The 2015 ICC World Cup saw a major upset on Monday when England was knocked out of the tournament by Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Tigers won the Pool A clash against the Englishmen at the Adelaide Oval by 15 runs and improved their chances of making it into the Quarter finals.
Mahmudullah helps Bangladesh reach a solid total
Bangladesh were sent to bat by England after winning the toss and the Tigers struggled early in the innings. James Anderson got rid of the Bangladeshi openers, Tamim Iqbal (2) and Imrul Kayes (2) in quick succession and were stuck at a score of 8/2. Bangladesh did pick up the pace afterwards, thanks to an 86 run partnership for the third wicket between Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah.
Sarkar was dismissed caught behind off Chris Jordan after scoring a handy 40. All-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan did not have a great day with the bat as he was caught at first slip by Joe Root off Moeen Ali’s bowling. He managed to score only two runs and at that stage, Bangladesh were placed at a precarious 99/4.
Mahmudullah, Rahim steady innings:
However, the twist in the tale came when the duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah built an impressive partnership for the fifth wicket. The duo notched up 141 runs from just 144 balls and helped Bangladesh post a challenging score of 275 at the end of fifty overs. Mahmudullah managed to score 103, which also made him the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a hundred in a World cup. Rahim also scored a valuable 89 off 77 balls.
England begin chase positively:
England started off on the right foot. Ian Bell and Moeen Ali managed a quick 43-run partnership for the opening wicket. The stand was broken due to a miscommunication between the batsmen, that led to Moeen Ali’s run out.
Alex Hales, who made his world cup debut, added 52 runs with Bell but was caught behind off Mashrafe Mortaza’s bowling. England struggled afterwards when Rubel Hossain took the wickets of Bell (65) and Eoin Morgan (0). James Taylor too was sent packing early and England were dangerously placed at 132-5.
Bangladesh survive Buttler-Woakes scare; escape with a win
All of England’s hopes now rested on wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes and the pair began to steer their team to safe shores. The duo put up a 75-run stand and it seemed like they would win the game for England but Taskin Ahmed struck at the right time to get rid of Butler (65) and win the game for his team.
With the loss, England is now knocked out of the ICC World Cup while Bangladesh boosts their chances of making it into the Semi Finals. Bangladesh is sitting third in Pool A with 7 points from five matches. New Zealand lead the group with 10 points and Australia is second with 7 points.
World Cup Pool A, Adelaide
Bangladesh 275-7 (50 overs): Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur 89; Anderson 2-45
England 260 (48.3 overs): Buttler 65, Bell 63; Rubel 4-53
Bangladesh won by 15 runs