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Bangladesh surprise India by five wickets

Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), March 18 (IANS) Putting up an astonishing performance, Bangladesh stunned title contenders India by five wickets in a Group B World Cup match at Queen's Park here Saturday.

India stuttered to 191 all out in 49.3 overs, and Bangladesh made 192 for five wickets for the biggest upset of the ninth edition of the World Cup so far. It was only their second win over India in 15 one-day internationals.

India were champions in 1983 and runners-up in 2003, while Bangladesh have never won the title since the tournament was launched in 1975.


Match No. 8, India vs. Bangladesh, Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


Sourav Ganguly c Razzak b Rafique 66

Virender Sehwag b Mortaza 2

Robin Uthappa c Aftab b Mortaza 9

Sachin Tendulkar c Rahim b Razzak 7

Rahul Dravid lbw b Rafique 14

Yuvraj Singh c Bashar b Razzak 47

Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Aftab b Rafique 0

Harbhajan Singh b Razzak 0

Ajit Agarkar c Rahim b Mortaza 0

Zaheer Khan not out 15

Munaf Patel c Razzak b Mortaza 15

Extras: (leg byes 5, wides 3, no balls 8) 16

Total: (all out in 49.3 overs) 191

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Sehwag, 2.1 overs), 2-21 (Uthappa, 6.4), 3-40 (Tendulkar, 14.6), 4-72 (Dravid, 24.1), 5-157 (Yuvraj, 42.4), 6-158 (Ganguly, 43.2), 7-159 (Dhoni, 43.5), 8-159 (Harbhajan, 44.2), 9-159 (Agarkar, 45.1)


Mashrafe Mortaza 9.3 2 38 4 (6 no balls, 2 wides)

Syed Rasel 10 2 31 0 (1nb)

Abdur Razzak 10 2 38 3

Saqibul Hasan 10 0 44 0 (1w)

Mohammad Rafique 10 2 35 3


Tamim Iqbal c Dhoni b Patel 51

Shahriar Nafees lbw b Khan 2

Mushfiqur Rahim not out 56

Aftab Ahmed lbw b Patel 8

Saqibul Hasan st Dhoni b Sehwag 53

Habibul Bashar st Dhoni b Sehwag 1

Mohammad Ashraful not out 8

Extras: (lb 1, w 4, nb 8) 13

Total: (for 5 wickets in 48.3 overs) 192

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Nafees, 4.2 overs), 2-69 (Iqbal, 13.2), 3-79 (Aftab, 15.6), 4-163 (Saqibul, 38.4), 5-175 (Bashar, 42.2)


Zaheer Khan 9 2 41 1 (2nb, 1w)

Ajit Agarkar 10 0 41 0 4.10 (2nb)

Munaf Patel 8.3 1 39 2 (1w)

Harbhajan Singh 10 1 30 0

Sachin Tendulkar 3 0 8 0 (1w)

Yuvraj Singh 3 0 15 0

Virender Sehwag 5 0 17 2 (1w)

Result: Bangladesh won by five wickets

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Steve Davis (Australia)

Third umpire: Ian Howell (South Africa)

Match referee: Alan Hurst (Australia

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Sourav Ganguly to India's rescue; Sehwag fails once again S. Ram Mahesh

KNIFE'S EDGE: Opener Sourav Ganguly held the innings together after India had lost four wickets for just 72 runs in its opening World Cup encounter against Bangladesh at Port of Spain on Saturday. Rahul Dravid's side recovered through an 85-run partn ership between Ganguly (66) and Yuvraj Singh (47). India had made 158 for 6 in 43.2 overs. — Photo: AFP
Port of Spain: Mashrafe Mortaza's twin strike, augmented by two wickets Bangladesh's left-arm spinners winkled out, left India reeling at 98 for four in 33 overs here on Saturday. Sourav Ganguly (41) and Yuvraj Singh (13) were involved in rebuilding. Virender Sehwag (2), Robin Uthappa (9), Sachin Tendulkar (7), and Rahul Dravid (14) were the batsmen dismissed. Dravid's luck with the toss preceded a torrid period for India's batsmen at the Queen's Park Oval. Mortaza made admirable use of conditions ideal for seam bowling. The early start ensured moisture and cut, the firm track guaranteed carry. Silent homage

