Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 16, 2012

The stumping that was too close to call

Plays of the Day from the ODI between Bangladesh and India in the Asia Cup
60

The decision
Third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge won't be a popular man in Bangladesh today, and he would have been more disliked if the home side had lost. His decision to rule Shakib Al Hasan stumped at a critical juncture in the game had many Bangladesh fans fearing this match might turn into another case of so near yet so far. After Shakib had transformed the game with a rapid 49, he was beaten by a big turning offbreak from R Ashwin. Dhoni showed off his quick hands again by breaking the stumps, and after several replays it wasn't entirely clear whether Shakib had made it back in time. Palliyaguruge was convinced, though, and a stunned Shakib had to drag himself off to the pavilion. He seemed sure he had dragged his foot back, and was seen looking at replays of the dismissal in the dressing room.

The six
When Bangladesh needed 33 runs off the final three overs, the match could have gone either way. It swung decisively towards the hosts with a pair of sixes from Mushfiqur Rahim that reduced it to 19 off 15. The second of those came off a friendly full toss from Irfan Pathan, bludgeoned towards the grand stand, almost exactly the same area where Mushfiqur had clubbed the penultimate ball of last year's Twenty20 against West Indies to secure victory in a fluctuating game.

The fielding
Rohit Sharma punched the first ball of the 49th over firmly to substitute Sunny Elias at extra cover and attempted an impossible single. Sunny's throw, though, was wide, leaving the bowler Mashrafe Mortaza screaming in frustration. Mashrafe's mood improved tremendously after the next delivery when Nasir Hossain, probably the best fielder in the side, ran out Rohit with a direct hit from long-on.

The reprieve
Of India's two centurions from the previous match, Bangladesh had dismissed one early, when Gautam Gambhir played on. The other, Virat Kohli, could have been sent back for a golden duck. Shafiul Islam got the ball to swerve sharply in towards the pads, and Kohli could not get bat on it. A huge appeal was turned down, though replays suggested the ball was going on to hit the bails. Kohli cashed in on the reprieve and made 66.

The close call
With Sachin Tendulkar taking his time getting to his 100th century, Bangladesh's fielders lifted, pouncing on everything to not allow easy runs. Tendulkar attempted several sharp singles before changing his mind and scrambling back. On one of those occasions, when on 89, he just managed to beat a throw from Shakib at backward point. The throw narrowly missed and Shakib ruefully watched the replay on the giant screen to see just how close he had come to extending Tendulkar's wait.

The celebration
Jahurul Islam removed his cap, raised his bat and bowed down to do the Sajda after he reached his half-century. It was a first for the 25-year-old batsman, who was playing only his eighth ODI. Jahurul's exclusion from the Bangladesh side in 2010 was perhaps not justified at the time and his prolonged wait is often a point of sympathy whenever selection meetings end. The delight was a natural reaction, though perhaps slightly over-the-top, given that another man had quietly celebrated a much bigger milestone.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • stanveer on March 17, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The game with India as was the game with Pakistan could have gone either way for Bangladesh as both of them were close. Indian bowlers probably did not expect Bangladesh to even come close; but once the Bangladesh team fought back admirably, the Indian bowlers couldn't handle the pressure of possible yet another defeat this season, and that to a team the Indian press and fans have come to think of as light weights--enough not to even entertain a Bangladesh team tour until 2020. What is pleasing to see is that Bangladesh team seems to have come to a stage where there are more than just one or two regular performers, and that they could fight back with their batting after a pretty ordinary performance with the ball. They have done this twice in a row !

  • stanveer on March 17, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The game with India as was the game with Pakistan could have gone either way for Bangladesh as both of them were close. Indian bowlers probably did not expect Bangladesh to even come close; but once the Bangladesh team fought back admirably, the Indian bowlers couldn't handle the pressure of possible yet another defeat this season, and that to a team the Indian press and fans have come to think of as light weights--enough not to even entertain a Bangladesh team tour until 2020. What is pleasing to see is that Bangladesh team seems to have come to a stage where there are more than just one or two regular performers, and that they could fight back with their batting after a pretty ordinary performance with the ball. They have done this twice in a row !

