Besides Australia & Blackcaps, Tigers & Lankans ensure world cup Super 8 knock out round from Pool A. From the beginning of the world cup Group A was much more unpredictable cause of Bangladesh. Specially, Bangladesh team target was win 3 match against Afghanistan, Scotland and any other big teams where England fell in that trap. Without experienced cricketer like Alastair Cook & Kevin Pitersen, English team was little bit vulnerable. On the other hand, they didn’t get chance to Ravi Bopara in best XI which was definitely a wrong decision my their management. Before this match against England, Bangladeshi tigers Musfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Hossain & Nasir Hossain made status on Facebook about their desired dream to hunt English team. Even few of journalists, media & cricket specialists prediction was goes to Tiger’s favoure as like Bleacher Report confidently vote for Bangladesh.
In this Day/Night match at Adelaide Oval, England won the toss and their captain Morgan elected to bowl first. English strike bowler James Anderson pick up 2 important opening wickets and this time Bangladesh fell in pressure. But the quality, matured & sensible batting by Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar & Murfiqur Rahim make 275 runs in total for tigers. Riyad scored first century in world cup history for Bangladesh.
There is a quotation that old is gold which proved again by English opener Ian Bell who scored 63 and England started well. Just when they made opportunity to reach the target frequently, Rubel Hossain took the wicket of Bell & the captain Morgan which was the turning point of the game. After the losing of wicket, Buttler & Woakes try to play little bit defensively and this time tight bowling by Shakib, Mortaza & Sunny increased required run rate of them. Though once upon in a climax time Buttler became dangerous but this time Taskin stop him and again the match goes to Tiger’s favoure. In last 2 over, England was need 18 runs and 2 wickets in hand but stamp to stamp bowling by Rubel Hossain bowled English lower order batsman Stuart Broad & James Anderson. Within 48.3 over England became all out and Bangladesh won by 15 runs.
In the next match, Bangladesh will face New Zealand where black caps definitely favourite against them but this first time quarter final playing honor definitely a big achievement for Tigers. If they lost in their last match in Group round, they need to face India in Super eight.