Live Score: Bangladesh 275/7 vs England.
Mahmudullah played a stellar blow to Bangladesh in their Group A crucial match against England in Adelaide and recorded the first World Cup hundred by a Bangladesh player to help his team post a competitive total after a shaky start. He was well supported by a guard playful inning batsman Mushfiqur Rahim wicket against that attack brilliantly to take Bangladesh out of a tricky situation.
Eventual partition of Bangladesh to 275/7 seemed a remote possibility after the start they endured. England chose to bowl first after winning the toss and incisive first spell of James Anderson saw Bangladesh is reduced to 8/2 in just the third further Mahmudullah walked in Anderson had two openers -. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes – borders slip cordon and gave England momentum early on. Bangladesh were in need of a partnership and found the men in Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar to begin the resurrection.
Anderson first spell saw him finish with figures of 6-1-20-2 and Bangladesh was only 32 on the map after the first power play. The introduction of Chris Jordan, who replaced Steven Finn for this game, released from the pressure. He was hit for 15 runs in his second over and Bangladesh has accelerated thereafter. Sarkar and Mahmudullah struck with aplomb and maturity to put on 86 for the third wicket. Jordan made amends by breaking the stirring stand and get rid of Sarkar 40 with a net short delivery in the 21st over. Bangladesh were pegged further back in the next over when their star batsman Shakib Al Hasan Ali Moeen slip slightly.
Mahmudullah was well established by that time and shortly after, reached his second consecutive fifty off 69 balls. After another double setback, Bangladesh hit back again through a rousing stand between Mahmudullah and Rahim. This last hit with the refreshing freedom and relieved the pressure on Mahmudullah, who was content to hold one end up. The pair complimented each other beautifully. Rahim not only ensure that Bangladesh has problems but gave the innings some much needed momentum. The pair met at 99/4 and were divided when Mahmudullah fell in the 46th over after a compiled 103.
The 141-run stand also ensured that England face a difficult target to chase in a must-win game. 77-ball 89 Rahim took Bangladesh past the 250-run mark, a score that seemed highly unlikely when it came. England have not been helped by some backup bowling junk Chris Woakes and Jordan. While Moeen Ali was treated to racing very cleverly by Rahim and Mahmudullah, Woakes proved to be the weak link in the attack and was regularly hit by borders both Rahim and Mahmudullah.
The first was particularly adept at targeting the short square boundaries and played a delightful couple pulls everything Mahmudullah played a more orthodox manner. His strike was as pleasing to the eye as it was effective, the stand-out being his readers upward with blankets and space on the offside.
275 certainly will not be an easy hunt for England. There is the added pressure of it being a must-win game, but Bangladesh will be quite difficult to come upon them. A win here will ensure a place in Bangladesh quarterfinals. Since they will face in-form New Zealand in their next outing, Bangladesh will doubly eager to finish the job here. The Chase ensure that promises to be quite exciting.