Bangladesh stun India by 5-wkt win

Sunday, March 18, 2007

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: Bangladesh unexpectedly won their opening group ‘B’ match by five wickets against India here today at the Queen’s Park.Set a winning target of 192 in 50 overs, Bangladeshi batsmen easily overcame India in 48.3 overs despite frequent bowling changes by Rahul Dravid.Three half-centuries were scored by them; opener Tamim Iqbal made 51 off 53 balls with seven fours and two sixes and Saqibul Hasan went for 53 off 86 balls with five fours and one six while wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who, remained not out at 59 with four fours and two sixes.Earlier, Bangladeshi bowlers in an excellent performance display shattered Indian batting power house to reduce them at 191 in 49.3 overs.Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar after winning the toss put India in to batting and then his bowlers dislodged their batting greats –Tendulakar, Dravid, Sehwag. Only Sarouv Ganguly (66)and Yuuraj Singh (47) provided some resistance and the whole team collapsed within 50 overs. Man-of-the-match, seam bowler Mashrafe Mortaza captured four for 38 while spinners while Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak bagged three wickets each for 36 and 38, repectively.

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