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Shaun Marsh set to make Test debut against Sri Lanka


Australian left-hander batsman Shaun Marsh is likely to make his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Thursday after being called in the squad by skipper Michael Clarke. Shaun Marsh, whose dad Geoff played 50 Tests for Australia, turns into the first son of a Test player to receive a Baggy Green of his own since since Syd Gregory’s debut in 1912. Gregory’s dad Ned played in the 1st official Test match in 1877.
Marsh will position straight into the No.3 place in the batting line-up left by Ricky Ponting after the Ex- skipper rushed home to be with wife Rianna for the birth of their 2nd baby.He turns into the 3rd debutant of the tour after Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon both played in previous week’s 1st Test in Galle.Usman Khawaja will stay at No.6 with the rest of the squad staying the same as the team that claimed a 125-run victory in Galle.
Australia: Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon. (12th Man: Michael Beer)
Tendulkar uncertain for Champions League T20

Sachin Tendulkar`s taking part in the upcoming Champions League T20 event is still in question as his Mumbai Indians team coach Robin Singh rejected to opinion on the availability of Sachin who’s recovering from a toe problem.
Robin Singh verified the availability of Harbhajan Singh, who, like Tendulkar, had pulled out of the just-concluded visit of England due to injury.”Harbhajan is surely available. If Sachin isn’t available, it will not impact the side significantly and it will be a chance for others to show their mettle ,” says Robin Singh at a press meeting here Saturday. The Mumbai Indians, who open their Group A plan with a match against defending champs the Chennai Super Kings here Sept 24, came here after a coaching camp in Bangalore.
“The same set of qualities that we shown during our earlier games in the IPL will only count. We’re pretty well organized. We’d a camp in Bangalore before reaching here. Bangalore camp was very helpful and cricketers were able to gel jointly,” he added.
World Champs India drop to 5th place in ICC rankings


World champs India dropped to the 5th place in the ICC ODI championship table after England won the 5 ODIs sequence 3-0 on Friday. It’s MS Dhoni’s side`s lowest position since October 08, when it spent 90 days at the number-five place, to sum up a disheartening summer in England where it fallen from # 1 place in the ICC Test Title to 3rd place after losing all the 4 Tests.
India had entered the sequence in 3rd place on 117 rankings points and finished on 112 rankings points after they lost the 2nd, 3rd and 5th ODIs while the 1st ODI at Chester-le-Street was washed out and the 4th at Lord`s finished in a tie. Actually, India had fallen to 4th place after the 3rd ODI at The Oval where they went down by 3 wickets (as per Duckworth-Lewis method) and then slipped further behind after defeat in yet another rain-reduced game in Cardiff.
In contrast, England have received a spot and have moved to 4th place. For remaining unbeaten in the series, English team received 6 rankings points which has left it just 1 point ahead of India and 3 behind third-ranked South Africa.
However, India will have a possiblity to not just get back lost ground but possibly move into 2nd place depending on how they perform in the 5 sequence against England which begins at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad October 14.
Sachin Tendulkar exposes his anti-pressure techniques to kids

2 decades of experience playing cricket has taught Sachin Tendulkar to not give in to stress and play to individual strenths. Talking to kids on Sunday, Tendulkar says that the mind aspect of the sport is as crucial as having the correct tactic. “Right from my school days, me and my brother made a decision that we aren’t going to open newspapers. I’m not going to study what is published about me and I continue doing that,” he says.
Telling young palyers to think only about aspects of the sport that will support them perform much better, Tendulkar says that those who desire to assistance will assistance in person. “I faith the judgment of a several folks in my life and I speak to them before taking judgements,” he says adding that buckling pressurized has a lot to do with bothering about the past or the future than playing in today’s.
Afridi meeting Zardari, may take his retirement decision back

Ex- Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s intended meeting with President Zardari on Tuesday may end his deadlock with PCB and pave way for the ‘retired’ all-rounder’s go back to the national squad. Afridi is due to meet Zardari on Tuesday as part of a group of players participating in relief work for flood affected people.
The ex- skipper may share his issues on the side lines of that meeting. Afridi had declared his retirement from international cricket in May after the PCB eliminated him as ODI skipper following a argument with head coach Waqar Younis. However, Afridi has indicated his wish to go back to international cricket as Waqar, with whom he’d severe issues during his captaincy, is set to resign as head coach.
An official near to Afridi says that although the key aim of the meeting was relief tasks, discussions of his tiff with the PCB couldn’t be removed.“It’s not verified but there exists a chance. “The meeting is designed for the relief strategy, but Afridi’s matter may be highlighted. A breakthrough can’t be removed,” the official added.
Zardari orders PCB to shift National T20 tournament

