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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bulletin: India Vs Bangladesh

50 OVER BULLETIN: India packed up for 191

India lost 5 wickets for 2 runs in a later-order collapse before the last pair put on 32 off 28 balls to take India to 191 all out in their opening ICC Cricket World  Cup match.

Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel each score 15, slogging their way in the last three overs.

After a start that went totally Bangladesh's way, opener Sourav Ganguly, who top scored with 66, and Yuvraj Singh, who hit 47, put together 85 to give India a little hope.

However India then fell apart with Bangladesh's spinners Razzak and Rafique took 4 quick wickets (and paceman Mortaza took the fifth) that took the bottom out of the Indian innings. 

Yuvraj fell with the score at 157, Ganguly at 158, Dhoni, Harbhajan and Agarkar all fell at 159 as Indian hopes for a late surge were snuffed by Bangladesh's spinners.

Paceman Mashrafe Mortaza, tormentor of India's top order, returned in the 46th over and struck first ball to get Ajit Agarkar out caught behind.

India's disastrous opening outing at ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was in danger of being wrapped up before the end of the 50 overs. With Zaheer and Munaf Patel at the crease, India were 160/9. 

Earlier on Mortaza and Rasel asked India's top order questions with some accurate pace bowling to which they had no answer.

Though three wickets, Sehwag, Uthappa and Sachin, fell to casual shots, the quality of the bowling and the enthusiasm in the fielding of Bangladesh were world class.

45 OVERS BULLETIN: India fold

India's innings collapsed after a patient middle-overs build-up as Bangladesh's spinners took 4 wickets in the space of 2 runs. India were 159/8 after 45 with Zaheer Khan in.

Harbhajan chopped a ball from Rafique onto his stumps to be the last of the four to go.

India lost the compilers of their best partnership in the 44th over to be 158/6. Hard-hitting Dhoni also fell as India failed to build a challenging total.

Sourav Ganguly was out for 66 caught by Razzak off Rafique and Yuvraj out for 47 caught Bashar bowled Razzak. rafique then got Dhoni, caught by Aftab Ahmed for nought. India were 159/7.

India opened the slog in over 41 with two boundaries, one each from Ganguly and Yuvraj, as India looked to pull itself out of the quagmire that Bangladesh's bowlers put them in at ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

Yuvraj hit a huge six off Rafique in the next over to get into his 40s. Ganguly was on 64, a very patient innings that he compiled in the face of outstanding bowling from Bangladesh. 

40 OVER BULLETIN: Slog overs start

India went into the slog overs with its run rate just over 3, but with a few wickets in hand as the 64-run 5th wicket partnership between Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh put together some semblance of a base on which to launch an attack.

Sourav Ganguly, who opened the batting for India, scored his half-century in the 36th over. He and Yuvraj Singh also completed their 50-run partnership, by far the biggest in an Indian innings that ran into trouble from the start against super bowling from Bangladesh.

With both batters set and Dhoni still to come, India were finally looking in less trouble than they were for almost the entire innings, but still way under the target they must have hoped for when they decided aggressively to win the toss and bat. 

35 OVER BULLETIN: India continues to build

India were 116/4 with Yuvraj (25) and Ganguly (46) holding fort after 35 overs.

Yuvraj hit the first Indian boundary for 14 overs as India crossed 100 in over No 34. The elegant leftie turned the ball around the corner as Bangladesh's spinner continued to bowl a tight length and ran through their overs.

He hit another off the next ball, sweeping it to square leg as he and Ganguly, who opened India's batting, continued to build the score slowly.

Ganguly straight drove another boundary in the next over as India finally looked like moving its score forward with some momentum.

30 OVER BULLETIN: Lefties build for India

Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly made 18 runs in 5 overs as India continued its slow progress in its opening match against Bangladesh. The pressure on the batters had eased in some manner but runs difficult to come by as Bangladesh's spinners Hasan and Rafique raced through their overs.

With Yuvraj looking settled, Ganguly still around and Dhoni yet to come, India will be looking to hit at least 200 -- a target that does not look safe on this wicket.

