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03 December 2023

Bangladesh knock England out of World Cup

By Agencies

England were knocked out of the World Cup by a spirited Bangladesh who grabbed a quarter-final spot following a dramatic 15-run victory in a tight Pool A match in Adelaide on Monday.

Put into bat, Mahmudullah struck Bangladesh's first World Cup century and starred in two key partnerships to lift Bangladesh to 275 for seven.

Three-times finalists England made a mess of their chase on an Adelaide Oval track that held no demons and folded for 260 in the penultimate over.

Bangladesh looked a bundle of nerves towards the end but Rubel Hossain (4-53) claimed two wickets in the 49th over to trigger wild celebrations among their fans.

England made a decent start to their chase before losing their way in the crunch match.

Adjudged leg before wicket on 11, opener Moeen Ali successfully got the decision overturned but the bearded right-hander was run out after a mix-up with Ian Bell (63).

Bell, who hit Mashrafe Mortaza for three boundaries in an over, pulled and drive with impunity, adding 54 runs with Alex Hales (27).

Mortaza dismissed Hales but it was Hossain's double strike in the 27th over that turned the match on its head.

Done in by extra bounce, Bell was caught behind while Eoin Morgan hooked to the fine leg fielder to fall for his fifth duck in last 11 innings.

England's problems were compounded as James Taylor perished chasing a wide delivery and Joe Root  fell for 29.

But Josh Buttler (65) and Chris Woakes (42 not out) injected life into the chase with some lusty hitting before Hossain dismissed Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the 49th over.


Earlier, Mahmudullah struck Bangladesh's first World Cup century and shared partnerships with Soumya Sarkar (40) and Mushfiquir Rahim (89) to help their side overcome a poor start.

With England needing to win both remaining pool matches to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, Morgan won the toss and decided to field, hoping his bowlers would capitalise on the early morning conditions.

Morgan set attacking field with a three-man slip cordon and Anderson found enough movement to induce two edges in his first seven deliveries, reducing Bangladesh to eight for two.

Mahmudullah initially struggled to find the middle of his bat but grew more confident with every over and added 86 runs with Sarkar to consolidate the innings.

England could not, however, maintain the pressure and Chris Jordan struggled for rhythm and conceded 15 runs in his second over.

Jordan dismissed Sarkar in the 21st over and Moeen sent back Shakib Al Hasan but Mahmudullah and Rahim compiled Bangladesh's record World Cup stand to thwart England.

Mahmudullah found an able ally in Rahim and the duo mixed caution with aggression to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Mahmudullah looked a bundle of nerves approaching the 100-mark, which he eventually reached in the 44th over, scurrying for a single before embarking on an emotional celebration with Rahim.

He added another three runs before being run out after a 138-ball knock that included seven fours and two sixes.

Rahim continued punishing the English bowlers, hitting eight boundaries and a six in his 77-ball knock, his third half-century of the tournament.  



Tamim Iqbal c Root b Anderson 2
Imrul Kayes c Jordan b Anderson 2
Soumya Sarkar c Buttler b Jordan 40
Mohammad Mahmudullah run out (Woakes) 103
Shakib Al Hasan c Root b Ali 2
Mushfiqur Rahim c Jordan b Broad 89
Sabbir Rahman c Morgan b Jordan 14
Mashrafe Mortaza not out 6
Arafat Sunny not out 3
Extras: (b1, lb4, w8, nb1) 14
Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 275
Did not bat: Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Kayes), 2-8 (Tamim), 3-94 (Sarkar), 4-99 (Shakib), 5-240 (Mahmudullah), 6-261 (Rahim), 7-265 (Sabbir)
Bowling: Anderson 10-1-45-2; Broad 10-0-52-1; Jordan 10-0-59-2 (5w); Woakes 10-0-64-0 (1nb, 2w); Ali 9-0-44-1 (1w); Root 1-0-6-0.


Moeen Ali run out (Sarkar) 19
I. Bell c Rahim b Rubel 63
A. Hales c Rahim b Mortaza 27
J. Root c Rahim b Mortaza 29
E. Morgan c Shakib b Rubel 0
J. Taylor c Kayes b Taskin 1
J. Buttler c Rahim b Taskin 65
C. Woakes not out 42
C. Jordan run out (Shakib) 0
S. Broad b Rubel 9
J. Anderson b Rubel 0
Extras: (lb4, nb1) 5
Total (all out, 48.3 overs) 260
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Ali), 2-97 (Hales), 3-121 (Bell), 4-121 (Morgan), 5-132 (Taylor), 6-163 (Root), 7-238 (Buttler), 8-238 (Jordan), 9-260 (Broad), 10-260 (Anderson)
Bowling: Mortaza 10-0-48-2; Rubel 9.3-0-53-4; Sunny 8-0-42-0; Shakib 10-0-41-0; Taskin 9-0-59-2 (1nb); Sabbir 2-0-13-0;

Result: Bangladesh won by 15 runs

Toss: England
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL), Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Simon Fry (AUS)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)


Mohammad Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup century when he reached the landmark in the key Pool A match against England at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.

The 29-year-old right-hander was unbeaten on exactly 100 as Bangladesh reached 226 for four in the 44th over after being sent in to bat by England captain Eoin Morgan.

Mahmudullah, playing his 114th one-day international, surpassed the previous highest individual Bangladesh score at a World Cup of 95 set by team-mate Tamim Iqbal against Scotland in Nelson last

Bangladesh set England 276 to win.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat in the key World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.

England need a win to stay afloat in the tournament, while a Bangladesh victory will lift them into the quarter-finals from Pool A and knock Morgan's side out.

England made two changes from their previous game against Sri Lanka, bringing in attacking batsman Alex Hales and seamer Chris 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 batsman Imrul Kayes and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wkt), Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, Chris Woakes
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL), Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Simon Fry (AUS)

Match referee:
Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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