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Monday, March 9, 2015

Bangla qualifies for QF of WC and knocks out England ..

Bangladesh are minnows and I kept posting that 42 preliminary matches would be of little consequence.  Not many know the statistics that Bangladesh have in fact won 88 One dayers [it is other fact that they have lost 206 !]

Today, Jordan was run out, dismissed following a close review decision call  at Adelaide. England head coach Peter Moores was unhappy with the decision on Jordan, which occurred with England on 238-8 and needing 38 runs from 24 balls.  Jordan was judged out, with third umpire Simon Fry deeming he did not have the appropriate amount of the bat on the ground when the bails were disturbed.

Chasing 276, at the end of 47 overs, England were 245/8 – 31 needed from 18 balls.  It was Taskin Ahmed.   It was 1 – 6 by Broad over midwicket – 2 leg byes – 1(no ball waist high fulltoss) -  2 – 1 – 1 (15 runs) and just 16 required off 12.   Rubel Hossain then bowled Broad off the first delivery, which was 142 kph and then off the third knocked out Anderson and England .

Way back on that  black Sunday Tsunami day  at Dhaka (26.12.2004) Bangladesh beat India by the same margin – we would call that a depleted side sans Tendulkar, Dravid, Harbhajan and Pathan – still it was a win, a historic win for Bangladesh.  Then in 2007 WC, a government ban on public gatherings was forgotten in Bangladesh as thousands of jubilant fans celebrated into the wee hours after the national cricket team's shock World Cup victory over India.  Fakhruddin Ahmed, the head of the military-led government, joined the late-night crowd to congratulate the Bangladesh team on their historic feat.

Today, 9th Mar 2015  another historic feat for Bangladesh.  The score card reads : Bangladesh 275 for 7 (Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur 89) beat England 260 (Buttler 65, Bell 63, Rubel 4-53) by 15 runs

More importantly, Bangladesh have qualified for the first timed and England are out of the World Cup, their abject challenge foundering once again with Bangladesh their latest tormentors.  England, after fulfilling what will now be a hollow final match against Afghanistan, will return home to recriminations.  This was the World Cup that the Ashes were moved for, leading to a 5-0 thrashing last winter and all manner of painful recriminations. England have been able to defeat just Scotland in this tournament and after being thrashed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka they have now been humbled by a team in Bangladesh. 

Other than Zimbabwe, Kenya, Canada, Nederlands, UAE , Ireland,– Bangla has won  8 agaisnt New Zealand; 7 against West Indies, 4 against Lanka, 3 against India and England; 1 against Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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