Riding on some excellent performances from Mahmudullah, Mushfiqar Rahim, Rubel Hossain and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh defeated England by 15 runs at Adelaide and also knocked them out of the quarter-final race of the ICC World Cup 2015.
Chasing a target of 276, England were off to a decent start as their openers Moeen Ali and Ian Bell put on 43 runs for the first wicket before Ali lost his wicket on the score of 19. Bell and Alex Hales steadied the ship with their 54-run partnership before Hales, who was playing well for his 27, got out to Mortaza. Bangladesh bowlers then picked up the momentum and reduced England to 163/6 in 36 overs but wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler and all-rounder Chris Woakes added 75 crucial runs to raise their hopes of sealing a victory. When it looked like that it was all going England’s way, seamer Taskin Ahmed struck to get rid of Buttler. With 38 more runs to get, Woakes didn’t get much support from the likes of Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad and as a result, they lost the match and got knocked out of the main event.
Earlier in the day, after being put into bat, Mahmudullah, who was also adjudged the man of the match and Rahim played magnificent knocks of 103 and 89 respectively as Bangladesh posted a competitive total of 275 against the mighty England bowling attack. Both put on 141 runs for the fifth wicket and that set the tone for them to make a match out of it.
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