Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 7th match, Super Four

Bangladesh v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

0.1

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, starts off with a real full one, just short of the blockhole on the off stump line, jabbed out to the off side.

0.2

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lands on a length outside off stump and moves further away, left alone

0.3

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of length, kicks up outside off stump and he gets on his toes to defend it down the track

0.4

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, extra-cover drive to get off the mark. He got forward to drive a full delivery leaving him through the off side. Eye-catching stroke.

0.5

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, turns a delivery on the pads to fine leg for a single

0.6

Singh to Nazimuddin, no run, around the off stump, coming in a touch and pushed to covers

Bangladesh 5/0   RP Singh 1-0-5-0

2.1

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a bouncer and Tamim sways away.

2.2

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, rushing through the channel outside off stump, Tamim thinks about offering a shot before deciding against it.

2.3

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a tad fuller, on the good length, outside off and Tamim mistimes a drive towards mid-off. He wanted to knife it on the up.

2.4

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, closer to the off stump, on a length, leans forward to push to covers

2.5

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

2.6

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, brings this one in from wide of the crease, it evades the waft and runs off the pad to the on side. After being driven for a boundary in the earlier over, RP has shortened his length a bit

Bangladesh 10/0   RP Singh 2-1-5-0

4.1

Singh to Nazimuddin, no run, just outside off stump, full in length, driven to covers

4.2

Singh to Nazimuddin, no run, on the off stump line, straightening a touch and Nazimuddin gets his bat in the line to defend

4.3

Singh to Nazimuddin, no run, again getting it to straighten around the off stump and Nazimuddin makes sure to bring his bat down straight and defends to the off side

4.4

Singh to Nazimuddin, FOUR, fires in a bouncer, Nazim hooks and gets a profitable top edge and the ball flies over Dhoni

4.5

Singh to Nazimuddin, no run, short of length, slanted across Nazimuddin who cuts to backward point.

4.6

Singh to Nazimuddin, OUT, Caught at third man. Another short and climbing delivery outside off, Nazimuddin went for the upper cut but sent it straight to the debutant Ojha who pouches it safely

Nazimuddin c Ojha b Singh 6 (20m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Bangladesh 19/1   RP Singh 3-1-9-1

6.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, bouncer and Ash takes it on his left shoulder. He made sure he dropped his wrists and got the bat out of the way. Brian Close, the former Eng batsman, once said, "There is no such thing as pain." Mad man. Extremely brave cricketer.

6.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, angling away, left alone

6.3

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller in length and leans forward to defend to the off side. Two slips in for Ashraful

6.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, straightens off a length on the off stump line, Ashraful gets into a side-on position to cut but is surprised and cramped as the ball holds its line but manages to stab it behind the stumps towards gully

6.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, this time gets the cut shot working well as this ball slants across him and will pick a single to right of the wide third man

6.6

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, no run, digs it short, Tamim hops to get on top of the bounce, taps it close on the off side and wants a single but is sent back by his captain. Tamim points to the area where the ball went and suggests there was a run in it.

Bangladesh 26/1   RP Singh 4-1-10-1

8.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone. He remarks his guard with the shoe spikes, taps the bat on the pitch and gets ready to face the next ball

8.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, closer to the off stump, straightening a touch, Ash stops his front foot movement, gets his bat in front of the pad, taps it towards mid-off and runs with the stroke.

8.3

Singh to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, turned to square leg for a single

8.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, short and rising, well outside the off stump, Ashraful tries to upper cut it but can't reach it

8.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, fires in a yorker on the middle and leg stump line, Ashraful just about manages to jam his bat down in a hurry, just before his boots and the ball runs off the inner edge to fine leg boundary

8.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, RP goes round the stumps and serves a short and wide delivery, flashed to third man boundary

8.6

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, straighter and defended to mid-off

Bangladesh 49/1   RP Singh 5-1-21-1

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, short, wide, too wide and Ash can't reach

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Similar delivery, another wide and Ashraful doesn't even bother playing a shot this time

10.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Hmm.. deja-vu.