  • Major_Hammad on March 17, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Congrates to Tendulkar on personal Milestone/Record but always Remember My 6 Points: 1: Tendulkar scored 100th Hundred after struggle of 1+ year. 2: He scored 100th Hundred after 33 International Innings. 3: His 100th Hundred was his 2nd lowest strike rate in ODI Hundred by him. 4: He finally did it on Asian/subcontinent pitches, after failed to do it in England, Austrailia long tours. 5: He did it against weak team ( Anyhow at End of Day Stronger team than India) Bangladesh. 6: And India Lost the Match due to his slow Batting as he played maiden over (34th over) but at opposite scene Shakib made 18 runs in 37th over.

  • codegreen on March 17, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Jahirul islam loOKS solid at No.3

  • GSP17 on March 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    India has scored 25-30 runs short. India gifted the match for one person's individual record. Well played BD. Hope Sachin retires atleast now...

  • AccidentallyOnPurpose on March 17, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Can the third umpire hear what the commentators are saying? I once heard them say that the third umpire gave them the decision before it was displayed on the board So there is definitely communication between them.

    My point being the third umpire was taking some time in giving his verdict and one of the commentators said that's definitely out and immediately the OUT sign appeared.

  • chiggers on March 17, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    (snigger)... I've only just stopped crying with laughter!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 17, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    If Bangladesh couldn't win this game then Shakib's wicket would create lot of controversies. At the end of the day it was a day of Team effort rather than individual per4mance (100th 100).

  • ummii on March 17, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I have never felt so much happy for our Pakistani team victory as i am now for Bangladesh crushing India, GO TIGERS,, beat lankans in next match and meet us in the finals...

  • Sulaimaan91 on March 17, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    To say that they are the Cricket World Champions..........

  • stanveer on March 17, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The game with India as was the game with Pakistan could have gone either way for Bangladesh as both of them were close. Indian bowlers probably did not expect Bangladesh to even come close; but once the Bangladesh team fought back admirably, the Indian bowlers couldn't handle the pressure of possible yet another defeat this season, and that to a team the Indian press and fans have come to think of as light weights--enough not to even entertain a Bangladesh team tour until 2020. What is pleasing to see is that Bangladesh team seems to have come to a stage where there are more than just one or two regular performers, and that they could fight back with their batting after a pretty ordinary performance with the ball. They have done this twice in a row !

  • stanveer on March 17, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The game with India as was the game with Pakistan could have gone either way for Bangladesh as both of them were close. Indian bowlers probably did not expect Bangladesh to even come close; but once the Bangladesh team fought back admirably, the Indian bowlers couldn't handle the pressure of possible yet another defeat this season, and that to a team the Indian press and fans have come to think of as light weights--enough not to even entertain a Bangladesh team tour until 2020. What is pleasing to see is that Bangladesh team seems to have come to a stage where there are more than just one or two regular performers, and that they could fight back with their batting after a pretty ordinary performance with the ball. They have done this twice in a row !

  • Major_Hammad on March 17, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Congrates to Tendulkar on personal Milestone/Record but always Remember My 6 Points: 1: Tendulkar scored 100th Hundred after struggle of 1+ year. 2: He scored 100th Hundred after 33 International Innings. 3: His 100th Hundred was his 2nd lowest strike rate in ODI Hundred by him. 4: He finally did it on Asian/subcontinent pitches, after failed to do it in England, Austrailia long tours. 5: He did it against weak team ( Anyhow at End of Day Stronger team than India) Bangladesh. 6: And India Lost the Match due to his slow Batting as he played maiden over (34th over) but at opposite scene Shakib made 18 runs in 37th over.

  • codegreen on March 17, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Jahirul islam loOKS solid at No.3

  • GSP17 on March 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    India has scored 25-30 runs short. India gifted the match for one person's individual record. Well played BD. Hope Sachin retires atleast now...

  • AccidentallyOnPurpose on March 17, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Can the third umpire hear what the commentators are saying? I once heard them say that the third umpire gave them the decision before it was displayed on the board So there is definitely communication between them.

    My point being the third umpire was taking some time in giving his verdict and one of the commentators said that's definitely out and immediately the OUT sign appeared.

  • chiggers on March 17, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    (snigger)... I've only just stopped crying with laughter!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 17, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    If Bangladesh couldn't win this game then Shakib's wicket would create lot of controversies. At the end of the day it was a day of Team effort rather than individual per4mance (100th 100).

  • ummii on March 17, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I have never felt so much happy for our Pakistani team victory as i am now for Bangladesh crushing India, GO TIGERS,, beat lankans in next match and meet us in the finals...

  • Sulaimaan91 on March 17, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    To say that they are the Cricket World Champions..........

