Bangladesh Tigers: Another Dramatic Win, Steal Thriller from England

Raul HasibContributor IMarch 26, 2017

Another dramatic win for the Bangladeshis.

Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Mahmudullah fought like Tigers to steal a win from England in an electrifying, must-win encounter at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh Friday.

Mahmudullah hit a boundary through the covers in the last ball of the 49th over to send many spectators away from the stadium, frustrated at the loss of five quick wickets in just nine overs.

Shafiul scored 24 off 24 balls to power the Tigers' seal of the win, as his partner Mahmudullah (21 runs of 42 balls) put his 100 percent to them reach home safe.

It was a huge win for the co-host, though according to the Tigers, the loss of eight wickets once made it uncertain.

A well-articulated fielding that restricted the English side to a seemingly reachable score gave the Tigers confidence to recover from the defeat at the hands of the West Indies and fight till the end to bring back the World Cup party.

The fourth wicket partnership between Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan earned Bangladesh 82 runs, giving impetus to chase.

Abdur Razzak, the latest wicket, went back giving catch to Bresnan off Swann’s ball in the fourth ball of the 40th over. Earlier, Naeem Islam faltered in the first ball of the previous over, bowled by Azmal Shahzad.

Imrul failed to land safely as he attempted to change sides in the last ball of 31st over, returning to the pavilion for 60 runs off 100 balls. He pushed the ball to deep square and started running. Azmal Shahzad sent an excellent throw to see off the opener after a good fight.

The spinners responded to Tigers skipper’s call at the early stage of the England innings conceding runs meagrely. However, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan registered a 109-run partnership to give England some footing.

It was the second ball of the 13th over. Juanid hit the ball and stood there when he heard the call from Imrul to run. He launched himself from there but was late by a second or two maybe. Anderson, after an excellent piece of fielding, threw the ball straight to the non-striker's end.

Junaid went back for 12 off as many balls, scoring two boundaries.

Raqibul Hasan had almost no clue when the fourth delivery from Azmal Shahzad in the 14th over ripped off his off stump. The ball pitched on the same side to go straight to send off Raqibul, who was called in to hold wickets for some time. He played just two balls and was yet to register anything on the scorecard.

Earlier in the ninth over, Tamim mistook to judge the fourth delivery of Tim Bresnan, which was a fullish one. He tried to play it across and saw the stumps behind dislodged: clean bowled. He scored 38 off 26 balls, including five boundaries.

With Tamim going, a silence descended at the stadium as it was taken for granted that Mr. Dependable would lead through the innings to seal the much-expected win. The result of the match was going to set the course of both the teams’ journey through rest of the tournament.

Bouncing back from their 58-all-out humiliation against West Indies last week, Bangladeshi spinners restricted England to 225 in 49.4 overs where England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan knocked brilliant half centuries.

Naeem Islam, Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak grabbed two wickets each while Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain took one wicket each.

Spinners seized control over the whole match capturing seven wickets while pacers took only two wickets and another was run out.

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan invited England to bat after winning the toss.

England had changed Michael Yardy, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen with Paul Collingwood, Ajmal Shahzad and Eoin Morgan.

Bangladesh made a change with the ever-underachieving Mohammad Ashraful omitted in favour of the combative off-spinning all-rounder Mahmudullah. Despite the collective failure of the batsmen, the rest of the lineup have been trusted to make amends for their shortcomings against West Indies.

Today’s win should be enough for England to advance to the knock-out rounds as they have five points from four Group B matches.

On the other hand, Bangladesh must also defeat the Netherlands and South Africa to cement a place in the quarterfinals.

(These information has been taken from somewhere else)