Early movement on the pitch which helped Bangladesh's quicks Mortaza (who got 2 wickets) and Rasel had disappered.

25 OVER BULLETIN: India all at sea

Rahul Dravid was out and India 72/4 in the 25th over. Spinner Mohd Rafique took a wicket with his first ball trapping Dravid LBW, bringing Yuvraj Singh to play an inspired Bangladesh attack against which India looked all at sea. 

Runs came very slowly as India crawled, scoring 3 an over, playing and missing and looking nervous against an attack that was accurate and confident. Overs 23 and 24 produced 5 runs each, all taken in singles. But Dravid's exit made a huge hole in India's plan to build a competent score.


15 OVER BULLETIN: Exit Sachin
Spinner Abdur Razzak came in to bowl the 15th over of India's innings, and took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar to have India on the ropes at 40/3.
Razzak's entry gave false relief to the Indian batsmen who were uncomfortable against Bangladesh's fast bowlers. But Razzak also bowled as accurately as

Mortaza and Rasel, and Sachin stepped out and attempted an on-drive that caught the edge of his bat to be caught behind second try by 'keeper.

Bangladesh bowled 72 dot balls or 12 full overs by the 14th over as India struggled to build a first innings score. Tendulkar and Ganguly were playing out the spell of opening bowlers Mortaza and Rasel who had all four Indian batsmen on view in trouble.

Sachin hit his first boundary in the 11th over as the pressure eased, but only a little, as the wicket lost its juice and Bangladesh's opening bowlers tired after outstanding spells.

10 OVER BULLETIN: Enter Sachin

Superb play by Bangladesh's Mortaza and Rasel had India pegged back in the 10th over as Tendulkar and Ganguly struggled to find their feet. India were 24/2 and finding going very difficult after the loss of two early wickets.

Tendulkar joined old partner Sourav Ganguly in the 7th over as India were under pressure from an aggressive Bangladesh, which took its second power play.

Mashrafe Mortaza struck a second time and got Robin Uthappa caught at point as India were struggling against Bangladesh at 21/2.

Ganguly charged the first ball of the 7th over but found a fielder. Mortaza bowled half a marginal dozen wides and no-balls, but troubled the Indians with his length. Uthappa played uppishly to be caught and India were on the defensive.

Uthappa had hit a boundary in the 6th over, a finely timed stroke through mid-wicket, but he was hit on the pads twice and beaten once as Rasel pitched it up and moved the ball around.

5 OVER BULLETIN

Uthappa and Ganguly made slow progress for India, getting beaten often by accurate bowling from Bangladesh, and took the score to 13/1.

Sehwag was out bowled in the third over of the Indian innings, chopping a ball onto his stumps from Mashrafe Mortaza.

The opener played a big off drive without moving his feet and was gone for 2.

He had earlier survived a tight run out call in the first over, colliding with a fielder as he completed a run.

Ganguly, watching his parter over his shoulder, also collided with the bowler. Two wides, a no-ball and a couple to Sehwag finished off the over by Mortaza.

The second over saw Ganguly beaten the first two balls by left-arm pacer Syed Rasel, who bowled a maiden.

Rahul Dravid earlier won the toss and decided to have first crack on the Queen's Park Oval wicket in his team's match against Bangladesh in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

The Indian captain played the mercurial Virender Sehwag as opener with Ganguly. The Indian line-up also sported Robin Uthappa and spinner Harbhajan Singh but left out struggling all-rounder Irfan Pathan.

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Ireland bowler William Rankin celebrates the wicket of Younis Khan in World Cup

Wicket ... William Rankin celebrates after dismissing Younis Khan (Getty Images)

Pakistan facing elimination against Ireland

Ireland's part-time cricketers bowled out Pakistan for 132 to leave the 1992 champions facing early elimination from the World Cup in Kingston, Jamaica this morning.

This is a game that Pakistan cannot afford to lose having lost their opener against hosts West Indies last week.

With Ireland having already secured a point from their tied match against Zimbabwe earlier in the week, Pakistan face almost certain elimination if they are beaten.

Ireland reached 2 for 32 after 10 overs in pursuit of the total.

