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Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal, pictured, got Bangladesh off to a flier in Chittagong, but it was Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah who saw the Tigers to victory

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hailed team-mates Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah after their late heroics with the bat secured a valuable win over England.

The Tigers’ victory prospects looked to have gone up in smoke when they collapsed to 169 for eight in pursuit of 226 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Shafiul and Mahmudullah refused to buckle, however, and managed to guide their side over the line with an over to spare, resurrecting Bangladesh’s hopes of claiming a quarter-final berth.

A jubilant Tamim, who got his team off to a flying start with 38 from 26 balls at the top of the order said: “We knew that he (Shafiul) could bat a bit but not like that.

“(Mahmudullah) was not playing the last two games but came back strongly and did the job for us. It was fantastic.

“Everyone’s really happy. Hats off to the boys - they played really good cricket. It’s unbelievable. I’m just waiting to go and see the people dancing around the ground. It’s a different thing for us winning a game against England.”

Bangladesh take on the Netherlands and South Africa in their remaining fixtures and will also have an eye on Thursday’s clash between England and West Indies.

Tamim added: “There’s a slight chance we might qualify for the second round. We just need to do well in the next game and win the next game and wait for the England-West Indies game.”

Asked at what point he believed Bangladesh would win, Tamim replied: “Never. We were seeing the game but not talking. We were so nervous. You never know with cricket. It was unbelievable.”

Tigers captain Shakib Al Hasan was thrilled with the triumph and the euphoria it sparked around the stadium.

He said: “It means an awful lot to the whole country. We all know we’re very emotional about cricket and every time we do well they’re just like that.

“There was no luck - it’s only hard work. When they put 225 runs on the board we thought we had a very good chance - because we knew there would be dew and we knew it would be hard for them to bowl.

Shakib Al Hasan & Matt Prior

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, left, was delighted with his side's triumph, claiming: "It means an awful lot to the whole country."

“There were some silly mistakes, like two run-outs, that could have cost us the game. Luckily they didn’t. It was a great win for us and hopefully we’ll kick on from here.

"We have to play two more games and to qualify for the next round we have to win the two games. Otherwise we have to rely on the other teams.”

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