ICC World Cup: Bangladesh knock out England; set-up QF clash vs India

Mar 09, 2015, 13:00 IST | Agencies

Bangladesh knocked England out of the World Cup with a sensational 15-run Pool A victory at the Adelaide Oval on Monday to set up a likely quarter-final clash with defending champions India

Adelaide: Bangladesh knocked England out of the World Cup with a sensational 15-run Pool A victory at the Adelaide Oval on Monday to make the quarter-finals.

Rubel Hossain was Bangladesh's star at the finish, clean bowling Stuart Broad and last man James Anderson to seal victory for the Tigers as England finished on 260 all out chasing a target of 276.

Taskin Ahmed Bangladesh paceman Taskin Ahmed celebrates his wicket of an English batsman during their World Cup Pool A match at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Pic/AFP

Earlier, Bangladesh -- who had been eight for two -- made 275 for seven after being sent into bat, with Mohammad Mamudullah (103) compiling the country's first individual World Cup hundred and Mushfiqur Rahim making 89.

Defeat meant England -- whose only win at the tournament so far has been against non-Test Scotland -- couldn't claim a quarter-final place but Bangladesh's victory saw them into the last eight along with Sri Lanka. New Zealand and Australia complete the qualifying picture from Pool A for the quarter-finals.

"We are really impressed by the attitude of our boys. All the boys chipped in," said Mamudullah, the man of the match.

"I tried to bat properly. Mushfiqur at the end was the aggressor and it was a good partnership. We thought we might have been 15-20 runs short, but we knew if we could get early wickets we were in. It's really special for us."

Bangladesh bowlers, ably led by Robel Hossian (4-53), struck at crucial junctures to put England in trouble.

Ian Bell tried to do the rescue act with a hard-working 63 but Hossian got the opener caught behind in the 27th over.

The middle-order wobbled only to be held by Jos Buttler (65), who fought hard but his seventh ODI fifty was not enough to save England's fading fortunes. 

Chris Woakes (42 not out) battled hard till the end but got little help from the tail as Hossain cleaned up the final two batsman with good seam movement.

Hossian got good support from captain and pace spearhead Mashrafe Mortaza (2-48) and Taskin Ahmed (2-59). 

Buttler and Woakes, with their seventh-wicket 75-run partnership, looked like taking the Three Lions to a win at one stage, but Bangladesh were just unstoppable on a day that belonged to them.

Earlier, Mohammad Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup century as England's bowlers met with unexpected resistence in a must-win Pool A match at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. 

Mahmudullah scored 103 and Mushfiqur Rahim made 89 to lift the Tigers to a challenging 275 for seven after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.

MahmudullahMahmudullah after scoring his ton. Pic/ AFP

Mahmudullah and Rahim, who are married to two sisters, put on 141 off 144 balls for the fifth wicket after Bangladesh were struggling at 99 for four in the 22nd over.

Mahmudullah, who hit seven fours and a six in his maiden one-day international century, surpassed the previous highest individual Bangladesh score at a World Cup of 95 by team-mate Tamim Iqbal against Scotland in Nelson last week.

Rahim's 77-ball knock contained eight boundaries and a six. England, with one win in four matches, must beat not only Bangladesh but also Afghanistan in Sydney on March 13 to stay in contention for the last eight. Even that may not be enough if Bangladesh, who have five points to England's two, upset co-hosts New Zealand in Hamilton on March 13 to squeak through to the quarter-finals.

Pace spearhead James Anderson doubled his haul of two wickets in the tournament by removing both left-handed openers Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal in his first two overs to leave Bangladesh struggling at eight for two. Kayes, who replaced the injured Anamul Haque in the squad, was dismissed off the fourth ball edging a catch to Chris Jordan at third slip.

Tamim fell to another catch close to the wicket, this time by Joe Root at second slip, but Bangladesh launched a spirited fightback in good batting conditions. Soumya Sarkar, a 22-year-old left-hander playing only his fifth ODI, teamed up with Mahmudullah to retrieve the situation with an 86-run stand for the third wicket. Sarkar hit five boundaries and a six in 40 when he gloved a short ball from Jordan to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to make it 94 for three in the 21st over. Five runs later, England earned a major scalp when off-spinner Moeen Ali had star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan edging a catch to Root in the slips.

Mahmudullah was run out in the 46th over and Rahim holed out in the deep two overs later, but England still conceded 78 runs in the last 10 overs. Anderson and Jordan picked up two wickets each, but Chris Woakes went for 64 runs in 10 wicketless overs.

England made two changes from their previous game against Sri Lanka, bringing in attacking batsman Alex Hales and seamer Jordan in place of Gary Ballance and Steven Finn respectively.

Bangladesh also made two changes, dropping all-rounder Nasir Hossain and the injured Anamul Haque to play Kayes and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh: 275/7 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur Rahim 89; James Anderson 2-45, Chris Jordan 2-59).

England: 260 in 48.3 overs (Ian Bell 63 not out, Jos Buttler 65; Mashrafe Mortaza 2-48, Chris Woakes 45 not out; Rubel Hossain 4-53, Taskin Ahmad 2-59). 

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