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Sidharth Monga in Karachi
June 28, 2008
Gony finally gets on the board
Manpreet Gony, playing his second one-dayer, was denied his first wicket against Hong Kong when Brian Jerling failed to see he had got Tabarak Dar's glove on the way to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Today when he was about to get his first wicket, Gautam Gambhir thought the time was not right. He dropped a fairly easy catch of Tamim Iqbal's at square-leg. Tamim was 11 then. He finally got his first wicket when Mohammad Ashraful played an imprudent shot to Pragyan Ojha, also in his first match.
For the statistically inclined
Including a stunning catch to dismiss Alok Kapali, a ripper of a ball to dismiss Raqibul Hasan, and impressive figures of 10-0-43-2, Ojha took three catches on his debut. Is this the most for a non-wicketkeeper on debut? Click here to know the answer.
When Bangladesh came out to field, they were truly attacking the ball like Tigers, as they called by their passionate supporters. They charged onto every ball, sometimes all 11 of them, but the nervous energy burst off the seams too. Unnecessary overthrows were given, balls were overran, and most crucially two catches were dropped: Gambhir was repreived on 56, and Suresh Raina when he was 16.
Yuvi plays along
In the 34th over of India's innings, Yuvraj Singh hit one back to Farhad Reza, who caught it on the bounce and threw it in the air as if he had taken a catch. Yuvraj, too, played along, turned around, and took a few steps back towards the dressing room. That's all nice and cute fellows, but who were you doing that for? The Pakistan Police, perhaps, for there was no-one else watching the match at the National Stadium.
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