10 years of Bangladesh’s first World Cup win at home

Wordsmith: Subhani Alfi

10 years ago on February 25th, Bangladesh won their first-ever match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on their home soil.  

It was their second match of the tournament after the mammoth defeat at the hands of India in the opening game of the World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal Khan and Imrul Kayes started in a thunderous fashion as they posted 50/0 in only 5.4 overs which was the FASTEST team fifty in that world cup up to that point.

However, a smart Ireland made Bangladesh batting collapse in a remarkable fashion – one that was a trademark of the Tigers’ batting lineup throughout the tournament.

Bangladesh went from 50/0 in 5.4 overs to 147/4 in 33.4 overs to 205/10 in 49.2 overs.

Morning doesn’t show the day. It’s just a proverb. A massive proof of that was in that match. However, this encounter between the two bottom ranked minnows was far from over. 

Set with a daunting task of defending just 205 runs in 50 overs only days after conceding 370 runs in 50 overs to India, Bangladesh needed out of the box stuff to try and win the game.

And they did exactly that by bringing Ashraful into the attack who made an immediate impact with two strikes and AN ICONIC CELEBRATION. 

However, despite all these, Ireland was absolutely cruising towards their target at 150/5 in 36 overs requiring just 56 runs from 14 overs, which is, 84 legal balls. It should have been a cakewalk for the Irishmen but that was not the case. 

With spinners bowling the chunk of overs up until then, Bangladesh decided to bring in Shafiul Islam, who went on to have his own World Cup moment as he absolutely STOLE the game for the Tigers with a massive 4-21 off 8 overs. 

With 27 runs away from the victory, Ireland lost their last 5 wickets for the exact 27 runs.

Another interesting and coincidental stat was that both teams lost their 6th wickets for 151 runs but Bangladesh managed to get 27 runs more than the Irish.

Tamim Iqbal was given the man of the match award for his thunderous 44 runs off just 43 balls but in my opinion, Shafiul Islam deserved it more for snatching the win away from the jaws of defeat. 

The game might have been a low scoring one between two rising minnows of world cricket, but it was an absolute box office one for sure. And it sure did send everyone in Bangladesh into a frenzy ( which didn’t last too many days by the way because of the 58-gate against Windies in the very next match). 


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