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Bangladesh Tigers come of age

Martin Gough | 22:01 UK time, Saturday, 7 April 2007

Martin GoughGuyana - A World Cup that has been short on fun was revived by a massive shock as Bangladesh completed a 67-run Super 8 win over world number one South Africa on a steamy day at the Providence stadium.

Seasoned observers whopped with incredulity while a large Easter-holiday crowd (including vast swathes of schoolchildren bussed in en mass) celebrated the triumph of David over Goliath.

Perhaps though, when we look back in years to come, this result will be considered the day the Tigers reached maturity in the international arena.

All the pieces were in place heading into what could be their last-ever upset victory.

Bangladesh were unfairly tagged as “minnows” coming into the tournament despite being one of the nine teams that plays regularly on the international circuit.

Abdur Razzak shows his joy as South Africa lose another wicket

Despite being ranked ninth in the world, they have enjoyed wins over Australia and India in the last two years.

They knocked India, one of the favourites, out of the competition at the group stage with the same combination of aggressive batting and suffocating left-arm spin.

After two thrashings at the hands of Australia and New Zealand in Antigua, their move to Guyana provided a slow wicket more like home conditions and more suited to their style.

Meanwhile, South Africa had been in Georgetown for almost a fortnight, complaining openly about cabin fever, stuck in their hotel with bad weather affecting their training.

Thanks to the success of their openers through the first half of the tournament, the middle order were complaining of a lack of time in the middle, and have a reputation of struggling against slow bowling.

Bigger matches loomed for them next week in Grenada and captain Graeme Smith even talked before the game about the possibility of facing South Africa in the World Cup final.

Had Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar won the toss it could all have been different, as he admitted he would have bowled first.

As it was, his openers survived the new ball challenge posed by Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini and the middle order capitalised to the full.

Mohammad Ashraful, who hit a century in the victory over Australia in Cardiff in 2005, was again to the fore with some cavalier shot-making but also a canny ability to keep the scoreboard moving under pressure.

He found brash allies in Aftab Ahmed and Mashrafe Mortaza, whose lofted six off Makhaya Ntini formed part of the 28 runs taken in two overs from the chastened pace bowler as Bangladesh added 80 runs in the last 10.

Andre Nel looked the part, taking 5-45 in his first game of the tournament, while the rest of the attack looked flat and disinterested.

Even so, Bangladesh’s 251-8 did not look out of reach and the talk at lunch was off a difficult, but ultimately successful, run chase.

Even though Mortaza and left-armer Syed Rasel opened the bowling well, with Smith falling early, South Africa looked well set at 62-1 after 15 overs. Then the wheels fell off.

In the space of four overs, Jaques Kallis lofted Rasel to mid-on, a slower ball from Abdur Razzaq fooled AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince was the first run-out victim of an awesome fielding side.

Even before the TV umpire delivered his verdict, Habibul Bashar and his men were dancing with joy in the middle of the pitch with victory in their sights.

Beating South Africa was good enough but the manner of their victory, bowling out a vaunted batting line-up with eight balls to spare, was even better.

There will be huge repercussions after this game. A stodgy Super 8 has been revived, with England and West Indies regaining a realistic chance of a semi-final place.

South Africa, who are criticised by their own media as intensely as England’s football team when things are not perfect, will come under heavy fire even though they are by no means out of the competition.

Bangladesh would still have to beat England and West Indies to clinch a semi-final spot but they have at least ended years of being viewed as also-rans.

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  • 1.
  • At 10:16 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • abhishek verma wrote:

superb!!!!!!!!! bangladesh keep it up. these so calles minnows have shown that they cannot be taken for granted.this has added a new flavour to the world cup.

  • 2.
  • At 10:20 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Mark Kidger wrote:

Martin, it really is time that you admitted that you were premature in your comments about Bangladesh and Ireland devaluing the Super Eights, isn't it?

Those who thought that Bangladesh's qualification was a freak have some food for thought. They have now beaten India and South Africa in the space of a couple of weeks.

That race for the fourth semi-final place is getting very interesting with South Africa looking increasingly vulnerable.

  • 3.
  • At 10:27 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Mohamed (Breado) wrote:

I hear that the Grenada stadium is not ready. Can we petition to move the matches from Grenada to Guyana.

Why are the Guyanese deprived of seeing the eventual champs, Australia?

These tigers have gotten their stripes back!

  • 4.
  • At 10:32 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • daneal wrote:

This match just goes on to prove the obvious, the win against india was not a fluke neither an upset. This match confirms Bangladesh as a team with the skills and the brains to defeat bigger teams the Zimbawae and kenya. Go Bangladesh!!!

  • 5.
  • At 10:39 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Ali Rahman wrote:

YEAHHH! My dad just got back from da desh and bought me a Tigers shirt. This is exactly the reason why I wear my cricket shirt with pride. To the rest of the world: Watch out! Bangladesh are a force to be reckoned with, and - due to their youth - will be for some time!

  • 6.
  • At 10:39 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • penheiro wrote:

this is no fluke! this is real!... i'v enjoyed every ball played in the game (although i didn't watch any part of the game).

Info on the game was fed via phone (a buddy who was watching the game live) + i was hooked on + listening to bangladesh local radio from toronto, canada...

i can only say, i'm proud to be part of this jubilant tigers!!!

I was listening to his on 5live it was 84-4 and the commentators were saying how shamed India would be to see how they were beaten by such a poor side. I spent the evening with the family, and come back to find this astonishing turn-around. Isn't Cricket great!

  • 8.
  • At 10:44 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Mahesh S. Panicker wrote:

brilliant performance from the Bangladesh team. they absolutely deserve to be in the super 8, and they have answer who argued that their qualification has made the WC quite predictable!!.
Martin, high time for you to apologise for that senseless blog!!. will you?

Finally the sleeping giant awakes ! Tiger hatches out of the cocoon; Roars, and frighten South Africa Sinks !!

  • 10.
  • At 10:50 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Zenmaster Fu wrote:

I always thought that the Tigers could beat England and the West Indies.

Perhaps Bangladesh don't have any more tough opponents?

You guys better watch out ...

  • 11.
  • At 10:50 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Hansen wrote:

Shameful!!!!Shameful!!!!!! It wasn't the loss that is shameful; it was they way our glorious chokers gave up that made me physically ill. Don't come back home this time without atleast going to the semis. Otherwise it'll be my rottenest egg on Graeme Smith's swollen head at the airport. And I'll be throwing more than one.

Well done Bangladesh anyhow. You guys played well and deserved to win.

Excellent team work and positive cricket by bangladesh.This match is the third upset of the current competition. It is clear that whoever is over confident againt a weaker side could suffer like pakistan,India and today south Africa.

I think now its time to get rid of "minnows" tag frm tigers.

We have shown what we are capable of and what we can do on our day!!

The average age of tigers is 23 & the way we are killing the giants, who knows we might be hot favourite in 2011 world cup cricket!!

  • 14.
  • At 10:54 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Sri Lanka fan wrote:

Great match Bangla boys. Really impressed with those new fellows in the squad. And your players didn't get intimidated by the South Africans.

I really like this upset - not just because I'm a Bangladesh fan; but because now the tournament is open once more to the West Indies and England. And now, New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka have to play better to make sure they reach the semi-fianls.

This World Cup is a really freaky one - Bob Woolmer's murder, no crowds at all, Malinga getting a double-hat trick, India and Pakisan kicked out during the first round, Irish and Bangladeshis scaring the big shots. What will be in store for the rest of the tournament?

  • 15.
  • At 10:55 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Glynne Williams wrote:

Absolutely delighted for Bangladesh - let no-one refer to them as minnows again! Excellent play, with skill, heart and panache. What on earth happened to South Africa? They seemed to lose the will to live.

This gives England a better chance too, so my hope is they turn up firing on all cylinders tomorrow; the more upsets the better for the competition!

just as my friend says... "We've Claws"

  • 17.
  • At 10:56 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Achoo wrote:

Tigers have proven the fact that they are in the super 8 due to NO fluke!!!

They deserve it and look very similar to the Sri Lankan side of 1995... just before the World Cup!

Now they KNOW they can beat anyone...though lots of commentators and writes assume otherwise!!! koodos for people who did this world cup prgram... its great! never listen to the crap people talk/tell. U got the best 8 in cricket to the super 8! believe me... u got it right!!!

Hoora for tigers!!!

A sri lankan cheering for the bengal tigers... not the toothless ones in himalayas!

  • 18.
  • At 10:57 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Imtiaz Kais Risha wrote:

Superb stuff but not unbelievable. Bangladesh is showing what they actually are capable of doing. West Indies and Englind must have got the message. I won't be surprised if the Tigers make it to the semis. Good luck Bangladesh.

