India avenge 2007 loss, rout B'desh by 87 runs

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Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 21:55 [IST]
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India avenge 2007 loss,rout B'desh by 87

India pulled off a competent performance in the field to keep Bangladesh to 283/9, thus winning the match by a sizable 87 runs. Bangladesh tried to put on a fight in their chase of India's 370/4, and were aided in their bid by suitable innings from Tamim Iqbal who made 70 off 87 balls and captain Shakib Al Hasan who scored 55 off 50, but some timely breakthroughs from Munaf Patel who picked up 4 wickets, pegged back the hosts substantially.Thus, India gain two points, starting off their World Cup campaign with a win.

After crossing the half-way point, Bangladesh kept motoring along at a little under 6 an over. With Yuvraj and Sreesnath bowling in tendem, runs were coming fairly freely for Iqbal and captain Shakib Al Hasan. But there was trouble when Munaf was brought back. He had Iqbal caught by Yuvraj at midwicket for 70 off 86 balls. Bangladesh were 188/3 in 32.1 overs.

Shakib then cut Munaf for a boundary to bring up Bangaldesh's 200 in the 35th over. Pathan finally put an end to Shakib's brave stand when he had him caught by Harbhajan in the deep for 55 off 50 balls. A short while later, Zaheer Khan had Mushfiqur Rahim caught at cover for 25 off 30 balls, as Bangladesh's slipped to 248/5 in 43.2 overs.

Patel picked up his third wicket when he bowled Mahmudullah for 6 as the slide continued at 261/6 in 44.3 overs. Then Patel got wicket number 4 when he trapped Naeem Islam in front for 2 with the score reading 275/7 in 46.3 overs. Then with the match virtually won, Zaheer got into the act, getting Abdur Razzak lbw. Bangladesh were 279/8 in 48 overs. Bhajji ran out Shafiul Islam for a duck in the penultimate over. Bangladesh finished their 50 overs at 283/9.

As Bangladesh began their chase, there was already drama in the first over. Sreesanth appealed for an lbw against Tamim Iqbal which was turned down by the umpire and captain M S Dhoni called for the decison review which upheld the official's decision. 4 byes came off each the first and second overs. Then Imrul Kayes smacked Sreesanth for two boundary in the 3rd over, the second shot a little streaky.

In the 5th over, Kayes went after Sreeanth again, clobbering him for four fours, including one off a no-ball, before the bowler bowled 5 wides. 24 runs came off that over as Sreesanth returned to his fielding position scratching his head. But in the 6th over, Munaf Patel got the opening breakthrough when he had Kayes chop the ball onto his stumps for 34 off 29 balls.

Then Junaid Siddique settled in with a six off Munaf in the 9th over. Bangaldesh scaled to68/1 in 10 overs. Iqbal who was playing the watching game, loosened up with a couple of fours off Munaf in 11th over. In the 13th over, the bowler would have had his second wicket if Yusuf hadn't put down a tough catch off Siddique, running in from mid-off.

In the 17th over, Iqbal took a single off Pathan to bring up the Bangaldeshi 100. Then in the 24th over, Harbhajan struck to have Siddique stumped for 37 off 52 as Bangladesh were 129/2. The news batsmen Shakib Al Hasan picked Yuvraj for 7 runs in the bwoler's first over to take B'desh to 137/2 in 25 overs.

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