Bangladesh steps into Quarter Finals as Mahmudullah, Rubel knocks England out
09 March 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh have achieved the greatest feat in their cricket history by reaching the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup for the first time.
Rubel Hossain finished the match in emphatic style by clean bowled the last two batsmen. They beat England by 15 runs to seal the spot.
Earlier, double wicket in the same over from Rubel Hossain put his team into a very good position as England lost their 4 wickets for 121 after 27 overs.
Bangladesh had never had a World Cup century; Mahmudullah, for all his elegance, had labored through 113 previous ODIs without a hundred to his name. Both those omissions were rectified to leave England – an England side with no further room for man oeuvre – with an uncomfortable evening ahead under the Adelaide floodlights.
A target of 276 was logically within England’s compass on a sedate batting track, but the World Cup had reached a critical juncture. Fail to win and it would be Bangladesh, not England, who would reach the quarter-finals. England had already been well beaten in three of their four matches. The pressure of the chase was upon them.
That pressure was built by a fifth-wicket stand of 141 in 24 overs between Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, a scampish accomplice. Bangladesh twice set new standards for partnerships in the World Cup as England’s heartening start – two wickets for James Anderson within seven balls – gradually faded. To concede only 78 runs in the last 10 overs was for England a considerable relief.
Bangladesh’s captain, Mashrafe Mortaza, had hailed the match as one of the biggest in their history. They needed only one win from their last two to beat England to a place in the last eight, but with New Zealand awaiting them in their final game, Adelaide represented their best prospect. They responded with their best score against England in ODIs – predictable perhaps in a tournament characterized by good pitches, super-hero bats and fielding restrictions.
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur batted with great discernment, their stand finally broken by a run out, 26 balls from the end, when Chris Woakes’ direct hit from short third man beat Mahmudullah’s weary sprint to the striker’s end. Mushfiqur had designs on sneaking in for his own century until he skied a slower off-cutter from Stuart Broad to cover.
“It’s a bit sticky so we hope it might swing,” said Eoin Morgan after inserting Bangladesh with grouchy overnight weather still lingering. To achieve that, England’s new-ball pair of Anderson and Broad, their standing battered during thrashings from Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, had to risk a fuller length.
They did just that. Within seven balls, Anderson had Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal back in the hutch. With only two wickets in the tournament, the sight of a left-handed opening pair was just the fillip Anderson needed. Morgan posted three slips, he angled one across Kayes to have him caught at third slip and then seamed one away from Tamim for Joe Root to hold on at second. Another edge from Tamim had almost been clutched by Chris Jordan.
Kayes, a replacement for Anamul Haque, had never played in Australia before. Dismissed second ball, it is fair to assume he remains disorientated.
Desperation had encouraged England to attack. Anderson bowled to four slips for a while in a six-over spell of 2 for 20, the fielding was spritely and Morgan applauded with persistent enthusiasm like a theatrical plant. But Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah gradually restored order, building a Bangladesh third-wicket record in the World Cup – 86 in 18 overs – before Jordan deceived Sarkar with a bouncer and had him caught off the glove, trying to evade.
That nerve queller was vital for Jordan, who had been called in for his first game of the tournament, in place of Steven Finn, with Alex Hales also given a delayed opportunity ahead of Gary Ballance.
For such a dynamic cricketer, Jordan can look strikingly arrhythmic at times and his prolonged inactivity meant that a cumbersome approach to the crease was completed with some wayward bowling. He performed better at the death, looking nearer to a death bowler than any England bowler in the tournament.
Wickets in consecutive overs, though, restored England’s position – the vital wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, out cheaply as he was deceived by sharp turn from Moeen Ali and edged a simple catch to Root at slip. It was rare turn for Moeen, but England’s delight that Bangladesh had declined to 99 for 4 would have been tempered by the sight of spin and recognition of the task they might face later in the day.
As the hints of swing departed, England dragged back their length. Bangladesh followed a World Cup record for the third wicket with another for the fifth. Mahmudullah feasted elegantly on anything short and wide and was not averse to the occasional foray down the pitch, despatching Jordan over the leg side with a flat pull.
His hundred – brought up by a misfiled, a rare England blemish – was a historic moment in the troubled story of Bangladesh cricket. After 30 matches, they finally had a World Cup century. Whether the greater prize would follow – their first qualification for the final stages of a World Cup – remained to be seen.
Alex Hales was out in the same fashion in the bowling Of Tiger skipper Murtaza for 27 after a 54-run partnership with Ian Bell.
England have got off to a steady start after Bangladesh had put 275 runs from their stipulated 50 overs.
However, Moeen Ali was run out through a horrendous misunderstanding with his partner Ian Bell to give tigers the first blood. Moeen scored 19 off 21.
Moeen Ali was given out lbw in the bowling of Rubel in the second over, but the English opener decided to review the decision and the replay showed that the bowl pitched just outside the leg stump and the decision was overturned.
Bangladesh scored 275 grace to a magnificent century of Mahmudullah. The first ever century for a Bangladeshi in a world cup match.
Bangladesh and England is facing each other in the crucial encounter in Adelaide on Thursday.
Winning this match, Bangladesh has confirmed to go through to quarter-final.