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Bangladesh target Tests after ODI success

01:54 PM | 20 Jul, 2015
Bangladesh target Tests after ODI success

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (APP) - Bangladesh will look to carry their recent success in one-day internationals to the traditional Test format when they begin a two-match series against South Africa in Chittagong on Tuesday.

Bangladesh's Test record remains dismal despite a stellar improvement in ODI cricket which saw the Tigers posted series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa following their first-ever appearance in the quarter-finals of the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

The Asian minnows have won just seven of their previous 91 Tests, with five of them against fellow strugglers Zimbabwe and the remaining two against an under-strength West Indies side.

But just like in the shorter format, an upward trend is also visible in Tests since January 2013, when Bangladesh played 16 Tests, lost just six, won four and drew the rest.
During the period, they swept Zimbabwe 3-0 and managed creditable draws against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan and India, mainly at home.
Now faced with the daunting prospect of tackling top-ranked South Africa, Bangladesh see a draw as a realistic target.
"I think a batting-friendly pitch would be best for us," said opening batsman Imrul Kayes. "If we can score over 400 runs the game will head towards a draw. "Against the number one Test team in the world, a draw would be a big achievement."The team is in a good rhythm. We won the last four ODI series at home. I think that if we can replicate our ODI form in the Tests, there will be something good for Bangladesh."

South Africa will look to bounce back from their embarrassing 1-2 defeat in the preceding ODI series, where they were drubbed by heavy margins of seven wickets and nine wickets in the last two matches.
Fearsome fast bowler Dale Styen heads a group of eight players back in the fray after missing the ODI series, who coach Russell Domingo said will add fresh energy to the team.

"We have to move on," Domingo told the Cricket South Africa website. "It was a disappointing finish to our one-day series after starting well in the T20's," Domingo said, referring to their 2-0 win in Twenty20 international series before the ODIs.

"We have eight new players here which is always great; there is new energy, new ideas and some experience with guys like Dale (Steyn) joining the side." The Proteas, who are in a rebuilding process following the retirement of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen in recent years, will miss the services of batting mainstay AB de Villiers.

De Villiers, who flew back home after Twenty20s, was given a break from the ODI and Test series for personal reasons, snapping an unbroken run of 98 consecutive Tests.

The second and final Test will be played in Dhaka from July 30 to August 3. Bangladesh (from): Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Mustafizur Rahman.

South Africa (from): Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Dane Vilas.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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