Joyful Bangladesh vow to fight to the end
WORLD CUP CRICKET: CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, March 12 (AFP) -
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan pledged his team would “fight to the
end” to secure qualification for the World Cup knockout phase after a
dramatic win over England on Friday.
The home side restricted England to 225 all out and made a good start
to their reply, looking comfortable at 155-3 before a collapse saw them
lose five wickets for just 14 runs.
But Mohammad Mahmudullah (21) and Shafiul Islam (24) took the score
from a perilous 169-8 to 227-8, guiding Bangladesh to a nervy two-wicket
victory. “I thought Mahmudullah and Shafiul batted exceptionally well.
At one stage we thought we’d lost the game but they showed their
character, how tough they are and how hard-working,” said Shakib.“I
thought we’d lost the game but they just played outstandingly. I can’t
describe how well they batted,” he said.
“It means a hell of a lot to the whole country. We all know we’re
very emotional about cricket.”