Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 7th match, Super Four

Bangladesh v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

Pitch "Dull, lifeless and should be another batting track," says Rameez. Akram agrees but adds that it's a fresh wicket and so it might help the new-ball bowlers a bit. But both stress that it's bat-first wicket.

Welcome to the Bangladesh v India encounter. It was drizzling a short while back but it has stopped now.

Toss Ashraful has chosen to bat. "Every one is fit and positive. Farhad Reza will be in for Dollar Mahmud." Chappelli couldn't hold himself back: "The dollar is down today."

Dhoni: "The pitch looks a bit different. May be it will help spinners." Sehwag, Chawla and Praveen Kumar out. Ojha will make his debut." Robin Uthappa and Gony will get a game as well.

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Suresh Raina on his bat: "As far as my bat is concerned I see how the balance is. How the pick up is. I don't go for heavy bats. I use a slightly heavier one against the spinners when I want to hit them. I carry seven-eight bats. I want to thank Paras bhai and all the labourers who have worked in the factory to give me these classy bats."

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

End of over 1 (5 runs) Bangladesh 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
Nazimuddin    0* (1b)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
Tamim Iqbal    5* (5b 1x4)     

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

End of over 2 (5 runs) Bangladesh 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
Tamim Iqbal    9* (10b 1x4)      MS Gony    1-0-5-0
Nazimuddin    1* (2b)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

2.1

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

Two slips in

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

End of over 3 (maiden) Bangladesh 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
Tamim Iqbal    9* (16b 1x4)      RP Singh    2-1-5-0
Nazimuddin    1* (2b)      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.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Bangladesh 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
Tamim Iqbal    13* (21b 1x4)      MS Gony    2-0-10-0
Nazimuddin    2* (3b)      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

End of over 5 (4 runs) Bangladesh 19/1 (RR: 3.80)
     RP Singh    3-1-9-1
Tamim Iqbal    13* (21b 1x4)      MS Gony    2-0-10-0

The camera swung to Jamie Siddons, the coach, who shook his head ruefully after seeing that shot

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.

And I am Sriram Veera and Raghav is on the scoring duties today.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Bangladesh 25/1 (RR: 4.16)
Tamim Iqbal    18* (26b 1x4)      MS Gony    3-0-16-0
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (1b)      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.

End of over 7 (1 run) Bangladesh 26/1 (RR: 3.71)
Tamim Iqbal    18* (27b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-1-10-1
Mohammad Ashraful    2* (6b)      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.

End of over 8 (12 runs) Bangladesh 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
Tamim Iqbal    24* (31b 2x4)      MS Gony    4-0-28-0
Mohammad Ashraful    7* (8b 1x4)      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

End of over 9 (11 runs) Bangladesh 49/1 (RR: 5.44)
Mohammad Ashraful    16* (13b 3x4)      RP Singh    5-1-21-1
Tamim Iqbal    25* (32b 2x4)      MS Gony    4-0-28-0

9.1

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lands it on a length on the middle and off, moves it towards off stump and pushed back down the track

9.2

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on a length, on the middle stump line, holding its line and turned to midwicket

9.3

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery to the on side

9.4

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Gorgeous straight drive. Tamim leaned into it well and caressed it down the ground. The head was over the ball and the right elbow very high.

Harish Rana informs us that, "Tamim Iqbal Has complete his 1000 Runs in ODI matches." Hopefully many more landmarks will come in his career.

9.5

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, slanted across Tamim who flashes it off the outer edge to third man boundary

9.6

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on the middle stump line, defended off the front foot

End of over 10 (8 runs) Bangladesh 57/1 (RR: 5.70)
Tamim Iqbal    33* (38b 4x4)      I Sharma    1-0-8-0
Mohammad Ashraful    16* (13b 3x4)      RP Singh    5-1-21-1

Powerplay 2 on

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.

