Unfortunately, English cricket is probably NEVER going to live down the loss to cricketing powerhouse Ireland. And there has been more of the same overnight; Bangladesh has upset the Mother Country with a hard-fought two wicket win against England in Chittagong. Cricinfo reports:
Shafiul Islam raised Bangladesh's World Cup campaign from the dead, as he turned yet another astonishing contest on its head with a breathtaking assault in the batting Powerplay to leave England stunned by their fifth cliffhanger in consecutive contests, and facing their own make-or-break encounter with West Indies in Chennai next week.
In another unbearably tense finale, Bangladesh's ninth-wicket pair of Shafiul and Mahmudullah transformed a futile situation with glorious blaze of strokeplay, as they turned an asking rate of 57 in 62 balls into a glorious victory with an over to spare. The honour of the winning hit went to Mahmudullah, who belted a Tim Bresnan full-toss through the covers for four to queue pandemonium among the most passionate cricket supporters in the world, but it was Shafiul's refusal to accept defeat that ultimately paved the way for glory.
Incredibly, England still sits at third in the Group B standings. However South Africa and Bangladesh each sit just a point behind the inventors of the game, and have games in hand over the English. England faces an absolute must-win match against the West Indies in Chennai next Thursday, whilst Bangladesh has yet to play the Netherlands, and should leap-frog England.
Oh, how the mighty are fallen. Two months ago England won an Ashes series in Australia, cricket's Holy Grail. This morning, they face the very real prospect of not making the World Cup quarter-finals, in what could become cricket's most famous penthouse-to-outhouse descent.