• No let-up in BSF atrocities
  • Simply unacceptable
  • North Korean threat and spectre of a conflict
  • Worldwide marketing of poet Nazrul’s product
  • Excellent utilisation of excellence in tertiary learning
  • Beyond aid but with climate fund
  • Dhaka Theatre to stage The Tempest in traditional style
  • Curtain falls on traditional theatre fest
  • Syrian ‘transitional govt’ set up in Paris
  • Norwegians defy mass killer in song
  • Rajshahi take upper hand
  • Cricket might return to BNS again
  • Businesses not getting benefits due to non-tariff barriers: FBCCI
  • Budget should have no scope for govt bank borrowing, say businesses
  • Country heading for uncertainty: Matin
  • Japan positive about metro rail funding: JICA
  • Bodies of Sagar, Runi exhumed
  • IGP under JS panel fire over Sagar-Runi, Elias issues
  • US eyes business in Bangladesh
  • Petrobangla signs deal with Gazprom to drill 10 gas wells
  • ADB extends GG fund closing date up to Dec 31
  • HC moved to ban hartal during exams
HOME  SPORTS
  
Print Friendly and PDF

Rajshahi take upper hand

Staff Correspondent

Rajshahi batsman Farhad Hossain plays a shot during his knock of 56 not out against Khulna on the opening day of the National Cricket League final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. — New Age photo    Rajshahi batsman Farhad Hossain plays a shot during his knock of 56 not out against Khulna on the opening day of the National Cricket League final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. — New Age photo

An all-round performance from Farhad Hossain enabled Rajshahi to take control over their rivals Khulna on the first day of the National Cricket League final on Thursday.
Rajshahi bundled out Khulna for a mere 212 runs in their first innings of the five-day final before posting 135-2 at the end of the day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Rajshahi’s plan to open the bowling with off-spinner Farhad Hossain paid immediate dividends when he trapped Soumya Sarkar (0) lbw in just the fourth ball of the innings after Khulna had opted to bat first.
Skipper Farhad Reza followed his namesake to give his side the second breakthrough in the next over when he bowled Imrul Kayes (3) with only seven runs on the board.
Reza struck once again and this time he picked up the wicket of in-form Anamul Haque (17) to leave the Khulna side reeling at 34-3.
However, a 63-run stand between Khulna captain Tushar Imran and Mithun Ali helped revive their innings. Tushar was bowled by left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib after he had reached his 50.
Mithun from one end kept the scorecard ticking while he was falling short of partners at the other end. Farhad was brought back for an over in which he sent back Taposh Ghosh (3) while number seven and eight, Ziaur Rahman (19) and Abdur Razzak (16), tried to provide some support to Mithun before the duo fell to Muktar Ali and Sanjamul Islam respectively.
Mithun scored 83 and became Saqlain’s second victim as Khulna were soon all out for 212. Mithun struck seven fours and a six.        
After picking up three wickets for just 14 runs, Farhad showed his batting prowess when Rajshahi came out to bat and were in some trouble losing two early wickets.
Like their rivals, Khulna also struck in the first two overs with Dollar Mahmud and Alamin Hossain trapping both the openers Jahirul Islam (0) and Mizanur Rahman (4) in front respectively in successive overs.
Farhad and Junaed Siddique came on to crease with the scoreboard reading 5-2 and rescued their side from further danger as they made sure they don’t lose any more wicket on the day.
Farhad struck eight fours in his unbeaten 56 while national discard Junaed was not out on 71, taking Rajshahi to a comfortable position at the end of the day. Junaed clobbered 11 boundaries.
At the end of first day’s play, Rajshahi were trailing Khulna by 77 runs with eight wickets in hand.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Rajshahi take upper hand

Rajshahi batsman Farhad Hossain plays a shot during his knock of 56 not out against Khulna on the opening day of the National Cricket League final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. — New Age photo
An all-round performance from Farhad Hossain enabled Rajshahi to take control over their rivals Khulna on the first day of the National Cricket League final on Thursday. Rajshahi bundled out Khulna for a mere 212 runs in their first innings of the five-day final before... Full story

Cricket might return to BNS again

Cricket might once again return to the Bangabandhu National Stadium with the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled in Bangladesh in 2014 as the subject will be discussed in the upcoming inter-ministerial... Full story

Rahim’s pullout turns focus on senior VP post

Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin is sure to retain his post as his lone challenger in the upcoming BFF election Abdur Rahim pulled out of race on Wednesday. Full story

Farashganj hold MSC

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Farashganj Sporting Club ended their Bangladesh Premier League first leg fixtures with a goalless draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday. Full story

Bayern oust Real in dramatic shootout

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stops a penalty kick from Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) during their UEFA Champions League semi-final match at the Santiago Bernabau on Wednesday. — AFP photo
Manuel Neuer was the hero for Bayern Munich on Wednesday as his side went through to the Champions League final after beating Real Madrid 3-1 on penalties in the Santiago Bernabeu. Full story

AHF Cup champions return home

The AHF Cup champions Bangladesh hockey team on their arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Thursday promised of a better performance in their next international... Full story

Aussies in command

Ricky Ponting, in almost certainly his final innings in the Caribbean, made a crucial half-century as Australia built an imposing lead of 310 runs at the close of the third day of the final Test against West Indies on Wednesday. Full story

Sachin offered political role

India’s prime minister has put forward batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for membership of the upper house of parliament, reports said on Thursday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to... Full story

Heynckes hails ‘magical night’

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hailed a ‘magical night’ at his former stomping ground in the Spanish capital after leading the Bundesliga side past Real Madrid into a Champions... Full story

Bayern fans race for tickets

Bayern Munich have been flooded with more than a million requests for tickets for the Champions League final at their Allianz Arena stadium after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win in Madrid. Full story

Dollar trades narrowly before BoJ meeting

The dollar moved narrowly against the euro and yen in Asian trade on Thursday as investors looked ahead to a Bank of Japan policy meeting amid speculation of further monetary easing. Full story

Neuer feels the love after Madrid magic

Manuel Neuer’s key saves in Madrid helped put Bayern Munich into the Champions League final, inspiring words of love from his chairman amidst signs he may have begun to win over the club’s hard-core fans. Full story

Juve, Milan scrape wins

Juventus and AC Milan’s thrilling tussle for the Serie A title continued on Wednesday as they both scraped 1-0 wins against struggling sides. Juventus maintained their three points lead over Milan as... Full story

Neuer feels the love after Madrid magic

Manuel Neuer’s key saves in Madrid helped put Bayern Munich into the Champions League final, inspiring words of love from his chairman amidst signs he may have begun to win over the club’s hard-core fans. Full story

Mourinho blames bad luck

Jose Mourinho blamed fatigue from their ‘Clasico’ win and sheer bad luck for Real Madrid’s failure to reach the Champions League final on Wednesday. With the league title all but in the bag, seven... Full story

Dream chasers Bayern a game from glory

Bayern Munich’s players celebrate after defeating Real Madrid in the penalty shootout in their Champions League semi-final second-leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. — Reuters photo
Bayern Munich have had one thing on their mind all year - winning the Champions League in front of their home fans, and while that obsession may have cost them the Bundesliga crown it... Full story

‘So close and yet so far!’

Spain was in shock on Thursday after Real Madrid joined arch-rivals Barcelona in being knocked out of the Champions League as a result of their failure to score from the penalty spot. Full story

Mourinho behind Real’s downfall

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho reacts during his team’s penalty shootout against Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. — AFP photo
However much he might blame rotten luck or fatigue for Real Madrid’s failure to get past Bayern Munich on Wednesday, it was Jose Mourinho’s caution that possibly cost the Spaniards a place... Full story

Ronaldo follows Messi

Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds his head in his hands after missing a penalty in penalty shootout  against  Bayern Munich during  their UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. — AFP photo
In an incredible turn of events few could ever have predicted, the world’s two best players fluffed their lines at crucial moments this week to help send Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona... Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader