Bangladesh lands World Cup quarter-final spot

Cricket with Dalchan Bissoon

Mahmudullah – maiden ODI century.
Mahmudullah – maiden ODI century.

Bangladesh defeated England by 15 runs in a dramatic finish and grabbed a quarter-final spot in Pool A of the ICC World Cup.

The match was played last Monday at Adelaide Oval in Australia.

Bangladesh made 275 for seven wickets with Mahmudullah scoring his maiden ODI century 103. England in reply scored 260 all out in 48.3 overs.

India continues their winning streak after beating Ireland comfortably by eight wickets last Tuesday, at Hamilton, New Zealand, which confirms they will top Pool B in the World Cup and also a place in the quarter-final.

Ireland posted 259 all out in 49 overs. India in reply scored 260 for two wickets with Shikhar Dhawan scoring his second World Cup century and shared in an opening partnership of 174 with Rohit Sharma who made 64.

In another match yesterday, Sri Lanka cruised to an easy victory over Scotland at Bellerive Oval in Australia.

Sri Lanka scored 363 for nine wickets with centuries from T. Dilshan at 104 and K. Sangakkara at 124.  Sangakkara, in scoring this century, became the first player in ODI history to score centuries in four consecutive innings and also the first to make four hundreds in one World Cup.

Scotland in reply reached 215 all out in 43.1 overs and remained in last place.

Points standings at the end of the 35th match yesterday (March 11):  Pool A – New Zealand 10 points; Sri Lanka 8; Australia 7; Bangladesh 7; England 2; Afghanistan 2 and Scotland 0.

Pool B – India 10; South Africa 6; Pakistan 6; Ireland 6; West Indies 4; Zimbabwe 2 and United Arab Emirates 0.

West Indies play their final match against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday (March 15) at McLean Park in New Zealand.

The first of four quarter-finals starts Wednesday, March 18, at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia with Sri Lanka vs TBC.