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Feeble England out of World Cup after defeat by Bangladesh
March 9, 2015, 3:46 pm
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Bangladesh trapped England at the Adelaide Oval and galloped into the quarter-finals of the Cricket World Cup with an exciting  15-run victory. England, with one of their most pathetic shows ever in a World Cup, crashed out of the tournament after they were bowled out for 260 in 48.3 overs chasing Bangladesh’s total of 275 for 7.

Rubel Hossain, a right arm medium pacer with a sling action, ensured the victory with a spell of 4 for 53 after teammate Mohammad Mahmudullah cracked a brilliant 103 off 138 to become the first Bangladesh batsman to hit a century in a World Cup. England looked like pulling off a victory through Jos Buttler’s fighting knock of 65 and Chris Woakes’ unbeaten 42, but they fell short of the target.

England won the toss and elected to field first. James Anderson picked up an early wicket, dismissing Imrul Kayes with the fourth ball of the first over. Kayes edged to Chris Jordan at third slip for 2.

Anderson struck again in his next over, forcing the hard-hitting Tamim Iqbal to edge to Joe Root at second slip for 2. Two wickets down for 8 runs was a great start but next man Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah  quickly settled down.

In the next 18 overs they put on 86 runs for the third wicket before Sarkar fell to a short-pitched ball from Jordan that touched his glove on way to wicketkeeper Buttler for 40.  Sarkar played some lovely drives during his stay at the wicket and provided excellent support to Mahmudullah, who was stroking even more beautifully.

Bangladesh star batsman Shakib Al Hasan lasted only six balls before edging to Root off Moeen Ali for 2. No-one expected that for the next 23.5 overs, England would not be able to get a wicket. Mahamudallah and Mushfiqur Rahim put on a 141 run partnership.

Some of the shots that Mahamudallah played were delectable. The ease with which he slapped Jordan through cover and cut through point off Stuart Broad was a treat to watch. He also stepped out to hit Woakes for a flat six and hook Jordan for another maximum.

Soon Mahamudullah went past Iqbal’s best score of 95 by a Bangladesh batsman in a World Cup (against Scotland scored four days ago) and reached his century. He thus earned the honour of becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to hit a century in a World Cup.

Mahamudallah’s innings ended when he was run out off a direct hit from Woakes for 103. Going for the runs with overs running out fast, Mushfiqur Rahim followed slicing a delivery from Broad to Jordan at cover. He fell eleven short of his century but added 21 runs more with Sabbir Rahman in 2.1 overs.

Jordan got the wicket of Rahman too for 14, caught by Morgan at mid off.

For Bangladesh, who were 8 for 2 and 99 for 4, a total of 275 was creditable. Chasing a run rate of 5.50, England needed a confident start. Openers Moeen Ali and Ian Bell provided that by putting on 43 runs in 7.1 overs before Ali was run out off a superb pick up and  throw from Sarkar for 19.

Alex Hales and Bell took the score to 97 in 19.5 overs before skipper Mortaza provided the breakthrough, forcing Hales to edge to wicketkeeper Rahim for 27. Twenty four runs later, Hossain removed the dangerman Bell who was batting comfortably for 63. Bell, trying to hit Hossain through the covers, edged to wicketkeeper Rahim for 63.

When Hossain removed England skipper Morgan, hooking to Al Hasan for a duck, the Bangladesh fans began to dance with joy, waving their flags vigorously.  England needed 151 in 23 overs. When Taskin Ahmad dismissed James Taylor, who chased a wide ball to give Imrul Kayes at slip an easy catch, for 1, half the England side was back in the pavilion for 132 runs.

Joe Root (29) then departed after adding 31 runs for the sixth wicket in six overs with Buttler, becoming Mortaza’s  second victim. Buttler and Woakes came together, the former playing some delectable shots.  In the 44th over,  Buttler hit Hossain for two consecutive boundaries through the off side to light up hopes of a victory. 

Taskin ended the Butler-Woakes 75-run partnership by forcing Butler to edge to wicketkeeper Rahim.  The very next ball, Chris Jordan was run out off a direct hit from Al Hasan.

The replays showed that the bat may not have been on the ground when the bails came off. It was close decision by the third umpire which shocked the England team but thrilled the Bangladesh fans. Stuart Broad pulled Taskin to mid-wicket for a six in the 48th over. In the same over, Iqbal dropped Broad at long on.

With 16 runs needed from the last two overs with two wickets in hand, Bangladesh introduced Hossain, who clean bowled Broad with the first ball of the 49th over. Broad and Woakes had put on 22 runs in 2.1 overs.

Two balls later, Hossain clean bowled Anderson too, with a sizzling yorker, and raced to the waiting arms of his teammates to celebrate their victory.

Collecting flags from the fans the Bangladesh team did a victory lap as England’s players disappeared sadly into their dressing room.

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