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 17, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    BD is definitely changing. They must make this winning a habit . And its shakib again who deservingly got MOM award.

    And sahin, you have lost respect from your long following fan. Shame!! you put that milestone ahead of country and wasted the power plays. I was hoping that you would get out at 80's in powerplays and give chance to some one like raina/dhoni the death overs. For Dhoni why did you not get irfan ahead of jadjea while batting? and why did you not use jadeja in the middle. The sooner india gets rid of these IPL stars the better

  • on March 17, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    What a great show by BD. Minnows? Didn't play like that. Great Indian team has lost to minnows in their own backyard? Ian Chappel recently said a Championship team can beat a team full of champions. Indian fans should now beg for forgiveness from SL team. Your destiny is in their hands.

  • on March 17, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Pathiban is showing his frustration

  • realist1 on March 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Do the Indian fans realise they lost the game even after scoring 289 against BD? All I hear is Sachin the God scored his 100th 100. Where is their praise to BD team. Yesterday I saw a lot of comments from Indian Fans laughing how much of a minnow Bangladesh is and how India going to destroy them etc....

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Pakistan want get tense they have 9 points...India only need to get tense...

  • nickcarter80 on March 17, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for bulldozing the so called world champions. Can someone tell me was there any side in cricket history, which was humiliated this much during their first year after winning the world cup, than this current Indian side? This is what happens when you claim for something which is actually not belonging to you.

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Everyone knew that this 100 would come against Bangladesh, and What a game must be so proud to get that 100 in a losing effort, like so many before.....

  • sami_bd on March 17, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh!!! chasing 289 requred RR almost 6 against Woorld champ is not a matter of joke....this win will definately boost up their confidence...Shabash Bangladesh...

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    That was a really poor decision by the third umpire to call that stumping

  • Sungame on March 17, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. Sorry for Schins slow 100.

  • spec12 on March 17, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Agree with Srinath... now that the Hundred is here, can we move on please. This is more ammunition to the Indians play for "records" claim.

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    U rock guys stunning...... Congratz to Bangladesh from Pakistan.

  • jakigui on March 17, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @Parthiban Jaganathan; ridiculous comment. ''doesnt matter india lose'' it is shame that india lose to BD world champions and playing on a flat track still lose..for me Sachin is not bigger than India. PLS dont make silly comments.

  • WRX_STi on March 17, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Look like Sachin's slow 100 runs making cost them the Game. India should have easily scored 320-330 runs on that wicket.

    Then again you cannot really say anything against little master. It was great to see him scoring 100th 100. Indian bowlers must take full responsibly for not being able to defend 289 runs.

  • Bang_La on March 17, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @Parthiban Jaganathan, being annoyed to see the god of cricket was running from door to door for another record, Bangladesh just kindly helped him to make the 100th 100 of His career. :)

  • ZakiCrick on March 17, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    I am glad to see that the Man of the Match goes to Sakib but not to Sachin. It shows that 100 does not always matter. But congrats to Sachin for making his 100.

  • sja_edinburgh on March 17, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Well done boys...hope u can make it to the final....

  • on March 17, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    BD won the match by a team performance. Keep doing it guys!

  • johnathonjosephs on March 17, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Whatever comments the Indians were complaining about Sri Lanka and Pakistan, this is a lot worse. A heated India vs Pak match coming up

  • asifx on March 17, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Yes Parthiban, because otherwise you wouldn't have watched the India - Pakistan match. That's the only clue to take from this match..

  • lankanlioncric on March 17, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    who cares if india doesnt get to finals. indians dont care, players dont care. individual record r the most important. hope sachin gets his 125 100's or more. he can play for another 10 to 15 years

  • isurunawinne on March 17, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    More emphasis on the DRS, and why India refuses to use it..

  • loudmouth on March 16, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Congratulations Bangladesh!!!A perfect run chase. But dear oh dear India. Losing the Test series 4-0 in England then lost the ODI series there. Then another 4-0 drubbing in the Tests against Australia and missing the ODI finals. Now going down to Bangladesh with almost 300 on the board!?! I think the BCCI - the Board for Cricket Control Internationally - need to scale Indian cricket down to just the IPL. Poor old MS Dhoni and the boys need an extended holiday......

  • on March 16, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    i dont know i should celebrate for sachin 100 or Bangladesh win...both of them are worth celebrating

  • mathewjohn2176 on March 16, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh.It was a very good win.you played better cricket in this tournament compared to other teams.Even you were on the edge to win against Pakistan too.keep up the good work and have confidence in you while batting last few overs and you will win many more matches.good luck for remaining matches.

