Bangladesh in World Cups
It was in 1999 when Bangladesh qualified for the world cup. Since then they have played in all world cups. So far their best performance came in 2007 and 2015. In 2007 they reached the super 8 stage and in 2015 they managed to reach the quarterfinals.
Bangladesh in 50-over World Cup
1999 World cup:
It was in the 1999 cricket world cup that Bangladesh made their world cup debut. Based on their previous records, not much was expected from this team which was in their developing stage. In their first match against New Zealand they were bundled out for 116 and Kiwis won the match by 6 wickets. Their first world cup victory came against Scotland when they defeated the European nation by 22 runs. Minhajul Abedin made an unbeaten 68. They lost the next match to West Indies by 7 wickets. Again they continued their losing streak when they lost to Australia by 7 wickets. But Bangladesh sprang up a surprise against Pakistan. They defeated Pakistan by 62 runs. Batting first Bangladesh made 223/9. Akram Khan was top scorer with 42 runs. In reply Pakistan could only make 161 before being bowled out in 44.3 overs. Khaled Maumud picked up 3 Pakistani wickets conceding just 31 runs.
2003 World Cup:
After defeating Pakistan in 1999 world cup Bangladesh had nothing to boast about in their performances leading up to the next world cup. They were losing matches in continuous streaks. In 2003 World Cup, held in African continent they lost all the matches and one match was washed out. Everyone expected them to win their first match against Canada. But Canada successfully defended their first innings score of 190. Bangladesh were all out for 120 runs. In their second match against Srilanka they were bowled out for 124 and Lankans chased down the target in 21.1 overs without losing a single wicket. Their third match against West Indies was washed out. In the fourth match Bangladesh innings ended in 108 in 35.1 overs. South Africa making a mockery of the Bangladeshi bowling attack chased down the score in 12 overs without any loss of wickets. Against the Kiwis, Bangladesh while batting first made 198/7. New Zealand batsmen cruised to the target with 7 wickets in hand. In their last match in the tournament they faced Kenya and there was a chance of ending the dismal show in some flurry. But to the dismay of Bangladeshi fans Kenya successfully defended their first innings score of 217/9.Bangladesh was all out for 185.
2007 World Cup:
There was a much improved performance from Bangladesh in the 2007 World cup held in West Indies. In the group match they defeated India and Bermuda. They lost against Srilanka but advanced to the Super Eight stage. The victory against India was a big boost for the team. Batting first, India could only muster 191 in 49.3 overs. Sourav Ganguly made a laborious half century. He scored 66 runs from 129 balls. Mashrafe Mortaza returned figures of 4/38 and played havoc on Indian batting. In reply Bangladesh made 192/5 in 48.3 overs with wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim scoring 56 runs. Bangladesh defeated Bermuda by 7 wickets in the league match. In the super eight stages they defeated South Africa. Bangladesh made 251/8 riding upon Mohammed Ashraful's 87. But South Africa's innings ended in 184 runs. Abdur Razzak picked 3 Proteas wickets for 25 runs. But, apart from victory against South Africa, Bangladesh put up a dismal show in the rest of matches in super 8. They lost against Australia by 10 wickets, against New Zealand by 9 wickets and against England by 4 wickets. They lost the match against West Indies by 99 runs. They even lost the match against Ireland by 74 runs. Batting first Ireland made 243 with the help of 83 from William Porterfield. In the second innings of match, Bangladesh chase ended up in 169.
2011 World Cup:
Bangladesh had the advantage of being co-hosts in 2011 World Cup. They were playing on their home soil. But 2011 World Cup turned to be a nightmare for the tigers. They lost the opening match against India by 87 runs. They won their next match against Ireland by 27 runs. In the very next match against West Indies, they were bowled out for 58 runs in 18.5 overs. West Indies spinner Suleimen Benn picked 4 wickets for 18 runs. West Indies reached the target with 9 wickets on hand. In their next game against South Africa they were bowled out for 78 runs and they lost the match for about 200 runs.
2015 World Cup:
After a disastrous 2011 World Cup Bangladesh was better equipped this time. Their performances has improved vastly post 2011 and they had a point to prove. In their first match in 2015 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 105 runs. The match against Australia was washed away and the points were shared. In the third game they were crushed by the Srilankans. Srilanka made 332/1 batting first and in reply Bangladesh could only make 240. Bangladesh bounced back in their next game against Scotland when they chased down a target of 319 runs. Bangladesh reached the quarter final stage where they had to face India. India made 302/6 and Bangladesh chase ended in 193 off 45 overs.
