Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar is run out

Sachin Tendulkar of India is run out. India did 60 from first 10 overs and it happened at 6th over when Tendulkar was run out.

India were 69 for one after 11 overs against Bangladesh in the World Cup opener at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium this noon on Saturday.

Opener Sachin Tendulkar was run out on 28 off 29 balls after an amateurish mix-up with Virender Sehwag who was not out on 36.

Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 0.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was introduced early in the attack to tame the Indian openers and the move paid off as he bowled two good overs back-to-back for 20 runs in four overs.

Pacer Rubel Hossain gave away 28 runs in his five overs.

The Tigers won the crucial toss and captain Shakib Al Hasan chose to bowl first, saying his team was confident to chase a target below 260.

There have been five scores over 250 that have been successfully chased in day-night games in Mirpur. The highest ever target chased is 297 by India against Bangladesh in the tri-nation tournament in 2010.

Veteran batsman Mohammad Ashraful has been left out of the Bangladesh side that is the youngest in the World Cup, with Razzak at 28 years being the oldest member.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he would have bowled first too had he won the toss because he believed dew could be a big factor.

Of 42 matches played in Mirpur, 27 have been won by the team batting second and only 15 by the team batting first. In day-night games, only three out of 16 matches have been won by teams batting first.

The last 13 games in Mirpur have been won by teams chasing. Of the 23 matches between the two, India won in 20, while one was abandoned.

India are the current favourites in this tournament, with their consistency over the previous months and depth of the players' calibre.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are at the moment reasonably balanced, consisting of prodigious bowlers and batsmen with a combination of confidence and talent.

India saw an upsetting exit in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies at the hands of Bangladesh, as the Tigers had halted the next-door neighbour's dream run most unceremoniously. The upset is said to be one of the major events in tournament's history.

Their confidence is also at a new high following their victories in the home series against Zimbabwe (3-1) and New Zealand (4-0).

Bangladesh side: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim(wicket keeper), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain

Indian side: SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain and wicket keeper), YK Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, S Sreesanth, MM Patel.

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