  • 19.
  • At 10:58 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Riaz Hasan wrote:

Gentlemen - South Africa grossly under-estimated their opponent Bangladesh and became a victim of their over-confidence. Bangladesh did not have any thing to lose and therefore were focussed and determined to give their best shot. And they did it with an over to spare.

Congratulations to Bangladesh. Well done.

  • 20.
  • At 10:59 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Achoo wrote:

Tigers have proven the fact that they are in the super 8 due to NO fluke!!!

They deserve it and look very similar to the Sri Lankan side of 1995... just before the World Cup!

Now they KNOW they can beat anyone...though lots of commentators and writes assume otherwise!!! koodos for people who did this world cup prgram... its great! never listen to the crap people talk/tell. U got the best 8 in cricket to the super 8! believe me... u got it right!!!

Hoora for tigers!!!

A sri lankan cheering for the bengal tigers... not the toothless ones in himalayas!

  • 21.
  • At 11:00 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Arif wrote:

It just shows to the world how competive Bangladesh team can be in a given day. If you have good score on board, get some early wickets, anything is possible. If Bangladesh keeps the momentum, I expect to see more upsets, eventually to snick to last 4 !

  • 22.
  • At 11:02 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • firoz wrote:

well done deshis,u gys will definitely be a major force to reckon with , soon enough !


  • 23.
  • At 11:04 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • reba azahar wrote:

incredible victory!!! Go tigers!! watch out when these tigers get their maturity in the next world cup! play your best always! Congratulations Bangladesh team.

  • 24.
  • At 11:05 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Maruf wrote:

Yessssssss thats the way .. !
Proud to be a DESHI !

  • 25.
  • At 11:08 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Raj wrote:

If you could beat S.Africa, you can certainly beat England and WI. Believe in this success and make it to the Semis.
It would be nice to see Aus, NZ, Bangladesh and SL.

  • 26.
  • At 11:08 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Eric the half an Opener wrote:

Disgraceful how Langeveld and Gibbs weren't even trying for the 12/over.... they just seemed to give up, ready to blame the pitch.

Embarrassed to be an SA supporter tonight.

  • 27.
  • At 11:09 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • david wrote:

a fab performance from the TIGERS !!! This show that the victory over india was no fluke south africa should be ashamed of themself almost all players in BD teams are below 21 keep it BD .....

  • 28.
  • At 11:11 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • freenie wrote:

The previous win by the Tigers really pleased me of course but this win over South Africa was quite the tear jerker. Regardless of the outcome, it is always enjoyable to watch the Tigers because they always play with their hearts and souls - no matter how important or not important the game is. This game was no exception! Thank you Tigers, for bringing some fresh and much needed excitement back to cricket and reminding us why we love this sport so much!

  • 29.
  • At 11:12 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Imran Ahmed wrote:

Mr. J Agnew it was I think who recently mocked Ireland and Bangladesh for shall I say "diluting" the super 8s.

Of course if England make the semis we'll all be told just how he and everyone else in England's camp were sure they would make it. And the dilution would hardly matter.

Yet Ireland and Bangladesh have shown when the playing field is even they can stand up and give the very best a run for their money.

By an even playing field I mean none of those 22 over crap shoots that I cannot understand when there is a full day reserved for carrying over a rain affected game.

Let su see how England fare against the Aussies tomorrow. Grilled Pigeon and Pea soup anyone?

  • 30.
  • At 11:15 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • MUKTO wrote:

Outstanding, clinical, and fascinating win by the brave and driven Bangladeshis. Cricket won today. We kept our nerve and consistantly built the pressure on the opponent. We showed the best in business and cynical critics that when the going gets tough we can be thougher as well.

As professed by Bashar repeatedly, we are capable to play consistant winning cricket and the team has delivered it with a perfect display of cricket. Way to go boys!!

Bagher bachha!! I am proud of the intent and commitment of these young winners.

Mukto, Dallas

  • 31.
  • At 11:18 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Craig wrote:

You neglect to mention that they were "unfairly tagged as minnows" by yourself, Martin. In fact, you didn't want them in this stage of the competition. I belive it was: "the minnows have had their time in the spotlight."

Poor form Mr Gough.

  • 32.
  • At 11:19 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Quazi Rahman wrote:

Well done tigers.....who is next? Perhaps England? I just hope that tigers will be little more consistent to be real BIG boys (they already are almost!).

  • 33.
  • At 11:21 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Jim W wrote:

Congratulations to Bangladesh.

And once again we keep hearing about how the exploits of the "minnows" are livening up what has been a boring World Cup. The same "minnows" who shouldn't be in the Super 8 according to most commentators.

I only hope that Ireland can produce another victory against bigger opposition to prove once and for all that no team is guaranteed a victory at this stage.

  • 34.
  • At 11:22 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Nelson wrote:

This is really interesting BD has outperformed the SA's in every departments this show that the BD's got the potentials to play good crickets...good show from the amazes me the way those kids(most of them are teenagers) in BD sides plays it seems the word fear is not in their dictionary...keep up BD

  • 35.
  • At 11:24 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Haider Abbas wrote:

GREAT Job, thank you Tigers for giving south Asians some pride.

  • 36.
  • At 11:25 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Andy Plowright wrote:

After SA beat Australia in the so-called 'Game of the Century', it was heralded as the moment when South Africa stepped up and lost the choking motif that had been applied to them for so long. After today's defeat and the defeat to Australia, that optimism after that ludicrous run scoring orgy has been shown to be grossly premature. That was a horrible SA performance with the bat, utterly horrible.

England will be afraid of Bangladesh and I feel they will be more afraid to play Bangladesh than Australia. They know what the Australians will be like, they know how they play and have good recent memories of playing them. The Bangla boys though are unpredictable. England haven't played spinners too well all tournament, that was shown against Canada, and the three Bangladeshi spinners must be hoping for a pitch with a bit of turn. The English adrenaline will race against the Aussies but the nerves will be there against Bangladesh.

  • 37.
  • At 11:26 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Shahid Chowdhury wrote:

Tigers played excellent against South Africa.
They deserve victory over any country in the world cup cricket. Although Indian people differed with us when we defeated them in the world cup, but realty is that Tigers beat India earlier in one day international match as well. Actually Indians are not sincerely to acknowledge truth. Same way when we defeated Pakistan in 1999 in the world cup match they did not acknowledge the truth. In the mean time Bangladesh defeated Australia and Newzealand as well. So I request your honour to acknowledge fact that Tigers are growing, they have capability to defeat any country any time, this is the reality. As a Canadian ( origin Bangladesh) we will convey thanks to BBC and Commentators of the word cup cricket.

  • 38.
  • At 11:29 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Saif wrote:

Well, why are you still saying, it is an upset????WHY, whats wrong with you? Why can't you say that we really played well as a team and got what we really deserved.

I used to play professionally back in my country but recently had to move to UK and I am now playing for a club in UK and trust me still I think a lot of the Bangladeshi Players who you even haven't seen, they are far better than lot of the players who are even playing in the current World Cup.

Just give us 8 more years, we will show all of you guys what we are made of.


  • 39.
  • At 11:31 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Tasfique wrote:

Days have come when Bangladesh can be view not just as a giant-killer - but a team with the ability to beat any side of the world cricket on a given day.

Those complaining about lack of consistency of Bangladeshi team need to wait a bit longer to see this young tigers averaging only 23 years (a record as the youngest team playing the world cup !!) come to age and hopefully come to maturity.

I cannot wait for the next world cup to watch this cubs turning into real tigers!!

  • 40.
  • At 11:32 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Anis wrote:

Sweet win..victory always sweet though. I would like to repeat Martin,s quote.."Beating South Africa was good enough but the manner of their victory, bowling out a vaunted batting line-up with eight balls to spare, was even better."

Now world knows you can win against any team But we knew it long time ago...because we knew how hard you have been working to make proud us in the world cricket. Many Thanks Tigers to give the pride for the nation and plaesure for the cricket loving people. Salute to you.

  • 41.
  • At 11:32 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Jayantha wrote:

"A World Cup that has been short on fun was revived by a massive shock as Bangladesh completed a 67-run Super 8 win over world number one South Africa on a steamy day at the Providence stadium."

Nyet! It was not a shock to many, including me. I was having an arguement with Jennifer Thompson on CricInfo's commentaries over the neglect of the "lessor" nations.

But, of course it would be shock to an Englishman used to thinking the Ashes was the Word Cup... Wake up! The Bangladeshis are here too, and give 'em a slow track and they will challenge you. They are one freaky bowler away from being a force--or they might just do it with conventional weapons, three spinners and two pacemen.

