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Poor show! Dismal England lose to Bangladesh!

England will now have to rely on other results to qualify for the next round of the cricket world cup after losing to Bangladesh from a commanding position. England didn’t at all get to grips with the batting conditions being bowled out for only 225 just two balls shy of their 50 over allocation. The only contributions of note was Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan who hit 67 and 63 respectively; captain Andrew Strauss was third highest scorer with 18 runs which just about sums up the England batting performance. Bangladesh got off to a great start in their innings; racing upto 155 runs for the loss of four wickets before a middle order collapse that saw Bangladesh slump to 169 – 8 and England looked odds-on favourite to win the game. But Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam had other ideas hitting 58 from 56 balls; some pretty classy batting for a ninth wicket stand. England didn’t help their own cause by giving away 33 extras; 23 of those were wide deliveries. England have no-one to blame but themselves for this loss; the bowling was loose; missing both line and length with the exception of Ajmal Shahzad who was England’s leading wicket taker; claiming three wickets for 43 runs. Bangladesh won the game by two wickets with a whole over to spare; despite England’s poor performance; I have to say well done to Bangladesh for getting the job done when the odds were against them, world class performance from their tail! England now need to win their final game against the West Indies and hope that other results go their way to progress to the next stage of the competition.

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