Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam combined for 58 runs to rescue Bangladesh and defeat England by two wickets in a Group B match at the Cricket World Cup.
The victory at Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh, prevented England from qualifying for the quarterfinals and leaves the hosts able to make the last eight.
England didn’t help itself, as the bowlers had 23 wides among 33 extras. Bangladesh, which needed to win to keep hope of reaching the quarterfinals, was cruising when Imrul Kayes was run out to leave the hosts on 155-4. They quickly collapsed to 169-8 when Abdur Razzak was caught off Graeme Swann.
The crowd started to leave with Bangladesh needing 57 runs to win. Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam settled the side, and Mahumudullah won the match with a four.
“At one stage, I thought we lost the game, but they showed their character and worked hard,” Bangladesh captain Skahib Al Hasan said at the post-game ceremony. “When they hit the last ball, I began to believe. Before that, I wasn’t sure.”
England would have moved to the quarterfinals with a win after the West Indies defeated Ireland by 44 runs earlier today.
India, which also would have qualified, leads the group with seven points after four matches, with the West Indies in second with six points after four games. England has five points after five games, and South Africa has four points from three games. Bangladesh has four points from four games. The top four teams of each of the two seven-team groups move to the quarterfinals. The tournament ends April 2.
Bangladesh must still play the Netherlands and South Africa.
Jonathan Trott, England’s top scorer with 67 runs, and Eoin Morgan, who was caught on 63, combined for 109 runs. No other English batsman had more than 20 runs.
“We struggled with the bat,” England captain Andrew Strauss said. “We got ourselves in a great position to win at the end, but couldn’t take those two wickets.”
England must defeat the West Indies in its last game, Strauss said.
In the earlier match, Devon Smith’s century helped the West Indies defeat Ireland.
Smith was out for 107 runs, and Kieron Pollard reached 94 as the West Indies got 275 runs in its 50 overs at the Punjab Stadium in Chandigarh, India. Kevin O’Brien took four wickets for Ireland, which was all out for 231. Ed Joyce was bowled on 84 and Gary Wilson was out leg-before-wicket for 61.