Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, would be sad along with millions of Bangeli fans on their loss to India, but in the roots of their hearts they must be pleased that they went down fighting.
The first ODI match after the world cup, played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on 10 May 2007 was all about survival and sustenance. What was started by the sheer exuberance of Tamim Iqbal and Javed Omar initially, was terminated by the absolute audacious combat by Mahindra Dhoni and Danesh Karthik.
Dhoni managed to wash away much of the criticism as an individual and despite of injuries, single-legedly won the match for India. His 91 runs smash came at the right time. In a grim situration, he was well supported by Karthik, who made 58 runs and his runner Yuvraj, who sprinted for him in the most crucial moments. Gautam Gambhir, wasn’t, once again able to fill in the shoes of Robin Uthappa, who was too, a pathetic failure in the previous world cup. Gautam Gambhir’s 21 runs opening stunt was marked by fear and clumsiness. Sehwag tried to renew his class, and was almost succeeded, when he hit four boundaries in the first five balls of the seventh over of Rasel, but it was Rasel who had the final chuckle. Yuvraj was the next man to leave in dismay, leaving India at 63 for 3. Then came out the Rahul Dravid, the skipper and added 49 valuable runs to the score with Dhoni, but as the things were looking tad bit smooth for Hindustanis, Dravid showed the back and threw his wicket in disgust towards the point after scoring just 22 runs. This was soon followed by clunky Mongia, who went out of field with head in his legs, after scratchily scoring some meager runs. In his dismissal India began to saw the nightmares of last world cup, because at that stage they were 144 for 5, and the target was 251. Then Dhoni won the billions of Indian hearts by playing a Krissh role. His heroic and epic innings not only enabled India to beat Bangladesh, but also ignited the fighting spirit in the otherwise morbid outfit. Karthik, his pitch-mate went hand in hand with him and ensured a historic win for India. Earlier, When Bangladesh were batting, India was scattered all over the place. Javed Omar’s 80, Tamim Iqbal’s 45, Saqibul Hasan’s 50 and Mohammad Ashraful’s 29 powered Bangladesh to a formidable score of 250. Where Bengali batsmen surely played some brilliant shots, they were also helped by some sloppy and dis-interested fielding display by the boys under Ravi Shastri’s coaching. Indian bowling was also bland and tasteless. Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Patel and the rest were just barely audible in the noise produced by the electrifying batting from the opponents. Though, Mongia managed to have 3 wickets, but he gave away too many a runs. In the end, India hardly managed to achieve the target posted by Bangladesh in the penultimate over.More on:Bangladesh, Cricket, Dave Whatmore, Dhoni, India, Karthik, match, Mongia, odi, Rahul Dravid, snbc, yuvraj
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