Bangladesh have played a total of 369 limited-over matches since they made their ODI debut in 1986. In which, they have won 131 matches, lost 241 ODIs, and 7 matches ended in no results. 78 matches, i.e. 60% of Bangladesh’s total ODI victories have come at home, while they have won the rest of 53 matches outside the country. Depending on overseas performance, one can get an idea of how much a team has progressed. In that perspective, Bangladesh have become a very competitive ODI team since the world cup 2015. This article will tell you Bangladesh’s five most memorable overseas ODI wins.
The most unforgettable overseas ODI victories of Bangladesh
5) Bangladesh’s stunning victory over mighty India in 2007 world cup
India were one of the top contenders to win the ICC ODI World Cup 2007 in South Africa. Led by Sourav Ganguly, the Indian team had some world-class players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Virender Sehwag. But even with this strong squad, India lost to an emerging Bangladesh side by 5 wickets and eventually knocked out of the tournament from the group stage. There are rumors that the format of the ICC World Cup was changed after India’s unexpected defeat against Bangladesh in 2007.
Batting first, India bowled out for 191 runs with 3 balls to spare. In reply, Bangladesh chased down the target for the loss of five wickets with 9 balls in hand. Player of the match-winner – Mashrafe Mortaza bagged most 4 wickets for the tigers, while opener Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan all made half-centuries and eased the victory for Bangladesh.
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4) Bangladesh shock tournament favorite Pakistan in 1999 world cup
Bangladesh shocked the cricket world after beating one of the hot favorites Pakistan in a group stage match in ICC World Cup 1999. Wasim Akram-led Pakistan bowling line-up had world-class bowlers like Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, and Saqlain Mushtaq. Even with this highly talented squad, the Pakistan team surrendered helplessly on that particular day in front of the roaring team tigers.
Batting first, Bangladesh made a challenging 223-run to defend. Aggressive batsman Akram Khan scored the highest 42 runs for the team. In reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 161 runs with 33 balls to spare. Khaled Mahmud Sujon was the star performer for Bangladesh on that day. Besides scoring 26 runs with the bat, the player of the match-winner, Khaled Mahmud took 3 valuable wickets with the ball. Bangladesh won the match by 62 runs. Undoubtedly, this victory is one of the greatest moments in the history of Bangladesh cricket.
3) Ashraful’s hundred helps Bangladesh to secure a historic win over Australia in the NatWest trophy 2005
In the first decade of the 21st century, defeating Ricky Ponting-led mighty Australian side was considered a great achievement for any team. Bangladesh managed to defeat that Australia back in 2005 in England. They beat Australia by 5 wickets in a three-nation NatWest Trophy match. Talented Mohammad Ashraful rose up the occasion with the bat on that day and guided Bangladesh to victory.
Thanks to Ashraful’s century, Bangladesh reached the winning target – 250 runs with 4 balls to spare. Besides, Captain Habibul Bashar’s 48 and Aftab Ahmed’s 21 off 13 balls played important roles in Bangladesh’s victory. Fast bowler Tapash Baisya snatched the highest 3 wickets for the tigers. Defeating Australia is one of the best moments in the history of Bangladesh cricket.
2) Bangladesh’s unforgettable victory over England in 2015 world cup
Bangladesh stunned England by 15 runs in the group stage of ICC World Cup 2015 and secured a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in their World Cup history. So this was a very special victory for Bangladesh cricket fans. On the other side, England knocked out of the tournament after disappointingly losing the match against Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah Riyad’s century and Mushfiqur Rahim’s scintillating 69-run knock helped Bangladesh to consolidate a fighting total of 265-run to defend. In reply, England were all out for 260 with nine balls to spare. Pacer Rubel Hossain picked up the last two wickets of England in the 49th over and sealed the match for the tigers. After the victory, Bangladesh’s crazy cricket fans were overwhelmed with joy.
Shakib-Mahmudullah partnership stun New Zealand in 2017 Champions Trophy
Bangladesh secured a spot in the champions trophy 2017 semifinals after winning their last group stage match against New Zealand in Cardiff. Playing the champions trophy semi-final is the best ever achievement for Bangladesh in any ICC events. Although New Zealand were in a strong position in the match. But a record-breaking stand between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad guided Bangladesh to a historic victory.
Batting first, New Zealand scored 265 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs. Mosaddek Hossain took the highest 3 wickets for the tigers. In reply, Bangladesh hurriedly lost 4 wickets for 33 runs. But in the fifth wicket, Shakib-Mahmudullah repaired the innings with a magnificence 224-run partnership between them. Shakib was dismissed for 114, while Mahmudullah took Bangladesh to the home with an unbeaten 102*-run knock. In terms of achievements, this is the most important ODI victory ever for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s national cricket team has had some famous victories on overseas soils, which always bring smiles to the tiger cricket fans. But the above-mentioned matches have taken a special place in the heart of Bangladesh fans. No doubt, these are Bangladesh’s five most memorable overseas ODI wins ever.
Source: United News of Bangladesh