FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Fortune favors the brave
Posted:Jan 6, 2016
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
By S. Mudassir Ali Shah
 
Gulbadin Naib’s gutsy pinch-hitting powered Afghanistan to a sensational win over Zimbabwe in the last One-Day International (ODI) at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.
 
With the two-wicket triumph in the hard-fought encounter, Afghanistan clinched the five-match series against the Test-playing Zimbabweans. The winners, surviving early jitters, staged an incredible comeback to turn the tables on the opposition and end up among the top 10 in ODI rankings.
 
As the clash went down to the wire, Naib smashed six sixers and three boundaries in his 82-run knock off 68 balls to see his side dry and home. Intelligently supported by Arshad Khan, he conclusively proved “fortune favours the brave”. Following his return to the team after a long lay-off, Naib was declared the man of the match.
 
Many cricket-crazy Afghans in this northwestern city sat glued to Geo Super TV channel, which telecast live the duel of fluctuating fortunes. They were entertained to an extraordinary display of aggressive batting by middle and lower order players, showing a lot of spine and grit.
 
At one stage, Afghanistan made a heavy weather of what looked a comfortable chase on a perfect batting track. The openers provided the national squad a flying start (49 runs) in the decider -- an edge that the top-order batsmen frittered away.
 
Mohammad Shahzad was bowled by Luke Jongwe for 25 and Noor Ali Zadran caught for 30 by TS Chisoro off Jongwe. Hashmatullah Shahidi, bowled by Sikandar Raza, settled for 32. Mohammad Nabi (26) was trapped leg before wicket by Graeme Cremer.
 
Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe posted a total 248 runs for the loss of all 10 wickets, with only one delivery to spare. Hamilton Masakadza shone with the willow, smashing a superb 110 before being caught by Hashmatullah off Shahidi.
 
Opener Peter Moor, before being dismissed by Mirwais Ashraf, chipped in with a cautious 42, with Richmond Mutumbami hitting 40 and Sikandar Raza contributing a valuable 29 to lift Zimbabwe to 248.
 
For Afghanistan, Amir Hamza was the pick of bowlers, claiming three scalps, Hotak said, adding Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi bagging two wickets each. Mirwais Ashraf, with a good economy rate of four runs an over, had to be content with one wicket.
 
Before the final ODI, the series was tied at 2-2, with Zimbabwe making a wonderful comeback after conceding a 0-2 lead. Humiliated in the first two games, Zimbabwe produced magnificent performances to win the third and fourth ODIs by massive margins.
 
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza and Rashid Khan.
 
Zimbabwe: Peter Moor, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Jongwe, Graeme Cremer, Tendai Chisoro and Neville Madziva.
 
 
Abu Hayat Mahmud, Awami League: No dialogue until Khaleda apologises for arson, Dhaka Tribune, January 7, 2016 (Bangladesh)
There cannot be any dialogue between the Awami League and the BNP until Khaleda Zia apologises to citizens for burning so many people during last year’s post-January 5 blockade, the ruling party has said.
 
Rejecting the BNP chairperson’s latest call for a dialogue to resolve the prevailing political crisis, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said: “She [Khaleda] is talking peacefully now. But she did not say sorry to the families of burn victims and the 147 people who were killed in arson attacks carried out under Khaleda Zia’s orders.
 
“At first, BNP chief Khaleda Zia should apologise to the victims and their families, then we [Awami League] will think about having talks with them. Our decision will also depend on public opinion,” he told a press conference yesterday following a meeting of the ruling party’s central leaders at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office.
 
On Tuesday, speaking at a rally in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters, Khaleda called upon the government to hold talks to work together for the restoration of democracy in the country.
 
But Hanif yesterday alleged that the BNP chief was simultaneously proposing dialogue as well as conspiring with their foreign masters against the government.
 
Reply to a separate query about the Supreme Court decision to uphold war criminal Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami’s death sentence, Hanif said the Awami League was satisfied with the decision.
 
Commenting on today’s hartal by Jamaat, he added that the government and the people would not tolerate any subversive acts to save war criminals.
 
Meanwhile, yesterday’s Awami League meeting also decided to reschedule a rally planned at Suhrawardy Udyan to mark the homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 
The date was changed from January 10 to January 11 so that it does not coincide with the Akheri Monajat or concluding prayers of Bishwa Ijtema.
 
- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2016/jan/07/awami-league-no-dialogue-until-khaleda-apologises-arson#sthash.Yw0eCIFP.dpuf
 
Pajhwok news, January 7, 2016
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
Thirteen year old Bhuma (name changed) spends his day at home. He does not go to school, or play with children in his neighborhood to avoid being laughed at.
 
read-more
A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
read-more
The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
read-more
India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
read-more
The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
read-more
spotlight image Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
read-more
spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
read-more
Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
Column-image

Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
Column-image

Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive