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England’s 160 million new supporters for a day

  • Published at 09:10 pm June 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:03 pm June 10th, 2017
England’s 160 million new supporters for a day
Bangladesh cricket fans, all 160 million of them at least, are supporting England in the last Group A Champions Trophy match taking place in Birmingham on Saturday. As England bats toward a score of 277, the hopes of Bangladeshis rest on England’s batting line-up. People who never supported England, or any other team than the Tigers, are eagerly and wholeheartedly rooting for the hosts. [caption id="attachment_68393" align="aligncenter" width="345"]Eoin-Morgan_AFP England skipper Eoin Morgan plays a shot against Australia AFP[/caption] The winner of the do-or-die match will affect the outcome of who goes into the semi-final alongside the tournament hosts, the Tigers or the Aussies. Social media posts about the match are a stark reminder of how much Bangladesh has at stake. From jocular jibes to near-controversial swearing, Facebook and Twitter are experiencing a massive spike in a combination of hashtags #ENGvsAUS and #Bangladesh. The passion of Bangladeshi cricket fans knows little bounds. Some go as far as to declare they will forgive England for the 1757 Battle of Plassey and the 190 years of British rule. We, at the Dhaka Tribune, are also rooting for a team other than Bangladesh to win, for the first time. Australia scored 277/9 in the 50 overs they played. England is currently batting at 240/4 in 40.2 overs.

Hopes of a nation

Sehri on Saturday morning was a time of celebration as only a few hours earlier, the Tigers came from behind to beat New Zealand and earn a shot at making it into the final four. The prayers of Bangladeshi fans just might be answered, as England players dismissed with disdain any possibility of taking their traditional Ashes rivals lightly, despite having already secured the top position in Group A. Captain Eoin Morgan has said: “I think if we're truly going to be contenders for this tournament, we need to beat the best teams, and Australia are one of the best teams. “They always are going into a white-ball tournament. They seem to produce limited-overs cricketers at will.  So to go into a game like that with no other attitude than winning is very important to us,” he said. [caption id="attachment_68394" align="aligncenter" width="800"]England skipper Eoin Morgan congratulates bowler Moeen Ali for taking an Australian wicket AFP England skipper Eoin Morgan congratulates bowler Moeen Ali for taking an Australian wicket AFP[/caption] Just the attitude Tigers fans, and for tonight England fans, expect from the hosts. If the math works out in a way to land Bangladesh in the semi-final, the confidence they gained from perhaps their best-ever ODI win will carry them through the tournament. Of the 11 attempts made in the Champions’ Trophy, this was the Tigers’ second win. Their last win was against Zimbabwe in the 2006 tournament.
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