Kolkata: Bangladesh fans started leaving the stadium after losing 6 wickets for 70 runs in the Netherlands match. It was 8 o’clock at night. On Lakshmi Puja nightfall, Eden Gardens began to empty. And in the Pakistan match more than half an hour before the hotel, the Bangladeshi fans. The fans realized the future of the match. Spectators inevitably left Eden and flocked to Red Road.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan claimed before the Pakistan match, now their motivation is the Champions Trophy. Their target is to win the remaining 3 matches and make their place in the Champions Trophy. Be that as it may, their victory in the World Cup has become tenth. They have made the next target sitting in Kolkata. But the team had no motivation in the rest of the match, as if the Bangladesh captain felt it in his bones on Tuesday evening. He fought with the bat himself. Mahmudullah fought. A bit of a mirage. By scoring 204 runs, the water will not be hot against Pakistan, probably Shakibara understood in Surya Dubu Dubu Eden. That was evident at the start of Pakistan’s innings. What Mustafizur and Shariful said, Fakhr and Shafiq played with ease. On this side of Eden and on the other side then the flower of the boundary.

It was 7:30 in the evening. LBW to Shafiq on the way to the pavilion by Miraj. Pakistan scored 128 for 1. Babar was 22 yards away. And many fans of Bangladesh, who understood the fate of the match, left Eden and went to the Red Road. The World Cup is already over. Did the Champions Trophy qualify this time? It was unimaginable for the Bangladesh fans to return to Kolkata empty-handed. They can tell why.

The language of the people of Bangladesh or this Bengal is one. The cultural respect of the two Bengals for each other is immense. Cultural exchanges between the two Bengals also take place regularly. But….Bangladesh has never won a match at the Eden Gardens in Bengal. Be it Test or ODI or T20. Bangladesh has never seen victory in Eden. That history has not changed this time either. The tigers had to return empty-handed from Eden. And long before that, the Tigers fans left the stadium. This is how Shakib’s World Cup Eden tour ended.


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