WORLD CUP 2019
Bangladesh have a 2-1 lead in World Cups against the hosts in this tournament © Cricbuzz
Bangladesh had just beaten South Africa three days ago in the Super Eights. The team had already upset India in the group stages and there was belief when they walked out for the anthems at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. But England made light work of the Tigers’ top-order, after opting to bowl.
Mahmood, Panesar hand England four-wicket win ©Getty
“We’ll put Bangladesh under pressure and restrict them,” were Michael Vaughan’s words at the toss and his bowlers did blow away the top-order – there were as many as five single digit scores in the top six. Shakib Al Hasan waged a lone battle and scored a fifty, but all Bangladesh managed was a mere 143. Sajid Mahmood, who was retained despite a poor show against Australia in the previous game, topped the bowling charts with three wickets, while Monty Panesar, too, picked up three.
In reply, England did not have a smooth sail as Syed Rasel struck early to get Ian Bell, keeping a check on the scoring rate. Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen threw away starts, but the middle-order ensured that England crossed the line with four wickets in hand.
Bangladesh triumphed over a deflated England in Chittagong, sending the Bangladesh crowd into a frenzy ©Getty
A penultimate-over win against the Netherlands, a tie against India, a shocking loss to Ireland and a nerve-wracking win over South Africa – England were having a very entertaining World Cup indeed.
Bangladesh came into the game after angry fans pelted stones at their team bus after their abysmal 58 all-out against the West Indies. This was a must-win game for them to survive in the tournament. They replaced Mohammad Ashraful with Mahmudullah as they chose to field. England were without the injured Kevin Pietersen as Eoin Morgan made his World Cup debut in England colours.
Jonathan Trott and Morgan – the only two batsmen to cross 18 – ensured England posted a decent 225 as Bangladesh made use of the slowness of the pitch to make regular inroads. Bangladesh, by then, had a decent batting line-up that could not be discounted. They believed 226 was well within their reach and the hopes rose with Tamim Iqbal getting them off to a signature flying start. Imrul Kayes dropped anchor after a couple of quick wickets which hurt Bangladesh. At 155/3, they looked great, well on their way to a glorious win.
However, Kayes’s run-out triggered a spectacular collapse of 14/5 and Bangladesh found themselves at 169/8. The general consensus was, that Bangladesh lacked big-match temperament. But Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam were determined to get Bangladesh past the line. With 57 needed off 62 balls and just two wickets left, fans had already started to leave the stadium.
Shafiul, though, made a statement by opening his account with a cover drive, but a six lifted the mood in the dressing room. He had shown enough temperament to hang around. The duo were sensible enough to treat the bowling on merit and pick up the occasional boundary. With 22 runs needed off 24 balls, Shafiul struck a couple of boundaries to ease pressure and then he smacked James Anderson back over his head next over to bring it down to single digits.
Eventually, Mahmudullah hit the winning runs in the penultimate over to turn the English smiles upside down. It was indeed a spectacular 58-run unbeaten ninth wicket stand, to send Chittagong into a delirium.
Bangladesh caused a second successive World Cup upset against the England team in the 2015 tournament ©Getty
England came into the game with heavy defeats against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Their only win of the tournament came against Scotland and they needed to beat Bangladesh to stay afloat. A bit of pre-game rain, humid conditions and a fresh pitch prompted Eoin Morgan to bowl first.
In a matter of minutes, James Anderson removed the openers, but a certain Mahmudullah weighed in. He got decent company from Soumya Sarkar, but it was his 141-run stand with Mushfiqur Rahim after Shakib’s departure that pushed England to the corner. Mahmudullah became the first Bangladeshi player to record a World Cup hundred and it was also his maiden ODI hundred. The team had made a very sizeable 275/7 in their quota of overs.
England were off to a positive start as Ian Bell held one end at the top of the order. However, Rubel Hossain struck twice in a space of 4 balls to dismiss a set Bell, before bouncing out Eoin Morgan for nought. England panicked and soon were down to 163/6 as the pacers made batsmen dance to their tunes.
Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes combined and threatened to put the game beyond Bangladesh’s reach, but Taskin Ahmed dismissed Buttler and Chris Jordan off successive balls to make it 38 needed from 24 balls. Woakes and Stuart Broad fought from there on.
Rubel, though, returned for his final over and knocked over Broad and Anderson with fast reverse-swinging deliveries as Bangladesh snatched the game by 15 runs knocking England out of the competition. Rubel lay flat on the ground to soak in everything and the team took a lap of honour for the support from the crowd. It was the first time that Bangladesh qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup.