February 20, 2011

World Cup 2011-India Vs Bangladesh Update - Match -1

   What a way to start the World Cup....Can't ask for a better treat , ain't it ? The first match of the Over Hyped tournament surely lived up to its expectations. The Mirpur crowd surely got their money worth for the second time after the Maha-Opening Ceremony. Indians were on a tremendous high after acing through both their warm-up matches. Bangladeshis, on the other hand had the home advantage though, all sub-continent pitches are alike.

   No surprises in the Mirpur pitch, as always it was on the slower side . India made a couple of surprising changes. Dhoni played Virat over Raina and plugged off Fuze and played 2.5 pacers (No, Munaf is not a complete pacer). As expected, Dhoni lost the toss. Bangladesh let India bat first (Maybe , they were trying to get lucky the II time after 2007 WC). Little did the poor Shakib know what was in store. So the Revenge match went underway. Viru and Sachin took strike. They started off like a dream until Viru suddenly woke up and ran Sachin out. Then came his Jodi, Gauti who looked set and solid, but eventually crashed out. On the other hand, Sehwag was playing a very Un-Sehwag innings, ducked for bouncers and played the ball at its merit. C'mon, people don't pay to watch him like that. In came another Delhi'ite, Kohli and their partnership blossomed beautifully. They were cautious,yet attacking and kept the rate ticking. There was never a moment that Bangladesh were on top. Viru and Kohli  hit tons.

   With a Himalayan (say Alps over  Himalayas) target of 371, Tamim and Imrul took strike for B'desh. Sreesanth swung the ball all over the pitch and paid heavy price for it. Imrul pounced on him like a hungry lion does for its prey .Sree din't budge, he continued the same. Bangla were off to a flyer till Munaf drew first blood. From then on, it was boiler plate stuff. Spinners pegged back the scoring rate assisted by Zaks and Munaf in the later stages. B'desh ended up scoring 283/9 in their quota, which meant India won by a good margin of 87 runs, which would boost their NRR .Finally,India had the last laugh and took revenge in style.

Match Summary

India  : 370/4
Sehwag  175
Kohli      100*                                            Shakib 1/61

Bangladesh : 283/9
Tamim  70
Shakib  55                                                Munaf 4/48

No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match.
P.S-Another match just got over , NZ humiliated Kenya badly at Chennai.As expected the crowd meter was almost zilch.Expecting a similar result against Lanka and Canada.


  1. Brilliant for India and Indian fans, I know, but for those of us who were not supporting either team (or, you know, for us Aussies who don't want India to do so well because they're too damn good) it was painful. Bangladesh were mauled and watching them bowl was just awful. It was nice to see the Bangas batters doing ok for a bit there, but it must have been awful knowing your chances of winning for nil.

    Nice start for India, though. You must be confident about your chances this year.

  2. Yea high hopes this year . I still cant say if the Bang chase was due to Good Bangla batting or Inconsistent Indian bowling . Aussies need to buck up, they would want Pup to get back to form as he is one of the few players who can handle spin well.

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