Bangladesh stun India after Sachin's 100th ton

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Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 13:04 [IST]
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Bangladesh upset India

Dhaka, Mar 16: Bangladesh gatecrashed into Sachin Tendulkar's party in Mirpur on Friday. Tendulkar's 100th international century went in vain as Bangladesh upset India by five wickets in the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

[Scorecard: India Vs Bangladesh, March 16]

At the innings break, Tendulkar grabbed all the headlines and the accolades poured in for having scored his historic hundred. But, Bangladesh were not perturbed by all the happenings at the ground and their batsmen put India's poor bowling in its place with a stunning chase of 290 to pull off a sensational win in the final over of the match.

After the match, Tendulkar was presented with a memento by Bangladesh Cricket Board for scoring his 100th international century. Tendulkar's 99th hundred too had ended in a losing cause when South Africa chased down 297 in the final over in the 2011 World Cup in Nagpur last year. Tendulkar had scored 111 then.

Bangladesh, in pursuit of 290, finished with 293/5 in 49.2 overs. Three half centuries led the way for the hosts. Opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 70. However, it was captain Mushfiqur Rahim who turned the match in the final overs with an attacking 25-ball 46 not out with three fours and three sixes.

Young Nasir Hossain (54), Jahurul Islam (53) and Shakib Al Hasan (49) made valuable contributions much to the delight of their home supporters. Shakib's 31-ball 49 earned him the Man-of-the-match award.

Indian bowlers were ineffective on the night. Irfan Pathan went wicketless for 61 in 9 overs. Praveen Kumar took 3 wickets for 56 in 10 overs. Ashok Dinda, making his comeback, too was expensive, 38 runs off 5.2 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin went for 56 in 10 overs for one wicket.

For Bangladesh, this was only their third victory against India and first since the 2007 World Cup win in the West Indies. On that occasion, Bangladesh's triumph was decisive in putting India out of the 50 over's showpiece event after the first round. The win on Friday was also Bangladesh's second highest successful chase in ODIs.

India have to win their match against Pakistan on Sunday to have any chances of progressing to the final. Pakistan are on top of the table with two wins and nine points. India have four points from two games while Bangladesh too have four points after two clashes. Sri Lanka are winless after two outings. Bangladesh meet Sri Lanka in the last league match of the tournament on Tuesday, March 20. The final is scheduled for March 22.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar finally reached the 100th international century milestone as he powered India to 289/5 in 50 overs. Suresh Raina (51) and Virat Kohli (66) supported Tendulkar well as India posted a good score.

The historic moment arrived on the fourth ball of the 44th over bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. Tendulkar turned the ball towards square leg and jogged a single to move from 99 to 100. It was one of his slower hundreds, consuming 138 balls. The Master Blaster did not show much of emotions and there were not huge celebrations from the man himself, but the whole of India and billions of his fans across the world would have celebrated in a big way.

Once he reached the three-figure mark, Tendulkar removed his helmet, gestured towards his team-mates and pointed to the crest on his helmet.

Australia's Ricky Ponting is far behind in terms of tons with 71 international hundreds.

He received a standing ovation from his team-mates and the crowd at the stadium. This was his 49th ODI hundred to add to his 51 three-figure scores in Tests. He was playing in his 462nd ODI and already played a record 188 Tests.

His historic knock was finally ended on 114 when he was caught behind the wicket by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim off Mashrafe Mortaza. His 147-ball innings had 12 fours and a six.

Tendulkar, by scoring a hundred against Bangladesh, also completed a set of ODI centuries against all Test playing nations. Tendulkar's previous hundred in any format of the game had come against South Africa on March 12, 2011 in Nagpur in the World Cup.

He had a century drought for 11 Tests and 11 ODIs. This achievement is a big moment in cricket history as no batsman has managed this. And it is likely to stand for a very very long time.

Tendulkar's first century in international cricket came against England in 1990 in a Test match. That knock of 119 not out from a teenaged Tendulkar at Old Trafford, England, helped the team save the Test match. The Mumbai batsman's first ODI ton was made in 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka. He finished with 110 to steer India to victory in the Singer World Series.

Toss Report: Bangladesh win toss, send India into bat

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and sent India into bat in the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

India made one change, bringing in paceman Ashok Dinda for Vinay Kumar, who is injured. The hosts are unchanged.

Bengal's right-hand fast bowler Dinda will be playing his first ODI June 22, 2010. That was his last of five ODIs which Dinda played against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, also in Asia Cup.

The hosts have to win this game to stay in the competition.

If India win today, they will reach the final along with Pakistan. India and Pakistan will face off in the league stage on Sunday and it would be a perfect dress rehearsal before the summit clash on March 22, Thursday.

Pakistan have maintained an unbeaten record after two victories in as many matches. They first beat Bangladesh by 21 runs and later crushed Sri Lanka by six wickets on Thursday.

Playing XIs

India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain and wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Nazimuddin, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain.

Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Paul Reiffel (Australia)

Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)


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