India vs Bangladesh
India Win By 87 Runs
Bangladesh would've needed a miracle to successfully land 371 runs for triumph. As it was, they at least got within double figures of their target so it's not an all-out humiliation in front of their homeground. Very trying conditions for the bowlers, these. Man of the Match will surely go to Sehwag for his mammoth 175, while Kohli can rest assured in his 100 not out. If India were to pick on a negative, it would be the day Sreesanth had. He really didn't come to the party, even if the conditions didn't help him. His line needs tweaking if he is to avoid making way for Ashish Nehra in the starting XI. Thanks for joining us for the tourney opener. Catch you again for Sunday's double-header.
Over 50 Harbhajan 1-0-1-0-1-0
283-9 - All and sundry go through the motions of three singles and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the ball game.
Over 49 Munaf 0-1-W-0-0-0
280-9 - WICKET! Lazy backing up from Shafiul sees him run out at the non-striker's end. Handy direct-hit from Harbhajan and things have really fallen apart for Bangladesh, who have gone from making a game of it to being utterly thumped in front of their home crowd.
Over 48 Zaheer 0-1-1wd-1-0-1lb-W
279-8 - Bit of a mixed bag of an over from Zaheer, but there's enough trickery in it to send Razzak packing. Another lbw, this one also pretty plumb. Late seam movement into the left hand and going on to strike middle- and leg-stump. Shafiul in now.
Over 47 Munaf 6-3-W-0-0-0
275-7 - WICKET! That's a four-for for Patel, but not before Hasan has violently cranked him over midwicket for six. Naeem's the one to perish, out lbw as plumb as they come. Height might've been a factor, but not enough to stave off the umpire's finger. No referral from the batsman. Rightly so. Razzak in now.
Over 46 Zaheer 0-0-0-1-1-0
266-6 - Unable to predict Zaheer's line nor length, Naeem and Hasan hack their way through an over riddled with batting errorts. Ugly end to this game. Tigers making an utter mess of their batting Powerplay.
Over 45 Munaf 1-1-W-0-1-2
264-6 - WICKET! Patel has his third scalp of the day - all of 'em bowled - as Mahmudullah runs down the crease to effectively york himself. He misses, the ball doesn't and the stumps are castled. Naeem in now.
Over 44 Harbhajan 1-1-0-1-1-1wd-2
259-5 - Bhajji races through another over, looking to combine with Dhoni for a quick stumping down the leg-side. Hasan, using his feet to the spinner as much as possible, manages to get some bat on a quicker delivery down the leg-side for two runs. Handy dive from Sreesanth on the fine-leg fence to stop a possible four.
Over 43 Zaheer 1-2-W-2-1-1
252-5 - WICKET! Bangladesh opt for their batting Powerplay but it gets off to a horrible start, with Rahim's attempt to go over the cover cordon instead holing out straight to 12th man Raina. Mahmudullah in now. 250 up for the Tigers. That'll count for something if Group B ever comes down to net run-rate.
Over 42 Harbhajan 1-0-2-1-1-1
245-4 - Just biding their time ahead of the batting Powerplay. A couple of handy not outs up for grabs for the batting duo. Bhajji though will have other ideas. His attempts to beat Rahim in particular with a couple of quicker balls don't work.
Over 41 Yuvraj 1-0-1-0-1-0
240-4 - No time to steady ship really, but that's exactly what Raqibul and Rahim decide they'll do for this over. Three singles between 'em and Yuvraj raking up some pretty impressive economy for it.
Over 40 4-1-1-W-1-1-1
237-4 - WICKET! If Iqbal's departure wasn't the final nail in the coffin then Shakib's surely is. Down on one knee and looking to go large over midwicket, the right-hander doesn't have the carry and it's an easy catch in the deep for Harbhajan. Raqibul in now and Bangladesh can at least bolster their net run-rate from here on in. Batting their full 50 overs must be the aim.
Over 39 Yuvraj 1-4-1-1-1-0
228-3 - Easy pickings for Shakib, who merely gets bat to ball as Yuvraj's rank leg-side full toss brings four past fine-leg. Then Shakib's 50, with a dink to point for one taking the Tigers captain to his milestone. He's not done yet, and will have to kick onto three figures if his side are to stand any chance whatsoever of pulling off a near impossible upset.
Over 38 Pathan 4-1-0-1-0-1
220-3 - Yusuf gets to turn his arm over again. As was the case earlier in the day, he's a touch too wide on one occasion and has to watch in frustration as Rahim spanks four to the fence.
Over 37 Yuvraj 1-0-0-1-1-1
213-3 - Just more singles, then, with Yuvraj back into the attack and pegging back the run-rate at will. More than a dozen to the over needed from Bangladesh from here on in.
Over 36 Zaheer 1wd-0-0-1-1-1-0
209-3 - Much better from Zaheer, who, bar a wide, sticks to that metronomic line and length we have all become so accustomed to. Rahim and Shakib left to collect the string of singles on offer.
Over 35 Munaf 0-4-2-0-1-0
205-3 - 200 up for Bangladesh as Shakib orchestrates the finest piece of timing and placement witnessed all day. Backward point puts in the dive but isn't anywhere close to preventing a superb cut from fetching four.
Over 34 Zaheer 1wd-1-1-0-1-4-0
198-3 - Dhoni wants this result wrapped up before the Tigers get even marginally close to a quite mammoth task. He's all set for a good return over on an economy front at least, until a rank short ball must be sent to the fence. Rahim obliges on the pull, with the boundary rider unable to triumph over bat speed.
Over 33 Munaf W-0-1-1-0-0
190-3 - WICKET! Early doors, yes, but this is one of the first nails in Bangladesh's coffin. Iqbal, their lone hope, has to go. Looking to launch Patel's return delivery through midwicket, he instead spoons it to Yuvraj, who snaps a good low catch. Rahim in now.
Over 32 Sreesanth 2-0-2-1-3-1
188-2 - Sloppy fielding in the deep from India affords Bangladesh some bonus runs and again Dhoni has to call on his charges to up their game rather than just go through the motions. Sreesanth, it must be said, hasn't come to the party today and India might want to consider drafting Nehra into the side at his expense next time around.
- 19th Feb 2011
- S J Davis and H D P K Dharmasena
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Iqbal||c Singh b Patel||70|
|Siddique||st Dhoni b Singh||37|
|Al Hasan||c Singh b Pathan||55|
|Rahim||c Sub b Khan||25|
|Islam||lbw b Patel||2|
|Razzak||lbw b Khan||1|
|Extras||1nb, 13w, 10lb||24|
|Total||Close, 50.0 Overs||283 - 9|