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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2007, 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
Bangladesh victory puts India out
World Cup group B, Trinidad: Bangladesh 96-3 bt Bermuda 94-9 by seven wickets

Bangladesh celebrate
Bangladesh celebrate the dismissal of David Hemp
Bangladesh qualified for the Super 8 stage of the World Cup and put out India as they beat Bermuda in a rain-affected match in Trinidad.

An unbeaten stand of 59 between Mohammad Ashraful and Saqibul Hasan saw Bangladesh reach their target of 96 with three of their 21 overs remaining.

They had restricted Bermuda to 94-9 on a day of constant rain interruptions.

Saleem Mukuddem took three early wickets as Bangladesh slumped to 37-3 before they battled through.

Bangladesh lost a wicket early on in their run chase when Tamin Iqbal was brilliantly caught by Kevin Hurdle on the point boundary after slashing at Mukuddem.

Mukuddem then had Aftab Ahmed lbw for seven before Shahriar Nafees got an outside edge to Janeiro Tucker at second slip.

606: DEBATE

The match began late after heavy rain at the Queen's Park Oval, and several more heavy showers during the day saw the number of overs per side reduced again and again.

Bermuda were in trouble from the first over of their innings, when Stephen Outerbridge hooked wildly at Mashrafe Mortaza and top-edged to Mohammad Rafique at fine leg.

Delyone Borden then got a leading edge to the same bowler and was easily taken at mid-off, before left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak had Bermudan captain Irvine Romaine trapped lbw for just 11.

David Hemp - top scorer against India - was sent packing for a duck, cutting Syed Rasel straight to Aftab Ahmed at gully.

After yet another rain break, Oliver Pitcher skied Saqibul Hasan to captain Habibul Bashar as the innings fell apart.

Lionel Cann restored some pride by smashing 16 off six balls before he was bowled by Hasan, with Tucker holing out on the boundary for six as Bermuda desperately sought runs.

Pitcher was later taken to hospital after landing awkwardly attempting a difficult running catch off Mohammad Ashraful.

Bangladesh's qualification triggered wild celebrations among their players.

They had been expected to exit the tournament at the group stage, but their shock win over India last week meant they only had to avoid defeat against Bermuda to go through.



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