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Mahmood rattles Bangladesh

April 9, 2007
England kept their semi-final hopes alive with an unconvincing four-wicket win over Bangladesh in the World Cup Super Eights on Wednesday.

Paceman Sajid Mahmood took advantage of a bouncier pitch to take three wickets and help bowl Bangladesh out for 143 in 37.2 overs in the first match at the renovated Kensington Oval.

England, inconsistent all tournament, lost wickets at regular intervals in the run chase but reached their target in 44.5 overs.

Mahmood dealt two early blows before fellow new ball bowler James Anderson added two more in his second spell to rock Bangladesh.

Mahmood returned to take the last wicket to end the innings in the 38th over and finish with three for 27. Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar removed three lower order batsmen to return three for 25.

Vaughan dropped opener Shahriar Nafees at mid-on off Mahmood but ran out Habibul Bashar (4) after the struggling Bangladesh skipper stood watching instead of completing the single.

Nafees (9) added one more run before Mahmood forced him to nick behind the stumps, Andrew Strauss at second slip catching the rebound off wicketkeeper Paul Nixon's gloves.

Photograph: Getty Images

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