I am now really looking forward to England playing Bangladesh. Let us see if the English team can walk the talk. I do think the West Indies will also find it hard to deal with the Bangladeshis... Having played the tougher teams in the begining--India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, they are now on the home streach.

Imagine a semi-final between the Oz and the Tigers? You have to love those Tigers! R-O-A-R!

  • 42.
  • At 11:38 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Emdad Robb wrote:

Shrewd and timely use of spin suffocating the opponents top order and panicking them into rash shots as the overs tick by - a tactic used to devastating effect against India and now once again bearing fruits.

Well done B'Desh!!

Bangladesh is technically good and full of youthful energy.....they just need to employ a little wit and creativity and the sky's the limit.

If they could pull off a convincing victory against the might of South Africa, then surely the dysfunctional and fragile English line up won't be that hard.

semi-finals? Bangladesh??!!


maybe, just maybe.

  • 43.
  • At 11:41 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • ed wrote:

Martin, so much for the minnows, they keep surprising us dont they? I am very happy for the Bnagladesh team , they played excellent cricket and really looked like a very good team. Their biggest weakness is the lack of experience, knowing when to selct certain shots and when not to....that will come to the youngsters as they get more games at this level... I am howvever amazed that the SA team didn't bat first and bat all 50 overs and try to up their run rate... seems they have their plot all wrong and undersestimated these fellas. They arent the frist as we all know....I am now even happier for the Windies. Now, we the local fans, only need our unpredictable fellas to wake up and see they really have a chance again ....they now need Eng to beat SA as well when they meet and then Windies will beat them both to get to the lovely cricket..... i do think another upset is coming, and it involves Australia, they must have one off day in 6 weeks, so I think it will be here before the final!! hurrah....the World Cup is finally coming alive~~ now let the organizers relax the rules, buy back unused tickets from Inidan and Pakistani ticket holders that arent coming to the region anymore and sell them at decent prices to thte locals and then have the West Indian crowds really come out to see the games that bthey will be paying for the rest of their lives...ICC...its now over to you...the stage has beeen set...

What a game ...! Yogi Berra's " It ain't OVER till it's OVER" comes to mind!
"Salaam & Congratulations Captain Bashar" and your incredible Bangla Boys! Your comments about the cheering Guyanese fans made [our] day! Don't forget we share the same MOTHER!

Best regards,

  • 45.
  • At 11:52 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • Andalib wrote:

Brilliat performance by Bangladeshi Tigers!! They have already faced 6 teams in this WC. Except Bermuda,all the time they were considered as "minnows",or "underdogs". But they have beaten 2 of them with vigour and style and proved how foolish the people who judged them like that were. We expect Bangali Tigers to give England and WI blows just like these. Prove the world what a DYNAMITE you can be.

  • 46.
  • At 11:57 PM on 07 Apr 2007,
  • rahman wrote:

after watching this game ,i have got lot of confidence that no one is so big that he can't be defeated....hats off to bungu

  • 47.
  • At 12:09 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • jewel wrote:

its a pleasure for a bangladeshi to see the great victory over number one ranking team Sounth africa.....we rocks we are proud of bengal tigers...

  • 48.
  • At 12:10 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Martin Gough wrote:

Mark Kidger, When asked the other day whether I had under-estimated Ireland I said they had played impressively but still needed a win to prove they belong in the Super 8.

I would have said the same for Bangladesh. I'm sure they couldn't care less what I think but I shall be having a small portion of humble pie this evening.

This is just what the tournament needed to bring it back to life.

We are having a party here is mini Bangladesh.

-Kazi from Astoria NY.

  • 50.
  • At 12:20 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • M. Shihabuddin wrote:

Thanks for a positive review of the Bangladesh Cricket Team, one of the few things we take pride on.

"Minnows" is quite a complement compared to some of the comments made by the higher ranked teams and the cricket pundits.

Thanks specially for mentioning that Bangladesh could after all dream of a semifinal spot.

Thanks to all those who shared the happiness of Bangladesh win.

Shihab- Bangladesh

I was quite surprised by this result but it goes on to show how far Bangladesh have come. On their day they can beat anyone as they showed with victories against India and this one against South Africa.

South Africa play the West Indies next and any slip ups there might see them lose a semi final spot that looked very much secure before this match.

Congratulations to Bangladesh!

  • 52.
  • At 12:56 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Mark Kidger wrote:

Martin, thanks for that. I must admit that the pundits who have assured us that the four semi-final places were cut and dried after the first two or three matches have been premature, as are the ones, including one supposed sports correspondant who said "England have no chance [of reaching the semi-finals] because they are a piss-poor one day side".

This World Cup needed to be livened-up. Suddenly it is so much more interesting. Let's hope that tomorrow England make it more interesting still.

  • 53.
  • At 12:58 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Ahamed wrote:

It was just like a dream !! I never ever think that even in my dream. But, TIGER's did it. They beat SA by all sides. World cup is now to open to all team.. and it's the game. Long Live Bangladesh !! Cheers for them ...

  • 54.
  • At 01:02 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • fauzia wrote:

You Go Bangladesh..You make me proud.......

  • 55.
  • At 01:04 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Zara wrote:

When a Tiger roars the whole jungle comes to a standstill. You go Tigers - you have given us reason to be proud to be Bangladeshi's. Now if you can win the world cup will be perfect. If not this time, there is always next time.

  • 56.
  • At 01:10 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Tajola wrote:

Bangladesh is making steady progress in developing themselves into a team to challenge the "bigger" nations.
However i question if Bangladesh can keep their progress up after the World Cup on ODIs and Test matches? Well i hope so, they have the potential to be a decent outfit and also equally has the potential to be inconsistent too.
i really admire their aggressive batting and slow/spin bowling, intelligent plays with no fear, makes good viewing!

  • 57.
  • At 01:15 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Joss wrote:

I find it bizarre that Martin Gough has changed his tune so dramatically in recent days. It was only recently when Ireland and Bangladesh qualified that he talked about the huge damage having such 'minnows' would do to the Super Eights. Yet now he is suddenly expounding their qualities? Will he make up his mind, and decide whether minnows are a good or a bad thing, and at least accept that their presence has livened up a boring and flat super eight stage.

  • 58.
  • At 01:31 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • sayyeda amar shahbazi wrote:

hey keep it up Bengal Tigers :D though i am not a huge fan of cricket but you guys are making me one!!!

the way you guys are showing your efforts and hard work are amazing. The fielding is too good i must say ... we are all praying for your success in the semi final and in the final ... do your best and leave the rest to ALLAH !

make the bengalis PROUD again just like you did in '71 !!!

Thanks Martin for the nice report. Bangladesh had a point to prove and they silenced their critics in style. We are not in the super eight for making numbers. Bangladesh cricket is coming out of age and with such a young team with full of talents, Bangladesh can only prosper.

I liked the way the boys dominated the game for most part of the match.World cup should get ready for some more "upsets", if you are still interested to call them upsets. :)

opps what a great victory it was?? they have won the match by dominated from first to last, they deserve to be in super8 although they didnt played well last two match. dont criticised them by saying minno's however lots of bloody pundit underestemate tigers and new comers. they need to spread out for the sake future of cricket.
proud to be a BANGLADESHI.

  • 61.
  • At 01:54 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • khaled_CA wrote:

I agree with Martin when he says "Perhaps though, when we look back in years to come, this result will be considered the day the Tigers reached maturity in the international arena."

Yes, it is about a new generation. BD selectors gambled with young guns and they proved them right. Isn't life beautuful ! We do not have to root for anybody else anymore, we root for our own team. On a given day "TIGERS ROAR" and yes, we are eagerly waiting for the roars at least three times in the coming weeks to build the stage for the fourth day ! Go Bangladesh !

  • 62.
  • At 01:55 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Adam wrote:

What a great day for Cricket! I think the World Cup really needed this (and it also helps the chances of England progressing!).
It was great watching an outstanding BD team making the no. 1 team in the world look below par. As an England fan I can honestly say that Bangladesh have become my 2nd team of the tournament. Well done the Tigers!

  • 63.
  • At 02:01 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • martin deane wrote:

Well well what a game, I wonder if the likes of Michael Holding and Geoff Boycott still feel that Bangladesh should not be part of Test Cricket and the Big Show. They really have come a long way, shows what a good cricket program and coaching can do. New Zealand took a long time before they won anything so Bangladesh have done it a lot quicker. Hurrah for them and their youngsters, wathcing them is like a breath of fresh air.

