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New Zealand may have won the match, but Bangladesh won hearts with their spirited performance, except perhaps in the Indian team, where I suspect there will now be growing trepidation about their quarter-final opponents.
Rubel Hossain had just flattened James Anderson's stumps and started on his Usain Bolt like sprint that got all of Dhaka on its feet. History had been scripted and all of a sudden Bangladesh had firmly etched itself on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 roster. They are in Australia to compete, not simply to make up the numbers.
Less than two decades ago, Bangladesh were cricket's Afghanistan, the new kids everyone welcomed into the neighbourhood. On the eve of their 27th World Cup outing, it's fairly evident that the initial affection and fascination have given way to a kind of contempt.