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, again well outside the off stump, Ash misses a cut shot.

10.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, beaten on the cut again. Width offered outside off and Ashraful tried to cash in. He then practises leaving it. Old Ash v New Ash. The clash is on. Hopefully, in a while, he will learn to balance both the traits and get his shot selection better. Having said that, this ball deserved to be cut

10.3

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump and Ashraful lets it go through to Dhoni

10.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, drifts to the pads and Ashraful glances it fine for yet another boundary. Bangladesh are doing very well here

10.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, cuts and connects well but can't beat the backward point fielder.

10.6

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, length delivery outside off stump, left alone

Bangladesh 64/1   RP Singh 6-1-28-1

41.1

Singh to Mahmudullah, 1 run, short of length delivery angling away from the off stump, he shuffles across to wrist it to wide midwicket

41.2

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, leans forward to dab a short of length delivery to left of backward point and by the time the wide third man fielder came across, they pick up couple of runs

41.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, leans forward to length delivery to the backward point

41.4

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, length delivery just outside leg stump, tries to drive to the on side, gets a inside edge and it runs off the pad to short third man

41.5

Singh to Mahmudullah, no run, well outside off stump, can't connect with the square drive

41.6

Singh to Mahmudullah, no run, closer to the off stump and driven to Yuvraj at extra cover

Bangladesh 193/5   RP Singh 7-1-32-1

43.1

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, lands outside leg stump on a length, moves in towards the hips, tucked past square leg

43.2

Singh to Mahmudullah, FOUR, full and angling away from Mahmudullah who tries to loft it over the infield and gets a thickish edge over backward point.

43.3

Singh to Mahmudullah, no run, from round the stumps, lands it full on off and middle, turned to midwicket

43.4

Singh to Mahmudullah, 1 run, on the off and middle line but Mahmudullah whips it across the line behind square leg. Very wristy stroke.

43.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Kapali is unstoppable. Slashes a full length delivery outside off over backward point.

43.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, drives down the ground to long-off and will retain the strike

Bangladesh 217/5   RP Singh 8-1-43-1

46.1

Singh to Mahmudullah, no run, yorker from round the stumps, dug out to the off side

46.2

Singh to Mahmudullah, 1 run, just short of the block hole, on the off stump, stabbed to extra cover

46.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 wide, down the leg side and Kapali lets it go through

46.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, kicks up from back of length, just outside off stump, Kapali arches back to get on top of the bounce and steers it down to Ishant at third man

46.4

Singh to Mahmudullah, no run, on the legs, the batsman fails to put it away, He wanted to turn it behind square leg but missed and it rolled off the pad to the off side

46.5

Singh to Mahmudullah, 1 run, backs away to drive a length delivery coming in towards middle, from round the stumps, to long-on

46.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, The Nataraja pull shot. Kapil Dev's fans would know. Up went the left leg, down came the bat and he superbly found the deep backward square leg boundary. What a gem of a knock from Kapali.

Bangladesh 254/5   RP Singh 9-1-51-1

48.1

Singh to Mahmudullah, 1 leg bye, on the legs, tries to pull it away, misses but will pick a leg bye

48.2

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, dropped by Gambhir at long-off. The Indians have caught this virus in Pakistan. Kapali lofted a length delivery to right of Gambhir who ran a few yards and lunged but couldn't hold on

48.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Edged to third man boundary. The white ball is disappearing everywhere. Kapali backed away and tried to pull a short of length delivery but edged it over the slip region, Ishant makes an valiant attempt to get under it but can't reach it

48.4

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, fuller and dragged to left of midwicket where Raina mis fields

48.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 wide, sails down leg side, Dhoni doesn't gather cleanly but recovers quickly. The batsmen get across to have a chat

48.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, The Kapali show is on. Imperious thrust of the front foot down the track, clean swing of the bat and the short-of-length delivery disappears to wide long-on.

48.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, fires in a yorker, stabbed to the off side

Bangladesh 274/5   RP Singh 10-1-65-1
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Photos

Jun 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride

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Jun 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred

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