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England bounce out Bangladesh for paltry total

Mahmoud most impressive among pacers

- BY K.R. NAYAR Staff Reporter

were hoping to rake in big money seem completely at a loss following the exit of the popular teams.

Outside Kensington Oval stood Sarah Brown, a 50year-old lady who has been selling fast food at the internatio­nal cricket matches, totally shattered — wondering how she would overcome the big loss. She has stocked huge inventory and even hired cooks from Guyana.

Aware of the fact that both India and Pakistan are out of the tournament and there would only be fewer people to watch the game, Sarah was aghast when the authoritie­s suddenly decided to lift restrictio­ns on bringing food to the grounds. With West Indies too out of the tournament, it was very clear that the crowd would be thin now.

England bounced out Bangladesh for a paltry 143 runs on a fast wicket the Kensington Oval yesterday.

Twenty-year-old Saqibul Hasan, displaying the maturity of an experience­d player, hit an unbeaten 57 runs. It was a poor batting display from the Bangladesh team that had stunned the South Africans with their batting prowess on April 7.

After Sajid Mahmoud, James Anderson and Andrew Flintoff wiped off the top order, Monty Panesar spun out the Bangladesh tail with a three-wicket spell. Mahmoud stood out among the pacers with an excellent line and length to finish with three wickets.

England skipper Michael Vaughan elected to field, reading the wicket correctly that it would help his pacers. Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal almost proved him wrong. He hit the second and fourth ball of the first over from Anderson for boundaries.

Well-timed flick

The first boundary was a beautifull­y timed flick off the wrist through the mid wicket and the second one was a lofted drive over the extra cover. Just when the crowd was beginning to settle down to watch Iqbal in full flow, Mahmoud got him out. Iqbal played the third ball of the second over from Mahmoud into the hands of Paul Collingwoo­d, who ran from gully towards slips and took the catch.

Mahmoud would have got the wicket of Shahriar Nafees too, but Vaughan dropped the easy catch at widish midwicket. He threw the ball with disgust into the wicket keeper Nixon’s gloves and this resulted in a surprise wicket.

Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar, who ran towards the wicketkeep­er with his eyes at the catch, got run out.

 ?? AP ?? A dejected West Indies captain Brian Lara walks back after being dismissed for 21 during their make-or-break Super Eight match against South Africa St George's, Grenada on Tuesday.
AP A dejected West Indies captain Brian Lara walks back after being dismissed for 21 during their make-or-break Super Eight match against South Africa St George's, Grenada on Tuesday.
 ?? Reuters ?? Bangladesh's Saqibul Hasan, who showed some resistance with an unbeaten 57, in action against England during their Super Eight tie.
Reuters Bangladesh's Saqibul Hasan, who showed some resistance with an unbeaten 57, in action against England during their Super Eight tie.

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