President Zardari, who’s also Patron of PCB, Tuesday suggested PCB to move National T20 Cricket Contest from Lahore to Karachi. President Karachi City Cricket Association Professor Syed Sirajul Islam Bukhari has appreciated the involvement of President for changing the place of the tournament.
As per a news release of the KCCA, President Zardari has wanted that another T20 contest will be held in Lahore when things calmed down. This guidance was given at a conference of the sport legends and sports coordinators with the President which held here at Bilawal House.
The conference was attended by sports legends Javed Miandad, Samiullah, Hasan Sardar, Hanif Khan, Sikandar Bakht, Sadiq Muhammad, Wasim Bari, Saeed Hai, Mohsin Khan, Shahid Khan Afridi and a host of other excellent sports stars and eminent sports managers which included Gulfaraz Ahmed Khan of Hockey and S Sirajul Islam Bukhari president KCCA.
It is pertinent to point out that because of the spread of dangerous dengue virus in Lahore, there were continuous issues over the holding of the contest at the Gaddafi Stadium. But the PCB was not wanting to shift the Contest to a different city as all the planning have been completed.
Muhammad Aamer was offered 2 yr ban to confess guilt

The ICC had offered Muhammad Aamer a good deal under which if he’d confessed to his input in spot-fixing he’d have escaped with a highest possible ban of 2 yrs. A well-informed source in the PCB told PTI today that the proposal came across the table even before the anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC held its proceedings a few months ago.
“I can verify the proposal came from the ICC at a face to face gathering with Aamer in which his legal advisor, Shahid Karim and the PCB Chairman, Ijaz Butt were also present,” the source says. He says the ICC proposal was very clear that if Aamer accepted his error and fault to being part of the spot-fixing racket during Pakistan team’s visit to England a year ago he’d have got off with a suspend ranging from 1 to 2 yrs.
“Aamer at that occasion did not admit this proposal and is now regretting it,” the source added. Anti-corruption tribunal in Feb . suspended Muhammad Aamer, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif for 5 yrs for their input in spot fixing and the trio are now also struggling with legal allegations under the betting and anti-corruption acts of the Crown Prosecutor’s office in a London court.
The source says that Muhammad Aamer had indeed registered a written document with the Southwark court in London confessing that he made a fault and deliberately bowled no-balls for personal gain during the 4th test against England at Lords. “Yes he’s made a written admittance of his participation and it appears he’s done this avoiding a prison term in the criminal claim,” the source says.
Wasim Akram dismisses Shoaib Akhtar’s remarks


Ex- Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has unnoticed Shoaib Akhtar’s remarks that Sachin Tendulkar was afraid of him and his deliveries.In an interview to a Tv channel, Wasim Akram said Tendulkar was a courageous debutante at 16, so there is no doubt of him being fearful of a bowler much later in his career.
Akhtar has apparently says in his autobiography named ‘Controversially Yours’, “I bowled (Sachin) a especially fast ball which he, to my surprise did not even touch. He moved away! That was the 1st occasion I saw him move away from me-that, too, on the slow pitch at Faisalabad. In a Television interview later, Akhtar clarified his remark, indicating, “In Faisalabad, I believe Sachin was under pressure as he had several injuries and at that point I believed that Tendulkar was fearful of me and I was exploiting his weak point.”
Akhtar had also says neither Rahul Dravid nor Tendulkar were match winners, and both didn’t “realize the skill of completing the match.”The fast bowler’s attacks in his book aren’t limited to friends from the world of cricket- he’s also lashed out against Shahrukh Khan and Lalit Modi.
Akhtar reveals in his book, “Shahrukh and I discussed about my not being pleased with the cash settled on me. Shahrukh and Modi got me to accept. I should have never listened to Modi and Shahrukh.”
Ijaz Butt threatens lawsuit against Shoaib Akhtar