  • sja_edinburgh on March 16, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    WELL DONE BD team...the mission haven't been complete yet..echoing to what Shakib said, we need to show more what we can if we play full to our potential.. so minimize yr errors...keep the emotion in the pocket..play consistent good cricket and win matches...forget about the win today and aim for next matches..if we can play the way we did today, why cant we go to the final?? aim high and u can reach it..best of luck...SIMPLY LOVE THE WAY U THRASHED THE WC CHAMPION.>>

  • drdani on March 16, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    well done bangladesh !! badluck india !! tendulkar is a great batsman..there is no one like him currently..there was no one like him before n m sure there would be no one like him in the future of cricket-a true master !! we pakistanis were always sceptical of his talent but i think if someone is under-rating tendulkar hes living in a fool's paradise...but again n again this question is asked that how many times tendulkar's century has won a game for india ?? hope to see 2 good games between india n pak !!

  • sk12 on March 16, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh, they really paced their innings well and deserved to win. With wickets in hand even 90 odd in the last 10 overs is very possible against our (Indian) attack. Shame really, outside bangladesh this victory will be completely overshadowed by Sachin's 100 (evoking elation amongst most while provoking anger for its slowness amongst some - me in the former catagory).

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    "Death bowling" is fast becoming one of the most important skills in a limited-overs side's arsenal. Long hops and full tosses at the death have cost many a team and, while Bangladesh still had to score the runs, India didn't exactly make it hard for them. There are enough batsmen around these days who can hit the good balls to the boundary that anything less than 8 an over at the death can be considered OK. If the bowlers lose their cool and gift wrap boundaries then they will go for more many more.

  • Nampally on March 16, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    India's already thin bowling strength was further weakened by benching Rahul Sharma - his 10th benching. Playing Jadeja as opposed to a specialist bowler has reduced the Indian bowling to rediculous.Jadeja @#7 does not contribute much to the batting. He is an expensive bowler who cannot take wkts.- he needs to thank Rohit for his wkt. today. Dhoni"s XI cannot exclude Jadeja ! Only Ashwin & Pravin completed 10 overs. Bowling part timers is crazy.Rahul would have bowled 10 overs more economically than other bowlers & taken Wkts. too.Under Dhoni's captaincy, bowlers will be benched.India needs 2 good spinners in the XI.Jadeja is no Yuvraj or Ojha.Rahul bowls leg spin & googlies & deserves a permanrnt place in the XI NOT on the bench.Ashwin & Rahul need to bowl 10 overs each on these sub continental pitches.Dinda had bowled well in his first spell lasting only 3 overs @3 runs/over.Why was he removed? MSD needs to put the team interests above everyone & include Specialst bowlers in XI

  • AdrianVanDenStael on March 16, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Well done, Bangladesh, a terrific chase, holding your nerve, to beat the world champions, reminiscent of that day in May 2005 in Cardiff. Now, this time, make sure you win the next game as well; let's see you silence a few doubters by getting to a final ahead of the world champions and the beaten finalists.

  • dulabhai on March 16, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Well done Tigers. You guys have shown how to chase and win with a style.

  • ht.shajib on March 16, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    "The delight was a natural reaction, though perhaps slightly over-the-top" ....Every celebration is a celebration of it's own right. Criticism or comparison over someones small or bigger success is pushing us away from simply enjoying the cricket.

  • afzalz on March 16, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh, this was always on the cards. After all India can only cover up so much being the mediocre team they are. Team India, as they are referred to is full of individual champions who think they are bigger than the game. India will always manage to win games but never will they be a great team, they never were and they never will be. However, it should be mentioned that the Indian media will do a great job of it, maintaining and portraying their team as one of the best no matter what.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on March 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @Poras Risi --- please come out to show your face. To some others who questioned when Bangladesh would learn to win ---- all your questions answered again loudly --- so don't put the fingers in your ears. This Bangla Tigers -- never die without a fight.

  • NayShah on March 16, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Would have been nice if those close calls would have turned in successfull calls, at least we could have had proper batsmen who would play thier shots rather than worry about reaching a landmark. Maybe than India could have had more runs on board

  • Soyeb_dbz on March 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Fantastic Performance. All Hail Shakib and Mushfique. Also Good Contribution from Nasir, Jahurul and Tamim in batting and Mashrafee in Bowling. a great team effort. Salue to the Cricketing GOD SR TENDULKAR for his 100th Century. Well Done BD. Get Srilanka in the next game.