Pakistan began losing wickets from the first over when Mohammad Hafeez (4) was caught behind from seamer David Langford-Smith to the sixth ball of the match.

The usually-reliable Younis Khan then followed with a third-ball nought, caught at slip off seamer Boyd Rankin, to make the score 2 for 15.

Mohammad Yousuf, another batsman that Pakistan look to when they need to steady the innings, lasted just 31 balls before he drove to point and was caught for 15 off Irish skipper Trent Johnston. That was 3 for 56.

The loss of skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq in the next over was the moment when the Irish party on St Patrick's Day really began. He edged the South African-born medium-pacer Andre Botha to Eoin Morgan at slip for one and it was 4 for 58.

Opener Imran Nazir, renowned for his attacking strokeplay, was probably not the batsman Pakistan wanted in their crisis and his regular playing and missing was soon followed by an edge to slip Morgan off Botha.

Shoaib Malik, Pakistan's top scorer with 62 in the West Indies match, looked at ease for the 25 balls he lasted, including a firmly hit straight drive off Johnston.

But he became the sixth victim when the score was 72 as he edged seamer Kevin O'Brien to his wicket-keeper brother Niall O'Brien, who was standing up.

There was still hope while all-rounder Azhar Mahmood and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were at the crease.

But they both fell within four balls to Rankin in the 31st over.

First Mahmood played an irresponsible pull shot to a ball that was not all that short and was caught by skipper Johnston at mid-on.

The score of 7 for 103 then became 8 for 105 when the same combination accounted for Akmal, who also mistimed an attacking shot and was brilliantly caught by a diving Johnston.

The recalled Mohammad Sami and Rao Iftikhar Anjum added 25 valuable runs together but it was not enough as all 10 batsmen were out caught.

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200703/s1874434.htm

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Second Innings Bulletin: Pakistan Vs Ireland

Ireland were 81/4 in 27.3 overs when bad light stopped play in their Group D encounter against Pakistan. As per the Duckworth/Lewis, Ireland would be declared winners if the match doesn't resume.

Niall O'Brien was the star performer for the Irish side with his half-century.

Ireland were 72/4 at the halfway stage. Andre Botha fell without scoring to Mohammad Sami as Pakistan tried to fight their way back into the match.

Mohammad Hafeez provided Pakistan with a much-needed breakthrough dismissing Ireland opener William Porterfield for 13.

Niall O'Brien and Porterfield steadied the ship for Ireland adding 47 for the 3rd wicket after a couple of early setbacks.
They could have been three down much earlier but Mohammad Hafeez failed to latch on to a difficult chance offered by Porterfield off Sami's bowling at short leg.

Not long after, Porterfield was also lucky to survive a couple of very close leg before shouts from Azhar Mahmood's bowling.

Defending a paltry total of 132, Pakistan made a great start with Mohammad Sami dismissing Ireland opener Jeremy Bray for 3 and Eoin Morgan for 2. Both were out leg before putting Ireland in trouble at 16/2 after 6 overs.

Bray had scored an unbeaten century in Ireland's tied match against Zimbabwe.

Pakistan need to put in a record-breaking performance to clinch this game. Zimbabwe currently hold the distinction of having defended the lowest total in the ICC Cricket World Cup - 134 against England in 1992.

But with bad weather around and an inspired Irish team, that seems highly unlikely.

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Pakistan facing cricket elimination

Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:43PM EDT

By Richard Sydenham

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Ireland's part-time cricketers bowled out Pakistan for 132 in a World Cup Group D match to leave the 1992 champions facing early elimination on Saturday.

This was a game that Pakistan could not afford to lose having lost their opener against hosts West Indies on Tuesday, also at Sabina Park.

With Ireland having already secured a point from their tied match against Zimbabwe earlier in the week, Pakistan face almost certain elimination if they are beaten on Saturday.

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Pakistan began losing wickets from the first over when Mohammad Hafeez (4) was caught behind from seamer David Langford-Smith to the sixth ball of the match.