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt thinks that ex- fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is seeking cheap advertising. Commenting on the book “Controversially Yours, Ijaz Butt says that he may take a lawsuit. He more mentioned his fresh antic might price Pakistan the bilateral sequence against India.
“It could hamper the repair of cricketing links between India and Pakistan,” he maintained. Butt also criticised Akhtar for releasing his book in India and seeking “cheap publicity” by taking shots at Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. “ We’re attempting so difficult to fill the space with India. In these times this kind of remarks is entirely uncalled for,” says Butt.
PCB chairman says that the retired bowler may face lawsuit upon his come back to Pakistan. “Shoaib Akhtar is talking nonsense and should be rebuffed by folks. We’ll give an official claim later. There isn’t an iota of reality in it. He’s caused us enough trouble as a cricketer and that continues even now,” Butt says.
Afridi's five leads rout of Bangladesh

Pakistan 93 for 5 in 25.4 overs (Afridi 24*, Rubel Hossain 2-23) beat Bangladesh 91 in 30.3 overs (Nasir Hossain 21, Afridi 5-23) by five wickets

Pakistan's battery of spinners used the considerable bounce and turn in the Mirpur pitch to exploit the inadequate temperaments and techniques of Bangladesh's batsmen, routing them for 91 to set up what should have been a facile victory in the first of three one-day internationals. It wasn't. Pakistan made a mess of chasing the small target, which Bangladesh defended spiritedly. They lost more wickets and took longer than they would have liked, as the match sparked to life before victory was finally achieved with plenty of overs to spare.

To subdue and wreck Bangladesh, Misbah-ul-Haq used four spinners - Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal - for 22.3 out of 30.3 overs, and they had combined figures of 8 for 56. Though Afridi emerged the star, taking his seventh five-wicket haul in ODIs, the Bangladesh innings was rotting before he came on to bowl. Pakistan's chase had also begun to rot when Afridi came to bat at 63 for 5 in the 18th over. His innings wasn't pretty, but it cured Pakistan of the yips and secured the series lead.

The match began with Mushfiqur Rahim wining the toss, but little went right for Bangladesh after that. It was inevitable that Hafeez would take the first new ball, especially with two left-hand openers, and he had immediate success. Tamim Iqbal, who returned to the team after recovering from a knee injury, moved across his stumps and was trapped on the back foot by a delivery that darted into him from round the wicket. Hafeez's wicket maiden set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Umar Gul had first use of the other new ball, and though there was little assistance from the pitch for the fast bowler, the Bangladesh batsmen couldn't get the ball off the square. They had scored only 2 after 5.2 overs when Naeem Islam hit one past Gul to the straight boundary. He edged the next ball to slip.

Against spin, Bangladesh were stagnant. Hafeez tormented Shahriar Nafees, who would score only 2 off his first 23 deliveries. He found the left-hand batsman's outside edge three times - two fell short of Younis Khan at first slip, and one flew wide.

Bangladesh doubled their score in the eighth over, which they began on 8 for 2. Gul bowled a high bouncer over Mushfiqur's head for five wides, and was clipped towards deep square leg for three. The first proper forceful shot was in the tenth over, when Nafees cut Gul to the backward-point boundary. Bangladesh were 26 for 2 after the mandatory Powerplay.

Misbah then made a double bowling change, bringing on the legspinner Afridi and the offspinner Malik. It was Malik who struck first, getting Mushfiqur to edge an attempted cut to the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed; the extra bounce was the Bangladesh captain's undoing. Afridi then struck twice. In his second over, the 13th of the innings, Afridi used the extra bounce to have Nafees caught at point while trying to cut off. Two balls later he bowled a legbreak that spun sharply and took the outside edge of Mahmudullah's forward defence. Bangladesh were 31 for 5 and the world's No.1 one-day bowler, Ajmal, hadn't been used yet.

Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain began to repair the substantial damage but they had miles to go to get the job done. They didn't get far. Their partnership was worth 36 when Hossain attempted to pull a delivery from Aizaz Cheema that wasn't that short. Hossain was unbalanced as he made contact and the top edge swirled towards square leg, where Sarfraz held it.

Only Shakib remained for Bangladesh and he too fell to the cut, caught at point off Afridi. At 71 for 7, the end was only a matter of time. Afridi took two more to complete his five-for, and didn't even stop to celebrate his success with his trademark star-man pose.

There was little sign of the tension that would briefly grip Pakistan's chase when their openers came out before the session break and added 36 in nine overs. Imran Farhat then played on to Nasir Hossain, beginning a phase in which four wickets fell in four successive overs for eight runs. Younis Khan was perhaps unlucky to be given caught behind but the rest fell to soft dismissals.

