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Bangladesh skipper dedicates win to 'freedom fighters'

Mashrafe Mortaza played a huge role in his side’s massive win against England Adelaide, March 9 (IANS) Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Morta ...

Mashrafe Mortaza played a huge role in his side’s massive win against England

Adelaide, March 9 (IANS) Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza Monday dedicated his country's historic win over England in the World Cup cricket to the 1971 "freedom fighters". The Tigers stormed into the quarterfinals of the World Cup, beating England by 15 runs in a breathtaking match on Monday at Adelaide Oval.

Mahmudullah's ton and Mushfiqur Rahim's half-century helped Bangladesh put up a challenging 275 for 7 in 50 overs, bdnews24 reported. England crumbled under the attacking bowling of skipper Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed.

At the award ceremony, the captain dedicated the win to "all the freedom fighters of Bangladesh" and "all those people working very hard". Bangladesh became an independent nation in 1971 after months of "Liberation war" against Pakistan. Until then, it constituted the eastern wing of Pakistan.

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