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World T20: Bangladesh hails 'valiant' Tigers

Press Trust of India |March 22, 2016, 4:32 PM IST
World T20: Bangladesh hails 'valiant' Tigers

Dhaka: Bangladesh hailed its "valiant" cricketers on Tuesday after a narrow three-wicket loss to giants Australia at the World Twenty20 that all but puts the Tigers out of the tournament.

The Aussies condemned Bangladesh to a second straight defeat but a late fight back by Mashrafe Mortaza's depleted side earned universal praise from print and social media in the cricket-mad nation.

"Valiant Tigers go down fighting," declared the Dhaka Tribune.

The New Age and Daily Star newspapers also praised Bangladesh's "fighting" spirit in Monday's Super 10 Group Two match in Bangalore.

"Just loved the team's effort. It was a great game! I'm proud of the way the Tigers played tonight," Bangladeshi fan Sharjana Alam wrote on Facebook.

Australia opener Usman Khawaja hit a quick 50 as his team successfully chased down Bangladesh's total of 156 for five, with only nine balls to spare.

But Bangladesh's string of bowlers had mounted a spirited attack after suffering a devastating blow when ace pacer Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny were suspended for illegal bowling actions at the weekend.

The team's most successful batsman Tamim Iqbal, who has been in great form prior to the match, was also pulled out at the last moment after he suffered stomach trouble.

"Good incisive bowling by Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan created an exciting chance for victory," wrote former Bangladeshi captain Gazi Ashraf in the Bengali Prothom Alo daily, ruing some missed catches.

Bangladesh, who qualified from the preliminary round for the Super 10 stage, lost heavily to Pakistan in their opening match and sit bottom of Group Two, leaving them virtually no chance of making the semis.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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