Bangladesh stun India

Clinical show by Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain helped Bangladesh pull off a sensational five-wicket victory over India in Asia Cup in Mirpur on Friday.

Bangladesh achieved the stiff 290-run target with four balls to spare in the day-night match to keep alive their hopes of reaching the final.

The duo spoiled the feat of ‘100 international tons’ achieved by batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, after long wait, as Indian bowling attack looked toothless against the hosts.

Off-spinner R Ashiwn got dangerous man Shakib Al Hasan (49) stumped out to give fourth blow to Bangladesh at a crucial stage.

Hasan shared 68-run stand with Nasir Hossain for the fourth wicket to revive Bangladesh after quick wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul Islam.

Pacer Praveen Kumar got the big wicket of Tamim Iqbal (70) at the score of 156.

Iqbal scored 70 and shared a solid 113-run stand with Jahurul Islam (53) for the second wicket after Bangladesh lost opener Nizamuddin early.

Jadeja got Islam caught by Rohit Sharma, to reduce the hosts to 128/2, after his gritty knock of 53 which was studded with four boundaries and a six.

Came to bat after the dismissal of Nazimuddin, Islam catapulted Bangladesh past 100-mark before being dismissed.

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Praveen Kumar gave India the first breakthrough when Bangladesh scorecard read 15. He got Nazimuddin caught by Rohit Sharma in the fifth over.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar finally reached the historic milestone of 100 international centuries to help India reach 289 for five.

The entire nation had been waiting with bated breath for the past one year for their favourite son to complete the coveted landmark.

Exactly one year and four days since he scored his 99th international ton against South Africa during a World Cup match in Nagpur, India’s most worshipped sporting icon neatly tapped a delivery from left-arm spinner Shakib-Al-Hasan behind square leg in the 44th over of the Indian innings to complete his hundred.

It took him 138 deliveries probably one of his slowest ODI tons but the relief was palpable more than excitement and happiness of having achieved what was unthinkable even a decade ago.

After completing his century, he however opened up hitting pacer Sahadat Hossain for back to back boundaries as his partner Suresh Raina sent the opposition bowlers on a leatherhunt in favourable conditions as he smashed a quickfire 51 off 38 balls with help of five fours and two sixes.

He was finally out in the 47th over when he tried to hit Mashrafe Mortaza out of the ground only to edge it to Mishfiqur Rahim behind the stumps. It certainly wasn’t the best of knocks as his 114 came off 147 balls with help of 12 boundaries and a six.

The pressure of reaching 100th hundred was evident as he took 36 deliveries after reaching 80 reach 100. There were times when he would try and go for quick singles only to be denied by the alert Bangaldeshi fielders who otherwise were pathetic in the outfield.
After being sent into bat, India lost Gautam Gambhir early as he played onto a Shafiul Islam delivery that was angled across.

Tendulkar and Virat Kohli (66, 82 balls, 5×4) added 148 runs for the second wicket. During the earlier part of the innings, Tendulkar looked in fine touch as he hit some crisp shots on both sides of the wicket. He lifted Shakib wide of long-on for his only six. He completed his 50 off 63 balls when he hit the former Bangal captain inside out over extra cover for a boundary.

Kohli, who was eyeing a hat-trick of ODI tons having scored back to back 100s in Hobart and at this very ground was left disappointed as he dragged a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq onto his stumps.

With ball hardl doing anything and the bounce which was below knee-roll, the situation was ideal for Raina to show his pyrotechnics. He played an innings so typical of him.

The Tendulkar-Raina partnership for the third wicket yielded 86 runs in a 10.5 overs which helped India reach a commendable total. It was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21 no, 11 balls, 2×4) who blasted a couple boundaries to take India past 280. (TNN)

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