RP goes round the stumps

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

End of over 11 (7 runs) Bangladesh 64/1 (RR: 5.81)
Mohammad Ashraful    20* (19b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-1-28-1
Tamim Iqbal    33* (38b 4x4)      I Sharma    1-0-8-0

Arabinda Singh: "Ishant is bowling well but he has become predictable. He must get into the ribs of the batter a ball or two to prevent them from coming on the front foot and driving."

11.1

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of length, straightening on the middle and leg line, worked to square leg

11.2

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, shifts his line to the off stump and defended back to him. Ishant fields and throws the ball to covers for the fielders to shine.

11.3

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, at the rib cage this time - Arabinda Singh must be happy - fended to square leg

11.4

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, almost caught at first slip. Tamim tried to leave a length delivery angling away from him but he was late in doing so and it ran off the face of the bat but fell short of the first slip where Robin can only make a half-stop

11.5

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short-of-length delivery on the off stump, defended to the off side

11.6

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten outside the off stump. He went hard into a drive to a full pitched delivery outside off stump and the top-hand came off the handle - usually the bottom-hand comes off - and couldn't connect

End of over 12 (2 runs) Bangladesh 66/1 (RR: 5.50)
Tamim Iqbal    35* (44b 4x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0
Mohammad Ashraful    20* (19b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-1-28-1

Chris from UK: "With Bangladesh's positive start, there is no reason why they can't reach a total of 270+ here. However, we're so used to Bangladesh starting well and then fading, I hope, for once, they can reach a competitive total."

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

End of over 13 (2 runs) Bangladesh 68/2 (RR: 5.23)
Tamim Iqbal    35* (47b 4x4)      MS Gony    5-0-29-1
Raqibul Hasan    1* (1b)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0

13.1

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, on the pads, turned to fine leg

13.2

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full and on the off stump line, pushed to covers

13.3

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of length outside off stump, left alone

13.4

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, crashed through cover point. He went forward to a length delivery outside off stump and slaps it through the off side field.

13.5

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, on the off stump line, shaping in a touch, full, driven to mid-on

13.6

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slower one, full, on the middle and off, Raqibul waits for the ball to arrive and defends to the off side

End of over 14 (5 runs) Bangladesh 73/2 (RR: 5.21)
Raqibul Hasan    5* (6b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-15-0
Tamim Iqbal    36* (48b 4x4)      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

End of over 15 (9 runs) Bangladesh 82/2 (RR: 5.46)
Raqibul Hasan    5* (7b 1x4)      MS Gony    6-0-38-1
Tamim Iqbal    45* (53b 5x4)      I Sharma    3-0-15-0

Drinks break. Money Munot for UAE: "... Mohammad Ashraful who showed early promise is also letting his team down big time. He is matured enough to convert his starts, still he plays without much responsibility. I think Bangladesh should adopt Pakistan's strategy to see out the first 30 overs without much damage against all the stronger opponents. Otherwise more often than not they are bound to wrap up before their quota [of 50 overs] and rue missed chances and solid starts."

15.1

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, the two slips watch as Tamim leans forward to defend a length delivery on the middle and off stump line

3rd powerplay on

15.2

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, probing delivery outside off, lifting from short of length and Tamim pushes inside the line and is beaten

15.3

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, 1 leg bye, on the pads and they pick up a leg bye. Ojha fires in a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman was inside the crease

15.4

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, on a length, around the off stump, pushed to the off side

15.5

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full in length, outside off stump, pushed to covers

15.6

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, full pitched delivery, pushed to left of mid-off for a comfortable single

End of over 16 (2 runs) Bangladesh 84/2 (RR: 5.25)
Raqibul Hasan    6* (10b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-16-0
Tamim Iqbal    45* (56b 5x4)      MS Gony    6-0-38-1

The debutant Ojha to bowl. HRG says, "P Ojha is the 174th Indian cricketer to make debut in ODIs."

