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Canberra mornings: February 18, 2015

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Members of the Bangladesh community, from left, Fabia Afnan, Murshida Zaman, Asma Dewan, Nazrul Islam, Mufrad Zaman, Tarik Zaman, Arthee Nazrul and Mansib Zaman, gearing up to watch their countrymen play Afghanistan. Photo: Graham Tidy

Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran seen during the Indonesian independence day celebration inside the Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia on 17 August 2011. Photo: Anta Kesuma

Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who are on death row in Indonesia, have been given a sliver of hope of a stay of execution after their transfer from Bali was postponed.

Two other foreigners due to face the firing squad have received a temporary reprieve..

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Sport

David Pocock's injury woes take another turn. Photo: Matt Bedford

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza at Manuka oval in Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza grins with pride when he remembers Bangladesh's stunning upset of Australia a decade ago.

But he was deadly serious when he said past glories will count for little when they look to put debutants Afghanistan back in their box in their World Cup opener at Manuka Oval on today. 

In 2005, just five years after joining the International Cricket Council, Bangladesh pulled off an almighty upset by shocking Australia by five wickets at Cardiff.

Mortaza, a right arm fast bowler, is the sole player left from that memorable day.

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Road closures

Canberrans heading to the Cricket World Cup at Manuka Oval today can catch the bus for free.

ACTION is providing free bus services to all ticket holders.

Free chartered buses will also be available from the City Bus Station at Platform 11 and Woden Bus Station at Platform 10 between 12 noon and 2.15 pm. Buses are departing about every 30 minutes.

Free return services will leave regularly from the Manuka Oval east gate after the match.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup match at Manuka Oval from 2.30pm.

Alt-rocker and Dinosaur Jr frontman and guitarist, J Mascis, will perform at the Street Theatre at 8pm.

Professor Rikki Kersten will examine the security dilemmas that have arisen in Japan since September 11 in this year's Harold White Fellow Presentation: The USA-Japan Strategic Alliance in the 'Asian Century'.

Canberra Life

A piece from FASHFEST designer Miranda Sakhino.

A piece from FASHFEST designer Miranda Sakhino.

Faces both familiar and new have been revealed in the lineup for FASHFEST 2015.

Returning for its third year, the May 13-15 event will showcase more than 30 designers from around the country, as well as for the first time, an international designer.

It's something of a maturing of the event, organisers say, with designers ready to have fun but make a serious statement.

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Pic of the day

Sky writing saying 'CLOSE NAURU' over Canberra Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Sky writing saying 'CLOSE NAURU' over Canberra Tuesday afternoon to mark the anniversary of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati's death in Australia's Manus Island offshore detention centre. Three individuals launched a crowdfunding campaign to skywrite the large letters. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Weather

Today: Canberra will brace itself for a possible shower or storm later today, with a forecast minimum of 15 degrees and a top of 29 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Thursday, possible shower - min 16, max 28; Friday, possible shower - min 16, max 28; Saturday, possible shower - min 16, max 28; Sunday, mostly sunny - min 14, max 30