Bangla skipper vows to seek entry into WC 2011 knockout phase

March 12th, 2011 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Chittagong (Bangladesh), Mar. 12 (ANI): Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan has vowed to “fight to the end” to secure an entry into the World Cup knockout phase after his team’s dramatic two-wicket win over England on Friday.

The home side restricted England to 225 all out and made a good start to their reply, looking comfortable at 155-3 before a collapse saw them lose five wickets for just 14 runs.

But Mohammad Mahmudullah (21) and Shafiul Islam (24) took the score from a perilous 169-8 to 227-8, guiding Bangladesh to a nervy two-wicket victory.

“It means a hell of a lot to the whole country. We all know we’re very emotional about cricket. It was a great win for us and hopefully we’ll kick on from here. No matter what happens we’ll fight to the end,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Shakib, as saying.

A disappointed England captain Andrew Strauss said: “We struggled a little bit with the bat although I thought 225 was a competitive total. We needed to bowl and field well but didn’t do that as well as we would have liked. We got ourselves in a great position to win the game but in the end we couldn’t take those final two wickets. We’re bitterly disappointed and we have to bounce back well against the West Indies.” (ANI)

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