India tour of Bangladesh, 2007 / Commentary

India in Bangladesh ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Bangladesh v India

India won by 46 runs

Okay, we're ready for the start. The umpires are ready, so is the Bangladesh side. Here come the Indian openers, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Good crowd gathered, plenty of noise so early in the morning. Good to see. Mashrafe Mortaza has the new ball. Two slips in place. Play ball!

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Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second of three one-day internationals between Bangladesh and India. I'm Jamie Alter, and together with Manish Jha, will be bringing you all the action from Mirpur.

Toss: Rahul Dravid won the toss and decided that India will bat. Sreesanth misses out with a sore calf, and Piyush Chawla, the young legspinner, makes his ODI debut. For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza returns from a slight niggle at the expense of Shahadat Hossain.

It will be a 49-overs-a-side affair.

Update - 09:27 local, 03:27 GMT: The match will start 30 minutes later than expected. That means 10:00 local, 04:00 GMT.

Rain delay - 09:05 local, 03:05 GMT: Its been raining for about 20 minutes, and so the start will definitely be delayed.

Sidharth Monga from Mirpur buzzes me: "Early-morning showers have delayed the start of the second ODI between India and Bangladesh at Mirpur. The good news, though, is that the teams have come out, as has the sun, and have started practising. The covers are being taken off and the game should start soon enough. There is no official word so far, but a delay is for sure. Given the forecast of thunderstorms, this too, like the first game, should be a curtailed one. The efficient drainage system of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium will be put to test too."

As you know, India lead 1-0 and a win here will, at the least, give them the confidence that they so badly need after a dreadful World Cup. There's some pressure on a certain Habibul Bashar, woefully short of runs, not in favour with the local media, and almost certain to announce his retirement at the end of the series against India.

Do check out Sid's preview as we wait for the game to start. Or his piece on Javed Omar, the Bangladeshi opener.

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, good one to begin proceedings, landing it on a great length and getting it to move in sharply, but Sehwag covers off stump and shoulders arms

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, 1 run, this one too comes in off a length, and Sehwag opens the bat face to pick up one to third man, India on the board

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, great stuff, moving away from him from middle and leg and he has to hustle to defend it, good pace and bounce

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, FOUR, now he drifts down leg stump and Gambhir has no hassles, just flicks it away past square and the ball screams across the turf, top shot

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, leg stump again, he nudges it in front of midwicket and calls for the run, Sehwag is slow and shuffles around, then gets back but doesnt ground his bat and that was close, had it hit the stumps...

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 wide, too far down leg stump

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, good length on off stump, he hurries to defend it down in front of point

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
G Gambhir    4* (4b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    1* (2b)     

Here's Syed Rasel to share duties with the new ball

1.1

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, good length just outside off stump, Sehwag drives coming forward, the ball rolls to mid-off

1.2

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 1 run, strays down leg stump, flicks it down to fine leg for one

'keeper stands up to the stumps

1.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, lands it on a good length, some movement into him, defended down in front of point

1.4

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, good shout! Moves in from a length, Gambhir pushes across the front leg, the ball deviates and there's a noise as it skims the pads, they all go up in appeal, looked like it may have done too much to carry on over the top of off stump

1.5

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 bye, beaten! Goes straight through Gambhir and the 'keeper, and runs away for byes

1.6

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, angled across Sehwag this time, who stands and drives only to get beaten

A good first over from Rasel

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    2* (5b)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0
G Gambhir    4* (7b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-6-0

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he gets up and defends it back down the track to Mortaza

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the legs, he tries to flick but its too far away from him

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, overpitched, looking for that yorker on off stump, Gambhir turns the bat as he defends to the on side

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, FOUR, too full down the legs, Gambhir flicks it over backward square leg and thats four, dont bowl that line!

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, better, better...angling away off a goodish length outside off stump, Gambhir thinks about driving it but then holds off on the shot

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands and opens the face, running it at the last second down to third man

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, back of a length outside off stump, marginally slower delivery, Sehwag gets a good look at it and shoulders arms

End of over 3 (6 runs) India 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
V Sehwag    2* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-12-0
G Gambhir    9* (12b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0

3.1

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, slower outside off stump, he leans into it and drives straight to cover

3.2

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, good length, moving in from outside off stump, he gets over it and drives towards point

3.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Gambhir uses the soft hands to just drop it in front of point and Sehwag responds well to the call for one

3.4

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, good length just outside off stump, Sehwag sees the width however and cuts hard, failing to beat point with that shot

3.5

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 2 runs, good length on leg stump, pushed in the gap at midwicket and settles for a brace

3.6

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, FOUR, fraction of width outside off stump and Sehwag flays it, one-handed, up and over the gap between backward point and gully, loosely executed but four nonetheless!

