ADELAIDE, SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA (MARCH 9, 2015) (REUTERS PICTURES) – The Bangladesh team were delighted after they shocked England with a 15-run victory in a Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Adelaide, Australia on Monday (March 9).
After Mohammad Mahmudullah hit a century to help Bangladesh make a total of 275, bowlers Robel Hossain with four wickets and two apiece for Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed saw England dismissed for 260 to confirm Bangladesh’s place in the quarter-finals and ensure England’s exit from the competition.
“I think it’s a great ovation for us, a great win for us, really happy for the boys, the way they fought in the middle. Special thanks to the bowlers, how they bowled, especially Rubel (Hossain), Mash (captain Mashrafe Nortaza) did a great job as well, and Taskin (Ahmed) chipped in as well, so I’m really happy for them as well,” said Mahmudullah after the match.
For England captain Eoin Morgan, who was dismissed without scoring for the fourth time in his last ODI innings, the result was a huge disappointment.
“Extremely disappointed, because within the group, there was a lot of belief and expectation again to go further than this. I think it’s more surprise than anything,” he said.
England coach Peter Moores was similarly disappointed, but said that he wanted time to think about where the team should go from here.
“I don’t think that, at the moment… I’m thinking every day as a coach, look at things you could’ve done and if you got it right, and that’s normal. At a time like now, you feel hollow inside, you feel hugely disappointed, so you’re not going to do a lot of thinking apart from the disappointment you’ve got for a campaign where you had a huge ambition to come in, and help the team do well for their country and we haven’t done that, so any analysis of anything else, the looking back I do later, not today,” said Moores.
Morgan’s future as captain is one of the aspects that is likely to be considered, but the 28-year-old insisted that he wants to carry on playing international cricket.
“I certainly want to play one-day cricket. I still aspire to play test cricket. The captaincy is something I’ve enjoyed. Working with Peter (Moores) has been brilliant; I’ve learnt a lot from him and a lot about myself working with the team,” said Morgan.