London: Britain’s newspapers were scathing today about England’s shock defeat to Bangladesh, saying they had been dealt a “full custard pie in the face”.
Bangladesh won the second one-day international by five runs in Bristol yesterday to record a first victory over England in any format, with the press branding it “humiliation”.
“England’s meetings with Bangladesh have rarely been known for their drama but there was bucketloads of it as England tried in vain to maintain their 100 percent record over the most junior of cricket’s frontline nations after getting into horrible difficulties chasing what should have been a routine target of 237,” sid The Sunday Times.
“England will examine their fielding, careless batting and decision to rest key players but Bangladesh deserve full credit for plugging away.”
“England on their knees”, said The Mail today. “Complacent England are embarrassed”.
“England were made to take a full custard pie in the face - also known as defeat to Bangladesh.
“And the squirming discomfort caused by the sensational success of their oft-derided opponents was made yet worse by a nightmare vision of how their hopes of winning the 2011 World Cup may prove unsustainable.”
The Sunday Telegraph said it was “humiliation”, and England needed to raise their game in Monday’s third and deciding match at Edgbaston to avert “ignominy”.
“Bangladesh owed their victory to their superiority in fielding and spin bowling, and to their greater appetite for success.”
England were “tired, flat and fumbling”.
“Sloppy, lazy and just a little bit arrogant”, was the News of the World verdict.
The defeat “should set alarm bells ringing” for England’s management.
“Catches were dropped, run-outs missed and batsmen threw their wickets away as Andrew Strauss’ team produced their worst one-day display in a year.
“England simply did not deserve to win.”
The Observer said it was “a wretched day for England, a joyous one for beleaguered Bangladesh”.
“No one in Bristol could begrudge them this triumph. They thoroughly deserved it. At first there was an element of complacency in England’s batting, which gave way to constipation as the Bangladesh bowlers... kept their nerve superbly.”
The Independent on Sunday said Bangladesh “consisted only of heroes, with five bowlers taking two wickets each”, saying they “thoroughly deserved” their victory.
The Sunday Mirror called the defeat “Bang rout of order”.
“England went from one-day wonders to one-day wallies as they slumped to a humiliating defeat. Mashrafe Mortaza’s ‘Bangers’ mashed England’s hapless batting into an embarrassing mulch”.