Misbah then batted with the sole aim of steering Pakistan to the break without losing another wicket. He edged a couple but dead-batted most of his first 16 deliveries, remaining scoreless. And then he slammed Shakib for a huge six over wide long-on, easing the pressure as Pakistan went into a 40-minute interval on 58 for 4, needing 34 more.

Umar Akmal was bowled by Shakib in the first over after play resumed. He was trying to cut as well. The crowd that had grown increasingly vocal as Pakistan slipped roared once more. For the final time, though, because Afridi silenced them. He made use of Nafees dropping him at slip off Shakib and hit three consecutive fours off the same bowler to drive Pakistan to the verge of victory. Afridi then edged Shakib wide of slip to finish the game as the highest wicket-taker and the top run-scorer. He had made only 24.
Kohli and Rohit overpower West Indies

India 270 for 5 (Kohli 117, Rohit 90*) beat West Indies 269 for 9 (Rampaul 86*, Simmons 78, Yadav 3-38) by five wickets

Lendl Simmons withstood like the boy on the burning deck, while Ravi Rampaul shot from the hip like the last man standing. Their half-centuries were stirring for they created them from ruins, but neither led West Indies to victory. Instead, Virat Kohli's methodical century, which enhanced his growing stature as an expert of the chase, and Rohit Sharma's efficient finishing act, prevailed and led India to a 2-0 lead on a drizzly day in Visakhapatnam.

India's bowlers had a critical role in the victory as well, before they were rendered bereft of ideas by Rampaul's record-breaking assault at No. 10. Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar, the new-ball operators, exploited rare seam-bowling conditions on the subcontinent and cut through the West Indian top order. Under cloudy skies, on a cracked pitch that had bounce, they used consistent outswing to help reduce West Indies to 149 for 8 despite defiance from Simmons. The end should have quickly followed, but it didn't, because Rampaul blitzed 86 off 66 balls and added 99 for the tenth wicket to lead West Indies to 269 for 9.

The chase was not hiccup-free either. India suffered two early wickets and the loss of an off-colour Sehwag - whose 26 lacked enough strike and momentum - to slip to 84 for 3 in the 17th over. Sehwag could have fallen on 1 and 15 but was dropped by Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo, who is as poor a fielder as he is promising a batsman.

The moments that cost West Indies most, however, were the let-offs Kohli had. On 24, Kohli swiveled and tried to pull Andre Russell, a shot he would execute with success later during his eighth century. This time Denesh Ramdin failed to catch the ball and the umpire did not signal leg-byes. On 40, Kohli drove the ball hard back at the bowler Marlon Samuels, who couldn't hold on as he dived to his right. Kohli gave West Indies no more chances.

Rohit had a painful start to his innings. His third ball was a short one from Rampaul and it thudded into the glove of his bottom hand. Three balls later Rohit retorted with a audacious pull off the front foot that sent the ball into the crowd beyond the midwicket boundary. It was the start of a 163-run partnership that decided the game.

Though the challenge was sizeable, Kohli and Rohit ensured the asking-rate, which hit a run a ball for the first time after 23 overs, was always under control. Sammy, unlike his counterpart Sehwag who often had six fielders in the circle when India were bowling, spread his field and the batsmen were able to whittle down the target without risking their wickets.

There were a few more tense moments as the contest entered its home stretch. After closing the gap between runs required and balls left with five boundaries in ten balls - Kohli 3, Rohit 2 - Kohli was dismissed for 117. Raina was caught behind hooking a short ball soon after, and India needed 22 off 24 balls. Rohit, however, did the job he didn't do in Cuttack. He stayed the course, striking a six over long-off to reach 90 and then watching from the other end as the game was won.

A few hours earlier, the match didn't look like it would go into its 99th over. The floodlights were on as play began after a delayed start in front of a strong crowd and Yadav didn't take long to give them reason to roar. In the second over, he produced a late outswinger that grazed Adrian Barath's outside edge en route to the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

A feature of Yadav's bowling was how upright the seam was before the ball hit the pitch and seamed away. Sehwag had a third slip because of all the movement, and when Samuels edged Yadav, Raina dived to his right and took a low catch. West Indies were 25 for 2.

Simmons went on the attack, stylishly whipping Yadav to the square-leg boundary, and walking out of his crease to drive Vinay on the up through extra cover to bring up 1000 career runs. At the other end, there was false promise from Bravo, who flicked and straight drove Varun Aaron for fours before lofting Vinay to the fielder at mid-on. Two balls later, Danza Hyatt was walking back for nought.

