I thought Mashrafe Mortaza
handled the Bangladesh attack very well with some bowling changes that paid off. Mashrafe’s use of Shakib Al Hasan
and his performance always kept England in check. It's always a good sign of team spirit when run-outs happen and Moeen Ali's gifting away of his wicket to a needless run-out really got Bangladesh believing they could win.
There was a time when Ian Bell
and Alex Hales
were together that the game looked to be moving away from Bangladesh, but Bangladesh took regular wickets and Bell's dismissal by Rubel
was the turning point. When an out of form Eoin Morgan
went to a very good catch on the boundary by Shakib in the same over, Rubel’s pace forcing the blind hook, the game was Bangladesh's to win.
Even with that it was close, Bangladesh fielded well and kept on pressing and they were the better side. It's astonishing to think that we are in the second half of a World Cup without England, but that's what happens when your players don't play to their potential.
Bangladesh’s certainly have and considering they won the game with neither Tamim nor Shakib contributing with the bats, shows that they have a lot to offer. New Zealand
is next, and after that the quarter-finals.
Bangladesh can carry this positivity forward. 2015 © ICC Development (International) Limited