England sent packing by Bangladesh

2015-03-09 15:47

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Adelaide – England slumped out of contention at the Cricket World Cup with a 15-run loss today to Bangladesh, who advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.

Rubel Hossain claimed four wickets for Bangladesh after Mahmudullah posted the team’s first World Cup century in a competitive, but achievable, 275-7 total.

Mahmudullah scored 103 in a defiant 141-run stand with half century-maker Mushfiqur Rahim to lead Bangladesh back from a disastrous start when they slumped to 8-2 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat at the Adelaide Oval.

England were all out for 260 in 48.3 overs, with Rubel Hossain (4-53) taking two wickets in three balls to finish it off and spark jubilant celebrations among the Bangladesh players.

It was a tense and dramatic finish for both teams, with the required run-rate staying around 10 per over and Tamim Iqbal dropping a catch deep in the outfield in the 48th over to give Chris Woakes a big reprieve on 39. This left England seemingly in the box seat for victory needing 20 runs from 15 balls. But with only two wickets in hand, England failed again. It was the fourth loss in five games for England.

“Pretty poor to be knocked out this early from a World Cup,” England captain Eoin Morgan said. “Unbelievably disappointing.

“I am gutted at the moment. Our expectations were higher than the way we performed, so it is obviously disappointing. No idea what will happen from here. Again, there will be an inquest over the next few weeks to see what went wrong.”

Mahumdullah said Bangladesh played with a winning mentality, despite posting a total it considered well below a par score for the venue.

“Really impressed by the attitude,” he said. “All the boys chipped in and everything went well.

“We thought we were about 15-20 runs short initially, but we thought that if we got early wickets, then we were in with a chance. For us this victory is really special. The way Rubel bowled those last two balls, was just something really special.”

England needed to beat Bangladesh and then Afghanistan in its last two pool matches to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

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