16.1

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed to the square-leg region

16.2

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, floated on the leg and middle, runs off the pad to the on side

16.3

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, again on that leg and middle line, nudged behind square leg

16.4

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, on the off and middle line, slight turn, pushed to the off side

16.5

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short of length, outside off stump, cut to deep point

16.6

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

End of over 17 (3 runs) Bangladesh 87/2 (RR: 5.11)
Tamim Iqbal    46* (59b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0
Raqibul Hasan    8* (13b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-16-0

17.1

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run

17.2

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, cutting in towards middle stump, pushed to mid-on

17.3

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full in length, cutting in to the middle stump line, defended to covers

17.4

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, Lovely shot through the packed off side. He leaned forward, waited for the length delivery to come to him before driving it through extra cover.

17.5

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Ishant comes back well with a slower one which beats Raqibul

17.6

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, on the middle stump line, cutting, Raqibul stays adjacent to the line and defends to the off side

End of over 18 (4 runs) Bangladesh 91/2 (RR: 5.05)
Raqibul Hasan    12* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-20-0
Tamim Iqbal    46* (59b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0

18.1

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, floated on the middle, plays for the non-existent turn and edges it back down the track

leg slip in place

18.2

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller, outside off stump, Tamim is struck on the pad as he misses the sweep.

18.3

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, tickles a full delivery on middle and leg, behind square leg and the leg slip fielder runs across to pick it up

only the conventional slip in for the right hander Raqibul

18.4

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes back to turn it behind square leg

18.5

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, backs away to cut a delivery outside off stump to backward point. It was in the air but fell short of Ishant

18.6

Ojha to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, edged past Robin at first slip. It was too full to force it off the back foot but Tamim tried and edged it to left of Robin

End of over 19 (6 runs) Bangladesh 97/2 (RR: 5.10)
Tamim Iqbal    51* (64b 6x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-9-0
Raqibul Hasan    13* (20b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-20-0

19.1

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full and just outside off stump, mistimes a drive to mid-off

19.2

I Sharma to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, leans forward to drive to deep cover

19.3

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery

Sidharth Jatia: "The thing with Ishant is that he hasn't been able to live up to the hype surrounding him, even in the IPL and there after. In fact, as is the case with most Indian bowlers, they tend to forget their stock deliveries which get them to be successful and concentrate on "variations" which in turn render them variety but not the same amount of accuracy. Case studies: Ishant's focus on outswingers this series and Irfan's long gone in-dippers."

19.4

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Excellent off drive. Full pitched outside off stump and creamed through wide mid-off

19.5

I Sharma to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Super catch by Dhoni, diving to his right. It was down the leg side, Tamim tickled it fine but Dhoni intercepted it. Not a wicket-taking delivery and Ishant looks rather sheepish. Acrobatic effort by his captain, though. Tamim falls after scoring his 7th ODI fifty

Tamim Iqbal c †Dhoni b I Sharma 55 (96m 67b 7x4 0x6) SR: 82.08

19.6

I Sharma to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery

End of over 20 (5 runs) Bangladesh 102/3 (RR: 5.10)
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (1b)      I Sharma    6-0-25-1
Raqibul Hasan    14* (22b 2x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-9-0

20.1

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, turning in from off and middle, worked to square leg

20.2

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on the off and middle, turned to the on side

20.3

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, turns in from outside off, dabbed to left of short third man

20.4

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, nudges a delivery turning into off stump to cover point

20.5

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery on the off stump

20.6

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, stretches forward to sweep over midwicket. He saw the big gap there and played with the turn.

End of over 21 (7 runs) Bangladesh 109/3 (RR: 5.19)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (5b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-7-0
Raqibul Hasan    16* (24b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-0-25-1

21.1

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, SIX, Clubbed over long-off. He charged down the track, made room by moving to the leg side and biffed a flighted delivery over long-off

Rajasekhar: "Spot on, Siddharth Jatia. That's why you see so many Indian quicks falling by the wayside after a meteoric rise early on - L. Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar .. the list is long. Wonder why the coaches don't address this." I remember Nehra lost his big inswingers in pursuit of the one that goes away.

