Kane can do it long term – Poch

first_img Kane has plundered some 30 goals during a stand-out campaign, which will finish with England Under-21s at the European Championship in the Czech Republic. The 21-year-old, though, has scored only once in his past seven appearances, sparking some concerns over burn-out for the striker who was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane’s biggest challenge will be to prove he is not a one-season wonder. Pochettino, however, is confident Kane, set to travel with Spurs on a whistle-stop post-season trip to Malaysia and Australia, can sustain his form through into 2015/2016. “I think Harry’s challenge for next season is to try to score the same number of goals again – or more. We need to push him to try to do that,” the Argentinian said. “He deserves this moment he is in and we are very happy with his season. “Now he goes to the Euros and I hope he gets the trophy because I think it would be good for him. “After that he can start his holidays, come back, and try to do it all again.” Pochettino accepts it may be difficult for people outside Tottenham to see the club’s progress this season, but remains convinced they can continue to move forwards. “This first season was not easy but we have been able to achieve some positive things and we can see the club is moving in the right way,” said the 43-year-old, who left Southampton last summer to take over at White Hart Lane following Tim Sherwood’s departure. “The new philosophy of the team is there now and we need time to develop that now.”last_img read more

Rahim, Sarkar put Bangladesh in final

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – BANGLADESH ensured their place in the tri-series final after a resounding five-wicket win over West Indies in Malahide. After their bowlers fought hard to restrict them to 247 for 9, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim struck fluent half-centuries and dominated the chase as they sealed victory with 16 balls to spare.Mustafizur Rahman’s first four-wicket haul in eight months, as well as discipline from Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan, and Mashrafe Mortaza’s three wickets took the momentum from West Indies twice, after they chose to bat first.Then it was Soumya’s turn in the spotlight, his 54 off 67 balls getting Bangladesh off the block quickly.After they had lost three quick wickets in the middle-overs to Ashley Nurse, Mushfiqur put together two partnerships, 83 runs for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Mithun, and 50 runs for fifth wicket stand with Mahmudullah, to boss the chase.West Indies also contributed heavily to their own defeat, missing five chances during the Bangladesh innings. Kemar Roach dropped two catches while Fabian Allen and Shai Hope couldn’t reach the ball despite a dive. Nurse’s poor throw cost them Mithun’s wicket early during the defining fourth-wicket stand.After Tamim Iqbal struck the fourth ball of Bangladesh’s chase for a thumping four, Soumya piled the pressure on Sheldon Cottrell and Roach, hitting them for six and four boundaries in the first five overs. Tamim then cover-drove Cottrell, before getting two more fours off Nurse in the ninth over.But later in the same over, Nurse bowled Tamim with one that dipped on the left-hander, and struck his leg-stump.After their 54-run opening stand, Soumya added 52 runs for the second wicket with Shakib. During this partnership, Soumya survived two chances: at short cover when Allen couldn’t quite hold on to the chance diving forward, as well as Roach dropping a straightforward chance at short midwicket.Nurse who suffered the Roach drop, struck twice in his next over. He first had Shakib caught at short cover, before Sunil Ambris caught Soumya at short midwicket.Things could have gone worse for Bangladesh had Nurse sent a better throw to wicketkeeper Hope when Mithun, batting on 7, slipped mid-pitch after being sent back by Mushfiqur in the 24th over. Mithun also survived Roach dropping him at deep square leg when he was 22, and eventually the Mushfiqur-Mithun pairing made West Indies pay heavily.There was one more fielding lapse: Mahmudullah, dropped by Hope off Holder when he was on 10, before the game was done.WEST INDIES inningsS. Hope c wkp. Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 87S. Ambris c Soumya Sarkar b Mashrafe Mortaza 23D. Bravo lbw b Mehedi Hasan 6R. Chase c Mahmudullah b Mustafizur Rahman 19J. Carter lbw b Mustafizur Rahman 3J. Holder c wkp. Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 62F. Allen lbw b Shakib-al-Hasan 7A. Nurse c Sabbir Rahman b Mustafizur Rahman 14R. Reifer lbw b Mustafizur Rahman 7K. Roach not out 3S. Cottrell not out 8Extras: (b-1, lb-8, w-3) 12Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 247Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-56, 3-89, 4-99, 5-199, 6-207, 7-211, 8-234, 9-236.Bowling: Abu Jayed 9-0-56-0, Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-60-3, Mehedi Hasan 10-0-41-1, Mustafizur Rahman 9-1-43-4, Shakib-al-Hasan 10-1-27-1, Soumya Sarkar 2-0-15-0.BANGLADESH inningsTamim Iqbal b Nurse 21Soumya Sarkar c Ambris b Nurse 54Shakib-al-Hasan c Chase b Nurse 29Mushfiqur Rahim c Bravo b Roach 63Mohammed Mithun b Holder 43Mahmudullah not out 30Sabbir Rahman not out 0Extras: (lb-2, w-5, nb-1) 8Total: (5 wkts, 47.2) 248Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-106, 3-107, 4-190, 5-240.Bowling: Roach 6-0-46-1, Cottrell 9.2-0-38-0, Nurse 10-0-53-3, Chase 6-0-24-0, Allen 3-0-11-0, Holder 8-1-43-1, Reifer 5-0-31-0.last_img read more