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Tigers taste stunning ODI success
12/27/2004
 

          Bangladesh celebrated their 100th one-dayer with a rare win over a Test-playing nation when they stunned India by 15 runs in the second one-day international in Dhaka Sunday, reports AFP.
Bangladesh restricted an experimental Indian side to 214 with their disciplined bowling and fielding after scoring 229-9 to post their only third win against a Test-playing country.
Their previous victories against Test-playing nations came against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. This was their sixth win overall in one-day internationals.
A capacity crowd erupted with joy when Aftab Ahmed ran out last-man Murali Kartik with a direct-hit to the non-striker's end to complete Bangladesh's first-ever win at home.
The Bangladeshi cricketers hugged each other and danced on the field to savour a rare moment in their one-day cricket history.
Bangladesh found more than one hero in their sensational triumph against India, who had rested two key batsmen (Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) and as many bowlers (paceman Irfan Pathan and spinner Harbhajan Singh).
Mashrafe Mortaza gave a superb all-round performance, scoring a crucial 31 not out off just 39 balls as a tail-ender. His 39-run stand for the ninth wicket with Tapash Baisya eventually proved vital in a tight match.
He then dismissed opener Virender Sehwag for nought and Mahendra Dhoni for 12 for his two big wickets.
Teenager Aftab Ahmed (67) scored a maiden half-century to prop up the Bangladeshi innings and then seamer Baisya grabbed two wickets for just 35 runs in his tight 10 overs to provide valuable support to Mortaza.
Bangladesh also backed their tight bowling with smart fielding to make India struggle for runs. Rajin Saleh effected an important run-out, catching well-set Mohammad Kaif (49) short of the crease with an underarm throw.
Mortaza and Baisya had rattled India in their opening spells as they dismissed Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh to reduce the tourists to 5-2.
Sehwag, who had failed in both the Tests against the hosts, disappointed again as he was bowled in the opening over. Baisya then had Yuvraj caught by Saleh in the covers for four.
Sourav Ganguly (22) steadied the innings with Sridharan Sriram (57), but was unable to score freely. He soon lost his patience and the wicket, caught by Mortaza off Khaled Mahmud.
India were in deep trouble at 114-4 after Sriram's bizzare dismissal.
Sriram tried to sweep left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique, but missed it. The ball hit wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud's pads and disturbed the bails.
Sriram, apparently not knowing where the ball was, ran for a single and the wicket-keeper promptly gathered the ball and plucked the stump out of the ground.
Sriram had struck three successive fours in that eventful over before being stumped, including a reverse-sweep to complete his maiden half-century.
Earlier, Ahmed scored a defiant half-century as Bangladesh recovered from 37-3 reach a respectable total.
All-rounder Ajit Agarkar dismissed two of the three batsmen to become only the second Indian after Kapil Dev to take 200 wickets and score more than 1,000 runs in one-dayers.
Mohammad Ashraful (28) and Mashud (20) then provided valuable support to Ahmed with their impressive cameos.
scoreboard
Bangladesh:
Nafis Iqbal c Dhoni b
Agarkar 9
Mohammad Rafique
lbw b Zaheer 0
Habibul Bashar b
Agarkar 17
Mohammad Ashraful c
and b Kartik 28
Aftab Ahmed b
Kartik 67
Rajin Saleh run
out 0
Khaled Mashud c Joginder b Sriram 20
Khaled Mahmud
run out 17
Mashrafe Mortaza
not out 31
Tapash Baisya b
Zaheer 17
Nazmul Hossain
not out 3
Extras (lb4, nb10,
w6) 20
Total (for nine
wickets) 229
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-26, 3-37, 4-81, 5-88, 6-132, 7-168, 8-187, 9-226.
Bowling: Agarkar 9-1-31-2, Zaheer 8-1-53-2, Joginder 10-1-51-0, Kartik 10-0-43-2, Sriram 10-1-37-1, Mongia 3-0-10-0.
Overs: 50
India:
V. Sehwag b Mortaza 0
S. Ganguly c Mortaza b Mahmud 22
Y. Singh c Saleh
b Baisya 4
S. Sriram st Mashud
b Rafique 57
M. Kaif
run out 49
D. Mongia lbw b
Baisya 12
M. Dhoni c Bashar b
Mortaza 12
A. Agarkar c Ahmed
b Rafique 9
J. Sharma not
out 29
Z. Khan c Mashrafe
b Mahmud 10
M. Kartik run
out 3
Extras (lb4, w3) 7
Total 214
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-5, 3-51, 4-114, 5-131, 6-155, 7-170, 8-172, 9-204.
Bowling: Mortaza 9-2-36-2, Baisya 10-2-35-2, Hossain 7-0-26-0, Mahmud 9.5-0-40-2, Rafique 10-0-57-2, Ahmed 2-0-16-0.
Overs: 47.5
Result: Bangladesh win by 15 runs
Toss: Bangladesh
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Akhtaruddin (BAN)
TV umpire: Nadir Shah (BAN)
Match-referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
Third one-dayer: Dhaka Monday (day/night)

 

Bangladeshi cricketers celebrate their victory over India at the end of the second One Day International (ODI) match between Bangladesh and India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. AFP Photo
 
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