Bangladesh beat Uganda by 171 runs to finish at the top of Group A. They now face the second-placed team in Group D, either England or Zimbabwe, in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Put into bat, all the Bangladeshi batsmen made significant contributions, with the exception of Mehdi Hassan who was run out for one. After a brisk start, the middle order found themselves pegged back by Uganda’s slow bowlers and fielders. Mehrab Hossain, normally the sprightliest of batsmen, could only grind his way to 29 off 72 deliveries. Jimmy Okello bowled his ten overs for just 31, picking up two wickets. Coming in at Number 8, Ishraq Sonnet boosted the run-rate with a quickfire 37 off just 25 deliveries. Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 64 off 80 deliveries.

Defending 255, Bangladesh were on top from the start as Ishraq Sonnet took three of the first four wickets to fall before the spinners got to work. Even singles became few and and far between. Only one batsmen made more than 6, opener Arthur Kyobe with 31. Uganda were dismissed were 84 in the 34th over. Bangladesh would have been disappointed with their 23 wides and though it’s been a problem affecting all teams in this competition, Bangladesh cannot expect similar reciprocity from their future opponents.

Group A: Bangladesh v Uganda, Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
Uganda won the toss and elected to field
Bangladesh: 255 off 49.4 overs (T. Iqbal 39, M. Rahim 64, I. Sonnet 37; R. Semanda 4-43)
Uganda: 84 off 33.4 overs (A. Kyobe 31; I. Sonnet 3-26)
Man of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)

Filed February 10 2006