Only after Ramdin - Yadav's third wicket - departed with his team reeling at 63 for 5, did things begin to look up for West Indies. Simmons reached his half-century and Pollard brought up the 50 partnership by launching the offspinner R Ashwin over the straight boundary. He followed that with another six over wide long-on next ball. Another slump was around the corner, though.

Pollard, Sammy and Russell fell in quick time and it was then that Rampaul made his entrance. He swept Ashwin for four and clubbed him over long-on, before targeting Jadeja and scoring two more fours. Between those braces of shots, Simmons had been run out for 78.

The boundaries were small but Rampaul would have cleared larger ones today. He brought up his half-century off 35 balls and hit half a dozen sixes and as many fours, most of them swung with power on the leg side. There was an inevitability about how the innings ended, with Rampaul slamming Aaron over the straight boundary. He walked off the field with a composed look on his face, knowing the job was only half done. He wouldn't be able to complete it, though.
Ravi Rampaul becomes top scoring No 10 batsman in ODIs


West Indies cricketer Ravi Rampaul on Friday made a latest world record for the top score by a No 10 batsman in history of ODIs when he hit a wonderful unbeaten 86 against India in the 2nd ODI here. Ravi Rampaul, coming at the fall of Andre Russell`s wicket when the West Indies were tottering at 149 for 8, surpassed the past record held by Pakistan`s Mohammed Amir. Amir made 73 not out against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi in ’09.
Rampaul, during his 66 ball remain at the crease, hit 6 fours and an equal number of sixes to lift the West Indies to 269 for 9 in 50 overs, leaving India shocked and their bowlers bereft of strategies. Ravi Rampaul also stitched jointly an un-beaten 99 run partnership in 14 overs for the very last wicket along with Kemar Roach (24), the 3rd best 10th wicket stand in the history of the sport.
The other 2 significant 10th wicket partnerships were between West Indian cricketers Vivian Richards and Michael Holding (106 runs against England in 1984) and Amir and Saeed Ajmal (103 runs against NZ in ’09). If that`s not enough, Rampaul made yet another record of most sixes by a number 10 batsman, clearing the ropes 6 occasions.
Pakistan too powerful for Nasir Hossain's fight

Pakistan 262 for 7 (Akmal 59, Afridi 42, Shakib 1-27) beat Bangladesh 186 for 6 (Nasir 100, Gul 4-36 Hafeez 2-15) by 76 runs

For the second time in two matches, Bangladesh's top-order batsmen collapsed quickly, this time playing rash shots on an easier pitch, and Pakistan secured the three-match series 2-0 without being stretched in Mirpur. The home side's approach to their innings was in contrast to that of Pakistan, who had batted with deliberate caution to guard against early wickets and build a platform for a strong total. The difference in how the teams fared in the first ten overs of their innings decided the match.
Unpaid Sri Lankan players get support from South African cricketers


Not paid by their Board for the past 8 months, the Sri Lankan players got the support of their South African rivals, who think it is a credit to Tillakaratne Dilshan’s guys that they’ve still continued with national job. In a report given by the South African Cricketers’ Association, Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith says the scenario is “far from ideal”.
The cricketers haven’t been by a cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket, which is waiting for $4.3 million funds from the ICC for co-hosting this summers World Cup, and the South Africans expected that the issue would be settled shortly.”We need to show our assistance for Tillakaratne Dilshan and our fellow professional players from Sri Lanka on this matter,” Smith says. SA ODI skipper AB de Villiers said non-payment of players’ dues isn’t right given how professionally the sport is maintained now.
The Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Association has sought the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association’s support on the issue. South Africa are set to host Sri Lanka for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs and Sri Lankan team will start their tour match against South Africa A on December 9
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সাকিব আল হাসানের বীরোচিত ব্যাটিংও জয় এনে দিতে পারেনি বাংলাদেশকে। জয়ের সম্ভাবনা জাগিয়েও রোববার এশিয়া কাপের উদ্বোধনী ম্যাচে বাংলাদেশ ২১ রানে হেরে গেছে পাকিস্তানের কাছে।

