Cardiff: Bangladesh have improved by leaps and bounds in the last two years or so. And that has reflected upon their Champions Trophy results this year as they have made the semifinals and will play India on Thursday. Let us see their Road to the Last Four:
Bangladesh lost to England by 8 wickets
England won the toss in the campaign opener and decided to send Bangladesh in. But the Tigers responded brilliantly by putting up a tough fight against the England bowling attack.
Tamim Iqbal starred for them with a 142-ball 148 and later in the innings Mushfiqur Rahim slammed 79 runs to get Bangladesh to a fighting total of 305.
But then England came out all guns blazing. Alex Hales (95), Joe Root (133) and Eoin Morgan (75) made a mockery of Bangladesh’s total as they got across the line with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare. Root bagged the man-of-the-match for his stunning century.
Australia vs Bangladesh: No Result
Bangladesh next had to face the mighty Australians at the Oval. They chose to bat first after winning the toss, a decision which backfired for Mashrafe Mortaza’s side. Only Tamim Iqbal produced a scintillating 95 as the Tigers were bowled out for just 182.
In reply, Australia looked well in course to chase down the total amassing 83 in 16 overs but then rain played spoiltsport. It rescued Bangladesh from an almost certain defeat and the abandoned game resulted in points being split.
Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 5 wickets
New Zealand chose to bat first on the surface at Cardiff and at one stage were coasting at 201/3 but then Ross Taylor was dismissed by Taskin Ahmed which triggered a collapse.
The rest of the Kiwi batsmen could only take their total up to 265 in 50 overs. Bangladesh thought they were in with a chance but those hopes were dashed early on in the innings as they lost four quick wickets.
Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah they slowly but steadily built a partnership. The duo put on a record breaking 224 runs for the fifth wicket and by the time it ended Bangladesh were on the threshold of victory.
Shakib was awarded the man-of-the-match for his knock of 114 runs.
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