2019 World Cup:
The 2019 Cricket World Cup was held in England and Wales. Bangladesh raised their fans expectations when they defeated South Africa by 21 runs. Batting first, Bangladesh made 330/6 with Mushfiqur Rahim making a score of 78. In reply South Africa made 309/8 and lost the match by 21 runs. Mustafisur Rahman took 3 wickets for 67 runs. Bangladesh lost their match against Kiwis by 2 wickets when New Zealand chased down the target of 244 with the loss of 8 wickets. Bangladesh lost their matches against England, Australia, India and Pakistan. The match against Srilanka was washed away. Bangladesh registered wins against West Indies and Afghanistan too after their victory against South Africa. Against West Indies, Bangladesh chased down 322 with the loss of 3 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan who was in great form with the bat and ball in the tournament smashed 124 from 99 balls. In the match against Afghanistan, Bangladesh made 262. But Aghan response ended up at 200.Shakib Al Hasan took 5 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan became the first player to take more than 10 wickets and score 600+ runs in the same World Cup tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh has certainly come a long way and they have improved a lot in the recent years. There transformation from 'minnows' to a competitive team has been hearty for the cricket fans. Advancement of cricket in Bangladesh could be clearly seen when Bangladesh defeated India to lift the Under 19 world cup in 2020. Bangladesh will be a team to reckon in the near future. There is a surge of quality players in the team and the team which once were just known as giant killers in world cup when they defeated Pakistan, India and South Africa in World cups is on the verge of becoming capable of defeating those teams on a regular basis. Watch out for the Bangla Tigers for the next world cup.
in T20 World Cups
Bangladesh played in all the T20 world cups held so far. They had started off their T20 world cup campaign in style when they defeated West Indies in their first match in 2007. But they couldn't continue the trend in the later games and failed to erase the tag of 'minnows' in T20 format.
2007 T20 World Cup:
Bangladesh raised the hopes of their fans when they kicked off the tournament with a victory against West Indies. Batting first West Indies made 164/8. In reply riding on a 27 ball 61 by Mohammed Ashraful and 49 ball 62 by Aftab Ahmad Bangladesh reached the target in 18 overs. But things fell apart for Bangladesh in rest of the games. They lost all their remaining games. In their next match, they were restricted to 144 by South Africa. The protease won the game in 18.5 overs and 7 wickets in hand. Bangladesh lost the match against Australia by 9 wickets. Against Srilanka, chasing a target of 148, Bangladesh was all out for 83 runs in 15.5 overs. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets in their next outing.
2009 T20 World Cup:
Bangladesh crashed out of 2009 world cup after they lost both of their matches against India and Ireland. It was an upset against Ireland. In their first match chasing a target of 181 set up by India, Bangladesh was all out for 155. In their second match they lost to Ireland. Bangladesh made 137/8 batting first. Ireland chased down the target in 18.2 overs and 4 wickets down.
2010 T20 World Cup:
Still there was nothing for Bangladesh to cheer much about in the World T20 tournament. In 2010 they lost both their matches. Against Pakistan, chasing a target of 173 Bangladesh could only make 151/7. In their second match they restricted Australia to 141/7. But in reply they could only make 114.
2012 T20 World Cup:
In 2012 too it was the same old story. Bangladesh once again failed to advance to the next stage of the tournament. In their first match against New Zealand chasing a huge target of 192, their innings terminated in 132/8. In their second match against Pakistan, they put up a better show. Bangladesh made 175/6 batting first. But Pakistan managed to reach the target with 8 wickets in hand. So once again Bangladesh had to return without any real success.
2014 T20 World Cup:
Bangladesh started off 2014 edition of T20 World cup in style. In their first match they folded out Afghanistan batsmen for just 72 runs and chased down the target with the loss of just 1 wicket in 12 overs. In their second match they defeated Nepal by 8 wickets. They chased down the target of 127 with the loss of only 2 wickets. But in their third game Hong Kong sprang up a surprise when they defeated Bangladesh by 2 wickets. Hong Kong restricted Bangladesh to 108 and got to the target with 2 wickets in hand. Inconsistency was the term you could easily relate to such a performance. In next matches Bangladesh lost to India by 8 wickets, to Pakistan by 50 runs and to Australia by 7 wickets.
T20 World Cup:
After an unexpected loss to Hong Kong in previous edition, Bangladesh had to make sure that there was no scope for another upset. Bangladesh made sure they defeated Netherlands and Oman in 2016 World Cup. But, except against India, their performance against other regular main teams was not much enviable. Against Netherlands they won by 8 runs. Chasing a target of 154, Netherlands innings managed only 145 runs. Against Oman, Bangladesh made 180/2 and in reply, Oman made only 65/9. Bangladesh won by 54 runs using D/L method. The match against Ireland was washed out. Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 55 runs and to Australia by 3 wickets. The match against India was a close finish. India batting first was restricted to 146/7. Bangladesh was on the verge of a victory, but couldn't hold their nerves and they lost the match by 1 run. In their next match, New Zealand made 145/8 in first innings. But Bangladesh batsmen were folded out for 70 runs in 15.4 overs by New Zealand bowlers.