It was yet another humiliating defeat for England from yet another `minnow.` Even before they could recover from their shocking defeat at the hands of their immediate neighbors Ireland few days back, the Englishmen get mauled by Bangla Tigers.
In fact, Bangladesh players gave their countrymen some reason to cheer Friday when they clinched a two-wicket win over England that keeps alive their hopes reaching the quarterfinals.
After the spinners restricted England to 225 all out, Bangladesh survived a minor collapse from 155-3 to 169-8 to bounce back in style from last week`s humiliating nine-wicket loss to the West Indies. Mahmuduallah Riad and Shafiul Islam put on an unbeaten 58 for the ninth wicket to steer their team to 227 and just a second ever win in 15 one-day internationals against England
Chasing a moderate total of 225 set by England, the Bangla openers laid solid foundation, but the middle-order failed. However, the tail-enders Shafiul Islam (24) and Mahmud fought bravely to add on the required 60-odd runs to help their team`s comfortable win.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott hit half centuries to steer England out of early trouble before six wickets fell for 42 runs to limit their side to 225. Bangla bowlers scared England, when it slipped to 53-3 off 16.4 overs after being put into bat. But Morgan put on 109 for the fourth wicket with Jonathan Trott, who hit a laboured 67 for his fourth 50 in five World Cup innings. Having arrived in Bangladesh just three days ago as an injury replacement for Kevin Pietersen, Morgan hit 63 to show why England wanted him in its original 15-man squad before he was ruled out with a broken finger.
But Bangladesh hit back to raise hopes of the win it needs to reach the quarterfinals. Naeem Islam finished with 2-29 from eight overs, while fellow spinners Abdur Razzak and captain Shakib Al Hasan also took two wickets each. The decision by Bangla skipper Shakib to field first paid off as England lost openers Prior and Strauss for the addition of just 39 runs in the first 11 overs.
Bangladesh’s spinners contributed 33 overs to the 49.4 bowled, but England has only Graeme Swann in its lineup as a specialist slow bowler. After angering its fans with its nine-wicket loss to the West Indies, Bangladesh today beat England for the first time in Bangladesh to keep their chances alive of progress to the quarterfinals.
With this loss, England put themselves in a precarious conditions with two losses (Ireland and Bangladesh) and a tie with India, in Group B table.