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

Jubilant Bangladesh revel in team effort

Bangladesh cricket had reason to rejoice for their biggest worry, the batting, was their strength on the day

After Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah were mobbed by team-mates and staff on their way to the dressing room after completing the five-wicket win over India, there was a small discussion about a lap of honour as they neared the viewing area. Somebody within the huddle, made entirely of the playing XI, thought it was not necessary and they all headed indoors.

The result was finally sinking in as the players went out for the presentation ceremony. Shafiul Islam was walking gingerly with his right arm in a sling but enjoying the moment as much as the rest. Everyone was smiling. Mashrafe Mortaza was gesturing at his family in the grandstand, a beaming Jahurul Islam was speaking to an elderly journalist, Tamim Iqbal was urging a close friend to come and hug him, while Nasir Hossain was quipping that since he hadn't danced in a long time, this was a good time to shake a leg.

Bangladesh cricket had reason to rejoice for their biggest worry, the batting, was their strength on the day. Tamim and Jahurul added 113 runs for the second wicket, a solid foundation for a stiff target. Even after they fell in the space five overs, there was Nasir to support Shakib, and later Mushfiqur. They played innings that changed the game and won it for Bangladesh.

"It was the team's win. Four or five players have to perform for us to win and that's exactly what happened," Shakib said after the game. "We have to increase the number of contributors from one or two to four or five regularly. If we can improve these small things, we can get much better in the days to come.

"We have to win games regularly and not occasionally. Then everyone will rate us properly. If we don't win, we are not counted. If we can win big games, our playing quality will improve."

Mushfiqur credited his bowlers for performing during a crucial phase in the first innings, when they did not let India get away to an insurmountable total. "If Raj bhai [Abdur Razzak] and Mashrafe bhai didn't bowl so well at that stage and conceded another 20 runs, we were gone. But hats off to them," Mushfiqur said. "It might not sound too big for others but it was important for us. 300 to 320 would have been difficult to chase for us."

Despite the bowlers keeping calm at the death, especially with MS Dhoni posing a threat, the real test was going to be the batting. But Tamim fired for the second game in a row, Jahurul found peace at the crease, while Nasir got another opportunity to win a game for his country. Before Nasir holed out with the game almost won, Shakib and Mushfiqur had found hitting easy because of his presence at the other end.

Sachin Tendulkar also had some kind words for Bangladesh's young cricketers. "I feel it is a good team, an underrated team," Tendulkar said. "People still talk of Bangladesh as if they don't know how to play cricket. They have a good side; even against Pakistan the match got close. So that is proof of them being a better side.

"They've played international cricket for quite some time now; not that they just started. They've got some good players. I felt Shakib changed the momentum."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Suman on March 19, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Wohoo Tigers!!! This certainly was a collective effort and I think that the 'man of the match' should have been given to team Bangladesh. Reading Sachin's comment makes one relaize the difference between him and Sehwag. India is a better team than Bangladesh, no doubt, but you don't have to berate them. I am glad that Sehwag did not come. I hope his cricket and attitude are things of the past. I hope that we can stay consistent and beat SL to reach the finals!

  • Anjana on March 18, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. You guys played superbly. It was treat to watch Mushfiqr's batting. Sachin's 100th ton concern cost the Indians! I think this match clearly showed the results of a Personal goal vs spirited team effort!!!!!

  • Javed on March 18, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @ibbani: Bangladesh is not number 10, they are number 9. By the way, India is number 3 now. Only 6 numbers difference.

  • Javed on March 18, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    @ Ravinder Singh: Do you really watch cricket regularly? Cricinfo has the records of all matches of Bangladesh, you can check it out.

  • Khair ul on March 17, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    I think it is unfair to blame Sachin for the loss. Raina and Dhoni were more than making up for his slow scoring so it did not affect the score too much. Also, note Bangladesh bowled some poort balls to Raina and Dhoni too and the score could have been even less. Another fact is that Kohli was incorrectly given not out when he was on nought (0) and Shakib was wrongly given out when on 49. Imagine what it would have been like if those two decisions were correct? Bangladesh were destined to win.

  • Rafid on March 17, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    It's really quite funny how so many Indians were talking so much negative talk towards Bangladesh before the match, and now they are nowhere to be seen. India is a better team than Bangladesh many times over, but it doesn't mean you can disrespect the opponent. This brilliant win by our Tigers proves it. Take the opponent lightly, and pay the price.

  • Muhammad on March 17, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    This match was completely miscalculated by Sachin and Co. Sachin must have thought by scoring his so called 100th 100 and a score of 290 would be more than enough for the team to defend however the entire nation of over a billing cricket lovers came to a stand still when the result came. surely you BD's have rocked the show. I'd never considered BD to be in Final's reckoning but i guess its time to change my thinking and consider BD to be in the finals as well...Pak is for sure and if India looses to pak which is i guess is most definite the the pool will be open...

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @Ravinder: first win for Bangladesh in the last 5YEARs???? :-O.. Surely someone needs to know the stats? In the last 2years, Bangladesh won matches against Sri Lanka, West Indies, England, New Zealand(5-0) and most recently India. And if you had followed BD cricket recently you would also have seen all those close matches against good oppositions. In the last 2years BD came close to win against Pakistan(twice) and Australia. They just lacked the finishing touch. I personally see Bangladesh improving really fast in the last couple of years. And their attitude in the match against India was the proof. They looked like a hungry pack of wolves hunting victory. I say more wins to come for Bangladesh in the recent years InshaAllah.

  • mukesh on March 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    really poor performance by Indians , club level bowling and sachin's slow scoring cost India the match.. whats even more pathetic is some Indian fans still claiming 'we are world champions' , i am an Indian but bragging about world cup even after 2 4-0 whitewashes in tests and so many losses in recent odi's is too much to take even for me , if not for some fireworks by dhoni and raina at the end BD would have won even more comfortably

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Some Indians are always quick to point out that Bangladesh cannot even beat Ireland, Holland, Afghanistan, etc, etc. Well, sure looks like they can THUMP India! So what does that make the so-called world champions India? Bangladesh finally have team that can compete and beat the likes of India and England on a regular basis!

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