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Bangladesh Eliminate England, Qualify for Quarter Finals
Bangladesh defeated England by 15 runs today at Adelaide and qualified for the quarter finals, subsequently eliminating England from the group stage of the tournament. Their win also enabled Sri Lanka to qualify for the knockouts, as they remain at no. 4 with 6 points. Bangladesh meanwhile, are at no. 3 with 7 points.
Earlier in the day, England won the toss and chose to field first. They quickly got rid of the Bangladeshi openers Tamim and Imrul for 8 runs as Anderson picked up both the wickets. An 86 run partnership in the third wicket by Mahmudullah and Soumya helped Bangladesh claw back into the game.
Soumya scored 40 from 52 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six before being dismissed by Jordan after a catch from Butler. Shakib could only score 2 runs before Moeen Ali picked up his wicket.
99/4 and Mushfiq joined Mahmudullah in the crease. Their 141 run partnership helped Bangladesh to score a total worthy of defending! Mahmudullah created history being the first Bangladeshi to score a century in the world cup. His innings consisting of seven boundaries and two sixes came to an end after he was run out by Woakes.
Mushfiq scored a quick-fire 89 from 77 balls, courtesy to eight fours and a six, before Broad dismissed him, after Jordan took the catch at cover. He departed as Bangladesh were 261/6 after 47.5 overs.
The run rate slowed down and Bangladesh eventually managed to post a total of 275/7 losing Sabbir(14) in the 49th over. Jordan and Anderson picked up two wickets each for England.
England started the run chase well, scoring 43 in just 7.2 overs before Moeen’s(19) run out. Hales and Bell scored 54 in the second wicket and accelerated the run chase for England. Mashrafe eventually brought the breakthrough for Bangladesh, dismissing Hales(27) in the 20th over.
Bell scored 63 runs from 82 balls hitting seven boundaries before Rubel dismissed him in the 27th over. Three balls later, Morgan also departed as Mushfiq took his second catch behind the stumps from a short delivery of Rubel! Taskin picked up Taylor’s wicket at 132 after Imrul took the catch at slip.
132/5 and England were in trouble, as they required 143 more runs to win! Root(29) finally departed from Mashrafe’s delivery as Mushfiq took yet another excellent catch behind the stumps! Buttler and Woakes scored 75 at a rate of 7.37 per over in the 7th wicket and looked to steer England towards victory!
Buttler smashed 65 from 52 balls, hitting 6 fours and a six before Taskin made the breakthrough dismissing him! Jordan(0) was run out from Shakib’s effort in the next over. 238-8 and England required 37 more runs from 24 balls!
Broad and Woakes posted 22 in the ninth wicket as England needed 16 from the last 2 overs. Rubel bowled the 49th over and dismissed Broad from his first delivery! He also bowled Anderson a ball later, bringing an end to England’s innings at 260 and earning the 15 runs victory for Bangladesh! Rubel picked up 4 wickets for his team, giving away 53 runs whereas Taskin and Mashrafe picked up two each.
During the presentation ceremony, English skipper Morgan remarked that it was pretty poor being eliminated so early from the world cup. He said his bowlers bowled well but the team couldn’t quite match that performance with the bat! Bangladesh captain Mashrafe felt proud for his team and thanked the team management, coaching staff as well as the players for their effort.
He hailed Mushfiq and Riad for their batting and remarked that Rubel would be very happy for picking up the four crucial wickets. Man of the match Mahmudullah said that he was really impressed by the attitude of his teammates. After Bangladesh’s innings, he primarily thought that the team had posted 15-20 runs less on the scoreboard but would be able to mount pressure if they picked up early wickets! He lauded Rubel for his superb bowling in the 49th over!
The win enabled Bangladesh to qualify for the knockout rounds for the first time since the 2007 World Cup.
They will face New Zealand in their last group match on March 13 at Hamilton having already qualified for the quarter finals.
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