Bangladesh Clinch Two-Wicket Win Over England

Bangladesh Clinch Two-Wicket Win Over England
Bangladesh Clinch Two-Wicket Win Over England
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Bangladesh 227-8 (Imrul Kayes 62) beat
England 225 (Trott 67, Morgan 63) by two wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Chittagong

England's World Cup of down-to-the-wire finishes continued as they were found wanting against Bangladesh, who inched their way to a two-wicket win in Chittagong with an over to spare.

Bangladesh bounced back from their horror show performance against the West Indies, when they crumbled to 58 all out, to bowl England out for 225 before reaching 227 for eight with six balls remaining.

A brace of wickets apiece for spinners Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan ensured England were unable to bat out their 50 overs.

Imrul Kayes then hit 62, Shakib Al Hasan 32 and number ten Shafiul Islam an unbeaten 24 in as many balls to haul his side over the finish line.

Kayes' opening partner Tamim Iqbal blasted a quickfire 38 in 26 balls to give the home side a flying start before he was bowled by Tim Bresnan and when Junaid Siddique (12) and Raqibul Hasan (0) fell, England were on top.

Shakib and Kayes slowly rebuilt the innings and seemed to be putting Bangladesh in a position from which they simply needed to avoid risks to win the match.

England hit back, Ajmal Shahzad taking three wickets and Graeme Swann two to leave all-rounder Mahmudullah (21 not out) and Shafiul as Bangladesh's last remaining hope.

They delivered a 58-run partnership, Shafiul plundering runs in the batting Power Play with four fours and a six before Mahmudullah hit Bresnan for four to the delight of the home support and keep Bangladesh's hopes of progression alive.

Earlier, there were half-centuries from Jonathan Trott, who made 67, and Eoin Morgan, who made 63 having only joined up with the squad as Kevin Pietersen's replacement a few days ago.

In Pietersen's absence, Matthew Prior was selected as Andrew Strauss's opening partner but neither man could prosper, Strauss falling for 18 and Prior for 15 and England were in some trouble at 53 for three when Ian Bell departed for five.

Trott and Morgan then put on 109 for the fourth wicket to steady the ship but after they were dismissed, bangladesh's bowlers, particularly the spinners, gave the other batsmen a hard time.

Ravi Bopara (16), Swann (12) and Paul Collingwood (14) all made starts but couldn't go on and the cheap dismissals at the end of the innings of Bresnan (2) and Shahzad (1) offered Bangladesh a chance of victory, which they eventually took.

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