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Bangladesh mourn spinner Manjural
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Bangladesh left-arm spinner Manjural Islam has died in a road accident, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced.

The 22-year-old played six Tests and 25 one-day internationals for his country, and also featured against England A on their recent tour of Bangladesh.

Another first-class cricketer, Sajjadul Hasan, 28, died in the same accident.

Police said the pair, who were both from Khulna, died after a motorbike ridden by Manjural hit railings on a bridge at Kartikdanga.

The duo were travelling to a nearby town after a domestic match which took place in Khulna.

Manjural took five expensive wickets in his six Tests, but captured 23 at an average of 29.95 in one-day international cricket.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Styris, Oram see off England


New Zealand drew first blood against England as they won the teams' ICC CWC Group C opener by six wickets here Friday.

Chasing 210 for victory, New Zealand finished on 210 for four with nine overs to spare after having recovered from 19 for three in five overs.

They were still in trouble at 72 for four before an unbeaten stand of 138 between all-rounders Scott Styris (87 not out) and Jacob Oram (63 not out) saw them home.

The teams - who beat each other twice during England's tri-series triumph in Australia completed last month - are favourites to qualify from a group also featuring Kenya and Canada.

Assuming both Test sides do go through, New Zealand will carry forward two points into the second phase, Super Eight stage.

England, whose modest total of 209 was achieved only after they were rescued from the depths of 138 for seven by an unbroken partnership of 71 between wicket-keeper Paul Nixon (42 not out off 41 balls) and Liam Plunkett (29 not out), made a sensational start in the field.

James Anderson, doubtful for the match with a fractured finger, struck with the sixth ball when Lou Vincent fell for nought after edging to Nixon.

New batsman Ross Taylor then exited for a first ball duck, a nicked drive off Plunkett brilliantly caught one-handed by a diving Andrew Flintoff at first slip.

Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming at least managed seven before a miscued pull off Anderson was well-held by Ed Joyce, running round from square leg.

From 19 for three Styris, who'd earlier taken two for 25, counter-attacked alongside the experienced Craig McMillan.

Their stand was worth 53 when Monty Panesar came on and, with his second ball, the left-arm spinner had McMillan (27) lofting to Jamie Dalrymple in the covers.

Styris pressed on, completing a 70-ball fifty by sweeping off-spinner Dalrymple for his sixth four.

England's lack of runs now started to hurt and hopes of victory all but disappeared when Kevin Pietersen, at short cover, dropped a catch he should have held when Styris, on 61, checked a drive off Panesar.

Oram, who lofted Panesar for a straight six, got to his fifty in 68 balls with two fours in a well-paced display.

Earlier Pietersen, in his first full international since January after sustaining a rib injury in Australia, top scored for England with 60.

From 133 for three, England lost four wickets for five runs, three going down for one run in seven balls as key batsmen Paul Collingwood (31), Pietersen and Flintoff, out for a first ball nought, all fell in quick succession.

Fast bowler Shane Bond took two wickets in four balls as Pietersen tamely holed out to James Franklin at long-on before Flintoff chipped to Styris at short cover.

Medium-pacer Styris had started the slump when he removed Collingwood after an attempted guide to third man was well-held by Brendon McCullum - one of four catches for the wicket-keeper - to end a fourth-wicket stand of 81, the best of England's innings.

Fleming, on a pitch freshened by early morning rain, which delayed the start by 30 minutes, saw his decision to field first vindicated second ball when left-arm quick Franklin had Ed Joyce caught behind for nought.

England captain Michael Vaughan, battling a hamstring injury that saw him play just three one-dayers in Australia, looked in good touch. But on 26 he bottom-egded a pull off Franklin into his stumps.

England play Canada on Sunday while New Zealand face Kenya, seven-wicket winners over the North Americans, on Tuesday.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Gibbs, Kallis take SA to huge win


South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs smiles while heading back to the dressing room after an inning of quick 72 runs against the Netherlands during their Group A match at the ICC World Cup 2007 match in Saint Kitts. Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in a one-day international while Jacques Kallis smashed an unbeaten century as South Africa inflicted a 221-run World Cup defeat on the Netherlands on Friday. AFP
Herschelle Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in a one-day international while Jacques Kallis smashed an unbeaten century as South Africa inflicted a 221-run ICC CWC defeat on the Netherlands here on Friday.

Gibbs hit a robust 40-ball 72 coupled with Kallis's unbeaten 128 as South Africa's batsmen pulverised Dutch bowling to muster 353-3 in a Group A match reduced to 40-over-a-side.

