Adelaide | Bangladesh today knocked out England from the cricket World Cup with a 15-run win to set up a likely clash with defending champions India in the quarter finals of the mega event.
Put into bat, Bangladesh rode on Mahmudullah’s resilient century to post 275 for seven and then put up a spirited bowling show to pack England for 260 runs in 48.3 overs in a thrilling group-A contest.
Bangladesh, who romped into the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time, are likely to take on India in the quarter finals, provided that they finish fourth in the group and the title holders expectedly finish at the top of group-B.
Man of the Match Mahmudullah (103) struck his first ODI ton to lift Bangladesh from 99 for four to a respectable score after stitching a crucial 141-run fifth-wicket partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim (89).
England medium pacers James Anderson and Chris Jordan bagged two wickets each.
England started the chase on a decent note even after opener Moeen Ali (19) was run out but the top-order batsmen failed to convert their starts and let go of the advantage in the must-win game.
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.
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