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Bangladesh win shatters India's WC dream

Bermuda put up a spirited performance, but fail to stop Bangladesh from entering WC Super Eight stage.

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2007 03:47 IST

By beating Bermuda in the last of the World Cup league matches, Bangladesh have entered the Super Eight, ending India's Cup campaign.

Defending a meagre total of 94, Bermuda put up a spirited performance and kept the match alive. But Bangladesh were more than a match for the minnows. Tension could be seen on Bangladesh batsmen as Bermudan bowlers plucked three wickets quite early and few of them got life as well. But at the end it was a seven-wicket win for the South Asian country.

Being asked to bat first, Bermuda posted 94 for 9 against Bangladesh in the rain-curtailed World Cup Group 'B' cricket one-dayer.

The tie was reduced to 21 overs a side after the start was delayed by 2-1/2 hours followed by four stoppages, the last of them about an hour and 25 minutes, due to rain.

Bermuda smashed 49 runs in the last six overs to set a respectable target for the Asian team which needs a win to qualify for the Super Eight.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dean Minors (23) led the charge while Lionel Cann (16) provided suitable support.

Opener Oliver Pitcher (22) was the other notable contributor.

Bangladesh made early inroads into the Bermuda line up and reduced the minnows to 17 for three by the eighth over.

Right-arm pacer Mashrafe Mortaza struck in the first over when left-handed opener Steve Outerbridge tried to hook him and was caught by Mohammad Rafique at fine leg for zero.

Mortaza followed it up with the scalp of Deylone Borden, caught by captain Habibul Bashar for two, in the first ball off the fifth over.

David Hemp, the lone professional in the Bermuda team, then cut Syed Rasel straight to Aftab Ahmed at point.

First Published: Mar 25, 2007 19:33 IST