Bangladesh vs England Match Preview
England will take on Bangladesh at Chittagong in the 28th game of the World Cup 2011
Injured and out of tournament
Bangladesh will play England in the 28th game of the ICC World Cup 2011 at the ZAC Stadium in Chittagong. The two sides have given out some erratic performances in the tournament so far and have got themselves in a must-win situation. However, it is Bangladesh who need to win this one more badly than England.
A look at the points table will tell you why. England, for now, have five points from four games. This has been brought about by a win against Netherlands and South Africa, both close games, apart from a tied game against India and a loss to Ireland.
They have this game against Bangladesh followed by the match against the West Indies side to go and they need one win from the two to more or less cement their place in the next round.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have played three and won one. The losses to India and especially to the West Indies were one-sided. The win against Ireland came after some struggle. Clearly, they have much work to do before they go into this game but they would know that a loss here will end their chances given that they have one game to go against South Africa as well.
England were hit by a couple of major injuries. They are without their newly assigned opening batsman in Kevin Pietersen and have also lost their opening pace bowler Stuart Broad â€“ both of whom have been ruled out of the competition due to injuries. This will mean that the English side will need to replace the two with a batsman and a bowler respectively.
In all probability one of Ajmal Shehzad or Chris Tremlett will come into the side in place of Broad whereas Eoin Morgan should walk straight into the middle order. Pietersenâ€™s place as the opening bat will also be replaced by Matt Prior. Earlier, Prior would open the innings with Strauss but Pietersen had come in at the top in his place.
Michael Yardy and Graeme Swann will continue to be Englandâ€™s two spinners but it will be interesting to see whether the side thinks of the dewy conditions for this day-night game.
Bangladesh will need to make a change or two from their last loss that they lost to 58. For one, the batting needs to be relooked at â€“ getting in Shahriar Nafees could be a good idea. On the other hand, the bowling could be allowed to remain the same given that they have not had the best of chances so far.
Bangladesh vs England Match Report
Bangladesh stunned England in the World Cup game at Chittagong
Kayes was the man of the match
Bangladesh beat England in a stunning game at the ZAC Stadium in Chittagong to stay alive in the World Cup. The win came off 49 overs and saw Bangladesh lose eight wickets before they got there.
The game was Englandâ€™s fifth successive thrilling contest and one thought that they should have won the contest from the situation that they were in at one stage. Bangladesh had lost eight wickets and on a sticky wicket, needed 57 to win off 62 balls. With only their lower-order remaining, it was obvious that England were in the driverâ€™s seat to take home the game.
However, a ninth wicket stand between Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam saw the side through to a shocking win. England, who had earlier scored 225 batting first, had lost their second successive game to a lesser nation after having gone down to Ireland in the first one.
England started off poorly when they batted as they lost three wicket for 53 before the recovery came in the form of Jonathon Trott and Eoin Morgan. Trott has been the batsman that the side has been relying on for some time now whereas Morgan, who was a replacement for the injured Pietersen, was playing in his first game.
The two added a century for the fourth wicket and at 162/3 in the 39th over, the English should have got to about 250. Instead, they collapsed and were bowled out to the Bangladeshi spinners for 225.
In reply, Bangladesh were off to a flier as Tamim Iqbal added 52 for the first wicket with Imrul Kayes. One wicket got them three, but at 155/3 in 31 overs, life seemed easy for the side.
However, a middle-order collapse meant that the side had lost five wickets for 14 runs to Ajmal Shahzad and were staring at defeat. Islam and Mahmudullah saved the day for the side.
The win for Bangladesh throws the Group B wide open. It means that India are at the top with seven points from four games but have two tough games against South Africa and West Indies remaining. West Indies have six from four with matches against Bangladesh and India.
South Africa have four from three with India, Ireland and Bangladesh remaining, which means there is a good chance that they will win at least two of them. On the other hand, England have five from five and have one game against West Indies remaining, while Bangladesh have four from four and play Netherlands and South Africa. Outsiders Ireland play Netherlands and South Africa and have two points in their bag.