21.2

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turning past the off stump, Raqibul is beaten by the turn

21.3

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, pushes a flighted delivery on the off and middle to extra cover

21.4

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, turn and bounce. It landed short of length on middle and off and spta away, Rahim tried to follow it but withdraws the bat at the last minute

21.5

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, fuller, on the middle and off and Rahim stays back to defend

21.6

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, slower in the air, fuller, draws the batsman forward who obliges and taps it cautiously to the off side

End of over 22 (7 runs) Bangladesh 116/3 (RR: 5.27)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (8b 1x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-0
Raqibul Hasan    23* (27b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-7-0

22.1

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, no run, on the off stump line, not much turn, pushed to on side and Yusuf rushes across to make the stop

22.2

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turns in to middle, squeezed off the inner edge to short fine leg

22.3

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, no run, pushed towards mid-on, set off for a single but Yusuf intercepted it and he got back in time

22.4

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, steps down the track and pushes it down to long-on for a single

22.5

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, goes back to punch a short and flat delivery to long-on

22.6

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 wide, down the leg side and Dhoni gathers

22.6

Pathan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, full, on the off and middle, driven to long-on

End of over 23 (4 runs) Bangladesh 120/3 (RR: 5.21)
Raqibul Hasan    25* (32b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-11-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (9b 1x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-0

Niel from UAE: "Ishant is a good bowler,kindly don't pass judgements regarding him, that too so early. He has surely shown a lot of promise, and has good pace, has a nice action, can generate movement and bounce.We should not forget that after Australia series, he has played in subcontinent pitches, not exactly suited to pacers.In these pitches, he is doing a decent job. He should be handled properly, keeping in mind that pacers are injury prone."

23.1

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, short of length, turning away, cut to point

23.2

Ojha to Raqibul Hasan, OUT, What a ripping turner. First international wicket. Lovely delivery. It drifted in to the middle and leg stump line, gripped the surface and spun sharply past the defensive poke to crash into the top of the off stump.

Raqibul Hasan b Ojha 25 (51m 34b 2x4 1x6) SR: 73.52

23.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, outside the off stump, turns away past the poke again

23.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, Dhoni had said he reckoned this pitch would take turn and it is doing so. Another unsure poke, beaten again

23.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run

23.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, goes back to work a full delivery to wide midwicket

End of over 24 (1 run) Bangladesh 121/4 (RR: 5.04)
Alok Kapali    1* (4b)      PP Ojha    4-0-17-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (9b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-11-0

24.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full on the middle, eased to long-on for a single

24.2

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans across to push a full delivery to point

24.3

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, tossed up full on the off and middle line, driven to long-on.

24.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, flighted delivery on the off and middle has been sent down to long-on

24.5

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, turns in from outside off stump, chopped to short third man.

24.6

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, get on the front foot and drives to covers

End of over 25 (3 runs) Bangladesh 124/4 (RR: 4.96)
Mushfiqur Rahim    7* (13b 1x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-14-0
Alok Kapali    3* (6b)      PP Ojha    4-0-17-1

25.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full, on the middle and off line, driven with the turn through covers

25.2

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, around the off stump, steered to the off side

25.3

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, goes back to turn it to square leg

25.4

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run

25.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, slower through the air, outside off, guided to backward point

25.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, lands outside leg, turns in to hit the pad

End of over 26 (2 runs) Bangladesh 126/4 (RR: 4.84)
Alok Kapali    4* (9b)      PP Ojha    5-0-19-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    8* (16b 1x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-14-0

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, goes back to wrist a delivery turning into leg and middle line behind square leg and sprints across to come back for the second

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, arm- ball but short of length and Rahim rocks back to force it to long-off