Ryan ten Doeschate then hit a fighting 57 as the Netherlands managed 132-9 in their 40 overs.

Doeschate shared a 42-run sixth wicket stand with Tim de Leede who made 21, in an otherwise dismal batting show by the Dutch.

Earlier Mark Boucher joined the South Africa run-feast with a rapid-fire 31-ball, unbeaten 75 which included nine boundaries and four sixes.

He also hit the fastest half-century in a ICC CWC match beating West Indian Brian Lara's 23-ball feat against Canada at Centurion in 2003 by two deliveries.

But it was Gibbs who grabbed the headlines.

He launched into Dutch right-arm leg-break bowler Daan van Bunge in the 30th over, hitting him for five straight sixes and one to deep mid-wicket at the Warner Park ground.

"It's up there with the best things I've done," said Gibbs.

"I never thought about getting six in a row, but if it's your day, it's your day.

"After the first three I thought I was in with a chance, but I decided I wasn't going to charge him, I'd wait to see what he does and luckily they fell into the right slot."

Kallis hit eleven boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten 109-ball knock and added 115 runs for the third wicket with Gibbs off just 71 balls.

South Africa hit 18 sixes in all beating Pakistan's record of most sixes in a one-day innings of 14 hit against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996-97.

The 33-year-old Gibbs followed West Indian great Sir Gary Sobers and India's Ravi Shastri who both hit six sixes in an over but they came in first class cricket.

Sobers was the first to reach the landmark playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at Swansea in 1968 with Malcolm Nash the bowler taking the punishment.

Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri then equalled the feat playing for Bombay against Baroda in 1984.

Gibbs, playing his 199th match, finally holed out to van Bunge at long-on off Dutch captain Luuk van Troost in the 31st over much to the sigh of relief of some 500 orange-clad Dutch fans.

He hit seven sixes and four boundaries during his entertaining innings.

Kallis, who watched Gibbs' onslaught at the other end, reached his 15th one-day hundred off 97 balls studded with ten boundaries and two sixes.

South African skipper Graeme Smith hit a 59-ball 67 with six boundaries and a six after his team had lost opener AB de Villiers, caught behind off the second ball of the innings to paceman Billy Stelling.

The historic feat will also cost a leading drinks firm one million dollars.

The Johnnie Walker company had already agreed to donate the money to charity in honour of the first player to register the landmark.

Gibbs also erased Sanath Jayasuriya's record of most runs in a one-day over which stood at 30 -- achieved twice against Pakistan's Aamir Sohail in Singapore in 1996 and New Zealander Chris Harris at Sharjah five years later.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

World Record: Gibbs hits 6 sixes on the trot


South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs made history on Friday when he hit six sixes in an over in his team's ICC Cricket World Cup match against the Netherlands at Warner Park here.

Gibbs became the first man to achieve the feat in a limited overs match, and only the third in history in all forms of cricket, when he launched into Dutch slow left-armer Daan van Bunge in the 30th over.

The brutal big-hitting took Gibbs from 32 at the start of the over to 68 by the end of it.

Van Bunge at least had the minor consolation of helping to dismiss his tormentor when he held a catch in the deep in the next over off captain Luuk van Troost.

Gibbs eventually went for 72 with four fours and seven sixes having faced just 40 balls.

The first man to hit six sixes off an over in a first-class match was West Indian legend Sir Garry Sobers, playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at Swansea in 1968 with Malcolm Nash the bowler taking the punishment.

Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri then equalled the feat playing for Bombay against Baroda in 1984.

Gibbs's historic feat will also cost a leading drinks firm one million dollars.

The Johnnie Walker company had already agreed to donate the money to charity in honour of the first player to register the landmark.

Former West Indies skipper Viv Richards had hoped on the eve of the ICC CWC that six successive sixes would be hit.

"These days we are seeing more and more big totals and sixes being hit in one-day cricket by powerful batsmen with big bats, yet no-one has ever hit six sixes in one over of any international match," said Richards on Tuesday.

"The only people who have ever done it in first-class cricket are our own Gary Sobers and India's Ravi Shastri and to me this tournament, with our traditionally short boundaries, is the time to change that."
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

India not taking Bangladesh lightly


Rahul Dravid has warned India not to underestimate Asian rivals Bangladesh when the two sides meet in the ICC CWC on Saturday. Bangladesh pulled off a stunning win over New Zealand in the warm-ups last week and the Indian skipper is wary of complacency creeping into his highly-fancied side.