  • SamAsh07 on March 16, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Yahahaa, there were people saying "Dream on Mushfiqur" and some said "India will bowl Bangladesh out for under 200". The cards have turned my friends.

  • HassunCheema on March 16, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Divine Technology secret lies in unity, faith and discipline of heart and mind. We are thankful to Allah. He is The Master of every thing. Bangladesh team played with great courage. I as Pakistani congratulate on this great success and wish Bangladesh to always play in this style. It gives us a very healthy pleasure.

  • Test-is-the-best on March 16, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh...You taught the most overrated team a good lesson.

  • HardHitrz on March 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    100th century congrats at last after long time boring innings.I think all are saying sachin a genius ,master...Hope sachin is a competent batsmen but not a master.He is not a match winner like bevan,Yuvraj, or like a wall (rahul in tests).Small analysis a player who enters in cricket career at the age of 15 can achieve this performance easily consider kohli in indian team if he starts career in 15 years he can do the same.Consider matches where sachin has turned single handedly we have to think for minutes....One of the thing really disaster is that to get 100th century at 99 runs he had taken 10 dots which costs the match against bangladesh (even i am not only blaming sachin to that but he had a part in it)

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    All of people, take your hats off for THE Sachin and awesome BANGLADESHI show.

  • brittop on March 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Something for everyone here. Sachin's fans will be pleased he's finally made it, and his detractors will love the fact that India lost whilst he was doing it!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    And the little master needs to retire

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sachin ,The God Of Cricket !!!! Completes the must awaited Century of this Century.....India losing doesn't matter because it makes Pakistan match more Tense and Now I will watch that match !!!!

  • Azilur on March 16, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Shame on IND ....!! So called defending and world champions, could not defend a huge total of 290 runs.....!! Probably IND could defend 500 runs for sure...!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Nobody can question Sachin's achievement today, and his celebration reflected his style. Jahur's inning was a personal accomplishment; I am not sure why you would characterize his thanking God as "over the top"

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    sachins 100 cost india the match.......................

  • Azilur on March 16, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    What a shame for the defending and world champions...!! Tendulkar's century in vain too...!! Finally INDIA got thrashed miserable and mark my words they will be kicked out of the series...!! Guess IND can defend scores if only the runs are 500 plus....!! Pathetic bowling....!! TIGERS rock big time....!! Cheers..!!

  • iBilal on March 16, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    great match. This BD team is different than any team Ive see so far.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • iBilal on March 16, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    great match. This BD team is different than any team Ive see so far.

  • Azilur on March 16, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    What a shame for the defending and world champions...!! Tendulkar's century in vain too...!! Finally INDIA got thrashed miserable and mark my words they will be kicked out of the series...!! Guess IND can defend scores if only the runs are 500 plus....!! Pathetic bowling....!! TIGERS rock big time....!! Cheers..!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    sachins 100 cost india the match.......................

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Nobody can question Sachin's achievement today, and his celebration reflected his style. Jahur's inning was a personal accomplishment; I am not sure why you would characterize his thanking God as "over the top"

  • Azilur on March 16, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Shame on IND ....!! So called defending and world champions, could not defend a huge total of 290 runs.....!! Probably IND could defend 500 runs for sure...!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sachin ,The God Of Cricket !!!! Completes the must awaited Century of this Century.....India losing doesn't matter because it makes Pakistan match more Tense and Now I will watch that match !!!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    And the little master needs to retire

  • brittop on March 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Something for everyone here. Sachin's fans will be pleased he's finally made it, and his detractors will love the fact that India lost whilst he was doing it!

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    All of people, take your hats off for THE Sachin and awesome BANGLADESHI show.

  • HardHitrz on March 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    100th century congrats at last after long time boring innings.I think all are saying sachin a genius ,master...Hope sachin is a competent batsmen but not a master.He is not a match winner like bevan,Yuvraj, or like a wall (rahul in tests).Small analysis a player who enters in cricket career at the age of 15 can achieve this performance easily consider kohli in indian team if he starts career in 15 years he can do the same.Consider matches where sachin has turned single handedly we have to think for minutes....One of the thing really disaster is that to get 100th century at 99 runs he had taken 10 dots which costs the match against bangladesh (even i am not only blaming sachin to that but he had a part in it)