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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Falgun 26, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 18, 1436 Hijr

Ah, the sweet taste of victory!
Published : Tuesday, 10 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 33
Saifunnahar Sumi
"Not comfortable being a British man in Bangladesh right now! (a reference to cricket, not anything else!)"
David Bergman, a British journalist based in Bangladesh, on Monday made the comments on his facebook status during the Bangladesh-England cricket match in a do-or- die encounter of the ICC World Cup at Adelaide in Australia.
Twenty two minutes after delivering the message, Bergman again put in a status, "All I can say is my kids are thrilled!"
With this tumultuous victory Bangladesh has ensured its place in the prestigious quarter finals. It knocked England out of the World Cup by 15 runs.
Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score an ICC World Cup hundred, guiding his team to a decent 275 for seven against England in a crucial Pool A match on Monday.
For Mahmudullah, it was his maiden one-day hundred. He also bettered Bangladesh's previous individual best of 95 made by Tamim Iqbal against Scotland earlier in the tournament.
Four years ago, when the two teams last met in a World Cup match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, England lost when Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam steered the team to victory by scoring a brilliant 58 off 56 balls for the ninth wicket partnership. Bangladesh had the advantage of two wickets, with an over to spare.
That defeat, however, did not stop England from qualifying for the quarter finals. But yesterday the tables were clearly turned. Bangladesh ensured a place for itself in the quarter finals, pushing England back to the banks of the Thames, figuratively speaking of course.
Four or five years ago, we came across media reports that England didn't want to play Bangladesh because of what it considered the latter's poor performance.
Bangladesh's people now feel very cool in the ongoing political unrest and have been celebrating the triumph by sharing sweets, holding victory rallies, sharing emotions and congratulating the Bangladeshi players on social network such as facebook.
After Bangladesh had won the match, David Bergman further updated his status, "So, can anyone tell me this? How does Bangladesh getting into the quarter finals, and perhaps going even further into the tournament effect the country's politics? Is BNP sour now? Is AL particularly jubilant? Or is cricket party-blind?" Never mind the slips in language. His queries are all.
One facebook user Sultana Yasmin, a government employee, shared her emotions thus, "Ekhon ami ki kori kothay jai" (What do I do now? Where do I go?).
The once-colonised have thrashed the colonisers at their own game. The Indian movie 'Lagaan' revisited. Bravo, roaring tigers! Thus did another Facebook user Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury share his emotions.
Bangladesh's people congratulated the team players, especially Mahmudullah, Mushfiq, Rubel and captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
British High Commissioner to Dhaka Robert W Gibson also congratulated the Tigers.
Mashrafe dedicated the match to the freedom fighters of the Liberation War of 1971 who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country. Mahmudullah dedicated his century to his wife and son.
So is Bangladesh on the way to the semifinals of the World Cup?
The general masses could hope that the Bangladesh cricket team will further make them happy by winning the next match against New Zealand which will take place on March 13 (Friday) at Seddon Park. They expect a full team spirit as was demonstrated on Monday.
Our congratulations to the Tigers. They have certainly done us proud!

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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