"I expect the team to put up a very professional and clinical performance, irrespective of who we play against. We respect Bangladesh. We have seen what they have done against New Zealand," said Dravid.

"We have to be switched on for that game. I expect everyone to be switched on for every game in the ICC CWC."

Dravid said his team had been looking forward to playing against Bangladesh at what should be a packed Queen's Park Oval.

"We are happy to be in Trinidad. We do enjoy a lot of support here. We are looking forward to playing that game and I think the atmosphere will be very exciting," added the Indian captain.

India will also play Group B matches here against Sri Lanka and debutants Bermuda, with the top two sides qualifying for the next Super Eight stage.

Dravid added that he wants his lower order to develop all-round strength if they are to last the course over seven weeks.

"There might be stages in a game where they have to make crucial contributions. There might be one match in the tournament or two, but they could be most important games," he said.

"Credit to them that a lot of them have really improved. They are really working hard on it. We expect runs from them."

India coach Greg Chappell said the team are ready to play after a relaxing time in Montego Bay in Jamaica.

"The guys have enjoyed a few days of peace and quiet before the tournament, so in a way that's been good. Now, everyone is keen for the tournament to start," said Chappell.

"We've have been practising, relaxing, swimming, sailing and snorkeling. We have been doing things you would expect to do in the West Indies, things that sometimes the guys don't get an opportunity to do."

Chappell was satisfied with his team's performances in the warm-up games where India won both of their matches, beating the Netherlands and the West Indies.

"In warm-up games, you are trying to do different things and I think we got most of things we wanted from these matches," he said.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Fleming 'was desperate for the points'

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said he was "desperate for the points and it was vital to win" against England in their first round clash at ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

Speaking after his team's handsome 6-wicket win, Fleming said he was pleased that "people put their hands up at important points," singling out Scott Styris, Jacob Oram and Shane Bond for praise.

Fleming said also that it was a big relief for him that New Zealand were over this first hurdle.

He did not believe the toss had that big a part to play in deciding the match, and pointed at England's score of 133/3 at one stage.

Of his all-rounder Jacob Oram, he said it was "crucial to have a No 6 who plays this well."

England's captain Michael Vaughan said the loss of a "cluster of wickets" in the middle of his team's innings was the biggest reason they lost the match, and that the total was "not competitive enough".

He said the collapse was disappointing and that had his team got 250, the match might have ended differently.

He also saw Kevin Pietersen's dropped catch of Scott Styris as a moment where the match could have turned.

He said the team must put the loss behind it and look to Sunday's match against Canada.

Man of the Match Styris said "we knew this would be the tough game in the group and we hit the ground running."

He added he "loved bowling on these slower wickets" and looked forward to his captain giving him the ball more often.
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Action follows New Zealand defeat

England fine players for discipline breach

Cricinfo staff

March 17, 2007

It is being reported that several members of the England squad have been fined for what was described as a "breach of discipline" following Friday's defeat by New Zealand.

It emerged that some players went to a nightclub in St Lucia immediately after the six-wicket loss. Those involved were fined after a team meeting at the squad's hotel on Saturday.

Andrew Walpole, the England media manager, declined to name those who had been fined or the exact nature of the offence. "The England team management today announced that a number of England players had been fined by the head coach, Duncan Fletcher, after admitting to a breach of team discipline last night," Walpole said in a statement.

"The decision followed a team meeting at noon today which was attended by all the players and management."


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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Second Innings Bulletin: India Vs Bangladesh

Fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim, Saqibul Hasan and Tamim Iqbal took Bangladesh to a famous win over India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

They won handsomely with 5 wickets in hand and after having outplayed India in both bowling and batting.

Remarkably, most of the batsmen that did the work for them were in their teens.

After bundling India out for 191, the Bangladeshis produced a spectacular opening gambit, attacking India's bowlers and taking the initiative so firmly that it stayed with them through the match. Mushfiqur Rahim was there at the end, unbeaten.

At the end, Ajit Agarkar bowled over No 45 and had a difficult catch dropped by Harbhajan, but by then it was too late as Bangladesh milked the last few runs needed to overhaul India's 191.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit a couple to reach 50, then hit a boundary and and a single and took Bangladesh to within 9 of victory in the 44th over.

Another single narrowed this down to 8, before Sehwag ended his over.

Bangladesh were 17 runs from victory when they lost their 5th wicket, captain Habibul Bashar being stumped off Sehwag.

Earlier, hero Saqibul Hasan was also finally out after putting together a great 84-run partnership that took Bangladesh to within 29 runs of victory against India.

