Poor bowling dashes Bangladesh’s hopes against India

Published: January 8, 2010

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Skipper MS Dhoni kept his cool under pressure to hit an unbeaten century leading India to six-wicket victory in their second match of the tri-series one-day tournament against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Thursday.
Set a daunting 297 to chase, Dhoni made 101 off 107 balls clobbering nine fours as India reached the target in 47.3 overs despite Bangladesh had left them reeling at three for 51 runs at one stage of the game.
Dangerous Virender Sehwag was run out by Abdur Razzak for 13 before Rubel Hossain bowled his in-form partner Gautam Gambhir for 18 to give Bangladesh a great hope for an upset win.
Bangladesh’s chances bolstered after Syed Rasel joined the fray to run out Yuvraj Singh for one. But joining Kohli, Dhoni rebuilt the innings with a 152-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Kohli missed out his second ODI century having been caught and bowled by Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan for 91 off 102 balls with seven fours.
Sakib, who had another poor game in the competition, had earlier dropped Dhoni on 61 and the Indian captain made the most scoring his seventh one-day century. Suresh Raina aided him aptly with an unbeaten 51 off 43 balls.
Earlier, half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh to post their highest total against India, surpassing the previous best of 283-6 in Karachi in the Asia Cup in 2008.
Tamim, who scored 60 off 42 balls clubbing 10 fours and a six, set up the innings racing to his 11th fifty in just 33 balls before Gautam Gambhir took a spectacular catch jumping to his left at short mid-wicket off Sreesanth to earn India their first break through.
It also ended an impressive 80-run opening stand between Tamim and Imrul Kayes, Bangladesh’s best ever start against India. Kayes, dropped on three by Harbhajan Singh off Nehra, made good use of his chance scoring his maiden half-century, 70 off 100 balls.
Kayes, who initially was happy to take the supportive role contributing only 16 runs in the opening stand, concentrated on building on the foundation provided by Tamim with one or twos when Mohammad Ashraful joined him for a 68-run second wicket stand.
Ashraful chose a wrong ball of Ravindra Jadeja to glide down the third man and was bowled for 29 runs. Skipper Sakib al Hasan was run out for a duck facing just one ball bringing Roqibul Hassan to the crease.
His joining up with Kayes almost inevitably slowed down the run rate but Bangladesh were still on course for a big total. Dhoni dropped Kayes on 67 off Zaheer Khan but this time he could not grab the chance offering a catch to Kohli off Nehra.
Yuvraj Singh, the most impressive among the Indian bowlers, was rewarded with the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim and when Roqibul (32) decided to hit Harbhajan for a reverse sweep only to see his leg stump uprooted, Bangladesh started to stutter for the first time in the match.
But they recovered in the last Powerplay which fetched the hosts 54 runs. Mahmudullah, who took 12 balls to get off the mark, proved again why his presence in the team is so important accelerating at the death to remain unbeaten on 60 off 45 balls. His innings included eight fours, three of which coming in the final over bowled by Sreesanth.

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