Bangladesh registered a landmark 150-run victory against New Zealand to go up 1-0 in two-match series, thanks to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam who spun the New Zealand batters in a gem of performance at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today.
Taijul ended with a match-figure of 10-184, his second 10-wicket haul in a Test match to emulate Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz as New Zealand found them wanting in a relentless spin attack.
Unlike the victory against Australia and England, which came in a rage turner in Mirpur, the win was scripted in a better pitch which offered something for pacers, spinners and batters.
But Bangladesh, which has been at its lowest ebb following a disastrous World Cup performance and came into the game without as many five first choice players, showed a performance of ages to take the match in their favour.
Taijul followed his 4-109 with 6-75 in the second innings to wrap up New Zealand innings for 181 in the first session of day five, while chasing a target of 332.
Offspinner Nayeem Hasan complemented him with 2-40 while pacer Shoriful Islam (1-13) and offspinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz (1-44) took the rest of the two wickets.
Daryl Mitchell battled lonely to top-score for the visitors with 58.
Bangladesh went into the fifth and final day of the game, needing just three wickets to complete the inevitable. But resuming at 113-7 and requiring 219 runs, Mitchell's presence gave New Zealand a slim hope for an unlikely victory given the fact that Sylhet pitch normally behaves well in the morning session.
Mitchell struck Taijul a boundary through mid-off in the third ball of the day before punching the same bowler for a single through cover to raise his ninth 50 off 99 balls. Tension rose as he batted with ease as a testament that pitch had no demons.
He looked confident against spinners and repeatedly swept them to keep the scoreboard moving.
However, probably the overconfidence got the better of him as a sweep shot against offspinner Nayeem Hasan brought his dismissal, ending New Zealand's any kind of hope of saving the game.
Skipper Tim Southee played an attacking 34 off 24 with one four and two sixes before Taijul dismissed him to complete his 12th five-for.
Taijul then fittingly wrapped up New Zealand innings when Ish Sodhi who made a laborious 22 off 91, popped a simple catch to Zakir Hasan at silly mid-off.
Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy made 86 as Bangladesh were bowled out 310 in its first innings but New Zealand earned a 7-run lead, compiling 317, courtesy to a brilliant 104 of Kane Williamson.
Najmul Hossain Shanto then became first Bangladesh cricketer to hit a century on debut as captain to lead Bangladesh to 338 in second innings, setting a dauting 332-run target for the visitors on an increasingly deteriorating pitch.
His century paved the way for Bangladesh's only second and first victory at home against New Zealand.
The second and final Test begins on December 6 at Mirpur.
Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel kept calm to lead India to a series-clinching five-wicket win over England on day four of the fourth Test on Monday.
Chasing 192 for victory, India slipped to 120-5 but Gill (52) and Jurel (39) put on an unbeaten stand of 72 to achieve the target in the second session in Ranchi.
The win gave India an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after they lost the first Test.
It was the first series defeat for captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum since they took charge in 2022 and changed England's fortunes with their attacking philosophy dubbed "Bazball".
Gill played the anchor in his 124-ball knock as he and Jurel, who made 90 in India's first innings, staved off a mini-crisis when Shoaib Bashir took two wickets in two balls soon after lunch.
India still needed 72 more but Gill and Jurel rotated the strike coolly to pick off singles before raising his fifty with two successive sixes off Bashir.
Jurel hit the winning runs, punching the air and hugging his partner as the Indian dressing room rose to celebrate.
India started the morning strongly with captain Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal extending their overnight 40-run opening stand to 84.
Root made the breakthrough in his first over of the day, as he induced Jaiswal, on 37, to loop a catch to a diving James Anderson at backward point .
Rohit reached his half-century but fell for 57, stumped by Ben Foakes off Tom Hartley's left-arm spin.
England's travelling army of fans then erupted when Bashir, who took his maiden five-wicket haul in the first innings, had Rajat Patidar brilliantly caught by Ollie Pope for a duck to leave India 100-3.
After the interval Bashir silenced the home fans with his twin strikes to give England some hope of an unlikely win.
Ravindra Jadeja slapped a full toss Jonny Bairstow at mid-wicket, Sarfaraz Khan tickled the next ball to Pope backward short-leg for a duck but Jurel survived the hat-trick ball.
England had scored 353 all out in their first innings and led by 46 after India's 307.
Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav set up the victory after they shared nine second-innings wickets to bundle out England for 145 on day three.
England had recovered from 112-5 in their first innings courtesy of Root's unbeaten 122.
India were without pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested, but the bowling stood up -- including debutant quick Akash Deep, who took three early wickets after England elected to bat.
Anderson reached 698 Test wickets in the match and needs two more to become only the third bowler to 700 after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and late Australia spin wizard Shane Warne (708).
The fifth and final Test begins on March 7 in the Himalayan hill town of Dharamsala.
Lionel Messi created both goals as Inter Miami made a winning start to the new Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
The Argentine World Cup winner, who played the entire game, put aside any concerns about his fitness with an excellent performance for Gerardo "Tata" Martino's team.
Against a cautious Salt Lake side, Messi went close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute with a curling free-kick from 30 yards out which was headed off the line by Justen Glad.
But Miami got in front when Spaniard Sergio Busquets found Messi and the eight-times Ballon d'Or winner cleverly slipped the ball through to Finnish forward Robert Taylor, whose low shot beat RSL keeper Zac MacMath.
The goalkeeper should have kept the effort out but it was a goal which forced the visitors to open up after the interval and their more aggressive approach caused Inter some problems.
