Bangladesh vs England
Bangladesh win by two wickets
Astonishing. Bangladesh were crusing to victory before five quick wickets appeared to have sealed the game for England. But an outrageous ninth-wicket stand between Mahmudullah and Shafiul took the home side to victory and left this group wide open once again as Bangladesh give themselves renewed hope of qualification from this group. England - who could quite easily have won five or lost five in this tournament - now need to beat West Indies or face an early exit.
Over 49: Bresnan 1lb-0-1-0-0-4
227-8 - A scrambled leg-bye brings roars from the crowd, which have barely subsided by the time Shafiul slices to third-man for a single. All over! Mahmudullah drives to the cover boundary, and Bangladesh have recorded a quite extraordinary victory in Chittagong.
Over 48: Anderson 1-0-4-1lb-0-1
221-8 - Shot! Shafiul slaps a gingerly delivered half-volley from Anderson straight back past the bowler for four and Bangladesh's target is down to single figures. There were plenty of people leaving the ground when the seventh and eighth wickets fell; clearly, these people had not been watching England's previous games in this tournament. Bangladesh need five to win with two wickets in hand. Not that anyone cares right now, but the 50 partnership is up between this pair. Sensational.
Over 47: Bresnan 0-4-1lb-1-4-0
214-8 - Shafiul swings himself almost right off his feet and slices the ball high over point to find safety. Then the spin on the ball takes it skipping away from the fielder and into the rope. The crowd are up again as Shafiul slams a full-toss from Bresnan past Collingwood at point for four more. Just 12 to win, and another thriller from England, the World Cup's great entertainers.
Over 46: Anderson 4wd-1-1-0-0wd-0wd-0-1-1lb
204-8 - Horrible start to the powerplay for England as Anderson fires the ball down the legside, Prior can't gather, and five runs go on the Bangladesh score. Two more wides down the legside from Anderson cause real damage for England as the hosts are presented with a route back into the game. England have donated 23 runs to their opponents in wides alone here. Could still prove decisive.
Mandatory powerplay as we reach the last five overs of the innings.
Over 45: Bresnan 0-0-0-0-1lb-0
193-8 - A genuine edge from Mahmudullah bounces well short of Prior before a scampered leg-bye leaves Shafiul one ball to survive. He tries to do rather more than that, unleashing a powerful drive, but it's well stopped at cover by Bopara.
Over 44: Anderson 1-0-0-1b-1-0
192-8 - Anderson back into the attack, and two scampered singles and a stolen bye inch Bangladesh closer to their target.
Over 43: Shahzad 0wd-0-0-0-1-0-0
189-8 - Bangladesh survive Shahzad's last over. Thirty-seven to win from 42 deliveries.
Over 42: Swann 0-0wd-4-1-4-0-0
187-8 - Not done yet here. It's an England game after all. Mahmudullah gets four for a reverse-sweep before Shafiul responds to the field being brought in by smashing a one-bounce four over mid-off and then a huge six over midwicket. Happily, we can close this increasingly silly pizza correspondence because we have a winner. Wally Hammond-pineapple. Thank you, Eddie Revell.
Over 41: Shahzad 0-0-0-1-0-0
171-8 - Some of you lot eat some right weird pizzas, that's all I can say. Paul Collyflower? Stuart Broad Beans? Just a single from Shahzad's ninth over as he conspicuously fails to produce a world-class delivery that clips the off bail.
Over 40: Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
170-8 WICKET! Never mind all that nonsense. Razzak takes an almighty mow at Swann and sends a steepler high into the Chittagong sky. As it falls towards the earth a sprinting Bresnan dives under it and takes a fine catch. It's the sort of chance England have spent much of this World Cup dropping shambolically.
Yes, Graham Onions. Very good - congratulations to all 327 of you. Pepperonnie Irani is a bit more inventive from Matt Aldridge. Vikram Salami, suggested Ray Jones, is also not without its charm.
Over 39: Shahzad W-0-0-0-1-1
168-7 WICKET! Ajmal Shahzad is undoubtedly my favourite stump-bothering wild-eyed Ian Holloway lookalike. Another truly unplayable delivery from the Yorkshire paceman, a carbon copy of the previous two: pitching on off from wide on the crease, and then straightening dramatically to hit the top of the off stump. Mushfiqur's ability to get the outside edge of his bat to the ball that did him truly noteworthy. Razzak is the new bowler, and he exchanges singles with Mahmudullah, who now carries much of a nation's hopes on his young shoulders.
Pizza the action
"What about cricketers who could also be pizza toppings?" asks Neil Rees for some reason. "Erm I haven't actually got any yet. Oh wait a minute Ian Bell Peppers." Amazing. Those of you who enjoy a pun to go along with your edge-of-the-seat ODI finishes get to work. Mails to Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com, he typed with some trepidation.
Over 38: Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
166-6 - Maiden over from Swann to keep the pressure on.
Over 37: Shahzad 4-W-0-0-0-0
166-6 WICKET! Shahzad here proving a microcosm for England's enormously entertaining World Cup campaign as a whole, combining the sublime and the ridiculous to dizzying effect. So far today he's made a horlicks of an easy stop on the boundary, ripped out Raqibul's off stump, run out Kayes with a bullet throw and bowled a load of absolute rot. But, after a half-volley that's smashed through the covers for four he produces his second unplayable delivery of the day that decks away from the batsman off the seam. Mushfiqur does well to nick it, and Prior does well to take it tumbling away to his right. England settle back into the favourites' chair, but shouldn't get too comfy just yet. Naeem is the new batsman, with a slip in and the field up. Can't overstate how good that ball was. Hawk-eye shows if it hadn't moved it would've hit leg stump. Had Mushy not nicked it, it would've hit off stump. One way or another, that ball gets you out.
Over 36: Swann 0-0-1-1-0-W
162-5 WICKET! Big wicket, and there's the pressure. Shakib goes for a big slog-sweep against Swann and only manages to drag the ball into his off-stump. It's another England thriller, guys and gals.
Over 35: Collingwood 0-1-0-0-0-0
160-4 - Collingwood trusted with the precious dry ball after the mandatory change. He produces a couple of good deliveries to Mushfiqur, who just about manages to get bat on ball. Just five runs in four overs since the run out.
Over 34: Bresnan 0wd-0-0-0-0-0-0
159-4 - Bresnan starts the over with a wide down the legside, Prior doing well to save four more runs diving away to his left and taking one-handed. Much better for the rest of the over from Bressie Lad, but it's doubtful dot balls will have any effect in this game. Never know, though. Pressure can be a funny thing.
- 11th Mar 2011
- D J Harper and R J Tucker
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Al Hasan||b Swann||32|
|Rahim||c Prior b Shahzad||6|
|Razzak||c Bresnan b Swann||1|
|Extras||23w, 1b, 9lb||33|
|Total||Close, 49.0 Overs||227 - 8|