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Bangladesh joy at cricket triumph
Celebrations in Dhaka
Celebrations in Dhaka went long into the night
Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis burst on to the streets to celebrate following their cricket team's historic one-day win over Australia.

Bangladesh beat the world champions on Saturday in what many think is the biggest upset in cricket history.

"Bangladesh has conquered the world," one student shouted in Dhaka.

The national newspapers revelled in the triumph and Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia sent a message of congratulations to the team.

This is my proudest moment. I am simply without words
Ali Asghar Lobby,
Bangladesh Cricket Board president

Bangladesh has had little to celebrate since being admitted to the top table of international cricket and is by far the lowest ranked team in the International Cricket Council table.

Australia in the past few years have been almost invincible.

But on Saturday in Cardiff in the triangular one-day series that also includes England, the Bangladeshi Tigers squeezed home thanks to a century from new national hero Mohammad Ashraful.

PM's hopes

Millions of Bangladeshis watched the thrilling finish on television before the festivities erupted.

"Bangladesh, Bangladesh; Ashraful, Ashraful," fans shouted in Dhaka as they honked car horns, set off firecrackers and waved flags long into the night. They were still out on the streets on Sunday.

Bangladesh cricket team
The Tigers bounced back after a crushing defeat by England

"This is not just a win. This is when Bangladesh has conquered the world," said student Kaushik Ahmed in the capital.

"This is the biggest moment for us. We beat the champions of the world and proved that we are worth our Test status," said teenager Iqbal Ahmed.

President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Ali Asghar Lobby, said: "This is my proudest moment. I am simply without words."

The national newspapers blared headlines of celebration. "Tigers turn world upside down," said the Daily Star, while News Today wrote "Tigers trounce Aussies."

Prime Minister Begum Zia congratulated the players, hoping they would "continue the winning streak in the matches ahead".

In 107 one-day games, Bangladesh had only beaten top sides twice and never Australia. The Aussies were 500-1 on to win on Saturday with one British bookmaker.

Bangladesh had been crushed by 10 wickets by England just two days earlier.

The British media congratulated Bangladesh but also turned their guns on Australia with headlines of "Humiliated".

"Hold everything and please believe what you are about to read no matter how far-fetched it may at first appear," wrote the Mail on Sunday.

The Sydney Morning Herald talked of a "sorry tale" and a "shabby effort".

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