MR MARTIN ... DON'T BE ASHAMED TO SAY SORRY TO US....SEE YOU ON 11TH I HOPE , DOn't forget about barbados where tigers drunks blood of kiwis.. i'll say tigers'll be more hungry aganist england because they had an preety shiit experienced on and out of the field by english on their first tour to england..see you MARTIN soon.


  • 65.
  • At 02:25 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Haider Ali wrote:

is that our semi-final mission starts from here? Who knows might be. But if we catch england in wednesday, then definitely we will go for it. we don't want to loose that kind of opportunity if it comes. Sabash Bangladesh. We really proud of you. we don't want star, we want a team like you.

  • 66.
  • At 02:26 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • ashwani sharma wrote:

Well done Bangladesh. You made us all very proud of you. Keep it up

  • 67.
  • At 02:44 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Tash wrote:

Great Win for Bangladesh, it was inspiring to see such a match.
However, we all heard the premature remarks made by the BBC people before the match, but can someone pass a message to Mr.Allan Donald that he talks to much, and would do us a favor by keeping quiet?

  • 68.
  • At 02:53 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Asad wrote:

Well Congratulations to Bangladesh, I just wish that this team was a little more consistant in winning games not just win a big one then lose miserably (vs. Australia and Newzealand). But beating the #1 ranked team; they definitely earned my respect. Go Tigers!!!


  • 69.
  • At 02:54 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Imtihan Ahmed wrote:

This is natural for Bangladesh...
Be careful England and the host!!!

  • 70.
  • At 03:08 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Abu aka Baisab wrote:

All evening i have been listening to the match on 5liveRadio while delivering curry, there have been times when i almost forgot to ask for money from the customers because of the excitement i was feeling. There were times when i thought a 100+ run victory was on the card, imagine who crazy that would have been, nevertheless, im so proud of the guys today

Shabas Bangladesh.

  • 71.
  • At 03:16 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Mohamed (Breado) wrote:

I see no reason for you (Marty) to eat humble pie. We don't serve that in Guyana. At least not for telling it like it is. Besides, were not the Bangladeshis themselves burning Habibul in effigy a couple of days ago. Fans are fickle a lot of the time.

Look, I am happy for Bangladesh and I am glad that they are proving all the skeptics wrong, but "a tiger must earn his stripes" before he is allowed in front. Happily, the Bangladeshis are on the right path.

A couple of wins against good teams, does not make them contenders, but they have upped the ante on themselves and expectations will be higher come next CWC.

They were a joy to watch in the field today. As a matter of fact this game today reminds me of a win by India against the West Indies in Berbice (Guyana) approx. 1 year before India upset the West Indies in the WC at Lords. Today, the monkey is off the Tiger's back.

  • 72.
  • At 03:49 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • askar wrote:

Well done Bangladesh!!! SA players was too excited wen they got some wickets and they made too much noise during fielding. By wining the game Tigers took revenged. Wish to c tiers in Semi final now!!!

  • 73.
  • At 04:12 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Nazim Emamali wrote:

Superb show by Bangladesh.they have given the super 8 life again. This victory confirms the one againts India was no fluke.
This gives the West Indies a chance to Now Make the Semi's, and restore some joy in the hearts of it's people.

Go Bangladesh h\the WI public are with you.

  • 74.
  • At 04:13 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • saidul wrote:

great job!!! excellent team work. thanks for that.go ahead Bangladesh.saidul from Manhattan,NY.

how funny,
it is good day in our country. Because we win cricket match. we are very happy. Bangladesh cricket team can prosper day by day. I congratulation our team. Take care all cricket players.

how funny,
it is good day in our country. Because we win cricket match. we are very happy. Bangladesh cricket team can prosper day by day. I congratulation our team. Take care all cricket players.
Thank all Bangladeshi Player

shajahan Bhuyan

  • 77.
  • At 05:20 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Shakir wrote:

Behold! Here comes the tigers!

  • 78.
  • At 05:47 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Mi wrote:

Nothing to be overwrought,
Its just a begining!

  • 79.
  • At 05:54 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Mi wrote:

I just wanted to be stay calm!!!!
But i can't............
Tigers are simply GRRRreat!!!!!!

  • 80.
  • At 05:56 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Divya wrote:

Kudos to the Bangladesh team!!

Shall we consider the Eng-Bangladesh match on Wednesday to be one of the more evenly contested games between an experienced test playing nation (no disrespect to the Tigers) and a team which has truly become the giant-killers of the tournament?

Watch out Eng...and do not consider the game on Wednesday to be a banana-skin prospect.

  • 81.
  • At 06:07 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • OWEN wrote:


After this victory over the South Africans, the games againts ENGLAND,WI and IRELAND would just be a cake walk for us.
AUSTRALIANS prepare urselves...see u in the SEMI-FINAL..

  • 82.
  • At 06:12 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Shafkat wrote:

Bangladeshi boys are talking with bat and ball on their hands and the will to win. If the "minows" tag gives comfort to the big boys of circket and the commentators, so be it. We just want to go out there and perform and leave those teams to think about the result with defeat on their hand.

Congrats to BD boys and thanks to all for your free flowing comments. Stay tuned for more excitement.

  • 83.
  • At 06:15 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • tmglavin wrote:

Great victory for the youthful, but poised, small , but vigorous, Tigers. Imagine this side in 4 years !
But explain this : the media, including the t.v. broadcasts seem to alternate the Bangladeshi sides' names - family name first followed by given name; then given name first followed by family name., varying throughout the order. Is it my misunderstanding of sub-continent names, a team or individual's choice, or what accounts for the name flips ?

  • 84.
  • At 06:17 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Imtiaz A. Mullick wrote:

Whenever Bangladesh have beaten any team they used to say that Victory as a an Upset. And Comments about bad display of bigger teams rather than well done Bangladesh. I hope all get their answer and also Bangladeshis are start beleiving that at "their day" they can beat even world 11. I hope "their days" come more frequently. GO TIGERS...................

  • 85.
  • At 06:25 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • geneva lynn wrote:

Congratulations Bangladesh..this is the crystal truth & clean justification that you all won against all added extravagant elegance to CWC please keep it up & continue to behave as gentlemen in the field..Most strangely in this page still your 02 points not added in the tables & not marked your win either..

  • 86.
  • At 06:41 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Kish Hahn wrote:

Absolutely brilliant Bangladesh ! Vibrant youthfull excellence ! They deserve to be in the semis ! South Africa were abyssmal. The Bangladesh game was a delight to watch, particularly the 18 year old Bangladesh wicket keeper.

  • 87.
  • At 06:54 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Rakib wrote:

That’s the way more like it/ No fuss its real deal.
New York

  • 88.
  • At 06:59 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Chanadana wrote:

Full credit goes to Coach Dev Watmore.The Sri Lankan born Australian won the 1996 world cup for Sri Lanaka.

It is the up & coming new force in cricket.Unfortunately I can see India is heading for disaster with Robin Sing.

Pakistan needs a minimum of 4 years of repair work.

It seems like Bangladesh & Sri lanka will be the Asian crickets sucess stories.

  • 89.
  • At 07:01 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Amin Tariq wrote:

Congrats to the Tigers on a great and convincing performance. We the Bangladeshis can dare to dream now. Thanks to all the non Bangladeshis for congratulating the Tigers and acknowledging their superb performance.

  • 90.
  • At 07:23 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Rumi wrote:

After Bangladesh's win against India many people said... that match was an upset. But Bangladesh's performance in that match said that it was not an upset it was Obvious. And their performance and victory against South Africa is the best answer to those critics who feel Bangladesh's victories are just upsets.

Go on Tigers..... Kill some more giants...

  • 91.
  • At 07:40 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Omanush wrote:

WE are not so called Minnows. We're the young gunz Combined with multiple missile launcher. If you don't fear Tiger's. All of your fear will be gone in one match :P RSA, AUS, INDIA can explain better. We might be no. 9 But soon we will be no. 1. Cause our young players are really youngz and big time talented. They have a long cricket carrier to do. They represent 160 millions of Republic Of Bangladeshi. Just letting the world know. When we Bengali want something. We are unstoppble. Dosen't matter what come in the path. We will distroy every power to reach our goal.

2011 WORLD CUP RESERVED FOR US. I'm still proud to be a bengali and down for our national team anytime. Dosen't matter how many time they looses. We have looses more than enough matches. Still there is a hope.

  • 92.
  • At 07:41 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Tharindu wrote:

Being a Sri Lankan, i'm proud of the way Bangladesh played yesterday... They really put the proteas under a lot of preassure and now they'll have to take this confidence into next games.... Good to see that Sri Lanka have another south asian partner around in the WC who's improving day by day... I think Whatmore should be Tigers' coach until they become consistent in beating the top teams and they'll be among favourites in the next WC for sure.. Keep it up Tigers... Lions are supporting you.....

