Bristol: Bangladesh won for the first time in 25 matches and enjoyed their first victory over England in any format with a stunning five-run success in the second one-day international here on Saturday. They defended a seemingly below par total of 236 to bowl England out for 231 with three balls to spare.
Bangladesh had lost 24 matches in all formats since beating Zimbabwe by one wicket in a one-day international in Chittagong in November and came into this match on the back of Thursday's six-wicket series-opening loss at Trent Bridge. But now they can dream of winning the three-match campaign 2-1 in the concluding match at Edgbaston on Monday.
"After losing 24 matches in a row, this dressing room had not really been happy," said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, the man of the match after scoring 22 and taking two for 42. "The dressing room is happy now. "We have been working hard in the nets and we hoped that it would come. "Jamie Siddons, Bangladesh's coach, said he was stunned by a win which came against an England side who'd recently beaten world champions Australia 3-2 in a one-day series.
The tigers had never beaten England previously in any format. The two teams clashed for the first time in 2000.
"It's hard to keep getting beaten and keep getting them up."Now I think they (the Bangladesh players) realise they can beat anyone," he added after a win that gave them at least one victory against all of cricket's leading nations.The Australian added: "It's unbelievable. I would have thought England were on top of the world and capable of beating everyone."So to beat them at home.. it's a brilliant win.
"England nearly avoided an embarrassing defeat thanks to Jonathan Trott's career-best 94.However, Trott, in his first ODI since playing against his native South Africa in Port Elizabeth in November, was last man out when caught behind off Shafiul Islam.The paceman held his nerve to finish with two wickets for 38 runs.Admittedly Ian Bell - who made 84 not out at Trent Bridge on Thursday - did not come out to bat until England were nine wickets down and needing 10 off the last over, after breaking his foot while diving to try to take a catch during Bangladesh's innings.
But the Tigers were without Raqibul Hasan, who top-scored for them with 76 at Trent Bridge but had his toe broken by a James Anderson yorker in the process and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was ruled out after being hit in the face during the same match.
"We've only got ourselves to blame," said England captain Andrew Strauss. "We were not at the races, added the opener, whose side collapsed to 115 for five."We can't expect to turn up and win but you musn't take anything away from Bangladesh who deserved the win."
England were 166 for seven in the 40th over when Stuart Broad joined Trott.The duo got the target down to 36 off five overs.But their stand of 43 was broken when Broad, on 21, was well caught by a leaping Shakib at backward point off a flashing square drive from Mortaza's first ball back.England needed 23 off the last two overs and then Trott inside edged a four off Mortaza before, next ball, driving the seamerdown the ground for a boundary.However, off the final ball of the penultimate over, Anderson was caught and bowled for two by Mortaza.
Bell, with Eoin Morgan as a runner, came out to bat but Trott was on strike.Trott took twos off the first two balls but was caught behind off the next to end a 129-ball innings that featured just eight fours.England saw Strauss (33) and Craig Kieswetter (20) make a rapid start.But paceman Rubel Hossain, in for dropped spinner Faisal Hossain, struck twice as both openers, as happened on Thursday, fell in quick succession.
Strauss tried to uppercut Rubel but steered him to stand-in wicketkeeper Jahurul Islam.And 49 for one became 58 for two when