Cristian Arango blasted a half-chance high over the bar for Salt Lake and then, after Busquets sloppily gave the ball away, Andres Gomez burst goalwards but the Colombian winger fired wide.
Sensing his team needed another goal or two to make sure of the points, Messi upped his workrate and began to take control of the game.
The 36-year-old weaved down the inside left channel to find space for a cross to the back post to Julian Gressel but the German put his effort wide from the tight angle.
Then Messi burst from deep and found his former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez who picked out Diego Gomez and the Paraguayan midfielder buried his shot low into the far corner to make it 2-0.
That trio almost combined again for a third with Messi slipping to Gomez who then served Suarez but the Uruguayan's effort was saved by the outstretched leg of MacMath.
Inter Miami return to action on Sunday at Los Angeles Galaxy.
Mohammad Jahir Rayhan brought laurel for Bangladesh by clinching first ever silver medal in the Men's 400-meter sprint of the Asian Indoor Athletics held in Tehran Sunday night.
He was the 2nd Bangladeshi athlete after the gold medalist Imranur Rahman, who win a medal in the Asian level meet.
Jahir Rayhan, won first-ever Asian silver medal for Bangladesh as he finished 2nd in the 400-meter sprint with a timing of 48.10 seconds.
Earlier, Imranur Rahman, the fastest man of Bangladesh for the last three consecutive times, reached the semifinal in his favourite 60-meter sprint of the Asian Indoor Athletics held in the Iranian capital Tehran also on Sunday.
Imranur Rahman, the current gold medalist of the Asian 60- meter sprint, competed in the event's heats number-3 and finished 2nd with a timing of 6.62 seconds on Sunday.
He was ranked 4th in overall heats to reach the semifinals.
Ali Anwar of Oman clinched top slot in heats number -3 clocking 6.56 seconds.
Another Bangladeshi athlete Rakibul also took part in heats number 4 of the event and finished 4th with a timing of 6.87 seconds.
The 30-year-old England-based Bangladesh origin athlete Imranur Rahman brought laurels for the country as he emerged as the first Bangladeshi athlete to win the first- ever Asian gold medal in the men's 60- meter sprint of the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics held in Astana, Kazakhstan February last year.
The event's semifinals are scheduled to be held Sunday night while the final is billed for Monday.
Another Bangladeshi athlete Jahir Raihan will compete in the 400-meter sprint final Sunday night.
Five athletes of the Bangladesh team are: Imranur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan (60-meter sprint), Zahir Raihan (400-meter sprint), Mahfuzur Rahman (High Jump) and Shirin Akhter (60-meter sprint).
The Commonwealth Karate Championship will be held from September 25-29 at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in the city's Mirpur.
Bangladesh Karate Federation is going to organize a big event for the first time in the country, said a press release.
A total of 32 Commonwealth countries have already confirmed their registration and the organizers hoped that the number of participating countries will be increased further.
In this regards, a press conference was held today at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium to provide all the details of the meet.
Commonwealth Karate Federation president Sonny Pillay (8th Dan), who was present at the press conference as the chief guest said, informed that "If an event like the Commonwealth Karate Championship is organized in Dhaka, it'll have a positive impact on the country's economy because one and a half thousand athletes and officials from nearly forty countries across the world will come to Dhaka."
Bangladesh Karate Federation president Dr Mozammel Haque Khan, its vice president Moazzem Hossain Sentu and its general secretary Kaw Shaw Hla were also present.
In 2021, Bangladesh succeeded in presenting the proposal to be the host of this year at the Congress of the Commonwealth Karate Federation.
Out of the seventy two countries belonging to the Commonwealth, thirty two countries have already registered to participate in this championship. The competition will be held in nine disciplines in two categories - nations and club championships.
Cadets, juniors, U-21, seniors and veterans will compete in the club championship while cadets, juniors, U-21 and seniors will vie in the nations category. Nearly One and a half thousand karateka will fight in both kata and kumi category.
Federation's president Dr. Mozammel Haque Khan said: "We have won the honor of hosting the Commonwealth Karate Championship by defeating four countries like Barbados, Trinidad, Tobacco and Bosnia. Now our challenge is to organize the game properly so that we can organize bigger events of karate in the future."
The accommodation, food and travel expenses of karatekas participating in the championship will be borne by their respective countries.
The host country will get 40 percent of the Commonwealth and 60 percent of the money for the registration of karatekas in the Nations category.
Pakistan cricket authorities said Thursday they would not renew the contract of national team director Mohammad Hafeez, showing him the door after disastrous tours of Australia and New Zealand.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed 43-year-old Hafeez in late 2023 after the side crashed out of the World Cup in India.
But in his brief tenure Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series in Australia and lost 4-1 in the Twenty20 series in New Zealand.
"Hafeez's contract expired after the New Zealand series last month so PCB is not extending it," PCB media director Aaliya Rasheed told AFP.
A losing streak has prompted a major shakeup for Pakistan, with skipper Babar Azam stepping down from all three formats in November and foreign coach Mickey Arthur also getting sacked.
The PCB has also seen major changes at the helm, with a revolving door of chairmen.
On Thursday, the PCB also terminated the central contract of fast bowler Haris Rauf for refusing to play Test matches in Australia last year.
"Refusal to be part of Pakistan's Test squad in the absence of a medical report or justifiable reason is a violation of contract," said a PCB statement.
Rauf, 30, has so far played one Test, 37 ODIs and 66 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.
Pakistan next tour Ireland and England for Twenty20 series in May, before featuring in the World Cup (20 overs) to be held in the United States and West Indies one month later.