Mirpur Test: Bangladesh makes history & takes lead 1-0 against Australia

Bangladesh 260 (Shakib 84, Tamim 71, Agar 3-46, Cummins 3-63) and 221 (Tamim 78, Mushfiqur 41, Lyon 6-82) beat Australia 217 (Renshaw 45, Shakib 5-68) and 244 (Warner 112, Shakib 5-85) by 20 runs 

Set 265 for victory, the Australians began the fourth morning in a strong position at 109 for 2. They continued to tighten their grip as David Warner reached his 19th Test hundred and his second in Asia, and compiled a 130-run partnership with Steven Smith, Australia’s highest century stand in the fourth innings in Asia. But on a pitch offering turn and variable bounce, Bangladesh were back once that stand was broken. Despite the best lower-order efforts of Pat Cummins, left unbeaten on 33, Bangladesh sealed the win by 20 runs.

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Source Cricinfo.

CRISTIANO RONALDO NAMED UEFA MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the 2016/17 season.

 

The Blancos forward was awarded the prize ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, who finished top scorer in last season’s UEFA Champions League with 12 goals, including two in the final against Juventus in Cardiff, received 482 points in the poll, with Messi (141 votes) and Buffon (109 votes) finishing second and third respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for a second consecutive season.
“I’m so glad to be here, and honoured to win this trophy again,” Ronaldo said after receiving the award. “Thank you to my team-mates and congratulations to them too. I’m so blessed – thanks also to the supporters of Real Madrid, and everyone who helped me to achieve this trophy.”

The Real Madrid forward saw off competition from Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to claim the award for the third time overall.

Ronaldo struck 25 goals in La Liga last term, and 12 in 13 matches during Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning campaign.

Previous winners of the award include Messi and Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta, who claimed the prize in the 2011-12 campaign ahead of the Argentina international in second.

Elsewhere, Buffon was named the goalkeeper of the season, Sergio Ramos the top defender, and Luka Modric the best midfielder, while Ronaldo was also named UEFA forward of the year, beating Paulo Dybala and, again, Messi for the award.

Awards in full

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year: Lieke Martens
Best Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Gianluigi Buffon
Best Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Sergio Ramos
Best Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Luka Modrić
Best Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA President’s Award: Francesco Totti

Source: UEFA website.

Bangladesh’s tour of West Indies likely to be rescheduled

Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies, scheduled for February 2018, is likely to be posponed to July. A change, if any, will be necessitated by the World Cup Qualifiers, scheduled for next March; West Indies, currently ranked ninth in ODIs, are likely to feature in the tournament.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that both the BCB and Cricket West Indies have tentatively agreed to the change. It is understood that after the Qualifiers, West Indies will host Sri Lanka in June followed by the series against Bangladesh a month later before wrapping up the home season with the Caribbean Premier League.

The change would probably come as a relief for Bangladesh, as, without it, they would have to pack their bags quickly for the Caribbean tour in February right after their home series against Sri Lanka. It would have meant a crammed schedule as Bangladesh would then have had to fly directly to Sri Lanka to play the Nidahas Trophy, which is scheduled from March 15 to 31. They are free of international commitments from April-July 2018, after which they’re scheduled to tour Australia in August.

Bangladesh have a busy schedule for the rest of 2017. After the two home Tests against Australia finishes on September 8, Bangladesh will fly to South Africa to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20s till October 29. The BPL will start on November 2 soon after their return, with the final scheduled in the second week of December depending on the number of participating teams. Soon after the BPL, they are set to host Sri Lanka for a full tour in December-January.

Source: cricinfo.

England takes lead 1-0 against West Indies in Investec test series

England 514 for 8 dec (Cook 243, Root 136) beat West Indies 168 (Blackwood 79*, Anderson 3-34) and 137 (Brathwaite 40, Broad 3-34) by an innings and 209 runs.

A historic Test match was dealt a humiliating conclusion under the Edgbaston floodlights, as West Indies crumbled to one of the most spineless defeats in their long and once-proud history. By losing 19 wickets for 261 runs in the space of 76.4 overs, they were shot out twice in the day for scores of 168 and 137, the margin of their innings defeat – 209 – still greater than either of their efforts with the bat.

For the record, James Anderson, with 3 for 34, was the pick of England’s bowlers in the first innings, while Stuart Broad claimed identical figures to be the star performer in the second. In crushing West Indies’ middle order with a spell of 3 for 4 in 11 balls after tea, Broad surged past Ian Botham’s tally of 383 Test wickets to claim second place behind Anderson on England’s all-time list. Not since Trueman and Statham were last in harness in 1963 had both chart-toppers been present in the same England team, and Anderson, who now has 491 to his name, must fancy his chances of ticking off another remarkable milestone in next week’s second Test at Headingley. Read more…

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