16 March 2012
Bangladesh registered their first ever win against India in the premier tournament of the Asian giants when they defeated world champion India by 5 wickets at Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today. This is a remarkable achievement considering India piled up 289 runs in 50 overs through a milestone century by little master Sachin Tendulkar. This was Sachin's 100th century in international cricket, but Bangladesh spoiled India's party as they overhauled the improbable victory target with 4 balls to spare.
This was a team effort for the hosts as Tamim Iqbal (70), Jahurul Islam (53), Nasir Hossain (54) and Shakib Al Hasan (49) chipped in with useful contribution, but it was the blistering 25 ball 46 by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim which proved decisive and ensured Bangladesh victory. This is Bangladesh's 3rd overall victory against India, and their first after the historic win in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
Bangladesh started the chase slowly but was dealt a blow when Nazimuddin fell cheaply in the 5th over of match for 5 with only 15 runs on the board. Bangladesh started the fight back with a patient but steady 113 run partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul Islam which laid the platform of the chase.
India threatened to derail Bangladesh's chase as they picked up Jahurul and Tamim in quick succession as Bangladesh were reduced to 156 for 3 in 33.5 overs. Shakib Al Hasan joined Nasir Hossain in the middle and sparked life to the faltering chase through an array of blistering stroke play. He raced to 49 from 31 deliveries and was poised to take Bangladesh home. However, a questionable decision from third umpire saw the ex-skipper ruled out stumped although replays showed no conclusive evidence.
At this point, Bangladesh looked set to repeat their feat against Pakistan in the opening match when they lost from a winning position, but this time Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim had other ideas, and played a superb 25 ball 46 to seal a historic victory against the world champions. Mushfiqur struck two successive sixes off Irfaan Pathan in the 48th over the match to bring the match to Bangladesh's favour. He finally put the result beyond doubt by picking up 11 runs from the first two deliveries of 49th overs bowled by Praveen Kumar.
Bangladesh now play Sri Lanka in their final group game of Asia Cup and a win can put them in the first ever final of the elite tournament of Asia for the first time in their brief cricket history.