Bangladesh gets historical win in New Zealand



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Today is an unforgettable day for Bangladesh cricket. Dreamy one day. It was a dazzling morning with an incredible fairy tale mix. The Tigers made history by performing on fire. The red-green representatives won by a huge margin of 8 wickets on New Zealand soil. Bangladesh snatched the first victory in the country.

Muminul Haque has dominated the field battle for four days. The remnants of which remained on the fifth and last day of the first Test. The golden boys of the country fought with greater strength than before. The victory came as soon as the hosts were bowled out for 169 in the second innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim's bat touched the boundary of the field and the silence was broken. The guests reached the easy target of 40 runs given by the Kiwis by losing only two wickets. The wicket-keeper-batsman roared on the field. He threw his hand into the air. Mushfq hugged the captain. By that time, the festival and excitement had spread among all the cricketers of the country.

On the fourth day, Ebadat Hossain laid the foundation of the Tigers' victory with four wickets in devastating bowling. He took two more wickets today. His bowling figure is 6/46. Match best played a leading role in the team's victory in the incredible bowling of his career.

Brief score: New Zealand: 328 & 169

Bangladesh: 458 & 42-2

Result :Bangladesh won by 8 wickets.

   

Tamim has the last laugh in the 'Shakib-Tamim Classico', Barishal moves to final



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The match took the form of a derby. The biggest stars of the two teams, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, have turned from friends to nemesis after a long time. In this year's BPL, it has reached a new level. Keeping that aside, the social media battle between Rangpur and Barishal was also quite 'classic'. As a result, the heat was spreading before the second qualifier match of the two teams. Tamim Iqbal had the last laugh in that duel. His team Fortune Barishal defeated Rangpur by 6 wickets in the final.

Barishal holds the record for the most number of final appearances among teams that have never won the title. It played three times in the final under different names. Fortune was calling Barishal for the fourth final. Standing in front of such a challenge was Rangpur Riders, who finished the group stage of BPL from the top. In such a situation, Tamim Iqbal's team did not move.

On this day, the luck of the toss also accompanied Tamim's team. Captain Tamim won the toss and sent Rangpur into bat. Rangpur got into trouble at the beginning when they came to bat. Be it the makeshift opener Sheikh Mahdi, or Shakib Al Hasan, who was the talk of the town before the match, none of them could reach double figures; Mohammad Saifuddin returned both. Then when Rony Talukdar was sent back by Kyle Myers, Rangpur was sitting on three wickets in the power play.

Rangpur was knocked out of that match and couldn't come back; three in the power play, two more wickets in the next four overs. One of those wickets went to Jimmy Neesham, who scored 28 off 22 balls for Rangpur's beacon of hope. After his departure, Mohammad Nabi and Captain Nurul Hasan tried a little to save the team from danger. However, both departed in the 15th over bowled by James Fuller.

At that time it was very difficult for Rangpur to touch three figures. The team's run from 77-7 to 149 was stopped by the bat of Shamim Patwari. He scored 59 off 24 balls with 5 fours and sixes. Based on that, Rangpur scored 72 runs in the last 31 balls and got the capital of the fight.

The goal was not big. Barishal sent Tamim Iqbal along with Mehdi Hasan Miraj in the opening pair to chase the target of 150 runs. However, that decision did not work for them. The opening pair didn't last long, Mirage also returned quickly.

There was a lot of talk about Tamim's match-up with Fazal Haq Farooqui. It is not normal for Tamim to be dismissed four times in the last four meetings. However, Tamim did not lose his wicket to him today. But he gave that opportunity less. Miraj was on strike in Farooqui's first over. Then in the third over, Tamim played Farooq's three balls. He picked up 1 run. But he returned to Abu Haider Rony's ball and gave a catch to Nabi at mid-off. In that over, Miraj was also caught in the LBW trap.

The next story is only of Mushfiqur Rahim. He played an innings of 47 runs from 38 balls, batted according to the needs of the team, sometimes played with understanding of the situation. Soumya Sarkar, Kyle Myers, David Millers on the other side. Myers blew the storm over Rangpur. His crucial cameo of 28 off 15 balls kept the team in danger after Soumya Sarkar's departure. Mushfiq was with him! Myers retired just before the win. But Mushfiq did not give up. He took the team to the port of victory, and then he stopped.

That's why the team that has never won a title is one step away from winning the title. Their mission this time in the final against Cumilla on Friday is to upset them. 

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Liton-Hriday's devastating batting helped Cumilla to get final berth



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Cumilla Victorians won the challenge of Rangpur Riders by 186 runs in the final. Liton Das's Cumilla is one step away from a hat-trick of titles. Cumilla, the most successful team in BPL history, won by 6 wickets in the incredible duo of Liton-Hridoy.

Losing the toss and batting first, Rangpur lost 3 wickets within 27 runs and was in danger. However, they got a challenging collection in Jimmy Neesham's incredible innings of 97 runs with 8 fours and 7 sixes. Their score in 20 overs stood at 185 for 6 wickets.