  • 93.
  • At 07:42 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Ashfaque wrote:

Bangladesh dont seem to like the teams that are no 1 ranked.....they dont quit play well against other sides but really enjoys crushing the biggest fish in cricket.

  • 94.
  • At 07:51 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Alen wrote:

What I have heard that the average age of Bangladeshi players is 22. they may not be able to win world cup 2007 but they will win the World Cup 2011.

  • 95.
  • At 08:06 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Fayaz wrote:

Am over-joyed by the fact that this is no more a media thing but Bangladeshi boys out-played South Africans in batting, bowling and feilding!! Keep it up Tigers!!

  • 96.
  • At 08:10 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Michal Nixon wrote:

Whilst my enjoyment and support of cricket means that I am pleased when lesser rated teams like Bangladesh do well (and I congratulate them and wish them well!!), I'd like to express my disgust at the biased and distasteful commentary on yesterday's South Africa/Bangladesh match. I found the continuous sledging of the South Africans (the commentators seemed to be willing them to fail) offensive and upsetting and I think that cricket deserves better than this, and will lose support if this kind of thing becomes more prevalent. Whilst commentators are entitled to their own opinions, these, particularly when they're so racist, should remain just that - their own opinions. Objective and fair reporting of the matches is all we ask for, especially on air! Yesterday's commentary was most disappointing.

From a South African, who also supports Sri Lanka and the West Indies (!).

  • 97.
  • At 08:27 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • John Coyne wrote:

What a little BEAUTY!!!

I don't think there is an Aussie cricket fan alive right now who hasn't had the cockles of his heart warmed by Bangladesh's stunning win.....especially since they were playing against South Africa and not us!

Well done chaps, very well done indeed.

The thought of untold millions of Bangladesh cricket fans going to bed tonight with huge grins on their faces makes me very happy indeed.

  • 98.
  • At 08:30 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • geneva lynn wrote:

This is the right time to hail Dev Whatmore, Sri Lankan born Australin cricket coach for his reawrding contribution to the world of cricket by promoting minnows to international level.Sri lankans saluted you few years back when you marched them to win world cup.. now Bangadeshis & all cricket lovers salute you at this hour on your valiant effort & it's success.It is praise worthy that you always select minnows with high risks & promote them, so still you are in the scene compared to some who select credible giants with less risk buy failed and gone out of the scene.Money itself is not every thing..spirit & pure intention will reap good harvest & Dev deserves such fine results.Congratulations Dev i hope one day you will be the Sri Lankan coach again & do many & more wonders utilizing SL talents to promote cricket world

  • 99.
  • At 08:37 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Shafiqul Islam wrote:

Bangladesh's target was to reach super eight. she has achieved.
Now defeating number one team proves that they are progressing
in cricket. They should keep it up and work more hard to achieve

I believe by the next world cup in 2011 Bangladesh would be one
of the contenders. For this the young cricketers will have to work
hard and play lot many games in the years to come.

They have started well and I wish Bangladesh one day will be
a pride member of ICC.

  • 100.
  • At 08:42 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • SillyChild wrote:

What a game!!!

First of all here is my short list of thanks:
1. The Tigers for their fantastic effort and elegant play.
2. Whatmore - Love you mate!
3. All the Srilankan well wishers. I have many Srilankan friends and from the very beginning they have supported us. Even reading their well wishes in heaps of forums makes me feel really good. None of them labelled our win against India a fluke. I guess they can see their past (coming up to the world class level) in us. I for sure want them to lift the cup this time and bring it closer to home :)
4. West Indies locals: It was awesome to see so much support for them.
5. All mighty God! Thanks for answering my prayers :)

The tigers have shown that when in sync, they can maul anyone. Now it's only a matter of experience. Although we have dominated SA and theoretically we should beat England and West Indies, I don't think that will happen. England and West Indies is very alarmed.

When we entered the Super 8s I just wanted the Tigers to win against Ireland and one big team. They have fulfilled half of my wishes. Maybe asking for another big win won't be asking for too much ;)

  • 101.
  • At 08:49 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • lenin wrote:

As an Indian I just want to tell our billionere cricketers," get ashamed yourselves,see their courage and hearts and if you people do not change your attitude then get ready to get beaten again coming May."

  • 102.
  • At 09:19 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • nil wrote:

i m proud to be a bangladeshi...

  • 103.
  • At 09:46 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

i am proud for bangladesh criket
thanks all player

  • 104.
  • At 09:47 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Neesha wrote:

VICTORY TO BANGLADESH!! GO TIGERS!!! A superb display of impressive cricket from the Bangladesh team, against world no1 SA. Is anyone calling this a fluke!

The Tigers against SA were an outstanding team, played excellent cricket and dominated the game in all areas. Given time this young team will be a major force to be reckoned with, fear is not in their dictionery. SO PROUD OF YOU BOYS!! The tigers brilliant performance brought much needed fun and excitement back into this rather sleepy and boring CWC.

FANTASTIC! ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! can't stop smiling!!! thanks WI fans for your support.and anyone who shares the joy of Bangladesh win. JOY BANGLA! SHABASH BANGLADESH!!

Those of U, arround in this sub-continent, only thinks that Bangladesh has only stunt the world with their cricketing skills, think twice, they are the best Heavy Metal country, in the South East Asia, Mind it !!!!!!
Bangladesh is in for some big surprise in future.

  • 106.
  • At 09:58 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • N.V.B.J. wrote:

Well done Bangaladesh!
The lessons given by Coach Roy Dias & Rumesh Ratnayake at the junior levels are really paying dividends!
Best of luck!

  • 107.
  • At 09:59 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Shazid wrote:

The win gives Bangladesh a realistic chance to reach the semis. In the process they can also collect two more heavyweights as their prized collection

  • 108.
  • At 10:06 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Will Lin wrote:

Well done Bangladesh!! Young team with a lot of talent. Hope you go far in this World Cup!!

All the very best!

  • 109.
  • At 10:10 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • kevin pegram wrote:

The real minnows of this tournament are England!
They are the only team in the super8s not to have beaten regular test playing nation

Ireland- beat Pakistan
Bangladesh- beat India and South Africa
England- beat Kenya, Canada and Ireland

It really seems like people lose sight of these facts when talking about England having a chance of reaching semis

They have just as a good a chance of leaving without beating any of the major sides

  • 110.
  • At 10:25 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

Tigers you really did a excellent job. I will always support you and i love you . . .

sazzad hossain from singapore

  • 111.
  • At 10:35 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • ismail wrote:

the good thing about this victory was that it was planned, it wasnt all down to luck, they paced the innings well and ashraful is a world class batsman, england v bangladesh could be a great game

  • 112.
  • At 10:36 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Hasan wrote:

East or west, Bangladesh is the best. Now we have proved that win against India was not a fluke.....

  • 113.
  • At 10:37 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • DJGrasshopper wrote:

Well done Bangla Boys. This will keep the world cup alive. I agree with all the wonderful things being said about Dave Watmore – what a great coach. You just cannot write off up and coming cricketing nations. They all have their potential. It is a question of firing at all cylinders at the right time. Hey by the way, has Michael Holding got anymore comments about ‘minnows’?

  • 114.
  • At 10:38 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Debashish Das wrote:

Great!!! Fantastic performance by the Bangladesh Cricketers. Apparently, Proteas took the Tigers for granted & paid the price. Keep it up Tigers & go for it!!!

  • 115.
  • At 10:48 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Donovan wrote:

As a South African I am unimpressed with my team, although I can't say I'm surprised that the proteas choked again.

But all credit to Bangladesh - they deserved this. When Sri Lanka won the 1996 world cup, they had only had test status for 14 years. Come 2011, Bangladesh could be serious contenders.

Beyond the world cup, this is good for the future of cricket. The more competitive teams there are, the better. Hopefully Kenya and Ireland can also make the great leap forward soon.

  • 116.
  • At 11:13 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Dave J wrote:

Congratulations to Bangladesh, but this shouldn't be the "shock" that many think it is. They have been on an upward curve for the last couple of years and are now a much better unit than that which came to England in 2005. Yes, they are still losing the majority of their Test matches, but the margins are coming down; and theit ODI results are also better than they were.

Of course, their bowling attack lacks variation, and on a bouncy, seaming wicket they will struggle as only Mortaza has pace. But given a slow, low wicket - like yesterday's - they are in with a near-even chance against almost anyone if they bat properly.

And that was what impressed me most about them yesterday. There has been a regular tendency for their batsmen to get to 15 or 20 and then suddenly charge down the wicket and play a daft shot.