PRIZE SCALP: Sachin Tendulkar falls to Abdur Razzak, caught behind by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday. — PHOTO: AFP
The Group B match — India's campaign opener — had started on a sombre note. The teams and the match officials lined up outside the pavilion and paid silent homage to Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Manjurul Islam, 22, who had died in a road accident. The air hung heavy. But, soon the action in the middle took over. Mortaza looped the ball to mid on by way of warm up. This preliminary action was so far removed from the jiggle-and-stretch routine most fast bowlers adopt that the sharp pace of the first delivery took everyone by surprise. Sourav Ganguly evaded it by twitching his hips inside the line, but it whistled through at just under 140 kmph. Then, in a moment of tip and run, the players enacted what could have found place on a rugby field. Ganguly did the tipping he was met by an apologetic shoulder tackle from Mortaza, the bowler, as he ran. Meanwhile Sehwag endeavouring to make his ground was taken off his feet by Aftab Ahmed. The third umpire ruled Sehwag's heel had landed favourably. And all was well; temporarily. Good speed

Mortaza bowls like a man his size should. Often one sees big, rough-hewn men resort to the subterfuge of spin. Not Mortaza. His run up, gather, and delivery scream strength. One bouncer, registered at 144 kmph, singed keeper Mushfiqur Rahim's gloves. Ganguly barely had time to duck. But, don't for a moment think it's unrefined muscle and bustle. Mortaza cut one back at pace, Sehwag chopped it on. Six for one. Mortaza's partner on Saturday was the considerably slower Syed Rasel. Rasel, wheedling and treacherous, and Mortaza, mean and threatening, pulled off a canny good-cop-bad-cop act. Lefty and skilled both at cutting it across the right-hander and at shaping it minimal wobble of the seam away from the left-hander, Rasel troubled Uthappa and Ganguly. Uthappa clipped Rasel off his knee for India's first boundary. But, Mortaza had him caught, carving one that hinted away to point. Sachin Tendulkar climbed calmly down the carpeted steps connecting the dressing room to the field, wriggled his fingers into gloves, and joined Ganguly to survey conditions. They were tricky. Tendulkar worked Mortaza to leg, but it wasn't to be his day. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, brought on in the 15th over, slipped one on to the considerable inside edge of the great man's bat. Softened off the pneumatic Tendulkar pad, the edge popped nicely for Rahim. Forty for three. Never the sort to let up on such a ripe opportunity, journalists made unkind references to how tough it was to get air tickets changed at this stage. Ganguly, who had ridden Mortaza's bounce well, was hanging in. Not pretty by any standard let alone his high one for off-side strokes, Ganguly seemed to delight in the stoush. He had charged Mortaza to no avail. He scowled, but didn't give in. Runs at a premium Runs were at a premium. The four overthrows Bangladesh conceded was gravy. Ganguly followed it by cutting the next ball behind point for four his first stroke of authority. Dravid wrapped his bat around a fine flick, but, in 20 overs, India had made just 60. Habibul Bashar briefly yoked his left-arm spinners, Razzak and Saqibul Hasan. Surprisingly, considering the strength of Bangladesh's position, Ganguly was confronted with a four-man infield. Perhaps Ganguly's reputed fondness for left-arm spin played a part. Runs trickled in with fewer risks, and just as it seemed a phase of milking the bowlers would set in, Bashar brought on Mohammad Rafique. Dravid played around his front pad; Rafique's delivery seemed headed only one way. Dravid's quick walk suggested displeasure whether at the decision or at his stroke was unclear. Yuvraj strolled in to start against spin, his least preferred method of commencing an innings.

India decided to play four specialist bowlers. Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, S. Sreesanth, and Dinesh Karthik (twelfth man) were omitted.

