Monday, March 26, 2007

Clippings: Bangladesh beat Bermuda to reach Super 8

Mohammad Ashraful drove a boundary down the ground to secure Bangladesh's place in the Super Eights at the World Cup with a seven-wicket win over Bermuda.
In a match interrupted four times by rain, and reduced to 21 overs a side, Bangladesh reached the victory target of 96 with almost four overs to spare.
Ashraful was unbeaten on 29 from 32 balls and Saqibul Hasan was not out 26, the pair steadying Bangladesh after a brief wobble had them at 3-31.
India, the 1983 champions and runners-up at the last World Cup, needed Bermuda to upset Bangladesh to reach the Super Eights.
Instead, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and co. will be heading home with India's worst record at a World Cup since 1979.
It was the first time Bangladesh had advanced beyond the first round at the quadrennial tournament.
After winning the toss and sending Bangladesh in, Bangladesh restricted Bermuda to 9-94 in 21 overs with Abdur Razzaq taking 3-20.
After a stop-start innings, Dean Minors led the scoring for Bermuda with 23 runs from 25 balls, including a six in the last over.
Only four batsmen reached double figures, with Bermuda's only professional player, David Hemp, out for a duck.
Bermuda, a country of less than 65,000 people, were the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup.
They had two big losses to India and Sri Lanka and the chances of pulling an upset over Bangladesh were remote.
Sri Lanka advanced unbeaten from Group B, while Bangladesh upset India by five wickets and finished second in the group with two wins from three.

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