England have been sensationally eliminated from the 2015 Cricket World Cup after suffering a shock loss at the hands of Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval last night.
England needed to win the game to keep alive their World Cup chances and they got off to an excellent start when James Anderson took a wicket in each of his first two overs before Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah steadied the ship for Bangladesh.
The English looked to have taken the upper hand in the contest when they took two quick wickets in the 21st and 22nd overs, but an outstanding partnership from Mahmudullah (103) and Mushfiqur (89) led Bangladesh to a more than competitive score of 275, while Mahmudullah’s century was the first in Bangladesh’s World Cup history.
England’s run chase got off to a decent start and they had the upper hand in the early stages of their innings, but they kept losing wickets at key times and their World Cup chances looked over when Joe Root was dismissed with the side on 163.
Joe Buttler (65) and Chris Woakes (42*) gave England some hope, but some inspired bowling from Rubel Hossain was enough to send Bangladesh through to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
English captain Eoin Morgan has come under fire for his sides poor performances throughout the tournament and he was at a loss to explain how England’s World Cup campaign had gone so badly wrong.
“I don’t think there’s any one thing, ultimately it has come down to the way we have performed and today was another example of us not performing,” Morgan said.
“It is more surprise than anything else.
“I can’t put my finger on it at the moment.”
The win meant that Bangladesh qualified for the second round of the World Cup for the first time in their history and will take plenty of confidence into their quarter-final.
The Bangladeshis were clearly jubilant at the conclusion of the game and captain Mashrafe Mortaza told the media after the game that it was a big moment for cricket in Bangladesh.
“Definitely it is significant for us,” he said.
“It was very difficult but the boys are very confident, they have been working hard.
“It was a great win, the boys are really happy and hope it is one of the best stepping stones for us and Bangladesh cricket will move forward from here.”
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