England v Bangladesh, World Cup, Group A, Adelaide March 9, 2015

Mahmudullah's ton knocks England out of World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff
Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup century and his innings helped his side beat England by 15 run to qualify for the Quarter-finals of World Cup 2015.

Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup century and his innings helped his side beat England by 15 run to qualify for the Quarter-finals of World Cup 2015.

Bangladesh were off to a shaky start and lost two-early wickets after England's captain, Eoin Morgan, won the toss and put them in to bat first.

James Anderson dismissed Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal in the first three overs and it was left to Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar to restore some order in their innings.

The duo dropped anchor and added 86 runs for the third wicket. Sarkar's departure in the 21st over gave England an opportunity to seize the initiative and they did so after they dismissed Shakib Al Hasan an over later.

Bangladesh stood at 99 for four at that stage. It was then that Mushfiqur Rahim joined forces with Mahmudullah. They took their side past the 200-run mark in the 41st over.

Mahmudullah smashed seven fours and two sixes in his match-winning knock. He was eventually dismissed, in the 46th over, for 103 from 138 balls. Rahim was the next to fall but the middle-order heroics helped Bangladesh post 275 in their innings.

England's top-order got starts but failed to capitalise and lost wickets regularly. At the 36-over mark, England looked in trouble at 163 for six. Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes were the only lower-middle order batsmen to find runs. But Buttler' dismissal for 65 in the 46th over left the tail exposed and they managed just nine runs between them. England managed 260 in reply.

"Really impressed by the attitude of our boys," Mahmudullah said. "All the boys chipped in and everything went well. I was just trying to bat properly and not think too much. Soumya batted really well, along with Mushy, who was the aggressor towards the end. We thought we were about 15-20 runs short initially, but we thought that if we got early wickets, then we were in with a chance. For us this victory is really special, and thank to all of the fans for supporting us. Tamim is one of the best fielders in our team, so a catch can be dropped in the match. The way Rubel bowled those last two balls, was just something really special."

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