Bangladesh entered the quarterfinals of the World Cup cricket jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand by defeating England by 15 runs in Pool A match on Monday. England, with this defeat, is out of contention for the Cup.
Earlier, put into bat after losing the toss, Bangladesh scored 275 for seven, a challenging total under overcast conditions. Mohammad Mohamudullah scored 103 to become the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century in a World Cup match, and led his team to victory against hapless England at the Adelaide Oval. England could score 260 in response to Bangladesh’s 275, and crashed out of the tournament. Ian Bell scored 63, Jos Buttler 65 off 52, and Chris Woaks 42 not out; but other batsman failed to click. England desperately needed a win to stay in the contention, but with Bangladesh seamer Rubel Hossain claiming four wickets and the keeper holding four catches, it was never to be. Buttler and Chris Jordan being dismissed in the 46th over tilted the match in favor of Bangladesh.
In a post match interview, Eoin Morgan, England captain, told that being knocked out of the World Cup so early was unbelievably disappointing. He added that his team tried hard to get to the quarterfinals, and then fight it out, but he admitted; they struggled since the start of the tournament. England could register only one win that also against a non-test playing country Scotland in this tournament. On the other hand, Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh captain was proud of his team’s performance. It was the third win of Bangladesh over England in the last four one-day internationals that included a four-wicket win at Chittagong during the last World Cup.
England would fly home after playing the “dead” league match against the minnows Afghanistan on Friday in Sydney.