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India v Bangladesh
India skipper Rahul Dravid defended his choice to bat first in his side's five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in Trinidad on Saturday. The loss means India could now struggle to qualify for the Super 8 phase. "It was a tricky one, we could have batted better, but it was probably a good toss to lose," said Dravid. "It did a bit more than everyone expected, for a bit longer, but we had the quality in the batting and we should have played a lot better."
The spinners bowled particularly well, kept it really tight and didn't let us consolidate
India captain Rahul Dravid
India play Bermuda on Monday before their must-win Group B clash with Sri Lanka next Friday. Even if they were to win that match, they would also have to improve their run rate over both of their next two matches to avoid elimination. Dravid added: "We know what we have to do, it is pretty clear for us. We have got our backs to the wall and we have got to fight really hard. "They bowled well they got some wickets early. The spinners bowled particularly well, they kept it really tight and didn't let us consolidate. "We also lost a few wickets towards the end, which was disappointing, and would have been the difference between another 25-30 runs. "Forty runs would have given us a better chance. But I thought the boys came out and tried quite hard.

"But credit to [Bangladesh], they came and played some shots. Their opener [17-year-old Tamim Iqbal] got off to a very good start, and that set them up well."

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St Patrick's Day stunners

March 18, 2007 12:00am

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IRELAND beat Pakistan and Bangladesh rolled India in two of the cricket World Cup's biggest upsets today.

Bangladesh produced a huge shock with a five-wicket victory over India in a Group B game in Port of Spain.

But then  the Irish pulled off an even bigger stunner by beating Pakistan by three wickets, fittingly on St Patrick's Day.

The result in Kingston, Jamaica virtually eliminated Pakistan from the tournament and all but guaranteed Ireland a place in the Super Eights.

Ireland, playing in their first World Cup, skittled Pakistan for 132 before passing a revised target of 128 in 46 overs after four overs were lost to rain. 

Unfancied Bangladesh team bowled out India's formidable line-up for 191 on a good batting pitch in Port of Spain, Trinidad before romping to victory with nine balls to spare.

Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal smashed 51 for his maiden half-century in only his fifth one-dayer.

Fellow left-hander Saqibul Hasan (53) put on 84 runs for the fourth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who was 56 not out, helping Bangladesh achieve only their second win over India in 15 meetings.

Bangladesh emulated their famous victory over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup, underlining their progress after failing to win a single game in South Africa four years ago where India were finalists.

It was their third victory in World Cups having also beaten Scotland in 1999.

The defeat plunged Indian hopes into disarray from the toughest group, which 1996 champions Sri Lanka are favoured to top after crushing debutants Bermuda in their first game.

Bangladesh paceman Mashrafe Mortaza struck two early blows to claim 4-38 before left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak left Indian batsmen parched for runs to take three wickets apiece in their superb team effort.

- Reuters
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Bangladesh stun India by 5wkts

Reuters | Sunday, 18 March 2007

VICTORY SALUTE: Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim, right, Mohammad Ashraful celebrate their team's victory over.

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PORT OF SPAIN: Bangladesh has produced one of the biggest shocks in the World Cup with a five-wicket victory over India in a Group B game.

