Bangla Tigers pull off stunner
Bangladesh created history on Monday by ousting England from the World Cup to secure a quarterfinal berth for the first time with a 15-run victory at the Adelaide Oval.
In the process, they cleared the path for Sri Lanka to join New Zealand and Australia from their pool in the last eight. New Zealand are sitting pretty at the top with 10 points, while Bangladesh and Australia have seven points each. Sri Lanka have six points, while fifth-placed England slumped to their fourth loss in five matches. They have two points, the same as Afghanistan.
Bangladesh had posted 275/7 in 50 overs thanks to Mohammad Mahmudullah (103) who became first batsman from his country to score a century in the World Cup. He forged a 141-run partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim (89). In reply, England were bowled out for 260 in 48.3 overs. Ian Bell (63), Jos Buttler (65) and Chris Woakes (not out 42) did their best, yet they fell short by 15 runs.
For Bangladesh, medium pacers Rubel Hossain (4-53), skipper Moshrafe Mortaza (2-48) and Taskin Ahmed (2-59) did all the damage against the much-vaunted English team. England were going good till the 26th over when they were 120/2 with experienced Bell holding the innings together but he edged the first ball of the 27th over to wicketkeeper Rahim off Hossain. The right-arm seamer dealt a huge blow when he got rid of skipper Eoin Morgan (0) three deliveries later to reduce the opponents to 121/4 and pegged them back. Right-armer Taskin bagged James Taylor (1) to leave England reeling at 132/5. Young and relaible batsman Joe Root (29) perished against Mortaza to make it 163/6 in 35.4 overs.
Afterwards, Buttler and Woakes exercised damage control and brought England into contention with a 75-run stand. They pushed their team to 238/6 till the fourth ball of the 46th over. But with a mounting required run rate, it was a tall ask for them and they lost their wickets in the process. Chris Jordan (0) was run out. Hossain returned to dismiss Stuart Broad (9) and James Anderson (0) to win it by 15 runs and triggered a wild celebration in the Bangladesh camp.
Earlier, coming at the fall of two wickets for just eight runs in the third over, Mahumudullah held the innings together and scored his maiden ODI ton. When two more wickets tumbled with his team at 99/4 in the 22nd over, he was joined by Rahim. The duo helped the team post a competitive total despite a poor start.
Skipper dedicates win to ‘freedom fighters’
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza dedicated his country’s historic win over England in the World Cup to the 1971 ‘freedom fighters’. Tigers stormed into the quarterfinals of the World Cup, beating England by 15 runs in a breathtaking match at Adelaide Oval. Mahmudullah’s ton and Mushfiqur Rahim’s half-century helped Bangladesh put up a challenging 275 for 7 in 50 overs. England crumbled under the attacking bowling of skipper Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. At the award ceremony, the captain dedicated the win to “all the freedom fighters of Bangladesh” and “all those people working very hard”.
Tamim Iqbal c Root b Anderson 2, Imrul Kayes c Jordan b Anderson 2, Soumya Sarkar c †Buttler b Jordan 40, Mahmudullah run out (Woakes) 103, Shakib Al Hasan c Root b Ali 2, Mushfiqur Rahim† c Jordan b Broad 89, Sabbir Rahman c Morgan b Jordan 14, Mashrafe Mortaza* not out 6, Arafat Sunny not out 3; Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 8, nb 1) 14; Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 275; FoW 1-3, 2-8, 3-94, 4-99, 5-240, 6-261, 7-265; Bowling JM Anderson 10-1-45-2, SCJ Broad 10-0-52-1, CJ Jordan 10-0-59-2, CR Woakes 10-0-64-0, MM Ali 9-0-44-1, JE Root 1-0-6-0
MM Ali run out (Sarkar/†Mushfiqur) 19, IR Bell c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 63, AD Hales c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 27, JE Root c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 29, EJG Morgan* c Shakib Al Hasan b Rubel Hossain 0, JWA Taylor c Imrul Kayes b Taskin Ahmed 1, JC Buttler† c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Taskin Ahmed 65, CR Woakes not out 42, CJ Jordan run out (Shakib) 0, SCJ Broad b Rubel Hossain 9, JM Anderson b Rubel Hossain 0; Extras (lb 4, nb 1) 5; Total (all out; 48.3 overs) 260; FoW 1-43, 2-97, 3-121, 4-121, 5-132, 6-163, 7-238, 8-238, 9-260, 10-260; Bowling Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-48-2, Rubel Hossain 9.3-0-53-4, Arafat Sunny 8-0-42-0, Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-41-0, Taskin Ahmed 9-0-59-2, Sabbir Rahman 2-0-13-0