While that tendency is still there - and was displayed by a couple yesterday - it is on the decline. Talented players like Aftab and Ashraful must realise that 50 overs is quite a long time, and pace their innings accordingly. Ashraful did that yesterday, and has done it before in this WC - a sign of growing maturity.

Overall, this is a great result for cricket in general. My company has an office there and I have visited the country, and know how passionate the people are about their cricket.

If they maintain their current progress under the skilled hand of Dav Whatmore, and find another real quick bowler, they could be a very useful side in a couple of years' time.

  • 117.
  • At 11:20 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • deathbymince wrote:

Well done Bangladesh. Shame on both Martin Gough and J Agnew - pundits who couldn't see what was evident to most cricket fans: that Ireland, and, in particular, Bangladesh were good cricketing teams and positive additions to this world cup.

There are too many ill-informed BBC reporters out in the Carribean.

  • 118.
  • At 11:21 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • noor khan wrote:

Bangladesh team has played a very very good game, they batted well, fielded brilliently, and bowled excellently, that they dont required sixth bowler to bowl. Very well done. Keep it up Tigers........

Noor Khan.

  • 119.
  • At 11:22 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • adel khan wrote:

Minnows no more! Bangladesh are now among the 'big boys' in the funny game we call cricket...

First Pakistan in the '99 WC, then India, after that the Aussies and Sri Lankans, and now the South Africans! Bangladesh are the GIANT KILLERS!

Cholo Bangladesh!

  • 120.
  • At 11:46 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

Really all the Tigers very well & best job. I am looking more & more success specilly next 3 matches. They should win against Irish & should figh gainst England & West Indies. Good luck all the Tigers & good luck Bangladesh cricket.

Yest booki whose don't like & unwill to praise our progress in the cricket- nodoubt they got now right answer!!!

  • 121.
  • At 11:55 AM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Bips wrote:

Isn't it great ?!Bangladesh has turned the world cup into a spicy tournament!!3 teams fightin for the 4th spot in the semifinals (at least thats what the so called wise !!People of world cricket think).But guys look out, the tigers could be the 'surprise'(although i personally wont be surprised,not at all) semifinalists .Its time to get rid of the word 'surprise '! Dont you think so ???

  • 122.
  • At 12:15 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Quazi Ahmed Hussain wrote:

Bangladeshis love eating fish. But in the super 8 the motto was .......... if you really wanna eat fish here; go for the big one. And oooiiiiii la la - they consumed the biggest one. Proud to be a Deshi. Luv ya u naughty teenies.........

  • 123.
  • At 12:37 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Toffael wrote:

Watched the game on the streets of Dhaka. Local knowledgable folk who know how we are developing as a side and what potential and motivation this side has are not surprised.

This side will win two more matches in the super 8's and just miss the semi finals. But in doing so, they will have proven to themselves that hard work, prepartion and committment to cricket (& not to endorsements & advertising) delivers progress.

This progress will inspire yet another generation of players younger than this side.

By the next word cup, with so many of the exisiting big sides about to undergo massive transition, this Bengal team will be very strong.

The future looks very bright indeed. Dav Whatmore, you deserve much praise and we wish you would stay. But should you leave, you have earnt the right to go with our best wishes,

Bangladesh, Jindabad.

  • 124.
  • At 12:59 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Rafiul Anwar wrote:

Absolutely thrilled for Bangladesh! They thoroughly deserved to win with the way they have been playing, especially being able to bounce back in such style after the big defeats to Australia and New Zealand.

Every aspect of their game was superb, the batting, the bowling and the fielding. It is fantastic what they have achieved this World Cup by beating India and now South Africa.

I am not expecting Bangladesh to progress into the semi-finals but at least now they can leave the Caribbean with their heads held high.

The side have undoubtedly learned a lot in this World Cup and will surely make them more better and experienced in the future.

The impressive aspect about the current team is their average age is just 23, with such a young side playing, who knows what could happen in the years to come with such talent, drive and motivation.

Well done again boys, and keep it up! You've done your country proud, and Bangladeshis around the world, including me.

  • 125.
  • At 01:06 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Kashfia wrote:

Thanks ever so much Tigers for giving me the opportunity to proudly carry on with a horrible sore throat. This is one soothing pain that is a reminiscence of the golden moments brought to us by the brilliant youngsters and I would love nothing more than to feel this pain throughout the rest of the World Cup. I dont think my neighbours would be too happy though!

ROAR your way through and banish the term 'minnows' that people, so wrongly, have tagged against you!

What a wonderful win! The Bangladesh Team has proved again that they are no minnows anymore.

  • 127.
  • At 01:46 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Shelim goni wrote:

go on tigers we coming strong like a storm be honest im not shoked they won coz they hav got the best talent going for example Asraful + Tamim give them 4 years time..they will be number 1

  • 128.
  • At 01:51 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Afzalul Haque wrote:

It's great to learn the superb victory of Bangladesh over S Africa. I believe, it will help Bangladesh to build up their cnfidence in big games. Because of the unfair fixtures of ICC in oneday and test matches, where the big teams were reluctant to play against new nations, many new nations could not get chance as it should have been to take forward CRICKET ahead.
Good job done by Bangladesh

  • 129.
  • At 01:53 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • JOY wrote:

Bangladesh show that they still on the super 8 and they can upset any 1 but they had 2 keep there nerve at the same level which they are not good at but I think they will continue there consistency after beating world no 1 south Africa which is they couldn’t previously often in this world cup let see ho thing goes next few days

Bangladesh show that they still on the super 8 and they can upset any 1 but they had 2 keep there nerve at the same level which they are not good at but I think they will continue there consistency after beating world no 1 south Africa which is they couldn’t previously often in this world cup let see ho thing goes next few days

  • 131.
  • At 02:10 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • John Kozlich wrote:

Nice to see an upset, this tournament could use a few more to make it interesting.

  • 132.
  • At 03:08 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Md. Shamsuddin wrote:

I am writing from Libya. I wathed the match in my PC. This is a pride for us that tigers have shown their capability. I salute them for their vectory against South Africa. I believe they will win the race to reach in the semi-final if they will take care of their patience. I wish their success.
Md. Shamsuddin

hello John Kozlich, do u understand cricket?? how could u say it was an upset?? we'll fight for the next world cup.. listen in this world cup so far we beat newzealnd, india, south africa, and more to come... you should change your word mind da tigers plz..

  • 134.
  • At 03:32 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Merlene wrote:

Great game! Good show; now that's cricket!
The "minnows" are not to be under rated.
What's that poem again by Kipling...IF.
If only West Indies...aah

  • 135.
  • At 03:59 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Md. Shamsuddin wrote:

I am writing from Libya. I watched the match in my PC. This is a pride for us that tigers have shown their capability. I salute them for their vectory against South Africa. I believe they will win the race to reach in the semi-final if they will take care of their patience. I wish their success.
Md. Shamsuddin

  • 136.
  • At 04:37 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • richard wrote:

i think its almost inevitable that bangladesh will be a force to be reckoned with in the not too distant future. im not just talkin about the occasional upset but any victories that they pick up now is feeding a cricket frenzy in a country of 150 million people that will inspire other youngsters to follow in the footsteps of this young team. we will probably see yet another sub-continental cricketing super-power emerging. this is great for cricket in my opinion as we are fighting for popularity with other sports anyone?

  • 137.
  • At 04:37 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • atiq wrote:

it was fabulous.!!.!!
for a small cntry like us this is really great achievment.

  • 138.
  • At 05:03 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • John Gilmour wrote:

Well done Bangladesh, the new kid in the sub-continent block. Remember only last year the know alls were calling upon the ICC to get serious and not waste time with teams such as B'desh.

  • 139.
  • At 05:07 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • narayan wrote:



  • 140.
  • At 06:43 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Anis Ahmed wrote:

It is good to read about the great triumph of BD over SA in the Cricket World Cup 2007. Even though BD have some spiners, but in my view BD cricket team is short of Fast Bollers who can really frighten the opponents. There is no noted contribution from the BD Captain when team wins; like Ponting or other captains. I think he should step down, and give chance to Rafique or Mashrafi B Murtaza, both are very good allrounder.

  • 141.
  • At 06:44 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

Great article Martin Gough! I'm glad the tigers have won over you! What a match though! I'v been saying all along the vistory against India was no flash in the pan!

These 'deshi boys have given something sorely lacking in this world cup. Excitement, vigour, unpredictableness - All things which make cricket such a wonderful sport to watch in the first place.

