on their batting issues before that match.

These two teams will play the second and last test from 12th July in Jamaica.

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ICC World Cup Facts: Tendulkar Scored Most Runs

Sachin Tendulkar (Source: dnaindia.com)

ICC World Cup is the biggest event of the Cricket Universe. England is going to host the next World Cup Cricket next year. Before this tournament, we will discuss about the facts of the previous World Cups. In this article, we’re going to discuss the glorious individual records of the previous World Cup. 


Batting Records

Cricket is now a game of the batsmen. Scoring a mammoth total is a very common incident. But few years ago, batting-bowling rivalry was an equal encounter. Although batsmen have been getting more advantages in recent years, the highest run-scorer is not a new sensation. Like many other records of  batting, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of scoring the most runs in the World Cup history. Ricky Ponting is the second person in the list, next to him is Kumar Sangakkara.

Most Runs in the World Cup History
Batsman Team Mtchs Inns RUNS Avg. Strike Rate 50/100
Sachin Tendulkar India 45 44 2278 56.95 88.98 15/6
Ricky Ponting Australia 46 42 1743 45.86 79.95 6/5
Kumar Sangakkara SriLanka 37 35 1532 56.74 86.55 7/5

Most runs in a tournament was also scored by Sachin Tendulkar. He scored 673 in 11 matches in 2003 World cup. The next two places are occupied by Matthew Hayden and Mahela Jayawardene, both were founding their best collection in a tournament in 2007 event while Sachin was watching those from his TV room after being eliminated from the group stage.

Most Runs in a World Cup Tournament
Batsman Team Year Inns RUNS Avg. Strike Rate
Sachin Tendulkar India 2003 11 673 61.18 89.25
Matthew Hayden Australia 2007 10 659 73.22 101.07
Mahela Jayawardene SriLanka 2007 11 548 60.88 85.09

But these legends are not on the top of the list of highest individual score in one innings. Martin Guptill scored the best of 237* against West Indies in the last World Cup. Gayle got the first double century in the World Cup history a month before Guptill’s. Before those, Garry Kirsten’s 188* was the best individual innings of World Cup history which was scored in 1996 World Cup.

Highest Individual Scores in WC Innings
237*Martin Guptill (NZ) v WI @Wellington 2015
215      Chris Gayle (WI) v Zim   @Canberra   2015
188*   Garry Kirsten (RSA) v UAE @Rawalpindi  1996
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Asia Cup 2018

Another Nail-biting Finish: Again Unlucky Bangladesh

India with the Asia Cup Trophy (Image courtesy: ICC)

 

SCORECARD 

Bangladesh: 222/10 (48.3 Overs) [Liton 121, Soumya 33, Mehidy 32; Kuldeep 3/45, Jadhav 2/41] 

India: 223/7 (50 Overs) [Rohit 48, Karthik 37, Dhoni 36; Rubel 2/26, Mustafiz 2/38] 

Result: India won by 3 wickets. 

Man of the Match: Liton Das. 

Repetition of Nidahas Trophy final. The match went to the last ball to decide the winner. At last, it’s India again! Bangladesh lost another final, they are above all consolation. What a final we have witnessed last night!

A drastic change in the game came in the middle overs of Bangladesh innings. 120/0 to 222/10! This is not an ideal first innings of a final match. But Bangladeshi bowlers had a different thinking. They almost sealed the victory with that score. But in the end, India won their seventh Asia Cup title.

The winners must confess that they never played this type of Asia Cup final before. They won all other finals too easily. But this one was a blockbuster. A small incident could result in the favour of Bangladesh. Some overthrows, some lazy running or a controversial decision against Liton caused the small damages which ended up in a defeat for Bangladesh.

India captain was probably regretting for letting Bangladesh bat first when Bangladeshi openers started brilliantly. They composed a melodious partnership of 120 runs in just 21 overs. With Liton, another opener was a surprise for all, Mehidy Hasan. Liton played the anchor role obviously, but Mehidy also helped him with singles and odd boundaries. But after Mehidy’s dismissal, Bangladesh fell apart dramatically.

Bangladesh suddenly turned into debris and Liton started losing his partners one by one. 120/0 to 151/5— and Bangladesh already played out 32 overs. Then Liton and Soumya had started repairing the innings until that unfortunate event happened. On 41st over, Liton missed Kuldeep’s ball and Dhoni was so quick to react and take the bails off. It was a tough decision for the third umpire. It certainly looked like Liton would survive because it was not sure whether he had the smallest part of his boot inside the crease. Rod Tucker thought otherwise. He declared Liton out.

Soumya’s 33 helped Bangladesh crawl over 220. But three run-outs and two stumpings were unaffordable at that stage. Add two ‘gift’ wickets of Mushfiq and Mahmudullah with that. Liton scored his maiden ODI hundred but couldn’t snatch the victory. He was adjudged the man of the match for his 121 off 117 with 12 fours and 2 sixes.

When you have two bowlers like Rubel and the Fizz, 222 is not a very small score. Aggressive captaincy of Mashrafee gives the fuel to burn. Rubel and Mustafiz started to shine in the same night. Mashrafee, probably played his last Asia Cup match last night, bowled so well in a perfect channel. Bangladesh got the fifth wicket on 160; Kedar Jadhav and Jadeja were the last recognized pair. But they had no plan about Bhuvneswar who made the way easier by hitting a six and a four between two overs.

In the end, a drama had taken place after Rubel and Mustafiz took the wickets of Bhuvi and Jadeja. On 48th, Rubel conceded only 4 and Mustafiz gave 3 run on the penultimate over. Meanwhile, Jadhav came back in the crease after leaving the field for a while with a hamstring injury. Bangladesh had all the chances to stop their opponents. But they ran out of specialist death bowlers who can defend six runs on the last over. Mahmudullah did his best. He took it to the final delivery and Kedar Jadhav couldn’t hit that. It was a leg bye which decided the Asia Cup winners.

It was full of drama, full of tragedy, full of joy, full of cricket-craziness. Yes, there is catharsis as well, it was heart-breaking for a Bangladesh supporter. Bangladesh again proved that they can win anything but lack of experience was the main problem. India kept their nerves cool, they didn’t repeat the mistake of the match against Afghanistan. Shikhar Dhawan is the player of the tournament for scoring 342 runs in the tournament.

Bangladesh started to win matches regularly. But in the big tournaments, a team must start to win the close calls. Bangladesh have been trying for last few years, but lost the big matches marginally. On the other hand, India have kept dominating their opponents. This is another feather in their cap.

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Update: India have Decided to Field First

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Oh! That naturally surprises me a bit. It looks like a good batting pitch which will start to help the spinners under the lights. The same thing has been said by Ramiz Raza after inspecting the pitch. But Rohit Sharma and his team think otherwise.

Let’s see what happens.

260-70 will be a good score to defend. Bangladesh will desperately want to have more, like 280s. But they must start it well, which is rare for them in this tournament.

Bangladesh have dropped Mominul out and include the lefty spinner, Nazmul. Indian eleven is renovated. All five who got rest in the previous match are back for the final. The war will begin in ten minutes.

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