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Australia aim to salvage pride against Bangladesh

  

Pns: Heavily criticised after their first-ever Test defeat to Bangladesh, Australia are desperate to restore some lost pride when the teams meet in the second and final Test, starting in Chittagong on Monday. The visitors were slammed by Australian media when they lost the opening match in Dhaka by 20 runs and coach Darren Lehmann admitted the players had been stung by the level of condemnation of the team's performance."The boys are all hurting with the criticism you get,"...

Target whitewash

  

Pns:Bangladesh now can focus on their original goal to inflict a 2-0 whitewash on Australia, a thing that gained the momentum ahead of the series. Just after their 20-run win over Australia in the first Test, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said it is the high time to fulfill the hope as the visitors are in huge pressure now to perform. If Bangladesh also win the second Test, starting in Chittagong on Monday, Australia's Test ranking could slide to as low as sixth. So there is definitely...

Tigers tame Aussies in historic Test win

  

Pns: Prodigious all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan gave the nation an occasion to exult before the Eid-ul-Azha, bowling Bangladesh to a groundbreaking, maiden win over mighty Australia in the first Test yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The 20-run victory in first of the two-match series, held between the two sides after 11 years, gave Bangladesh 1-0 lead and thereby kept the hope alive of inflicting a 2-0 whitewash on Aussies.As he was considered as the main...

Dhaka Test looks wide open

  

Pns: For the first time in the match, Australia dominated Bangladesh for a full session to raise the prospect of their only third victory in the sub-continent in a decade. They still need to bat out of their skins with the pitch offering variable bounce. Even though the pitch looked modest than the previous two days, some of the balls carried extra bounce and some even kept low. Australia’s highest chase in the sub-continent is 307 against Bangladesh in 2006 but apart from that match they...

David Warner guides Australia to reach 109 runs on Day 3

  

Pns:Another belting day of Test cricket ends, somehow, with Australia on top. That partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith has left just 156 runs to accumulate on day four with eight wickets remaining. The pitch has lost most of its demons and Australia’s premier partnership is wearing its game-face.That Australia are in such a position owes a lot to Nathan Lyon who finished with six second-innings wickets and affected a momentum-swinging run out earlier in the day. Bangladesh’s...

Tamim, Mushfiqur swell lead towards 200

  

Pns: Well-set Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim added 65 runs partnership as Bangladesh advanced their lead to 176 after lunch against Australia on 3rd day of the first test at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka on Tuesday. Opener Tamim Iqbal smashed another half century, batting on 76 while Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is on 25. Both batsmen would like to extend the lead as much as they can.The Tigers posted 88 for the loss of two wickets on the 1st of the Day...

Shakib Al Hasan brilliance gives Bangladesh the edge against Australia

  

Pns:Shakib Al Hasan lit up his 50th Test with all-round brilliance to help Bangladesh claim a handy first-innings lead over a listless Australia in the second Test on Monday. A day after rescuing Bangladesh from a top-order collapse with the bat, the left-arm spinner claimed 5-68 to help dismiss Australia for 217 and justify his status as the world’s top- ranked Test all-rounder.Having claimed a 43-run first-innings lead on a viciously turning track, Bangladesh further...

Australia rocked by three late wickets

  

Pns:A disciplined Australia bowling effort was dramatically undone by a frenzied late batting collapse on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh, as the visitors surrendered three wickets in 10 balls to close out an action-packed final session. After Bangladesh managed a fighting tally of 260 on a Mirpur pitch showing early signs of subcontinental spice, David Warner (eight), Usman Khawaja (one) and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (0) all departed before stumps.Warner and...

Aus v BD: Captains unveil Test series trophy

  

Pns: Set to resume hostilities in Test cricket after 11 years, the Bangladesh and Australia captains on Saturday unveiled the trophy of their two-match Test series starting on Sunday. Mushfiguq Rahman of Bangladesh and Stephen Smith of Australuia unveiled the trophy after their appearance in the pre-series press conference on Saturday afternoon at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur. In the press conference, Mushfiqur said that winning the 1st match will be a...

Neymar denied Barca return in Champions League groups

  

Pns: Neymar will be denied an immediate return to Barcelona when the Champions League draw is made in Monaco on Thursday. Both his Paris Saint-Germain team and the Catalan giants he left earlier this month for a world record 222 million euros ($264m) have been placed in pot two -- amongst the second seeds.Reigning champions and Spanish title-holders Real Madrid head the pot of top seeds -- the champions from the eight highest-ranked countries in the UEFA rankings.England's...

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