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Run fest at Mirpur

The one-off Test series against Zimbabwe was dubbed to be the agent to bring the short-in-confidence Bangladeshi batsmen back on track, which they lost while playing against teams like India, Pakistan and well, surprisingly against Afghanistan. Thus, the opportunity...

India crushed by New Zealand

According to a local cricket enthusiast from New Zealand,  the soil of Basin Reserve deck was as dry as it had ever been, due to a recent drought in Wellington. As a result, there was turn and bounce for...

Smooth sailing for Bangladesh

It did not take Bangladeshi bowlers enough time to bring an end to Zimbabwe innings. Abu Jayed continued from where he left on the first day and struck gold from word go. In fact, it was a matter of...

Evenly contest on an attritional day

The sun shining brightly. The new style of arranging the grass of Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium at Mirpur gave the impression of a chessboard and the greenish boxes were soaked up by the early morning dew – certainly, it helped...

Third consecutive innings defeat for Bangladesh

Some of the reporters might not have finished their breakfast or some fans still might not have had the first sip on the cup of hot tea. Rawalpindi was glorified by sunshine, under the blue sky and bright sunshine,...

A New Dawn

“The Monday morning in Bangladesh started with the red sun rising in the east. The new dawn tinted the darkness like ink water. It has come with a new hope. Absolved by the light we decide to move on....

Bangladesh undone by Naseem blow

Naseem Shah’s fourth ball of his eighth over was full and nipped back in sharply from wide of the crease to hit the pads of Nazmul Hossain. On the naked eye, it seemed that the ball would leave the...

A tough day for Bangladesh

Bangladesh missed two opportunities today, which cost them badly. One was the dropped catch of Babar Azam when he was batting on 1 and the other was in the 44.3rd over when Shan Masood nicked a Rubel delivery, confirmed...

Bangladesh batting capitulates on a flat deck

The Rawalpindi wicket was flat. The first hour aided movement, but not enough bounce. The average bounce has been 1 cm lesser than the Test match against Sri Lanka on the same ground. Whatever bounce was witnessed was due...

South Africa: A false dawn?

The fourth Test at Johannesburg was Vernon Philander’s last affair in white clothes. The mighty warrior from South Africa had been one of the most loved and adored cricketers across the country for more than a decade. He was...

Top order batsmen let South Africa down

Once upon a time the Bangladesh cricket team’s tail-enders used to fight better than the top-order. It was during those days when Bangladesh were awarded a premature Test status. Their inexperienced top-order batters succumbed easily, but surprisingly, the lower-order,...

Why the West Indies are right to drop Hetmyer and what he can learn...

"Hetmyer has too often been guilty of not batting according to the requirements of his team. Too often he’d be batting in some ease before gifting his wicket. Too often he’d try to delve into his sizable bag of...

England and South Africa prove how magnificent 5-day Test match could be

Joe Root won a huge toss on the first day of the second Test at Cape Town. It was a hard deck at Newlands, where the South Africans pacers shone to put the visitors on the back-foot, but still,...

A much needed victory for South Africa

Just imagine the state of South African cricket two weeks back. It was in a mess. 2019 has been annus horribolis for Proteas on and off the field. Some big guns showed a lesser amount of commitment. Some big...

Why Bangladesh should tour Pakistan

“Bangladesh must change its attitude towards Pakistan tour. After the Sri Lankan series the excuse for lack of security has become lame. If Bangladesh take the next big step, the beneficiary would only be them”   The Bangladesh Cricket Team is...

Karachi hardly disappoints Pakistan

When the Pakistanis were shot out for 191 in their first innings during the second Test at Karachi, the sword of plunder was drawn out to slice Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis into pieces. Even on home-decks, Pakistan batting under...

Test cricket returns to Pakistan: 10 years have been a long and painful wait

“Let the show begin in Rawalpindi. Let the sun always smile on the land of passionate cricket fans”   10 years ago, a Pakistani cricket fan would wake up and discover, the historic Lahore or Karachi stadium is left empty. There...

Bob Willis is dead: Cricket has lost a friend

Bob Willis was fast. In the 70s he excelled as a tearaway fast bowler, but more often his name was sandwiched between the likes of John Snow, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and Andy Roberts. But the English lad was...

New Zealand v England: It should not have been a Two-match Test series

“To maintain the standard of Test cricket, sporting pitches are needed. Who else but countries like England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand have always offered such! These teams have a lot to offer to keep the interest in...

Another abysmal tour Downunder comes to an end for Pakistan

"Another dismal tour Downunder came to an end. As usual, it would be taken as a big learning curve. The fans and critics only wish, the team learns from this tour"     Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive Test matches in Australia,...

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