March 25, 2007

Bangladesh vs Bermuda: Live blogging

Bangladesh is taking on Bermuda in their last group match. While comparing the teams strength and experiences Bangladesh should win this game and go to the super eight stage but they have another strong opponent to battle alongside Bermuda, the pressure of doing things right. Moreover millions of Indian fans will be praying that Bermuda causes an upset win, which will enable India to go to the next phase.

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The pre-match conditions according to Cricinfo:

It was drizzling in the field. Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to field first. A good toss to win? Only time will tell. First lets hope the rain subsides and the play starts.

The match has been delayed by rain and the rain has picked up. Seems like the weather is also playing its part to make the game more critical.

No sign of the game to commence after an hour of the scheduled start (13:30 GMT) as the pitch covers are still on. The rain did stop for a while. However, it has started drizzling again.

We have bad news from Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The play was scheduled to start from 11:50 local time. But rain has started again. Cricinfo tells the players will be taking an early lunch.

Good news at last. The play has started at 11:50 local time. It will be a 41 over match for each side. Bangladesh has an unchanged team. Bermudan openers are on the pitch. Mashrafee is opening the bowling attack for Bangladesh.

1 Over: Mashrafee strikes early. Outerbridge is out trying to pull him. Bermuda is 2/1. (Picture courtesy Cricinfo)

3 Overs: Rain stops play again. The covers are back on. Bermuda is 6/1.

The match has started again but it is reduced to 35 overs. (Photo courtesy AP)

6 Overs: Bangladesh pegs back Bermuda with 12/3. Mashrafee got two wickets. And Syed Rasel has forced Bermuda's most experienced batsman Hemp to play a shot which was taken brilliantly by Aftab at backward point.

Play is suspended again in the middle of the eighth over due to rain. Bermuda is 17/3. This is frustrating for everybody.

Play have resumed again local time 14:00 match reduced to 30 overs. Another 7 overs played in half an hour and Bermuda is now 45/4 in 15.1 overs. But light drizzle again stopped play. 20 overs play needs to be completed to make this match count. Bangladeshis are praying that they are not deprived of the success of their good performance.

I was away but came back to see that the match got underway at last although reduced to 21 overs each team. Bermuda pushed the accelerator but they could get only 94/9 in 21 overs. That's about 50 runs in 6 overs, not bad in the closing phase of the game.

Cricinfo comments:

So this has turned into a virtual 20-20 hitout. The final target will be revised and we will keep you posted on that. Late hitting by Lionel Cann (16 in 6 balls) and Dean Minors (23 in 25 balls) has boosted Bermuda's target.

Well the rain has only made the equation more interesting. Both teams are in with a fair chance, as Bangladesh may be required to score quickly. They have the power hitters to take them home but will have to approach it carefully, given the overcast conditions. Should be an absorbing, yet short chase. Stay tuned.

Bangladesh has started to bat not convincingly. Tamim got out trying to hit the second opening bowler for a sixer and fell to Hurdle, who took a magnificent catch, called the catch of the tournament. Bangladesh 8/1 in two overs and Bermuda bowled 7 extra balls in the first two overs.

10.4 overs: Bangladesh 54/3. Mukuddem got 3 Bangladeshi batsmen. Bermuda is fighting here. Bangladeshi batsmen got support from the other Bermudan bowlers who bowled impressive but given away 14 wides and no-balls and had to bowl that number of balls extra. It seems the match can go down to the wire. If you are a Bangladeshi supporter keep praying. And if you are an Indian supporter keep your fingers crossed.

Its all over. Magnificent victory for Bangladesh. Well done Ashraful and Sakib for the 59 run 4th wicket partnership that saw Bangladesh through. They scored 96/3 in 17.3 overs.

Bangladesh is celebrating today. And what an occasion to celebrate! Today (26th of March) is the national day of Bangladesh. Sorry Indian fans. Better luck next World Cup. Its party time!


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