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, floated on the off stump, pushed to left of Yuvraj who lunges to make the stop

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, another one on short of length and punched down to long-off

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full and on the middle and leg line, tickled to fine leg

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, drifting to the legs, turned to Rohit at long leg

End of over 27 (6 runs) Bangladesh 132/4 (RR: 4.88)
Alok Kapali    6* (12b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    12* (19b 1x4)      PP Ojha    5-0-19-1

27.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turning outside off stump, short of length ,cut to backward point. Ojha suggests he is not happy with the length; he wants to make the batsman drive

27.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, does so this time, flights it full and Kapali leans forward to defend

27.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, defended to the off side

27.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, fuller and driven to long-off. Raina tried to cut it with a dive from short extra cover and has hurt his right hand. He runs off the field to get more attention.

27.5

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, sweeps a full delivery from outside off to deep square leg

27.6

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, arm-ball and the batsman stretches across and is struck on the pad, trying to defend. They shout a lbw appeal but Taufel doesn't relent. He was struck in front of off stump, hawk eye says it would have hit off.

End of over 28 (3 runs) Bangladesh 135/4 (RR: 4.82)
Mushfiqur Rahim    14* (21b 1x4)      PP Ojha    6-0-22-1
Alok Kapali    7* (16b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0

one slip in place

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the off stump line, coming in with the arm, tapped to cover point for a quick single

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans forward to defend

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, short and outside off stump, Rahim went back to cut it fine through backward point

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, almost run out. Yuvraj doesn't collect the throw properly and Rahim survives. It was pushed close on the leg side, Dhoni rushed across, took the gloves off and whipped in a throw to Yuvraj who broke the stumps with his hands before collecting the ball. He was trying to gather the ball in front of the stumps and in the process dislodged the bails. And Yuvraj has hurt his hand

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, goes back to defend to the off side

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, eased down to long-on

End of over 29 (7 runs) Bangladesh 142/4 (RR: 4.89)
Alok Kapali    9* (19b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    19* (24b 2x4)      PP Ojha    6-0-22-1

29.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, slow loopy delivery lands on the off stump and spins past the defensive blade

29.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Kapali responds well by late cutting a delivery outside off stump past short third man

29.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, quicker one on the off stump and Kapali goes right back to defend

29.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turns after landing short of length around off stump, Kapali opens the bat face to steer to backward point

29.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, flighted full around off stump, Kapali shapes to slog sweep and edges it through vacant slip region

Now a slip moves in. Enough turn on offer to post a man there for Ojha.

29.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, outside off stump, turning away from short of length, cut to third man

End of over 30 (8 runs) Bangladesh 150/4 (RR: 5.00)
Alok Kapali    17* (25b 1x4)      PP Ojha    7-0-30-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    19* (24b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0

30.1

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, turns in from outside off stump, slow through the air, dabbed to the on side

30.2

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans forward to nudge a flighted delivery down the track

30.3

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, stretches across to paddle a delivery from outside off

30.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flatter, quicker, and pushed with the turn to midwicket

30.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, short of length, turning in towards off stump, guided to cover point for a single

30.6

Pathan to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans forward to defend and is struck on the body

End of over 31 (2 runs) Bangladesh 152/4 (RR: 4.90)
Mushfiqur Rahim    20* (28b 2x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-16-0
Alok Kapali    18* (27b 1x4)      PP Ojha    7-0-30-1

31.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turning away from Kapali who steers it to backward point

31.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, SIX, The slog sweep is working. Imperious. He went down on his knee to heave it over midwicket boundary.