The unfancied team bowled out India's formidable line-up for 191 on a good batting pitch – their lowest one-day total against Bangladesh – before romping to victory. Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal, three days short of his 18th birthday, smashed 51 for his maiden half-century to help Bangladesh reach 192-5 with nine balls to spare. Fellow left-hander Saqibul Hasan, 19, took over and hit 53 and put on 84 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim (56 not out) for the fourth wicket. It was Bangladesh's second win over India in 15 meetings. Bangladesh emulated their famous victory over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup, underlining their progress after failing to win a single game in South Africa four years ago where India were finalists. The defeat plunged Indian qualifying hopes into disarray from the toughest group which 1996 champions Sri Lanka are favoured to top. Rahim ran with arms raised in delight after he hit paceman Munaf Patel past cover to fetch the winning run. Bangladesh paceman Mashrafe Mortaza claimed four for 38 with excellent support from left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak, who took three wickets apiece after leaving the batsmen parched for runs in the morning. QUICK STRIKES Teenager Iqbal showed no stage fright and dashed Indian hopes of pulling things back in the afternoon. He stepped out to smash both new ball bowlers Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan, whom he hit for 15 runs in one over. He also hit two sixes off Patel over point and Zaheer over long on until he edged Patel to wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni. Patel also removed Aftab Ahmed (8) but Rahim, dropped by Dhoni on eight off Patel, steadied the innings with Saqibul. India floundered against pace and spin in the morning, Mortaza, 23, forced struggling opener Virender Sehwag (2) to chop an in-coming ball on to the stumps and Robin Uthappa (9) to mistime a drive to be caught at point to give Bangladesh the upperhand straightaway. Spinner Razzak replaced Mortaza and claimed the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar (7) after the premier batsman, playing in his fifth World Cup, edged a drive on to his pads to wicketkeeper Rahim. Opener Saurav Ganguly prevented total batting humiliation in a batting order where three of the top five batsmen each had the experience of over 10,000 one-day runs behind them. Ganguly made a painstaking 66 and dug in till the 44th over, adding 85 runs with Yuvraj Singh (47) for the fifth wicket. Bangladesh bowlers then snapped up five wickets for two runs to reduce the innings to 159 for nine before the last wicket pair of Zaheer and Patel put on 32 runs. The tournament ends with the final in Barbados on April 28. SCOREBOARD: INDIA
S Ganguly c Abdur Razzak b Mohammad Rafique 66
V Sehwag b Mashrafe Mortaza 2
A Uthappa c Aftab Ahmed b Mashrafe Mortaza 9
S Tendulkar c Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 7
R Dravid lbw b Mohammad Rafique 14
Yuvraj Singh c Habibul Bashar b Abdur Razzak 47
M Dhoni c Aftab Ahmed b Mohammad Rafique 0
Harbhajan Singh b Abdur Razzak 0
A Agarkar c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 0
Z Khan not out 15
M Patel c Abdur Razzak b Mashrafe Mortaza 15
Extras (lb 5, w 3, nb 8) 16 V Total (all out; 49.3 overs) 191 Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Sehwag, 2.1 ov), 2-21 (Uthappa, 6.4 ov), 3-40 (Tendulkar, 14.6 ov), 4-72 (Dravid, 24.1 ov), 5-157 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.4 ov), 6-158 (Ganguly, 43.2 ov), 7-159 (Dhoni, 43.5 ov), 8-159 (Harbhajan Singh, 44.2 ov), 9-159 (Agarkar, 45.1 ov), 10-191 (Patel, 49.3 ov) Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 9.3-2-38-4 (6nb, 2w), Syed Rasel 10-2-31-0 (1nb), Abdur Razzak 10-2-38-3, Saqibul Hasan 10-0-44-0 (1w), Mohammad Rafique 10-2-35-3.

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India will need to be on guard when they take on "surprise packets" Bangladesh in their World Cup Group B match on Saturday.

The 1983 champions have somewhat shaken off their 2006 form slump to renew hopes among world cricket's biggest fan base.

However, they are aware they cannot trip up in the tough group also involving Sri Lanka, seen as potential champions, with pitches behaving more like those in the sub-continent.

Bangladesh, ranked ninth in the ICC standings, stand as the odd team out. They are not among the contenders and are also not in the same league as the six non-Test playing teams playing in the Caribbean.

They have also proved they no longer fear the bigger opponents after recording victories over India, Sri Lanka and Australia in recent years.

"(Almost) all teams are better ranked than us. India is just one of them... and we have to contend with that," Bangladesh's Australian coach Dav Whatmore said.

India's concern has been the poor form of explosive batsman Virender Sehwag after struggling left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan took three wickets in the warm-up win over West Indies.

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has warned against complacency.

"They are a good team," he said. "They've beaten Australia and us in the past. They have the belief.

"In some ways, our group is probably the toughest on these wickets and they can be a handful."

Bangladesh were out of depth in the 2003 World Cup and Sri Lanka's Chaminda Vaas took a hat-trick off the first three deliveries against them.

Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to victory in 1996, has since infused confidence in them and dismissed any comparisons with the weaker teams.

"I would like to know what minnows stand for in the Oxford Dictionary, to be very honest," he said.

"Bangladesh could be described as one of the surprise packets."

They certainly surprised third-ranked New Zealand in a warm-up game, with burly tailender Mashrafe Mortaza grabbing four wickets and smashing a match-winning 30 not out off 14 balls to guide his side to a two-wicket win.

As skipper Habibul Bashar highlighted, Bangladesh would be no pushovers.

"After beating New Zealand, we feel we can do it." -Cup-opener/2007/03/17/1174080198486.html

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Bangladesh in famous victory

March 18, 2007 08:30am

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BANGLADESH beat India by five wickets in the World Cup Group B match at Queen's Park Oval today.

Bangladesh made 5-192 off 48.3 overs in reply to India's 191 off 49.3.

Paceman Mashrafe Mortaza grabbed four wickets and left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak three each to strangle India on a good batting pitch, after skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss.

It was India's lowest one-day total against Bangladesh.

Opener Saurav Ganguly hit 66 and stayed until the 44th over to prop up his team, adding 85 for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (47).

Bangladesh then snapped up 5-2 to reduce the innings to 9-159 before last-wicket pair Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel put on 32 runs.

Bangladesh, with just four victories over the top eight ranked teams, appeared set for a famous fifth after leaving India reeling.

Mortaza grabbed two wickets bowling in tandem with left-arm paceman Syed Rasel, who gave away just 31 runs in a single, 10-over spell.

Mortaza, 23, forced struggling opener Virender Sehwag to chop an in-swinger on to his stumps for two, before Robin Uthappa (9) edged a loose drive to point to make it 2-21 in the seventh over. Sehwag, whose horrible form continued, was almost run out in the first over and now has scored just one 50 in his last 14 innings.

Spinner Razzak replaced Mortaza and claimed the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar (7) off the last ball of his first over, making it 3-40 after 15 overs.

The premier batsman, playing in his fifth World Cup, edged a drive onto his pads to be caught by teen wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim at the second attempt.

Skipper Rahul Dravid (14) was trapped leg-before by 36-year-old Rafique, the third spinner brought into the attack, and Bangladesh kept things tight with superb fielding.,22606,21402105-50 06372,00.html
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kick Pakistan out

March 18, 2007 09:45am

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Ireland pulled off one of the greatest World Cup upsets of all time today when they defeated mighty Pakistan by three wickets to send the 1992 champions, and one of game's undisputed superpowers, crashing out of the tournament.

The win for Ireland, made up mostly of part-timers and foreign imports - including three Australians - was secured when Wollongong-born skipper Trent Johnston hit a huge six off Azhar Mahmood off the fourth ball of the 43rd over.

The sensational outcome also came on St Patrick's Day and put Ireland on course to qualify for the second round Super Eights on their debut appearance in the World Cup.

Pakistan needed to win the Group D match after losing their opening clash to West Indies while Ireland had already picked up a point from a dramatic last-ball tie against Zimbabwe.

But Ireland triumphed after a tense finale which had seen them lose three wickets for five runs in seven balls as Pakistan threatened to pull off a great escape.

Earlier, Johnston won the toss and put Pakistan into bat and the decision paid rich dividends as Inzamam-ul-Haq's side were dismissed for 132 in 45.4 overs.

Boyd Rankin was the most successful Irish bowler with three wickets for 32 runs from nine overs, Andre Botha supported with the flattering figures of 8-4-5-2, and Kyle McCallan collected 2-12 from 5.4 overs.

Only four Pakistani batsmen got into double-figures - Kamran Akmal topscoring with 27.

The Irish bowlers gained favourable bounce and movement from the hard, grassy surface, but the Pakistani batsmen were also victims of their own indiscretion and athletic fielding from their opponents.

Defeat completed a torrid episode in Pakistan's cricket history. They arrived in the Caribbean without spearhead fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif who were injured.,22606,21402151-50 06372,00.html

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