ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: England vs Bangladesh, Pool A match in Adelaide in caricatures
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A crucial match between England and Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 for a spot in the quarter-final was played in Adelaide on Monday. Both teams were under tremendous pressure but it was Bangladesh who held their nerve in the end to win the match by 15 runs sending England back home, nice and early. The joy on the faces of the team as well as the fans in Adelaide was unmatchable and something to cherish and remember for times to come. (Pick of the tweets: England vs Bangladesh)

England had won the toss and chose to field. A maiden century from Mahmudullah (103), the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup hundred scripted an emphatic victory over England which sealed the quarter-final berth for the team from Asia in the 2015 edition. Mahmudullah’s fantastic innings earned him the man-of-the-match and he was well aided by Mushfiqur Rahim (89) and Soumya Sarkar (40) to post a total of 275 for seven wickets in 50 overs. The England bowlers had another average day with the ball but James Anderson (two for 45) bowled well along with the returning Chris Jordan (two for 59). (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

England, while batting, never looked in the mode to chase. If Mahmudullah rose with the bat, Rubel Hossain (four for 59) did the job with the ball for Bangladesh. He picked wickets at important junctures which limited England to 260 all out in 48.3 overs. Jos Buttler (65), Ian Bell (63) and Chris Woakes (42) tried their best but all in vain as the other batsmen failed to step up to confront the pressure put in by the Bangladeshi bowlers. This is Bangladesh’s second consecutive World Cup win over England; they had defeated the English side during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 edition as well. (Twitter reactions: England knocked out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015)

The win puts Bangladesh in third position in the points table and confirms their quarter-final spot. England bow out of the tournament along with Scotland and Afghanistan. Bangladesh next plays New Zealand on Friday, March 13 while England, on the same day, faces Afghanistan.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 275 for 7 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur Rahim 89, Soumya Sarkar 40; James Anderson 2-45, Chris Jordan 2-59) btEngland 260 all out in 48.3 overs (Jos Buttler 65, Ian Bell 63, Chris Woakes 42; Rubel Hossain 4-59, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-48, Taskin Ahmed 2-59) – by 15 runs