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Ashraful shows Bangla the way

March 26, 2007
Bangladesh beat debutants Bermuda by seven wickets in the concluding match of the group stage to make it to the Super Eight stage of the World Cup.

Chasing 95 runs for victory in a 21-overs rain-shortened match, Bangladesh had a disastrous start losing their first wicket with only six runs on the board. They were in further trouble when Bermuda seamer Saleem Mukudden, who had Tamim Iqbal in his first over, captured the vital wickets of Shahriyar Nafees and Aftab Ahmed to have them reduced to 37 for 3 by the eighth over.

But the ever-dependable Ashraful put his head down and along with Saqibul Hasan (26 off 35 balls) he guided the team home. Both settled in and scampered singles, going for the occasional boundary to take Bangladesh past the target.

How calculated was Ashraful's knock can be gauged from the 29 runs he scored off 32 balls. There were just two fours in it, as most of them came from singles.

Photograph: Getty Images

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