March 17, 2007

Bangladesh vs India: Live blogging -Bangladesh is on top

India 33/2 in 12 overs with Sehwag and Uthappa back to the pavilion. Mortaza on a roll here. And Bangladesh hopes to restrict India within 250.

The other game looks also interesting. Pakistan is 25/2 in 5 overs and Ireland is restricting Pakistan.

16 Overs: India 50/3. Razzak got Tendulkar in his first over with an arm ball. Ganguly eased the pressure with consecutive fours. He is on 21 and looking good. Dravid is on the crease with him. Bangladesh would be looking forward to bowl them out to restrict India within a low target. I wish Bangladesh had an additional pace bowler.

26 Overs: We have a game on here. India are 75/4 in 26 overs. Dravid was out to Rafique's first ball.

35 Overs: India is going comfortable with 122/4 with Sourav Ganguly with a half century.

The other match is getting much more interesting. Pakistan 68/5 in 18.3 overs. Ireland is really intimidating. We have a game on here too.

Wow! Pakistan 72/6 in 20.3 overs. It seems Pakistan will not reach 100 if they continue to play like this. Well done Ireland.

Pakistan have managed only 132 in 45.4 over. Not Ireland, Pakistan looked like a minnow in the hand of an accomplished team.

The Indian innings ended with 191 on the board in 49.3 overs. India got the momentum after 40 overs but 5 wickets tumbled down within a few runs. That restricted India to 191. Now Bangladesh has a real chance to get those runs. Lets see what they can do.

4 Overs: Bangladesh 24/0. Tamim Iqbal has gone after the Indian bowling attack with a couple of boundaries.

8 Overs: Bangladesh 35/1. Shahriar Nafees's run drought continues. He did not offer a shot and adjudged a marginal lbw on 2, something he needs to keep in mind in future. Bangladesh surprisingly upgraded Mushfiqur Rahim from number 7 to number 3. Probably to wear out the shine of the new ball while Tamim keeps the scoreboard ticking.

After 10 overs something extraordinary is happening as the BBC Radio commentators are saying Tamim Iqbal is tearing Indian bowling apart. Bangladesh is 60/1 after 11 overs. Tamim is now 45 with 6 fours and what do you know 2 sixes. Exciting stuff from Bangladesh.

Picture credit ReutersBangladesh is loosing momentum? Bangladesh is 79/3 in 16 overs after the Tamim onslought. Tamim and Aftab is gone now and Munaf Patel is the best pick of the Indian bowling attack. Misjudged shots of the two gifted the wickets to Patel. Bangladesh needs some consolidation.

33 Overs: Bangladesh is 135/3 with Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakibul Hasan steadying the Bangladesh innings with a 56 run partnership. Only 57 run required from 17 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Bangladesh should win from here if they do not choke at any point.

In the other match at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica Ireland is replying 47/2 in 16.4 overs. They only need 86 runs at rate of about 2.5 per over with 8 wickets in hand.

India breaks the 82 run partnership. A rush of blood for Shakib, who just completed a one-day fifty in style hitting a six from Harbhajan. It was not required and Bangladesh could be more clinical. Bangladesh is now 164/4 and only need 28 runs from 11 overs.

In the other game Ireland has just lost another wicket. They are 55/3 in 19 overs. Still got some consolidations to do.

The game is going towards the desired finish. Bangladesh is 186/5 in 46 overs. 6 more runs required in four overs. Mushfiqur completed his 50 and is ticking on. Actually it should have been only 4 wickets as Habibul Bashar should not have been out this way.

Bangla TV is showing the live coverage but with blurry video and unprofessional commentaries.

Its all over! Mushfiqur Rahim strikes the winning boundary. Its a victory for Bangladesh, second time against India! Congratulations boys. This one is for Manjarul Islam Rana.

Surely there will be processions all over the country in this hour at night in Bangladesh (3 AM). Bangladesh has proved that they should not be called a minnow anymore. Now next target of Bangladesh is to get in the super eight. Its the moment from when Bangladesh will not look back.


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