31.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle, tapped to the on side

31.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, full and on the middle and off, defended to the off side

31.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, slower through the air and Kapali goes back to dab it against the turn to midwicket

31.6

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, sharp turn and Rahim is beaten, trying to defend. To his credit, however, he didn't chase the ball; just pushed down the line

End of over 32 (7 runs) Bangladesh 159/4 (RR: 4.96)
Mushfiqur Rahim    20* (29b 2x4)      PP Ojha    8-0-37-1
Alok Kapali    25* (32b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    4-0-16-0

32.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, goes back to push a full delivery to point

32.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns in from outside off, pushed to the onside and Yusuf intercepts

32.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, fuller, turning in, checks his drive and the ball rolls back to the bowler

32.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, quicker and defended with the full face of the bat

32.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, dropped by the diving Gony at long-on. It was chipped towards him and he ran in, appeared to have judged it initially, but was surprised as it dipped on him and he lunged but couldn't quite get his palm under the ball.

32.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle and leg, Kapali gets forward to push it to the on side

Drinks break

End of over 33 (2 runs) Bangladesh 161/4 (RR: 4.87)
Alok Kapali    27* (38b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    5-0-18-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    20* (29b 2x4)      PP Ojha    8-0-37-1

John: "Let's not forget the rise after the fall either. Zaheer Khan's comeback has been exemplary. After his fall, Irfan remodelled himself and is now a player of great utility. After the IPL performance, Nehra looks like he still has an opportunity to get back his groove. Ishant is so young and all we know at this point is that he has the talent to stun Ponting in his own den. Not enough evidence there, or in the IPL to predict a career."

Rajasekhar: "We were not passing judgment on Ishant. The question is, why is it that so many Indian bowlers do not live up to the early expectations? Either they get too carried away or try different things forgetting their stock ball. That was the point Sidharth Jatia was making."

Rohit: "I think the most important one left out in the list is Sreesanth. He has a brilliant out swinger which can trouble any top order batsman..but now almost every ball he tries to ball inswinger and an away swinger as a surprise bowling. This is ridiculous and some one has to address this to the bowlers."

33.1

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, top edges a sweep to Ishant at long leg

33.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to midwicket

33.3

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leans forward to steer a delivery outside off to backward point

33.4

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on the off stump line, he wanted to push it to the off side but it runs off the inner edge to leg side

33.5

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, comes down the track, reaches the pitch of a flighted delivery on middle and drives, with the turn, to long-off

33.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, Kapali presses his front leg across and dabs a delivery on the middle to midwicket

End of over 34 (4 runs) Bangladesh 165/4 (RR: 4.85)
Alok Kapali    29* (40b 1x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    9-0-41-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    22* (33b 2x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-18-0

34.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turning in to the pad, misses the glance and it bounds off the pad

34.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns into middle and off, pushed to the on side

34.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, works his wrists to turn a delivery on the off stump to Robin at square leg

34.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, FOUR, gets forward and swings a full delivery from outside off to wide long-on. Good clean hit.

34.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flatter, worked to square leg

34.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flat, shorter and quicker, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 35 (4 runs) Bangladesh 169/4 (RR: 4.82)
Alok Kapali    33* (46b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    6-0-22-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    22* (33b 2x4)      PP Ojha    9-0-41-1

35.1

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, comes down the track to drive to extra cover

35.2

Ojha to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, Ojha picks his second wicket. It turned slightly from short of length and Rahim saw the length and went for the cut but was done in there by the extra bounce. Dhoni takes a smart catch.

Mushfiqur Rahim c †Dhoni b Ojha 22 (52m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.85

35.3

Ojha to Mahmudullah, no run, leans forward to drive to left of Ojha

35.4

Ojha to Mahmudullah, no run

35.5

Ojha to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes back to push through backward point

35.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, leans forward to turn it to midwicket

End of over 36 (2 runs) Bangladesh 171/5 (RR: 4.75)
Alok Kapali    34* (47b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    10-0-43-2
Mahmudullah    1* (3b)      YK Pathan    6-0-22-0

36.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the off stump line, worked to midwicket

36.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, gets a leading edge on the drive and it lobs to mid-off and down to the long-off fielder

36.3

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, full and on the middle, worked to midwicket

