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Bangladesh taste victory over Irish
Bangladesh celebrate a stunning victory over Ireland in cricket World Cup, while Australia humble New Zealand.
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2011 21:03 GMT
Australia extended their World Cup winning run to 25 matches after a seven-wicket win over N Zealand [GALLO/GETTY]

Bangladesh have tasted thier first victory of the cricket World Cup after beating Ireland by 27 runs while Australia extended their World Cup winning run to 25 matches after a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

The Bangladeshi team turned what looked like an inevitable defeat by Ireland into a stunning victory which could effectively have salvaged their tournament.

They got back on track, following their opening defeat by India, delighting a noisy home crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur with the Group B win.

Opener Tamim Iqbal led off with 44 from 43 balls in the  team's 205 all out, while Shafiul Islam took 4-21.

Batsmen Raqibul Hasan (38) and Mushfiqur Rahim (36) and bowlers Shakib Al Hasan (2-28) and Mohammad Ashraful (2-42) also chipped in.

Reborn pace bowler Shafiul Islam, having so recently been mauled by the Indians, ripped through the late Irish order to pull off an unlikely victory.

Shafiul claimed the last wicket as the Irish were dismissed for 178 in the low-scoring match.

A capacity crowd, which had followed the ups and downs of the flawed but enthralling contest, launched a spontaneous party and recalled memories of football's 2010 World Cup with a lengthy blast of vuvuzelas and drums.

Australia’s winning streak

In the day's other match, Australian openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin hit half-centuries, beginning with a 133-run stand, as the four-time World Cup winner overhauled New Zealand's 206 all out with 16 full overs remaining for a seven-wicket win.

“You've got to be very, very happy with a result like that,'' Ricky Ponting, Australia's captain, said as Daniel Vettori, the Kiwi skipper, conceded his team had failed to deal with the pressure exerted on it by the clinical Australians.

Australia's fierce fast bowling trio combining to take out eight of New Zealand's batsmen.

Mitchell Johnson's 4-33, Shaun Tait's 3-35 and Brett Lee's 1-29, backed up by a wicket each from Shane Watson and leg spinner Steve Smith, kept Australia's astonishing winning streak alive at the World Cup.

The Black Caps' brittle top order - which left them 73-6 at one point - and lack of bowling options resulted in a one-sided affair, although New Zealand could be forgiven for a poor performance after the terrible events back home may have left the squad distracted.

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