He clouted Harbhajan for a six to bring up his 50 before stepping out to Virender Sehwag and getting stumped. His partner Mushfiqur Rahim was at the crease as Bangladesh closed in rapidly. Rahim hit 2 sixers, his second off Yuvraj.


Mushfiqur Rahim hit a top-edged boundary off Munaf in the 34th over, and Saqibul another in the 35th as Bangladesh's 4th wicket partnership took them within 45 runs of victory against India. They were 146/3 after 35.

Earlier Saqibul Hasan smashed two boundaries off Munaf to bring up his half-century partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim.

Rahim fell over in pain after being hit on the thigh by Munaf in the same over and Bangladesh were 134/3 in the 32nd over.

30 OVER BULLETIN: Bangladesh poised

Bangladesh were looking good to pull off another of their upset wins in the ICC Cricket World Cup, after first bundling India out for 191 and then posting 122/3 frmo 30 overs needing only 70 more to win what will be a memorable win.

India went wicketless for more than 11 overs as Mushfiqur Rahim and Saqibul Hasan built what appeared to be a match-winning partnerships. No Indian bowler looked menacing, and other then the occasional play-and-miss the batters looked comfortable.


Bangladesh were 109/3 after 25 overs, having gone through six overs without losing a wicket. India were getting desperate as both Mushfiqur Rahim and Saqibul Hasan looked comfortable against india's bowlers.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit Harbhajan out of the park, a six that took Bangladesh to 100 in the 22nd over. Bangladesh were chasing 192 against India.

Saqibul Hasan hit Agarkar for a fine off-side boundary as Bangladesh progressed after being slowed down slightly by the fall of wickets. 

20 OVER BULLETIN: Even Stevens

Ajit Agarkar was brought back and wicket taker Munaf taken off as India slowed Bangladesh's race to victory. Bangladesh were 88/3 after 20. Saqibul Hasan was playing well, hitting a boundary off Harbhajan in the 20th over. 

Saqibul Hasan came in to replace Aftab Ahmed and Bangladesh's charge towards a target of 192 slowed somewhat as Munaf Patel and Harbhajan bowled a straight line -- and the Bangladeshis stopped the flamboyant play that worked so well for them at the start of the innings.

After the end of 18 they were 82/3. 

Munaf Patel struck again to remove Aftab as India pulled themselves back into their match against Bangladesh.

In an over where Mahinder Singh Dhoni muffed a chance dropping Mushfiqur Rahim, who took a single and got off strike, Aftab first crashed Munaf though point for a 4 and then stood and delivered and missed to a ball that was dead straight. Bangladesh 79/3 after 16.

After that a boundary was cracked to point by

15 OVER BULLETIN: Exit Tamim Iqbal

Aftab Ahmed came to the crease and Bangladesh were 74/2 at the end of the 15th over, a period which also saw the end of an amazing innings.

Bangladesh's wonderboy Tamim Iqbal (18 years old) hammered the Indian bowlers for a rapid half-century before getting out.

Munaf Patel, who suffered at Tamim's hands, got him out caught behind for 51 with the score at 69/2.

Tamim got his 50 in the 12th over with 7 fours and 2 6s, an innings that looked like taking the game away from India very quickly.

Iqbal was playing with Mushfiqur Rahim (17 years old).

Tamim Iqbal personified his team's confidence, by cutting Munaf Patel for 6 off the last ball of the 10th over. The second and third balls of the 11th, bowled by Zaheer, were smashed by Tamim for off-side boundaries.

Dravid took wicket taker Agarkar off and brought Patel on as India tried to break through the Bangladesh top order, and stop the flow of runs, which were coming to Bangladesh in boundaries with the score 35/1 in the 8th over.

Zaheer hit one-drop Tamim Iqbal in the neck with a bouncer that rattled him in over No 7. The leftie however came back with a great square drive off the backfoot for four. The next ball he charged and sent one bounce into the long on fence.

The fifth ball of the over he charged down and hit into the second tier of the gallery behind mid-wicket.

5 OVER BULLETIN: India strike early

Bangladesh lost opener Shahriar Nafees and were 24/1 in the 4th over. Nafees shouldered arms to a ball from Agarkar that straightened and was out LBW.

He started off confidently, stroking a Zaheer half-volley through the covers. Agarkar at the other end was slightly wayward before he took the wicket, sending a no-ball down the leg side that went for 4 byes.

Tamim Iqbal, Nafees's partner, hit a couple of 4s and was unbeaten on 14 at that stage and joined by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Bangladesh are chasing India's modest total of 191.

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