The usually-reliable Younis Khan then followed with a third-ball nought, caught at slip off seamer Boyd Rankin, to make the score 15-2.

Mohammad Yousuf, another batsman that Pakistan look to when they need to steady the innings, lasted just 31 balls before he drove to point and was caught for 15 off Irish skipper Trent Johnston. That was 56-3.

The loss of skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq in the next over was the moment when the Irish party on St Patrick's Day really began. He edged the South African-born medium-pacer Andre Botha to Eoin Morgan at slip for one and it was 58-4. 

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bangladesh dedicate victory to dead teammate

Bangladesh dedicated their victory against India to teammate Manjurul Islam who died in an accident overnight.

Skipper Habibul Bashar said this after the match, one of Bangladesh's most famous wins. "A World Cup victory is a World Cup victory," he said, "and this one gives us the chance to get into the second round."

"Had I won the toss we would have bowled," he said, adding that it had been a good toss for him to lose. "When I saw the wicket I was in two minds. The wicket looked good to bat but I wasn't sure."

Of his team's start, when they pegged the Indian batsmen back, he said: "Since we only play two seamers we need to do the job in the early overs, which Mashrafe Mortaza did."

While batting "Tamim Iqbal set the tone and Saqibul and Mushriqul followed from there."

India's captain Rahul Dravid praised Bangladesh's spinners saying they "kept it tight and didn't let us consolidate and then get away." He said he thought the wicket would play better than it did, but "the ball did more than everybody expected and for longer. But we had the quality and we should have done better."

India "were short 25-30 runs" he said. Dravid admired the way Bangladesh's opener Tamim Iqbal played, saying: "he played the shots that set them up."

"We know what we have to do: win two games and we've got our backs to the wall," he said.

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It Might Just Be Over For Pakistan At The World Cup As Rain Has Taken Control Of Their Match Against Ireland In Jamaica

Submitted by Sudhakar Shanbhag on Sat, 2007-03-17 21:50.

Debutants Ireland have almost upset Pakistan's apple cart in the World Cup as rain halted their chase against the former champions when reports last reached the desk with another 52 needed for the Irishmen to clinch their first World Cup win in Jamaica.

Having bowled out Pakistan for a low total of 132, Ireland were well placed at 81 for 4 in 27.3 overs before the hole in the clouds got bigger at Sabina Park and it started pouring down heavily.

And there was every chance that rain could wash away Pakistan's hopes of staying alive in the World Cup.

However, the Irishmen will consider this rain as manna dew on St Pattrick's Day.

The latest reports from Jamaica suggest that the light got worse and the umpires assembled together and called for the covers.

On the way out, umpire Billy Bowden had a light moment with Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

For the information of the readers, if there is no more play in Jamaica then the Duckworth Lewis method will end Pakistan's World Cup campaign.

However, it is not over yet and one would have to stay connected for the upcoming updates.

Fresh reports from Jamaica have indicated that it is getting darker and darker every moment now. There is a big cover of clouds hovering over the stadium and one just feels that play might be called off any moment. Hang on.

http://www.cricketworldcuplatest.com/news/it-might-just-be-o ver-for-pakistan-at-the-world-cu-11593.html