মিরপুর শের-ই-বাংলা জাতীয় ক্রিকেট স্টেডিয়ামে টস হেরে ব্যাট করতে নেমে দুই উদ্বোধনী ব্যাটসম্যান মোহাম্মদ হাফিজ ও নাসির জামশেদের অর্ধশতকের সুবাদে ৮ উইকেটে ২৬২ রান করে পাকিস্তান। জবাবে সাকিব ও তামিম ইকবালের অর্ধশতকের পরও ৪৮ ওভার ১ বলে ২৪১ রানে থেমে যায় বাংলাদেশের ইনিংস।

লক্ষ্য তাড়া করতে নেমে তামিমের সঙ্গে নাজিমউদ্দিনের ৪৫ রানের উদ্বোধনী জুটি বাংলাদেশকে ভালো সূচনা এনে দেয়। শুরুতে তামিম নিজেকে গুটিয়ে রাখলেও নাজিমের (৩০) আক্রমণাত্মক ব্যাটিংয়ের কারণে রান তোলার হার ভালো ছিলো স্বাগতিকদের।

দ্বিতীয় উইকেটে জহুরুল ইসলামের (২৩) সঙ্গে ৪৫ রানের আরেকটি ভালো জুটি গড়েন তামিম। তবে দলীয় ১০০ রানে তৃতীয় ব্যাটসম্যান হিসেবে অধিনায়ক মুশফিকুর রহিম (৩) বিদায় নিলে অস্বস্তিতে পড়ে যায় বাংলাদেশ।

এরপর সাকিবের সঙ্গে চতুর্থ উইকেটে তামিমের ৩৫ রানের জুটি ম্যাচে ফেরায় বাংলাদেশকে। ২৯তম ওভারে হাফিজ তামিম (৬৪) ও মাহমুদুল্ল¬াহ রিয়াদকে (০) ফিরিয়ে দিলে বাংলাদেশের স্কোর দাঁড়ায় ১৩৫/৫।

তামিমের ৮৯ বলে করা ৬৪ রানের ইনিংসটি ৬টি চার ও একটি ছক্কায় সাজানো। কাট করতে গিয়ে বোল্ড হয়ে তামিমের বিদায়ের পরের বলেই আম্পায়ারের বিতর্কিত সিদ্ধান্তে এলবিডব্লি¬উ হয়ে যান মাহমুদুল্ল¬াহ।

এরপর ষষ্ঠ উইকেটে নাসির হোসেনের (৪৯ বলে ৪৭ রান) সঙ্গে সাকিবের ৮৯ রানের জুটি জয়ের স্বপ্ন দেখাচ্ছিলো বাংলাদেশকে।

জয়ের জন্য শেষ ৩৯ বলে ৩৮ রান দরকার ছিলো বাংলাদেশের, হাতে ছিলো ৫ উইকেট। কিন্তু দলীয় ২২৪ রানে উমর গুলের বলে নাসির বোল্ড হয়ে গেলে ঘুরে দাঁড়ায় পাকিস্তান।

এরপর আব্দুর রাজ্জাক (১), মাশরাফি বিন মর্তুজা (১) ও শফিউল ইসলাম (১) দ্রুত বিদায় নিলেও সাকিব ছিলেন বলে টিকে ছিলো বাংলাদেশের সম্ভাবনা।

কিন্তু গুলের করা ৪৯তম ওভারের প্রথম বলে সাকিব বোল্ড হয়ে গেলে শেষ হয়ে যায় বাংলাদেশের সব প্রচেষ্টা। ৬৬ বলে খেলা সাকিবের ৬৪ রানের ইনিংসে ৪টি চার।

৫৮ রানে ৩ উইকেট নিয়ে উমর গুল পাকিস্তানের সেরা বোলার। হাফিজ (২/৪০), সাঈদ আজমল (২/৪৫) এবং শহীদ আফ্রিদিও (২/৪৯) বল হাতে ভালো অবদান রাখেন দলের জয়ে।

এর আগে বাংলাদেশের বোলারদের নিখুঁত লাইন-লেন্থের বোলিং এবং ফিল্ডারদের দুর্দান্ত ফিল্ডিং সত্ত্বেও পাকিস্তানকে ভালো সূচনা এনে দেন হাফিজ ও জামশেদ। উদ্বোধনী জুটিতে দুজনের অবদান ১৩৫ রান। ২৮তম ওভারে জামশেদকে রান আউট করে বাংলাদেশকে প্রথম সাফল্য এনে দেয়ার কৃতিত্ব সাকিব ও মুশফিকের।