Coming down to reply, Cumilla found Sunil Narine on the first ball. He was caught behind the opposite wicket while pulling Fazlhaq Farooqui's short length ball. However, Liton Das and Tawheed, who dropped to third, handled the shock of defeating Narine with the fortitude of the four-time champions. These two batsmen scored 61 runs in the power play.

Liton-Hridoy’s power hitting kept Cumilla moving forward with great power. Both of them picked up fifty by making an umbrella for the bowlers of Rangpur. 143 runs came from the pair of Liton-Hridoy for the second wicket. This is now Cumilla's biggest pair record in BPL. The duo broke when Shakib got caught in the palm of Abu Haider Rony's last ball of the 15th over. His 64 off 43 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes came from his bat before returning.

Liton was caught by Neesham at long on after scoring 83 runs off Sheikh Mehdi. The Cumilla captain completed the innings with 9 fours and four huge sixes.

However, before the return of Hriday-Litton, Cumilla was brought to the threshold of victory. Moeen Ali's 5-ball cameo of 12 not out runs sealed the win.

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Sports stars paid tribute to language martyrs



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February 21. It is on this day, 72 years ago, in 1952 that we are writing in Bengali. From there Mother Language Day is known as this day. After 47 years, this day has been recognized by the World. The United Nations recognized this on November 17, 1999. From next year, this day is being celebrated as International Mother Language Day in many places of the country and abroad with great respect.

In the early hours of the day, people from different walks of life including the country's Prime Minister paid tribute to the martyrs at the National Shahid Minar. Besides, many people have paid their respects through various means throughout the day.

The sports stars of Bangladesh were not left out in that list. They remembered the language martyrs with respect and love. They paid tributes to language martyrs on social media.

Bangladesh cricket star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan wrote in memory of the language martyrs, "With respect to the language martyrs, I extend my sincere greetings to everyone on February 1st International Mother Language Day."

Mushfiqur Rahim, another cricketer of the national team, wrote on his Facebook, "The Bengali nation has never backed down in the fight for rights with everything." There was no exception to this in the language movement of 1952. All those language martyrs who gave their lives to protect the rights of mother tongue, their immeasurable sacrifice is our motivation to move forward. On International Mother Language Day, we pay our respects to the martyrs of all languages.

Tamim Iqbal wrote, "Humble respect to language martyrs on the great 21st February, International Mother Language Day." Liton Das wrote, "A nation that knows how to give its life for a language is never subjugated." Deep respect and love for language martyrs.

Meanwhile, the women cricketers of the country also paid their respects. Nigar Sultana Jyoti, captain of the Bangladesh national women's cricket team, wrote, 'Mother language is our first love. Humble respect to all language martyrs. Also, Happy International Mother Language Day to all.

Paying tribute to language martyrs, Bangladesh football team captain Jamal Bhuiyan wrote from Argentina, "Happy International Mother Language Day Bangladesh." Also, many sports stars paid tribute to language martyrs on this day. Taking them as inspiration, he promised to turn it into strength.

Apart from cricket and football, the athletes of other fields of the country are not left behind. Boxing sensation Sur Krishna Chakma wrote, 'Happy International Mother Language Day, humble respect to all the martyrs of the language movement of 1952. Let all the mother languages of the world survive in glory for ages.



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Shanto is the captain in all three formats, Lipu replaces Nannu



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After almost six months, the BCB board meeting was held on Monday where several important decisions have been taken. Nazmul Hossain Shanto has been made captain for all three formats. He will lead the Bangladesh team instead of Shakib Al Hasan from the upcoming Sri Lanka series. Bangladesh will enter the field under him for the next one year.

Also there has been a change in the selection panel of the Bangladesh national team. Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu has been given the responsibility of new Chief Selector. He will replace Minhajul Abedin Nannu from the upcoming Sri Lanka series. National age group selector Hannan Sarkar will act as his deputy. Among the old selectors, Habibul Bashar Suman has been left out like Nannu. But Abdur Razzak survived.

Minhajul Abedin Nannu's ouster from the post of Chief Selector was almost certain. Selector Habibul Bashar Suman had an idea that he could survive though. But with former captain Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu as chief selector, BCB decided to make major changes in the entire panel.

Only Abdur Razzak has survived from the previous selection panel to the new selection panel. Hannan Sarkar, the former opener of the national team, was on the selection panel of the U-19 team. As he proved his ability there, now he is included in the selection panel of the national team.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu has been the selector of the national team for more than 13 years. Among them, he spent 7 years as the chief selector. His term has been mixed with good and bad, discussion and criticism.

The first assignment of the new selection committee will be to decide the team for the cricket series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is coming to tour Bangladesh. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Test, ODI and T20-3 formats in this series, where there is concern over the availability of Shakib Al Hasan. However, Shanto was made the captain by BCB chief Papon after talking to him about the issue of leadership.

The Sri Lanka series will start with a T20. The first match of the three-match series will be played on March 5, in Sylhet.

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