England v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bristol July 10, 2010

Bangladesh finally find belief


For Cardiff, Trinidad and Johannesburg you can now add Bristol to the list of venues that will forever hold a special place in Bangladesh hearts. Nobody would have given them a prayer of beating England, but somehow the visitors dug deeper than many thought possible and finally nailed the final big-name scalp that has eluded their grasp.

Whatever Mashrafe Mortaza said to his players after their defeat at Trent Bridge he should write that speech down and save it for the rest of his career. With each loss that has been notched up this year - and the count had reached 24 by today - the players would wear a resigned look as though it was all that was expected, but this time something changed and they found belief.

When England slipped to 90 for 4 there was still the feeling that they would reach the target, as there was when Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad added 43 for the eighth wicket. Even as Ian Bell hobbled out at No. 11 with a broken foot it was the sort of scene where Bangladesh could have been denied at the last. They were so desperate for the victory that players pulled out the stumps when James Anderson was dismissed only to see it wasn't over.

"They pulled the stumps and suddenly Bell came out but at the end of the day I'm very happy," Mortaza said. "We are feeling very good. It's been 250 days since we won so people will be very happy about this win and the dressing room is very happy."

Andrew Strauss and Craig Kieswetter had given England a positive start, but Mortaza felt his team had a chance once they'd made inroads into the middle order. "I told every bowler to give 100% and it was important that we take wickets in the Powerplay and also in the middle overs," he said.

"I think the Collingwood wicket was the turning point and also when Eoin Morgan got out as he's in very good form. But it was only when the last man got out that I was sure we would win."

Jamie Siddons, the coach, has often been a frustrated onlooker as his players repeated the same mistakes and he had his head in his hands on a few occasions as the team batted. He has often bemoaned their lack of awareness in key situations and has often been especially scathing about the bowling. Now they have won them a match he hoped the belief would grow.

"It's hard to keep getting beaten and keep getting them up," Siddons said. "Now I think they realise they can beat anyone. It's unbelievable. I would have thought England were on top of the world and capable of beating everyone. So to beat them at home.. it's a brilliant win."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Prash ganan) man listen bangladesh deserve credit for there victory. Because They are a thriving country. Loses and wins are with everyone. So good job bangladesh wish you all the best is in the future and good that you shutted Geoffry boycott. AND JOY BANGLA FORVER TILL THE DAY WE DIE......

  • Mashroof on July 11, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    @Girikula-Please have a little bit of shame.cricket is a game and anything can happen here ,which is called the glorious uncertainty of cricket.How can you be so sure that Bangladesh will lose tomorrow??I am sure you were very sure that Indian team would lose only "once" against Zimbabwe in the last tri series. I have seen some encouraging comments from the Indians,my heartiest gratitude to them.

  • Sagir on July 11, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    @Prash.. you would understand why it is such a fantastic moment for them if you were a bangladeshi.. for that matter i am an indian but i remember the days when every victory for the indian team was a big achievement.... i congratulate the Bangladeshis on this hard fought win and hope that this is the catalyst they need to be more consistent and sensibly aggressive in their approach to the game.. i am waiting for the final match of this series and IF Bangladesh win again, i would love to see/read what Mr Miller has to say..

  • sanin on July 11, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    I can see some people having weird problems to admit that Bd fought hard to win the last match. First of all know how to criticize, its not a WAR, its a GAME.

    England Fought their heart out to get back in the game, but they failed. So don't say it was a FLUKE.

  • Girish on July 11, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Congrats Masrafe. Well done! Indians can understand celebration of Bangladeshi's and take part in their joy. But as most BDs are writing here - don't have too much expectations. You have talent, but you have a long way to go as a team. Guys like Mortaza needs sometime to settle the team. Don't give the captaincy to whoever scores or takes wickets as its not a joke to lead a team. Hold on.... be ready to accept series defeat again....as its no B level team, but ENG. You can dream of series win against likes of IRE, SCOT etc.. that could be reality. cheers!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Bangladesh promises time and again beating good teams in some delayed intervals. But it goes down rather as a mistake of the team loosing ie "an upset" because of their inconsistency. Bangladesh is now a balanced team. Under a good coach and an intelligent captain they must know what their roles are. But it doesn't mean that they are the best or they are going to beat good teams in regular. Its more about putting up a decent match. Its better for the country its better for Cricket.

    Bangladesh needs to get the balance soon. Otherwise Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Ireland and even Afganistan may just suddenly become more than just a threat to deal with.

    ..... Good luck Bangladesh .....

  • Mashroof on July 11, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    ///Bangladesh are being touted as great and being able to beat any team. That is the biggest joke i've heard all year///

    Dear Prash Ganen,I don't think this "joke" was very funny for the Indian team in 2007 WC when they were sent packing after being defeated by the tigers.And by the way, we Bangladeshis never claim that we are the best,this is just an imagination of your fertile brain.I don't think you belong to any cricketing nation which was not defeated by the tigers.We do not claim ourselves great but we claim that we are able to beat any tim(we actually did).Unfortunately,jealous people like you cannot accept the fact that new teams like Bangladesh can beat the so called "elites".Too bad,that's not much sign of sound cricketing sense.But i agree with u about Ashraful...such a waste of talent!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    first of all thanks for your concern for Bangladesh!!answer to your quest is , if somebody thinks our team gone over the moon he is dead wrong but if somebody also thinks we are incapable of playing against a county team and not at all improving that is also wrong and insulting indeed......unfortunately the later class appears more than the first!!! Think like this "Bangladesh cricket team is a child and growing up...so their parents is over emotional about it(Bangladeshi supports ). everybody plz be patient with their performance..

  • Sumon on July 11, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    @ Prash Ganen yes ,ur India is a great team there is no doubt but u should knw that India had also bad time.Nd u r playing cricket from the very beginning of the birth of cricket.So ur team should have the position they r holding now.Btw don't forget our junior cricketer r also very talented as they shown recently in many occasions.They r also capable of being an International icon.Most important thing is that we support Indian cricket team nd personally I'm also a great fan of ur some great cricketers like Sachin ,Ganguly ,Dravid,Azharuudin...bt u Indian don't like any other countries I'm sorry friend I'm not blaming u ..it's true as @ Duronto Megh already mentions some of that.We r happy the way our cricket is going nd we hope our success will be more consistent as the day progress.We r very proud of our cricket team nd as a nation.so I don't aware of comments like u.gd luck Bangladesh ....long live Bangladesh. :-)

  • gohar on July 11, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @Duronto Megh ............lol realy amazing after reading this comment realized how great bangladesh is................lol, dont forget ur humilating defeats in awaay and home games

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