The ICC however, have unfairly robbed the Carribean of such things. I hope they finally get into touch with reality and let people experience the Carribean at the fullest without imposing unnecessary restrictions and charging laughable ticket prices. Surely they must now realise people are not prepared to buy them at those prices. WAKE UP ICC! This is the World Cup for God's sake, let people enjoy it!

Now where were we? Oh Yes, What a victory that was for Bangladesh! What made great viewing was the manner and the intelligence of how the Bangladeshi players went about their business - to have a good time and have a real go of it. Something SA did not do. SA i have to say, do look vulnerable now especially against spin - Come on Monty!!

Bangladesh just keep on defying expectations and rightly so - how they can still be tagged 'minows' really amazes me. All they need now consistency and i can see them becoming a major force to be reckoned with in the future - just wait 'till these young lads becoming men! It makes great viewing watching a youthful energetic team like Bangladesh with the positive attitude they always when playing cricket. I think the heavy defeats in the first 2 games in the super 8 against the Oz and NZ had a 'kick up the backside' effect on the bangla boys. The way they played against SA was nothing short of brilliant. However, i still think that this team would be even more better with the addition of a good fast paced bowler a' la flintoff, pollock, vaas, etc if they had one to trouble teams when playing on a slightly faster pitch to provide back-up to the current crop of fastly maturing pace bowlers. Can anyone being a fanatical Bangladesh supporter name another decent pace bowler that could add to the current squad of supermen?

Being a proud Bangladeshi by ethnic origin and a proud born Brit also, i'v had the chance of watching 2 teams i passionately support in this world cup Bangladesh and England. Isn't that great?!

But the question is, Who do i support when its comes to Bangladesh v England?.........

From Ashif, UK

  • 142.
  • At 06:58 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • samir wrote:

Congratulation Bangladesh.

The most important factor to play a competetive
game is the game plan itself.
When Ashraful mentioned that thay they had a
plan that the better batsman has to play up to
certain overs I felt that BD is getting in the right
direction to become a major force.

Lot of credit goes to the coach.

I beleive if BD play their natural game with paitence, win or loss they will become more

Thank you (to all players & coach).

congrats. im very happy for the bangladeshi team and supporters. im a pakistan supporter but since they out ill support the next muslim team.

  • 144.
  • At 07:29 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • cyrus wrote:

Minnows no more!
Even after repeatedly proving its ability to play and defeat the traditional and experienced cricket players, Bangladesh has always been seen as the "fluke" that became a part of the big-boys club. England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and later Pakistan and India - they have dominated the world's cricket scene for as long as I can remember. But for the last ten years or so, Bangladesh has struggled,to become one of the very bests. And when Bangladesh was slowly progressing, crawling forward like the Bengal Tigers, no one paid any attention. They called them "minnows", playing literally out of their league. If this was American baseball, major league would have asked to send Bangladesh back to high-school softball tournaments.

Then came 2007 World Cup. Indian team, although had some phenomenal players, seemed like a group of confused children who lacked any sort of team work and strategy. And Cricket is all about teamwork and strategy. When Bangladesh team sent Indian team back home, I could feel the tension in South Asia from across the Atlantic. But I guess things would have been worse, if India left and Pakistan had stayed. (India feels a strange "brothers in arms" kinship with us, possibly for our mutual dislike for Pakistan. Nothing against the people of Pakistan though! Cricket is the religion here). As India left the match, many supporters felt that it has at least left its "lil' brother" to take on the big guys. For last few days, I have read comments from hundreds of Indian supports who want Bangladesh to kick some butt before they fall of the match.

After noticing Bangladesh's struggle against Sri Lanka and Australia, South Africa began its game with a little bit of boredom, I think. They wanted to get it over with as soon as possible, go back to the hotel and worry about their "real" competitors. Looks like fate is not without a sense of irony! The team that was labeled as the "minnows", and was looked down upon as the worst team, defeated the current number one ranking team in the world. Some called it a biblical David v. Goliath game. I disagree. David's victory was a fluke. Bangladesh's victory wasn't.

Bangladesh is known for its resilience, and its ability to surprise unsuspecting audiences. We are no quitters. Yes, we may not have been playing for last fifty or hundred years, but we are here now, demanding equal respect and fear.

SA lost today because it underestimated Bangladesh's strength, with a tinge of desperation. Bangladesh won today because it came to the field hoping to make history, like it always does. And they did! Commentators said that people will remember this match for years to come, and many apologised for calling the Tigers the "minnows".

The Tigers are back people. We are no "minnows" no more

  • 145.
  • At 07:30 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • shuchi wrote:

ashraful was simply brilliant. the strokes he played were rightly labled classics and earned him the title of man-of-the-match for today's game.
by the way, did anybody watch the award ceremony? it was fun to watch G. Smith say that his boys played poorly and the tigers grabbed the opportunity with both hands.well... what does that even mean?? i hope he was not trying to say that had they been their "real" selves today, the result would have been different. i ,of course, beg to differ but certainly can relate to his frustration. poor guys!! they did not know what hit them and were still scratching their heads by the time the game ended at 48.3 ovs with all wickets down(can't be too sure if it was heads they were scratching after such a defeat though). the point is, fate had nothing to do with the result. we had done it zealand...and now south africa...vanity can only invite ridicule in a game of strategy such as cricket and the "big boys" have played enough matches to know this simple fact by heart now.
so, behold people...the bengal's irrelavant what they were yesterday for the world just witnessed what they are capable of today...with the youngest team( average age 23)in the super 8,we can safely say that ashraful...shakib...mashrafi....razzaq...they all have a long career ahead of them unless something drastic happens.and with them around,we just might take the cup home next time.
so, behold...coz we are -the bengal tigers.

  • 146.
  • At 08:23 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • J. Fernando wrote:


I hope the LIONS would bring the World Cup home again ..
but if, I mean IF we cant make it, then the TIGERS should get it ..


  • 147.
  • At 08:31 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • SHANAKA - COLOMBO wrote:




  • 148.
  • At 08:37 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Sami wrote:

Great job Bangladesh! Reckon we'll go all the way to semis now. Hopefully, this gets the virulent critics of the Tigers like Mandira Bedi to finally smell the coffee and shut up. The only "minnow" I saw was India, who seem capable of only beating Bermuda.

If India go to the Bangladesh tour in May with "youngsters" and "a practice" mentality, they'll be on a hiding to nowhere. Maybe that will get them to finally invite Bangladesh to a tour of India.

  • 149.
  • At 08:50 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • M G HABIB wrote:

MARTIN, this indeed would be a high time to apologize, as called for by others in this string, regarding your ill fated article a couple of weeks describing your desire to only enjoy games between big eight cricket nations, but the so called minnow nations, including bangladesh. in the article, you directly insulted the non-big-eight-cricket nations - bangladesh and ireland -for qualifying into s8 and depriving your great nations of india and pakistan to reach the super. i really feel this would be a golden time to show your courage and gentlemanhood to retract that view of yours.

now back to s8, the tigers awake now and watch out for next three. after the very tough schedule of playing sl, aus, nz and sa, now they have brighter hope in furure with eng, ire and wi. keep up the dream.. we have a dream now

we have a dream.. we have a dream... we have a dream
keep hope alive.. keep hope alive.. keep hope alive

go tigers go ..................................

  • 150.
  • At 08:55 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • *** Ishani Perera *** wrote:

OMG, I thought LIONS hate TIGERS .. I mean, "another kind" of toothless, armed tigers .. lol

But in this case, its Bangla Tigers, so YEAH .. GO BANGLADESH ! that was fantastic ! & full credit to Dave Whatmore (the best Aussie I know).

Keep it up brothers .. LIONS are supporting you.

  • 151.
  • At 09:09 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • SHENELL wrote:

That was great hunting Tigers!! Keep it up ..
Lions will always support you ..

- Grrrreetings from Sri-Lankan Lions


  • 152.
  • At 11:06 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Asma wrote:

The only thing working against BD is their inexperience in the World Cup Arena. The inconsistency in their performance is a result of bending under pressure from high expectations. They play great when the expectation is really low. Nobody can doubt their potential after this second win. 2011 WC will see a more matured and stable performance from the Tigers.

Great game Tigers! Congratulations for making us Bangladeshis proud!!!

PS. Unpredictable, risky and exciting, that's worth watching more than those extremely calculated, yawn inducing, predictable ones. What say you?

Asma, Denver, CO, USA

  • 153.
  • At 11:09 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Rutherford Francois wrote:

The CWC 07 has been pretty good so far over all inspite of all the limitations,restrictions & stifling of the Caribbean atmosphere by the ICC.The tournament would hve been far better supported/attended by W/Indians had it not been for the ridiculous rules by the ICC & LOCs.

