Published: March 11, 2011
Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah fought like Tigers to successfully take Bangladesh edge past England’s 225 runs in an electrifying chase after recovering from a five quick wickets loss in nine overs in the must-win encounter at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Friday.
The Tigers reached their targets in 49 overs losing eight wickets after a well articulated fielding that restricted the English side to a seemingly reachable score.
The fourth wicket partnership between Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan earned Bangladesh 82 runs to give the impetus to chase.
Abdur Razzak, the latest wicket, went back giving catch to Bresnan off Swann’s ball in the fourth ball of the 40th over. Earlier, Naeem Islam faltered in the first ball of the previous over, bowled by Azmal Shahzad.
Imrul failed to land safely as he attempted to change side in the last ball of 31st over, returning to the pavilion for 60 runs off 100 balls. He pushed the ball to deep square and started running. Azmal Shahzad sent an excellent throw to see off the opener after a good fight.
The spinners responded to Tigers skipper’s call at the early stage of the England innings conceding runs meagrely. However, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan registered a 109-run partnership to give England some footing.
It was the second ball of the 13th over. Juanid hit the ball and stood there when he heard the call from Imrul to run. He launched himself from there but was late by a second or two maybe. Anderson, after an excellent piece of fielding, threw the ball straight to the non-striker’s end.
Junaid went back for 12 off as many balls, scoring two boundaries.
Raqibul Hasan had almost no clue when the fourth delivery from Azmal Shahzad in the 14th over ripped off his off stump. The ball pitched on the same side to go straight to send off Raqibul who was called in to hold wickets for some time. He played just two balls and was yet to register anything on the scorecard.
Earlier in the ninth over, Tamim mistook to judge the fourth delivery of Tim Bresnan, which was a fullish one. He tried to play it across and saw the stumps behind dislodged: clean bowled. He scored 38 off 26 balls, including five boundaries.
With Tamim going, a silence descended at the stadium as it was taken for granted that Mr. Dependable would lead through the innings to seal the much-expected win. Result of the match was going to set the course of both the teams’ journey through rest of the tournament