36.4

Pathan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes back to wrist a delivery turning to leg stump to long leg

36.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, leans forward to punch to the bowler

36.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to square leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) Bangladesh 173/5 (RR: 4.67)
Alok Kapali    35* (51b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    7-0-24-0
Mahmudullah    2* (5b)      PP Ojha    10-0-43-2

Ishant is back into the attack now

37.1

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, no run, on a good length, comes forward and pushes it to mid off

37.2

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, no run, fuller on the leg stump, Mahmudullah flicks it to midwicket, he needs to be a little bit more squarer if he wants runs

37.3

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to deep point

37.4

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Kapali tries to have a swing but is beaten by the movement

37.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, outside the off stump, Kapali comes forward and pushes it to point but Raina intercepts it and has Mahmudullah in a spot of bother, but does not bring the stumps down

37.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, outside the off stump again, cut to point for a single

End of over 38 (2 runs) Bangladesh 175/5 (RR: 4.60)
Alok Kapali    36* (54b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-0-27-1
Mahmudullah    3* (8b)      YK Pathan    7-0-24-0

38.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the off stump, looks to push it on the leg side but gets a leading edge, which falls short of mid off

38.2

Pathan to Mahmudullah, 1 run

38.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes it firmly to deep midwicket for a single

38.4

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, outside the off stump, cut late to short third man

38.5

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, on the off stump, comes forward and defends it

38.6

Pathan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Mahumudullah turns it to fine leg for a single

End of over 39 (4 runs) Bangladesh 179/5 (RR: 4.58)
Mahmudullah    5* (12b)      YK Pathan    8-0-28-0
Alok Kapali    38* (56b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-0-27-1

39.1

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and defends

39.2

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 run, outside the off stump, comes forward and pushes it to sweeper cover for a single

39.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on a good length on the off stump, Kapali comes forward and creams a drive to sweeper cover for a single

39.4

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, Mahmudullah pushes it to mid on for a single

39.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, full pitched outside off stump, mistimes a drive to the off side

39.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, cracking stroke to deep point boundary. There was a sweeper cover and Kapali delayed the shot to force the short-of-length delivery to left of backward point

End of over 40 (7 runs) Bangladesh 186/5 (RR: 4.65)
Alok Kapali    43* (59b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-34-1
Mahmudullah    7* (15b)      YK Pathan    8-0-28-0

40.1

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, goes back to push it back to the bowler

40.2

Pathan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, gets this one past the bowler and to long-on

40.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, dabbed to backward square leg

40.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-off

40.5

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, turns in , worked to Robin at backward square leg

40.6

Pathan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, leans forward to push to left of covers for a single

End of over 41 (3 runs) Bangladesh 189/5 (RR: 4.60)
Mahmudullah    9* (19b)      YK Pathan    9-0-31-0
Alok Kapali    44* (61b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-34-1

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

End of over 42 (4 runs) Bangladesh 193/5 (RR: 4.59)
Mahmudullah    10* (22b)      RP Singh    7-1-32-1
Alok Kapali    47* (64b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    9-0-31-0

42.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, SIX, Kapali brings up his 6th ODI fifty with a super slog sweep over midwicket. Back in the dressing room Ashraful looks pretty happy and signals to Kapali to carry on with his merry ways

42.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run

42.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, SIX, Another slog sweep. Another six. This is fab stuff from Kapali. He went down on his knee to dispose it up over the boundary ropes

42.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns this flatter delivery to midwicket

42.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, gets forward to ease a full delivery to long-on

42.6

Pathan to Mahmudullah, no run, flat and quick on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

End of over 43 (13 runs) Bangladesh 206/5 (RR: 4.79)
Mahmudullah    10* (23b)      YK Pathan    10-0-44-0
Alok Kapali    60* (69b 3x4 3x6)      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

End of over 44 (11 runs) Bangladesh 217/5 (RR: 4.93)
Alok Kapali    66* (72b 4x4 3x6)      RP Singh    8-1-43-1
Mahmudullah    15* (26b 1x4)      YK Pathan    10-0-44-0

Gony comes back

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.

