Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh send England home

ENGLAND’S calamitous World Cup campaign suffered its final indignity as a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh sent them crashing out of the tournament amid controversy in Adelaide.

Rubel Hossain (L) and Mashrafe Mortaza lead the celebrations after Bangladesh dumped England out of the world cup. Picture: Getty
Rubel Hossain (L) and Mashrafe Mortaza lead the celebrations after Bangladesh dumped England out of the world cup. Picture: Getty

Eoin Morgan’s men were consigned to a group-stage exit, alongside the likes of the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, after failing to chase down 275 for seven.

It was an achievable target just large enough to tease the nerves out of a chastened England team as they were bowled out for 260 in 48.3 overs.

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England had some reason to feel aggrieved, however, after Chris Jordan was contentiously adjudged run out by third umpire Simon Fry after Jos Buttler had kick-started a rousing comeback with 65 from 52 balls.

Rubel Hossain claimed four wickets for Bangladesh after Mohammad Mahmudullah posted the team’s first World Cup century in a competitive, but achievable, 275-7 at the Adelaide Oval.

Mahmudullah scored 103 in a defiant 141-run stand with half century-maker Mushfiqur Rahim to lead Bangladesh back from a disastrous start.

England’s batsmen appeared uncomfortable and often overawed in reply and was all out for 260 in the 49th over.

England needed to beat Bangladesh and then Afghanistan in its last two pool matches to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

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