রাজ্জাকের বল পয়েন্টে ঠেলে একটি রান নিতে চেয়েছিলেন হাফিজ। সতীর্থের আহ্বানে সাড়াও দিয়েছিলেন জামশেদ। সাকিবের থ্রো স্টাম্পের কাছাকাছি না থাকলেও বল গ¬াভসবন্দী করে দারুণ দক্ষতায় উইকেট ভেঙ্গে দেন বাংলাদেশের অধিনায়ক।

৬৪ বলে খেলা জামশেদের ৫৪ রানের ইনিংসে ৫টি চার ও একটি ছক্কা।

জামশেদের বিদায়ের পর ইউনুস খানের সঙ্গে ২৫ রানের জুটি গড়েন হাফিজ। শাহাদাত হোসেনকে ফ্লিক করতে গিয়ে পয়েন্টে রাজ্জাককে সহজ ক্যাচ দিয়ে ইউনুস (১২) সাজঘরের পথ ধরলে খেলার চিত্র পাল্টে যায়।

শতকের সুবাস পেতে থাকা হাফিজকেও (৮৯) ফেরান শাহাদাত। খাটো লেন্থের বল পুল করতে গিয়ে স্কয়ার লেগে শফিউলকে ক্যাচ দেন হাফিজ। তার ১২৬ বলের ইনিংসটি ৭টি চারে সাজানো।

এরপর আসাদ শফিকও (৪) বেশিক্ষণ টিকতে পারেননি। হাফিজের মতো তিনিও শাহাদাতকে পুল করতে গিয়ে ডিপ স্কয়ার লেগে মাশরাফিকে সহজ ক্যাচ দেন।

৪০তম ওভারের তৃতীয় বলে উমর আকমল (২১) ও ষষ্ঠ বলে আফ্রিদিকে (০) ফিরিয়ে প্রতিপক্ষকে দুশ্চিন্তায় ফেলে দেন সাকিব।

৪২তম ওভারের দ্বিতীয় বলে পাকিস্তানের অধিনায়ক মিসবাহ-উল-হককে আব্দুর রাজ্জাক বোল্ড করলে স্কোর দাঁড়ায় ১৯৮/৭। ৩৮ রানের ব্যবধানে ৬ উইকেট হারিয়ে পাকিস্তান তখন বিপদে।

তবে অষ্টম উইকেটে গুল (৩৯) ও সরফরাজ আহমেদের (অপরাজিত ১৯) ৫৩ রানের জুটির সুবাদে আড়াই শ পেরোয় পাকিস্তান। গুলের মাত্র ২৫ বলে ওয়ানডে ক্যারিয়ার-সেরা ৩৯ রানের ইনিংসে একটি ছক্কা ও ৫টি চার।

এর মধ্যে ১৬ রানই এসেছে মাশরাফির করা ৪৯তম ওভার থেকে। শেষ বলে গুলকে বোল্ড করে মাশরাফি অবশ্য প্রতিশোধ নিয়েছেন। তবে ততক্ষণে লড়াই করার মতো জায়গায় পাকিস্তান পৌঁছে গেছে। গুলের তাণ্ডবের জন্যই শেষ ৫ ওভারে ৪৫ রান পেয়েছে পাকিস্তান।

৫৩ রানে ৩ উইকেট নিয়ে শাহাদাত বাংলাদেশের সেরা বোলার। ৪১ রানে সাকিবের শিকার দুটি।

সংক্ষিপ্ত স্কোর:

পাকিস্তান: ৫০ ওভারে ২৬২/৮ (হাফিজ ৮৯, জামশেদ ৫৪, ইউনুস ১২, উমর ২১, আসাদ ৪, মিসবাহ ৮, আফ্রিদি ০, সরফরাজ ১৯*, গুল ৩৯, আজমল ৮*; শাহাদাত ৩/৫৩, সাকিব ২/৪১, রাজ্জাক ১/৪৩, মাশরাফি ১/৫৫)

বাংলাদেশ: ৪৮.১ ওভারে ২৪১ (তামিম ৬৪, নাজিমউদ্দিন ৩০, জহুরুল ২৩, মুশফিকুর ৩, সাকিব ৬৪, মাহমুদুল্লাহ ০, নাসির ৪৭, রাজ্জাক ১, মাশরাফি ১, শফিউল ১, শাহাদাত ০*; গুল ৩/৫৮, হাফিজ ২/৪০, আজমল ২/৪৫, আফ্রিদি ২/৪৯)

ফল: পাকিস্তান ২১ রানে জয়ী

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