Sunday, February 20, 2011

ICC. WC 2011- Match .1 .Gr. B. India vs Bangladesh at Dacca

India 370 for 4 beat Bangladesh 283 for 9 by 87 runs.Mirpur dished out exactly the kind of wicket suiting spinners and becoming better under the lights.

Shakib Al Hasan, called correctly and justifiably elected to field. The day Night matches at Dacca, have majorly gone in favour of team batting second. A slow turner, which becomes better under the lights and in spite of the February Dry heat, the dew plays a major part at the end stages of the match.

The opening bowlers for Bangla Desh, Shafiul Islam and Robel Hossein, did not justify the faith, their skipper had on them. Balls were sprayed every were and they went for plenty. Indians were up at 69 in the eleventh over when disaster struck. Both Tendulkar and Sehwag were caught at the same end of the wicket. Sehwag was looking at the ball when it was a clear Tendulkar call. School Boyish, Tendulkar run out for 28 of 29 balls. Sehwag was shell shocked, but played like a champion thereafter. In the company of Gambhir, he added 83 runs for the second wicket, when Gambhir fell bowled by Mahmudullah's slow off break for 39 runs at a run a ball. Two down for 152 in the 24th over.

Sehwag was going great guns at the other end and was nosing towards his hundred. Kohli preferred over Raina, joined Sehwag and added a whirlwind partnership of 203 runs in 24.1 overs. Sehwag fell at the team total of 355 in the 48th over bludgeoning all the bowlers for a well made 175 in just 140 deliveries. Justifiably Kohli made a Hundred of 89 balls and remained not out. Yusuf fell in the 50th over slogging and India finished at 370 for four wickets, scoring at 7.4 runs per over.

All Bangla bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan & Mahmuddullah finished with a wicket each. The batsmen ship was at the superlative best, in spite of the ball coming slow of the wicket and offering a low bounce. It was Sehwag and Virat all the way.

Bangla team can never be written off. They played manfully with a blistering start. 50 runs were up on the board in a jiffy in the seventh over. Imrul Kayes fell for 34 of 29 balls, in the seventh over for a team total of 56. Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddiqui, added 73 runs for the second wicket but consumed 17 overs doing so. Bangla Desh were 129 for 2 in the 24th over, when Junaid fell for 37 of 52 balls. Tamim Iqbal fell making 70 of 86 balls at 188 in the 33 rd over. Shakib Al Hasan was the next to go for a skipper's knock of 55 of 50 balls.

There were starts almost by all Bangla batsmen, but when a team is chasing a huge score one batsman need to bat through. This did not happen and Bangladesh folded out for a losing but well made 283 for nine in the fiftieth over.

Munaf was at his best. The wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes , with slower deliveries from the back of the wrist were a treat to watch. Harbhajan foxed Junaid with a peach of a delivery going away with his arm to be stumped by Dhoni. Munaf went on to pick 4 wickets for 48 runs, adding Mahmudullah and Naeem Islam, to his kitty. Zaheer bowled with his spell intelligently and picked 2 for 40. Harbhajan and Yusuf chipped in with a wicket each, and India comfortably won the game.

Shakib Al Hassan, at the pre match interview, was looking at holding the Indians for score of around 270/280. One dreads to think, if it had happened. At least on the day the India's bowling other than Munaf was pedestrian and the fielding pathetic. The batting line up is divine. With the kind of batting Dhoni can afford to play, two fast bowlers and two spinners.
Sreesanth might as well forget this match and look at the future matches, correcting his mistakes at this match. But will he be in the final eleven is a question mark. Wish him luck, he is a good bowler, who had a bad day at office.

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