Media slams England for poor outing vs Bangladesh

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 17:44 PM IST

London: English media on Saturday pulled up Andrew Strauss-led England cricket team for putting up a shoddy performance against the minnows Bangladesh which has left it at the brink of an early exit from World Cup.

"Crash, Bang, Walloped" is how `The Sun` termed the mauling which England received at the hands of the Bengal tigers.

England`s hopes to lift the elusive World Cup title received a jolt yesterday after the team lost to Bangladesh in a closely-fought encounter in Chittagong, which saw fortunes swing from one team to the other before a rearguard action from Mahmudullah (21 not out) and Shafiul Islam (24 not out) saw the hosts home by two wickets.

Chasing a modest total of 226 to win, Bangladesh were going strong at 155 for three before Imrul Kayes` run out ignited a middle-order collapse which saw the hosts lose four wickets for just 11 runs before a watchful innings from Mahmudullah along with Shafiul helped them to stay alive in the quadrennial event.

"Today they seemed to put both parts of the game together and were bad with both. They are clearly feeling the effects of a pretty long winter and a fairly hefty training schedule," former England captain and commentator Michael Atherton told
Sky Sports. Emphasising upon the fact that the team now needs to win
its last league encounter against the West Indies, Daily Mail reported, "England today suffered a shock two-wicket defeat against Bangladesh and will almost certainly need to beat the West Indies in their final Group B match to avoid another
early World Cup exit."

"Oh no! England`s World Cup hopes hang in the balance as Bangladesh claim dramatic two-wicket win," read the headline of Daily Mail.

The newspaper also highlighted the English off-spinner Graeme Swann`s confrontation with the host team`s captain Shakib Al Hasan, while TV commentator David Lloyd apologized to viewers when a burst of foul language aimed at umpire Daryl Harper was picked up by the stump mic.

"England deal in drama once again as Bangladesh win by two wickets," wrote Guardian.

"To the delirium of a nation and the despair of England`s increasingly grumpy cricketers, Bangladesh conjured a famous victory that throws Group B wide open yet again," is how the newspaper explained the lost to the minnows.

PTI