England hopes alive after win over Bangladesh

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 11, 2007 (AFP) – England thwarted another strong challenge from Bangladesh’s spinners to register a much-needed four-wicket win in a World Cup Super Eights match here on Wednesday. Mushfiqur Rahim (seven) also failed to live up to the expectations as Bangladesh were struggling at 65-6 before Hasan and Mortaza gave the total some respectability.

Michael Vaughan’s men were put on the victory path by a fine bowling display from paceman Sajid Mahmood (3-27) and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar (3-25) that saw Bangladesh bundled out for just 143.

But they then found batting tough against qualty spin from Abdur Razzak (2-30) and Mohammad Rafique (2-33) before wrapping up the victory after 44.5 overs.

From a well-set 70-2, Razzak started the mini-slide by dismissing Vaughan (30) and Kevin Pietersen (10) in successive overs.

Andrew Flintoff (23) hit three boundaries during his brief stay but Rafique accounted for the all-rounder and Ravi Bopara (nought) in his sixth over to leave England reeling at 110-6 with 34 still needed for victory.

However, Paul Collingwood (23) and Paul Nixon (20) held their nerve during their unbroken 37-run seventh wicket stand to ensure vict