End of over 45 (19 runs) Bangladesh 236/5 (RR: 5.24)
Mahmudullah    17* (27b 1x4)      MS Gony    7-0-57-1
Alok Kapali    83* (77b 5x4 5x6)      RP Singh    8-1-43-1

45.1

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, goes for the slow yorker on the off and middle line but Kapali picked it, took it on full and swatted it superbly through midwicket. Lovely piece of timing there.

45.2

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, low fast full toss, pushed to the bowler.

45.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, another low full toss, this time well outside off stump, square driven past the diving Robin Uthappa at backward point. The ball fell just short of the lunging Robin who deflected it to sweeper cover

45.4

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 leg bye, moves outside off stump and tries to paddle scoop, misses but will pick up a leg bye

45.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, beaten by the slower one. Kapali was looking to push it to cover point for a single but couldn't connect

45.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, waist-high full toss outside off stump and Kapali reaches his highest ODI score with a well-controlled slice through backward point. That was at a awkward height - my first reaction was it would be a no-ball- but Kapali managed to get on top of it really well.

End of over 46 (10 runs) Bangladesh 246/5 (RR: 5.34)
Alok Kapali    92* (82b 7x4 5x6)      I Sharma    9-0-43-1
Mahmudullah    17* (28b 1x4)      MS Gony    7-0-57-1

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.

End of over 47 (8 runs) Bangladesh 254/5 (RR: 5.40)
Alok Kapali    97* (84b 8x4 5x6)      RP Singh    9-1-51-1
Mahmudullah    19* (32b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-0-43-1

47.1

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 run, low full toss, dabbed to midwicket and that will bring Kapali on strike

47.2

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, fullish one outside off stump, Kapali crouched, got the bat in a horizontal position and dabbed the ball to wide third man

47.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, And that's his hundred. Another full delivery and he repeated the earlier shot to the right of third man. He reached the other end, paused, turned, took the helmet off and raised the bat towards his delighted team-mates standing in the pavilion. Take a bow Kapali, this has been a delightfully yummy knock

47.4

I Sharma to Mahmudullah, 1 run, driven through covers for a single

47.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, yorker length outside off stump, Kapali tries to run it down to third man again but can't connect this time.

47.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, moves outside leg stump, Ishant sends a slower one outside off, Kapali is late to pick it up and then tries to move towards the line and offers a check drive but again can't connect.

End of over 48 (5 runs) Bangladesh 259/5 (RR: 5.39)
Alok Kapali    100* (88b 8x4 5x6)      I Sharma    10-0-48-1
Mahmudullah    21* (34b 1x4)      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

End of over 49 (15 runs) Bangladesh 274/5 (RR: 5.59)
Alok Kapali    113* (93b 10x4 5x6)      RP Singh    10-1-65-1
Mahmudullah    21* (35b 1x4)      I Sharma    10-0-48-1

257 for 9 was Bangladesh's previous best against India

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.

Kapali drove, cut, pulled, sliced, slashed, and slog swept his way to a ton to propel Bangladesh to a very good total here. Remember there is no Virender Sehwag today. The chase should be fun. Join us in a short while to catch up with the action.

HRG sends us this trivia: "Ojha's three catches makes him the fifth fielder to pouch three cathes on debut in ODIs. Interestingly, of the five men, four are Indians. Bishen Bedi, L Sivaramakrishnan, JJ Martin and Ojha. The only non Indian in the list is MD Crowe of New Zealand."

End of over 50 (9 runs) Bangladesh 283/6
Mahmudullah    26* (38b 1x4)      MS Gony    8-0-65-2
Farhad Reza    0* (0b)      RP Singh    10-1-65-1
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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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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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