Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 7th match, Super Four

Bangladesh v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

1.1

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, shaping away off the length and he shapes to poke before withdrawing it at the last minute.

1.2

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, Nazimuddin cracks a short of length delivery outside off stump through backward point and by the time Ishant got across from wide third man he ran two

1.3

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller and he mistimes a drive to mid-off.

1.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short of length, on the middle and leg, tucked behind square leg for a single.

1.5

Gony to Nazimuddin, 1 run, jumps at the body from short of length , fended towards square leg for a single

1.6

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, leans forward to tap a length delivery close on the off side and immediately shouts, "Run run run" and they cross over in time

Bangladesh 10/0   MS Gony 1-0-5-0

3.1

Gony to Nazimuddin, 1 run, outside the off stump, full in length, holding its line, Nazimuddin flashes it off the outer edge to left of third man

3.2

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, Tamim clips it crisply past square leg

3.3

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten outside off stump. It was slanted across Tamim who tried to punch a short-of-length delivery on the up through cover point

3.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, drifts to the pads, turned straight to square leg.

3.5

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, dropped by Gambhir at square leg. Fullish, on the leg and middle line, flicked to right of Gambhir, who is standing to the right of the umpire, lunges to his right but palms it.

3.6

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, shifts his line to outside off, driven to mid-off.

Bangladesh 15/0   MS Gony 2-0-10-0

5.1

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery leaving him.

5.2

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full in length, on the off stump, driven to covers

5.3

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, drifts to the middle and leg line - he has done it a few times against the left-hander, wristed to right of Gambhir at square leg.

5.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, Tamim shapes to drive on the up through covers but the bottom-hand comes off the handle and the ball runs off the inner edge to short fine leg

5.5

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, just outside off stump, run down to third man. Remember this is the all new Ash who likes to get his eye in, accumulate runs before going for his shots. Let's see how he goes today

5.6

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, fuller but again on that leg and middle line and flicked to deep square leg.

Bangladesh 25/1   MS Gony 3-0-16-0

7.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Ah! the good old Ash bleeds through. He moved outside off stump and tries to paddle a delivery dug in short and just outside leg stump. Misses.

7.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, slapped to point boundary. He went down on his knee to slice a full pitched delivery to left of backward point where Raina dives and gets his fingers on the ball. It was traveling too fast for him to have any realistic chance of reaching it.

7.2

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, driven to wide mid-off for a single

7.3

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lands on the leg and middle, moves in a touch, worked to Gambhir at square leg.

7.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, yorker length delivery on the off and middle, Tamim digs it out back to the bowler.

7.5

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, yet again Gony drifts to the leg and middle line to the left-hander and Tamim flicks it through midwicket. He has to work more on bowling to the left-handed batsmen.

7.6

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, And yep, another one in that line and what's more, serves a full toss. Blink. Flick shot. The ball is being picked up from the square leg boundary.

Bangladesh 38/1   MS Gony 4-0-28-0

12.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, slower one, outside off stump, defended to covers. Ashraful goes for some gardening down the track. One slip in for him.

12.2

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, 2nd catch for the debutant Ojha. This time at mid-off. Ashraful drove a full length delivery to left of Ojha but couldn't get the elevation that he wanted. Ashraful is livid with himself; bangs the bat on the ground before walking off. Nice little moment, though, for Gony; his first international wicket.

Mohammad Ashraful c Ojha b Gony 20 (37m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 95.23

12.3

Gony to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, fullish delivery outside off stump, uppish square drive past backward point

12.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten outside off. Too close to cut but he tries nevertheless.

12.5

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gets forward to defend a slower one to the off side

12.6

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 1 leg bye, again on the leg stump line, speed gun says 121 kmph, misses a flick and it runs off the pad

Bangladesh 68/2   MS Gony 5-0-29-1

14.1

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, leans forward to a drive a length delivery on the up between the bowler and mid-off. He was looking to hit it to the right of mid-off but the bat-face shut a touch but no harm done.

14.2

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, turns to square leg, Raqibul wanted a single, was down mid-way and had to get back quickly to beat the throw

14.3

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short and climbing outside off, Tamim tries to help it over slips but can't connect

14.4

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, back to the leg and middle line - Gony has been guilty of that against the left-handers - turned past square leg

14.5

Gony to Tamim Iqbal, 3 runs, And again. Short of length this time and it's worked through midwicket

14.6

Gony to Raqibul Hasan, no run, off cutter outside off stump, driven to covers

Bangladesh 82/2   MS Gony 6-0-38-1

44.1

Gony to Alok Kapali, FOUR, superbly timed lofted off drive. It was full and outside off, He bent his back knee and drove it inside-out to wide long-off region.

44.2

Gony to Alok Kapali, SIX, six over extra cover! Kapali is da maan. He reached out to a wide length delivery outside off and knifed it up and over the ropes. Ojha was there but it sailed just over the ropes.

44.3

Gony to Alok Kapali, SIX, Shot boss! Kapali is turning on mesmerizing display of hitting here. All clean swings of the bat. He thrust his front leg out and fisted a length delivery over wide long-on. He punches the gloves of the non-striker and breaks into a big smile.

44.4

Gony to Alok Kapali, no run, outside off stump, attempts to slice it past backward point but misses

44.5

Gony to Alok Kapali, 1 run, short of length delivery on off and middle, Kapali is early into the pull shot and drags it past square leg

44.6

Gony to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, Mahmuddallah rocks back to pull a short-of-length delivery to wide midwicket region. Bangladesh are galloping in style.

Bangladesh 236/5   MS Gony 7-0-57-1

49.1

Gony to Alok Kapali, 1 leg bye, slower one, on the middle and leg stump line, too early into his pull and they rush across for a quick leg bye and Gony running on kicked it on to the stumps but the batsman was in

49.2

Gony to Mahmudullah, 1 wide, another slower one but down the leg, this time. Kirsten is scribbling furiously on his notepad. Just write Kapali and stare admiringly, Gary!

49.2

Gony to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, short of length delivery and it has been flat-batted to left of long-off

49.3

Gony to Mahmudullah, 1 run, yorker, dug out to the on side and Kapali will be on strike

49.4

Gony to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, swing and a miss. It was a length delivery on the middle stump line, the ball flies to Dhoni, the batsmen rush across, Dhoni misses at the striker's ends, the ball comes back to Gony who misses at the non-striker's end and overthrows!

49.5

Gony to Alok Kapali, OUT, A stunning innings has come to an end by an equally stunning catch by Ojha at deep midwicket. Kapali had top edged a pull and Ojha rushing forward , dived with both palms outstretched and as the ball came down, the left hand slipped off the position but the right palm came under the ball. But the man of the moment is Alok Kapali. What an entertaining knock.

Alok Kapali c Ojha b Gony 115 (97m 96b 10x4 5x6) SR: 119.79

49.6

Gony to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, swung to deep square leg region for two runs and Bangladesh end on a strong 283. Game on.

Bangladesh 283/6   MS Gony 8-0-65-2
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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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