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Pakistan bowled out for 132

KINGSTON: A pumped-up Ireland bowling attack made full use of a juicy pitch Saturday, bowling Pakistan out for a modest 132 in the World Cup Group D match. Boyd Rankin, a 2-meter (6-feet-7) pace bowler, claimed three for 32 while swing bowler Andre Botha took 2-5 off eight overs and off-spinner Kyle McCallan claimed 2-12. A total of 29 extras made it the most significant contributor for Pakistan as Ireland delivered 23 wides and three no balls. Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal hit 27 but only Imran Nazir (24), Mohammad Yousuf (15) and Mohammad Sami (12) followed him to double figures. The Irish, cheered on by close to 1,500 green-clad fans on St. Patrick's Day, enjoyed the luck of the toss on a grassy surface. David Langford-Smith took a wicket in the first over and Pakistan never fully recovered. Mohammad Hafeez edged to wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien to enliven the Irish effort. Rankin, extracting steep bounce, also began nicely as he claimed Younis Khan for a duck as the Pakistan vice-captain edged to first slip. Nazir and Yousuf mounted a mini-recovery by adding 41 for the third wicket before captain Trent Johnston made a crucial breakthrough. Yousuf slapped a wide delivery straight to backward point. And the Pakistanis soon slumped to 72 for six as skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, Nazir and Shoaib Malik fell soon afterwards. Inzamam edged to slip off the accurate Botha, who also ended Nazir's innings in similar fashion. Malik was the victim of the brotherly combination of Kevin and Niall O'Brien, wicketkeeper Niall juggling an inside edge before clinging onto a catch off his medium-paced brother. Akmal led a seventh-wicket stand of 31 with Azhar Mahmood but both fell in Rankin's second spell. Mahmood played an unattractive swish and was caught at mid-on by Johnston, who then held a stunner to remove Akmal off a miscued pull. Sami and Rao Iftikhar brought some respectability with a partnership of 25 that propped up the score from an ugly 105-8. But Sami skied a sweep and Umar Gul was caught in the deep as McCallan finished off the innings. SCOREBOARD Pakistan: I. Nazir c Morgan b Botha 24, M. Hafeez c K. O'Brien b Langford-Smith 4, Y. Khan c Botha b Rankin 0, M. Yousuf c Porterfield b Johnston 15, Inzamam c Morgan b Botha 1, S. Malik c N. O'Brien b K. O'Brien 9, K. Akmal c Johnston b Rankin 27, A. Mahmood c Johnston b Rankin 2, M. Sami c Bray b McCallan 12, R. Iftikhar (not out) 8, U. Gul c sub b McCallan 1, Extras: (lb-3, w-23, nb-3) 29; Total (in 45.4 overs) 132. Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-15, 3-56, 4-58, 5-66, 6-72, 7-103, 8-105, 9-130.

Ireland bowling: Langford-Smith 10-1-31-1, Rankin 9-1-32-3, Botha 8-4-5-2, Johnston 7-1-20-1, K. O'Brien 6-0-29-1, McCallan 5.4-1-12-2.

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Mashrafe Mortaza and Habibul Bashar
The Tigers had too much bite with both bat and ball for India
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar set his sights on qualifying for the Super 8 phase after the stunning five-wicket victory over India in Trinidad. "When you are playing against a team like India you have to work hard for it but this is a great victory and will give us a fair chance," he said. Bashar said the team were motivated by the death of spinner Manjural Islam, who was killed in a motorbike accident. "We dedicate this win to our colleague and friend," he said. Bashar admitted he would have bowled first had he won the toss in Trinidad. "We would have bowled but I was in two minds because when I saw the wicket it looked like a good batting track," the veteran skipper said. "But since we've been in the West Indies we know the new ball always does something in the first few overs. "Because we are playing with only two seamers we needed to take a wicket with the new ball and they did a terrific job, then the spinners did a terrific job too." Bangladesh's run chase was given a scintillating start by 17-year-old Tamim Iqbal, who made a pulsating maiden ODI fifty in only his fifth match. "Tamim Iqbal set the tone for the team, he was unruffled today and I hope he can continue this form," the skipper said. Bashar was also full of praise for another teenager, 18-year-old, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, whose unbeaten 56 guided his team to victory. "He has a got a good technique and we thought with the new ball doing a good job he's got the right technique and he did just what the team wanted," the veteran captain enthused. Iqbal thrilled the crowd with a sparkling array of attacking strokes. "Our coach and the captain said to play your natural game and that's what I did," said Iqbal, who is 18 on Tuesday. "I like to play lots of shots and it was easier in the second half, the ball was swinging a little but it was very easy to bat." Mashrafe Mortaza was named man-of-the-match for his 4-38 and enjoyed the experience of destroying India's highly talented batsmen. "It was fine, the wicket did well for us and I just tried to bowl in good length areas," he said. "Anything can happen in cricket and I knew I had to bowl line and length."

Mortaza clocked in the mid-80mph region but added: "Pace is not my main thing I concentrated on bowling in the right area."

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