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In the end it was not even close try again in 2019!!!!

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Selby There have been 0 comments

England are out of the World Cup. On a ground that has seen humiliation heaped upon them more than once in the past decade, they suffered one more ignominy, hustled out of the competition by a vibrant Bangladesh team who belied their status as whipping boys and delighted their thousands of supporters in the stands.

In the end it was not even close.

Set 276 to win, after Mahmudullah Riyad had underpinned the Bangladesh innings with his country’s first ever World Cup century, England were rarely in the race, subsiding not against spin, as might have been anticipated, but by urgent seam bowling that ripped out the England middle order, including the captain Eoin Morgan for a fourth-ball nought, his fifth duck in his last nine innings.

Hitherto Morgan has expressed no concern for his form: he might want to reconsider that. 97 for one became 132 for five in the space of 10 overs and the game had been settled there and then. Throughout, Bangladesh were brilliantly led by Mashrafe Mortaza, their opening bowler who started the rot by dismissing Alex Hales and later returned to remove Joe Root, England’s most prolific batsman of this competition (the word prolific being a relative one).

Bangladesh players celebrate after beating England.

Bangladesh players celebrate after beating England. Photograph: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

Mahmudullah had come to the crease with the innings already in a small state of crisis, the wickets of both openers, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes falling to slip catches as Jimmy Anderson swung the new ball almost for the first time in the tournament. Slips were posted – three and for a while four of them – an old fashioned idea that has somehow become fashionable once more: it will be flared trousers, cricket shirts slashed to the waist, and afro haircuts next.

Along with Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah saw off the early challenge and the pair added 86 for the third wicket before a double strike saw Sarkar trying, and failing, to evade a brisk bouncer from Jordan, and Shakib al Hasan edging Moeen’s off break to slip. At 99 for four, it presented a second crisis, but one which Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur brushed aside.

Mushfiqur knows his onions at this level, perhaps the oldest youngster in the game with 10 years international experience at the age of 26. Their stand of 141 for the fifth wicket is a Bangladesh World Cup record.

But more pertinently, Mahmudullah made his way, with great care latterly, to the first hundred scored by a Bangladeshi in the 30 World Cup matches they have played. His celebrations were full and justified, the innings greeted rapturously by the Bangladesh supporters in their green and red shirts. When Mushfiqur finally caught up with him, it was as if a young child was hugging his father.

It took a run out, Woakes hitting direct from short third man, to end Mahmudullah’s innings, but Mushfiqur began to open his shoulders.

Because of his build he is always going to be a prolific cutter and carver, but he more than punches his weight off the front foot too, and by the time he skewed a slower ball from Broad to deep extra cover, he had hit eight fours and a six.


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