Friday, March 11, 2011

World Cup 2011 : Bangladesh vs England...

Hosts Bangladesh took on England, at Chittagong, with both sides desperate for a victory to stay in the reckoning of the tournament. Shakib ul Hasan won the toss & put England to bat. The decision turned out to be good, as the English batsmen found it difficult to force the pace. Proir & Strauss struggled early on, & runs were hard to come by. Wickets fell to pressure & suddenly it was 53 for 3 in the 17th over, with Strauss, Prior & Bell back in the pavillion. Eoin Morgan, who replaced injured Peiterson, along with Trott started the building act & took the score to a respectable 162 before getting out in the 39th over. He contributed a well made 63 in 72 balls, before a brilliant catch in the deep by Imrul Keyes got him out. Batting Powerplay was taken in the 42nd over, as Bopara joined Trott. With pressure building, Trott fell, for a neat 67 to Shakib, as the score read 182 for 5. Bopara, the last match's hero was the next to go, as the England batting started to stutter. It was 195 for 6  in the 45th over, as Collingwood stepped in, surprisingly at no8. 200 runs came up in the 46th over, as the Batting Powerplay had yielded 33 runs for 2 wickets. Swann was out next, trying to force the pace, caught & bowled by Shakib, & then Rubel Hossain claimed Bresnan. Collingwood was getting wasted at the runners up end, as wickets kept falling, & finally England were all out for 225 runs. For Bnagladesh, Abdur Razzak was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 32 in 10 overs, with able assistance from Naem Islam, Shakib & others.
This does not look like a 300 runs pitch & Bangladesh would need Tamim to fire at the top & need a win to remain in the contention.

Bangladesh started their reply in whirlwind fashion, as Tamim tore into the English attack. The first 7 overs yielded 46 runs, as Strauss turned to his probably best bowler Greame Swann. It was however Bresnan who made the first breakthrough, as he bowled the dangerous Tamim for a quickfire 38 in 26 balls, as the score read 52 for 1 in the 9th over. Two more wickets fell quickly, & at the end of 15 overs, the score read 75 for 3. It was now upto Captain Shakib ul Hassan to take him team ahead towards victory. Kayes eventually got to his fifty & looked like coasting, when a horrid run out cost his wicket, as Bangladesh score read 156 for 4 in 32 overs. It was a gift to the harried English players on the field, as Mushfiqur came in. Runs simply dried, as for 25 deliveries, there were just 5 runs scored. Pressure got to Bangladeshi skipper & he was bowled by Swann, as the score crawled to 162 for 5. The match was even now, as runs were hard to come by. Someone would have had to score for the hosts, as wickets were falling in a heap. It was suddenly 166 for 7 in 38.1 overs, still 60 runs to get. Ajmal Shahzad had picked up 3 wickets to get England right back in the game. Since the dismissal of Keyes, only 11 runs had been added, as 4 important wickets were lost. At 169 for 8 in the 40th over, it seemed done & dusted for Bangladesh, as crowds started to thin away. But for the 9th pair there was drama in store. From nowhere, came the spirited Shafiul Islam & Mahmudullah & rose like Sphinx. Both defied the English attack & also scored precious runs. Shafiul especially was severe & scored runs from almost nowhere, as the pair added 58 runs in 9.2 overs to take Bangladesh to a completely improbable win by 2 wickets, with 6 balls to spare. A belief that took them home & brought them right back in the tournament. A very close match, where the Bengal tigers got the better of the English. Shafiul was carried to the pavilion on the shoulders of his team mates, as the grounds men joyously did a lap of honour.
This means now, the Group B opens up now, & the toss up for the 4th team could be well between Bangladesh & England.

Man of the Match : Imrul Keyes for his very important 60 runs, & the catch to dismiss Eon Morgan, when England were going strong. However, I would have wanted Shafiul to get this award for not giving up & batting like a dream to get his side a victory.

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