Bangladesh finished their 2023 World Cup journey with an eight-wicket loss to Australia in Pune on Saturday, November 11. They were already eliminated from the semi-finals competition and finished third position in the points table, and their chance for ICC Champions Trophy 2025 is still shaky. Is it Bangladesh's worst-ever performance in a World Cup campaign? Let's see their overall performance and what went wrong.
Bangladesh's Overall Performance Analysis in the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup
In this World Cup, Bangladesh has experienced more disappointments than victories. They began with a win against Afghanistan but lost six consecutive games. However, they won the eighth match against Sri Lanka but lost the last game by 8 wickets to Australia.
Bangladesh is currently in the 8th position in the points table, and they are still in danger of not getting the chance to participate in the eight-nation 50-over format tournament, which will take place in February 2025 in Pakistan. If the Netherlands beats India, Bangladesh will not have any chance to appear in the Champions Trophy.
Analyzing Bangladesh's Performance
To understand why Bangladesh hasn't been doing well in the 2023 World Cup, let's take a closer look at their matches against each opponent.
|Afghanistan vs Bangladesh||AFG 156, BAN 158/4||BAN won by 6 wickets (92 balls left)|
|England vs Bangladesh||ENG 364/9, BAN 227||ENG won by 137 runs|
|Bangladesh vs New Zealand||BAN 245/9, NZ 248/2||NZ won by 8 wickets (43 balls left)|
|Bangladesh vs India||BAN 256/8, IND 261/3||IND won by 7 wickets (51 balls left)|
|South Africa vs Bangladesh||SA-382/5, BAN-233||SA won by 149 runs|
|Netherlands vs Bangladesh||NED 229, BAN 142||NED won by 87 runs|
|Bangladesh vs Pakistan||BAN 204, PAK 205/3||PAK won by 7 wickets|
|Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||SL 279, BAN 282/7||BAN won by 3 wickets (53 balls left)|
|Bangladesh vs Australia||BAN 306/8, AUS 307/2||AUS won by 8 wickets (32 balls left)|
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
In their ICC World Cup opening match on October 7, 2023, at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, Bangladesh managed to bowl out Afghanistan for 156 runs. Bangladesh secured a six-wicket victory, and they scored 158 runs for 4 wickets, with Shanto scoring 59 not out and Mehidy scoring 57. Afghans lost the toss and went for batting first. They managed to score 156 runs, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz being their top scorer with 47 runs. Shakib and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were the most successful bowlers for Bangladesh, each taking three wickets. They managed to wrap up the Afghan innings in 37.2 overs.
Bangladesh vs England
This match took place on October 10, 2023, at HPCA Stadium. After losing the toss, England was sent to bat first, and they managed to score 364 runs while losing 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Although Bangladesh couldn't put much pressure on the English team at the beginning of their innings, they managed to bowl well towards the end. Otherwise, England could have easily scored more than 400 runs. England added 70 runs in the last 65 balls of their innings, with Bangladesh taking seven wickets. Shariful Islam took 3 wickets, and Sheikh Mehdi Hasan, who replaced Mahmudullah, took 4 wickets for 71 runs.
But Bangladeshi top orders failed miserably while Liton Das scored 76 runs from 66 balls. In addition to Liton, Mushfiqur Rahim contributed 51 runs, and Towhid Hridoy scored 39 runs for Bangladesh. However, most of the other players only managed to score in the single digits or low double digits.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Bangladesh batted first at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 13 and scored 245 runs for nine wickets. In response, New Zealand successfully chased down this target with 43 balls to spare. Kane Williamson scored 78 runs, and Daryl Mitchell contributed 89 runs for the New Zealand team.
Bangladesh faced early trouble in the match, with Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson causing them to struggle at 56 runs for four wickets by the 13th over. Captain Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 40 runs off 51 balls, then built a partnership of 96 runs with his experienced teammate Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 66 runs off 75 balls. This partnership helped Bangladesh reach a total of 156 runs by the 30th over.
Bangladesh vs India
Bangladesh faced India on October 19 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Batting first, Bangladesh had a strong opening stand as two openers, Tanzid Hasan and Liton Das, made a 93 runs partnership. Tanzid scored 51 runs, achieved his first ODI fifty, and Liton Das scored 66 runs.
Later, Bangladesh lost four wickets in 137 runs, and after that, Mushfique scored 38 and Mahmudullah scored 46 runs. Bangladesh ended up scoring 256 runs from 8 wickets. However, this was not a fighting score, and India reached the victory in just 41.3 overs.
Bangladesh vs South Africa
Despite Mahmudullah's 111 runs from 111 balls, Bangladesh lost by a margin of 143 runs to South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 24. It was Bangladesh's fourth consecutive loss. South Africa batted first and scored a massive 382 runs for five wickets. For the Bangladesh team, Hasan Mahmud managed to take two wickets, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, and Shakib Al Hasan each secured one wicket. In batting, other than Mahmudullah, no Bangladeshi players had significant scores.