It will be great for the tourney if the Windies can miraculously qualify for the semi-finals which appear very unlikely now.The Ausies batting is sensational & outstanding;but the other teams need to attack & pressurize their suspect bowling some more.They are beatable & not invincible,the other teams appear to be intimidated by them;so they are not playing them as hard as they really should.Great cricket nonetheless!Congrats to Bangladesh for an awesome win over the RSA;they really showed Windies how ODI cricket ought to be played.

Yours in Christ,

Rutherford Francois...

  • 154.
  • At 11:28 PM on 08 Apr 2007,
  • Rasul wrote:

One of the most memorable game i have seen. I am very thankful to Srilankans. As all of them support us. I hope we can get better only and off course have another fastbowler like mortaza.

  • 155.
  • At 01:40 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Kansas_Jayhawk wrote:

Well the so called minnows have jusy taken down the S Africans, so congrats to the Bengals. Bengals have never defeated England or West Indies before. So the next couple of games will be very interesting from the Tigers and thats only if they can keep up the good team work. This is a very young team with talent, and by next two years i can guarantee everybody that the Bengals will be a big threat to all the cricket countries. Good luck tigers

  • 156.
  • At 03:19 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • sarwar wrote:

Wow Tigers!!!!!Tigers are really beaten the critics. Before say upset just look at the game.........hahahaha---------is it upset ha! such a stupid comments.Icc cricket Chief and all other cricket world should say wow Welcome Bangladesh don't say upset again okeyyy.

  • 157.
  • At 03:34 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • NIPPON wrote:

I think this is the time for delete the word
"minnows" for bangladesh.I have a quess to
all, that what is the deffination of Upset?If a team wins regularly with big fish can u say that it is an Upset.


  • 158.
  • At 03:39 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Malcolm wrote:

Seems the minnows are the only players truely enthusiastic about this competition, even in loosing causes they are exciting to watch.
Most top teams come over as arrogant and too comfortable.
Thank you Minnows for recapturing my interest in Cricket.

  • 159.
  • At 07:54 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Sayeed wrote:

I must say, I am more than satisfied to see the young boys come out in the field so bravely even after loosing the toss to the stronger side and play their heart out. They really played supperb! Though I am very late to express my feelings but, as its said, its better late than never!

I hope that, these guys are gonna get more matured in the coming days and give all the cricket lovers the sort of joy they have provided us in their two matches against India and then South Africa.

  • 160.
  • At 11:38 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Sultan Reza wrote:

Amassing the invauable experince of playing the top six teams in the WORLD CUP arena this year and cashing on them in World Cup 2011.
It is a young team with a few teenagers and in four years they should flurish and blossom.
If their victory against India was a "stroke of luck", against South Africa it certainly was the
stroke of the bat that inspired their bowlers and fielders to give their best and topple the top rank team from the pedestal.

As a Bengali, I say "Joy Bangla", in Hindi 'it would be " Jai Bangla' and Pakistani may say reluctently " Bangladesh Zindabad' All the greetings and praise TEAM BANGLADESH richly deserve.

  • 161.
  • At 11:40 AM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Firoz Ashraf wrote:

It was more than expectation. Mohammad Ashraful, the key player of the game, who lives in the next door of mine in Dhaka, has shown again that he really deserves some unusual potential and who can rewrite the grammar of cricket.
This victory will surely help Bangladesh go ahead.
Good luck to the human-tigers.

  • 162.
  • At 12:01 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Mustahid Hossain wrote:

Bangladesh's win was impeccable over South Africa. If the tigers could sustain the pace, it would bring them into a solid rhythm to move on.

  • 163.
  • At 12:19 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Promit wrote:

Bangladesh deserved and won the match so you soudn't call them Minnows.One day they may become world champions.

  • 164.
  • At 02:41 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Raju wrote:

Great Article...

  • 165.
  • At 03:05 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • scottjosh45 wrote:

Well, all i can say Martin is i told you so. After your awful article a few weeks back about how Ireland and Bangladesh didnt deserve to be here, i boldy predicted Bangladesh would win at least 2 super 8 games. They've beaten South Africa, and still face the weaker teams, such as England, West Indies and Ireland.

  • 166.
  • At 03:15 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • nusaibah alam wrote:

go bangladesh go!!!!!!!! i wish u all the best in future.

u have 2 win though i don watch cricket still
this is my country
lol all the best!!!!!!!!!!.

  • 167.
  • At 04:11 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Tiger_fan wrote:

I am a proud Bengal Riger....R-O-A-R

  • 168.
  • At 04:38 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Susie Weeraman wrote:

Well done Bangladesh! I really enjoyed and was very impressed by your win over South Africa.

Best wishes


  • 169.
  • At 05:03 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • stuart wrote:

Bangladesh were awesome. i think they have a chance against England this week. Everybody has had a misconcepotion about the Bangladesh cricket team but they are nearing the top ratings of the world. Having said that they need to keep up the spirit. GOOD LUCK BANGLADESH ON YOUR JOURNEY TO VICTORY


First of all ... let me acknowledge that the B'Desh Captain Bashar is a CLASS ACT!
You have no idea how very much [WE] whose ancestors came from South Asia were CHEERING for you guys. [YOUR Win is OUR Win] We're praying to "Allah/ Buddha/ Krishna/Christ and even Mother Nature" for OUR South Asian brothers WIN with a firm hold on the CUP! Nothing is impossible! Concentrate ... Concentrate OUR golden Asian STARS be it LANKA or the 'DESH! Good Luck & God Bless.
Best regards,

Note: Tigers! G-R-O-W-L when Playing and R-O-A-R with Winning! ; o }

  • 171.
  • At 06:16 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Omar wrote:

I dont agree that Martin has to apologize. He made his comments based on the facts available at that time.
Sure Bangladesh has won in the past and then also lost miserably. We all would like to see a consistent performance. Theres nothing wrong in expecting that. But at the same time the reporters should not just write off the unheralded teams. What they wished for was a boring WC.
Thanks to Bangladesh for changing that.

  • 172.
  • At 08:57 PM on 09 Apr 2007,
  • Shaker Choudhury wrote:

Bangladesh has a real chance of making the semis! We just need to win the next 3 matches, South Africa needs to continue their poor form and then England needs to beat West Indies.

  • 173.
  • At 09:25 AM on 10 Apr 2007,
  • Firoz Ashraf wrote:


ICC should rethink about Bangladesh. Because the Bengal Tigers have put some special color on the fading away super eights. Bangladesh certainly moved back lot of Asian cricket fans to the World Cup Cricket after great disappointment of India and South Africa. I appeal to ICC president to revise the upcoming tour schedules so that Bangladesh can get more opportunity for playing more tests and ODIs to shine up their performance.

  • 174.
  • At 10:08 AM on 10 Apr 2007,
  • Saif wrote:

Even a week ago, Indian were saying it was an upset, and now in the newspaper, they are proud to say that they have lost against Bangladesh. WHAT A CHANGE OF THEIR MIND!!!


I wish, we had a match winning Fast Bowler apart from Mashrafe Mortuza as we will need in near future.

  • 175.
  • At 02:46 PM on 10 Apr 2007,
  • Rosh wrote:

this was the first match i attented on saturday in guyana. and i have to say it was amazing! i went in the stadium feeling as tho south africa would win, mainly because they are one of the highest ranked teams. but within minutes i was backing bangladesh as was the rest of the crowd.
hats off to the bangladeshi team for bringing back that cricket fever inside of me...which was kinda ripped out when WI lost like kids on April Fools day!

Great Match...Great Times...

  • 176.
  • At 06:00 AM on 11 Apr 2007,
  • DOLA wrote:

yes!!feeling great for Bangladesh cricket team..the country..the flag!! the batting of Tamim Iqbals,bowling of Murtazas, fielding of Aftabs..showed new faces who'll take place in many people's heart, the walls of their room as posters..:)

lets now pray so that they can show their potential all the way..

  • 177.
  • At 07:37 AM on 11 Apr 2007,
  • Bonny wrote:

yesssss thats the way of outstanding!!!..finally our sleeping tigers are moving terrificly.. it was fabulous.!!

for a small country like us this is extremely great achievment... keep in up Bangali tigers.. we are here to be with you always.. proud to be a Bangladeshi.


  • 178.
  • At 09:35 PM on 11 Apr 2007,
  • SacH wrote:

Bangladesh has the talent and ability to knock the balls off anybody, but i just dont understand why aren't thy consistent???

Well, before the start of WC2007, I hoped they would go a bit closer to the Cup and they did! I'm satisfied as of the moment. See them in action and lifting the cup in WC2011 :)

*fingers crossed*

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