Centurion Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain and Bangladesh finish off ‘gutted’ England at Cricket World Cup
Bangladesh knocked England out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a sensational 15-run Pool A victory at the Adelaide Oval on Monday to make the quarter-finals.
Rubel Hossain (4for 53) was Bangladesh’s star at the finish, clean bowling Stuart Broad and last man James Anderson to seal victory for Bangladesh as England finished on 260 all out chasing a target of 276.
Opener Ian Bell made 63 before Jos Buttler’s dashing 65 threatened to see England to victory.
Earlier, Bangladesh – who had been 8 for 2 – made 275 for 7 after being sent into bat, with Mahmudullah (103) compiling the country’s first individual World Cup hundred and Mushfiqur Rahim making 89.
England skipper Eoin Morgan, who was out for his fifth nought in his last 11 innings, admitted his side had fell below below standards.
“It was pretty poor, to be knocked out of the World Cup is unbelievably disappointing,” said Morgan.
“I’m gutted, we’ve struggled and fallen away since we arrived here. We wanted to get to the quarter-finals and from there fight through three games.”
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 Mahmudullah, 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.”
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Updated: March 9, 2015 04:00 AM