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June 24, 2005   

The Bangla Bomber

The day belonged to England as they thrashed Bangladesh by 168 runs in the fourth match of the ongoing NatWest tri-series on Tuesday.

Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood helped themselves to centuries and, in the process, guided England to a mammoth 391 for four.

No team has ever chased or come close to chasing such a huge total. But a young Bangladesh batsman believed in his abilities and talent, in fighting for his every breath.

Twenty-year-old Mohammad Ashraful made the English bowlers run for leather as he blasted a 52-ball 94, inclusive of 11 boundaries and 3 sixes.

He was particularly severe on England's best bowler, Steve Harmison, who even the Aussies found it difficult to hit. Little Ashraful hit the tall fast bowler for two sixes in a over.

It was little surprise that he received a standing ovation when he was dismissed in the 17th over.

Text: Harish Kotian | Photograph: Getty Images

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