End of over 4 (7 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
V Sehwag    8* (9b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    2-0-8-0
G Gambhir    10* (15b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-12-0

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, run down to third man for one

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, a tad fuller this time outside off stump, he stands and drives, getting an inside-edge to midwicket

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, back of a length outside off stump, pushed to cover off the back foot

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, good length outside off stump, moves in as Sehwag covers off and shoulders arms

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, lovely! Sits up off a slightly shorter length and beats Sehwag's backfoot defense, nice kick off the surface on that delivery

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, 1 run, good length, seams in, Sehwag comes forward and turns the bat face, picking up one in front of square leg to retain strike

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 23/0 (RR: 4.60)
V Sehwag    9* (14b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-14-0
G Gambhir    11* (16b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    2-0-8-0

5.1

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 2 runs, back of a length on middle and leg, Sehwag gets back and waits for it, turning it around the corner for two

Just one slip on now

5.2

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 1 no ball, this one goes away from him, a tad, and he drives to point, but Rasel's overstepped

5.2

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, he stands and drives, in the air, but the ball dies well before cover

5.3

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, he turns it to the onside but Rasel fields quickly to cut off ideas of the sharp single

5.4

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Sehwag plants the front leg forward and drives lustily, but connects with air, beaten by the extra bounce

5.5

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 1 run, this one angles away from him and he reaches out, running it to third man for one

5.6

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, lands outside off stump, deviates, but its so slow that Gambhir has time to wait and dab it down to third man

End of over 6 (5 runs) India 28/0 (RR: 4.66)
G Gambhir    12* (17b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    3-0-13-0
V Sehwag    12* (20b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-14-0

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 2 runs, good length on off stump, he pokes at it tentatively, drawing the inside-edge to short fine leg and the slight misfield there allows Gambhir to pick up the two he was calling for from the word go

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 no ball, back of a length on middle and leg, he hops up and taps it down the track, its another no-ball

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 run, a tad fuller outside off stump, now he comes over it and runs it to third man for one

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off stump, up he goes, on the toes, pushing it to point

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sehwag, 1 run, short again, and again he gets up, this time driving backward of point but an athletic stop there from Aftab saves runs

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, seaming away, Gambhir initially ponders flashing at it but then shoulders arms as he shuffles across, good leave

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 2 runs, width offered, he cuts hard past point and there's a bobble down on the ropes that allows the second

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 35/0 (RR: 5.00)
G Gambhir    17* (22b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-21-0
V Sehwag    13* (22b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    3-0-13-0

7.1

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, SIX, bang, thats six! Sehwag makes room, sees the length and width and creams that over long-off for maximum, stands and admires the shot

7.2

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, 2 runs, close! This one's straighter, Sehwag stands and clouts it just over mid-on, the fielder was late to move and had to back peddle

7.3

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, no run, full length delivery, defended to cover

7.4

Syed Rasel to Sehwag, OUT, this time he's gone! Sehwag plays the same shot three balls out of four, connecting well on the first, feebly on the second, and making a total hash of the third! Rasel sticks to the same line, pitching it full, asking him to hit it, and all Sehwag does is slog it straight up in the air for mid-off to run across and take a diving catch, tumbling over after completing the catch and getting mobbed by his team-mates

V Sehwag c Javed Omar b Syed Rasel 21 (34m 26b 1x4 1x6) SR: 80.76

Who will bat at No.3 today?

Its Dhoni again

7.5

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, good length on off stump, driven to mid-off

7.6

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, tempting him to drive, but he sees it and leaves it be

Successful over for Rasel

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 43/1 (RR: 5.37)
G Gambhir    17* (24b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    4-0-21-1
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-21-0

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, nice! Bouncer to welcome him! He ducks down as it sails over his left shoulder

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, moving in, he gets behind the line and defends back to Mortaza

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, 2 runs, edged and that doesnt carry! Lands on a shortish length, moves ever so slightly, Dhoni stands and pokes at it, but the edge doesnt carry to first slip even as the 'keeper lunges across to his right, and Dhoni's off the mark

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, FOUR, fuller on the pads, Dhoni eases across and flicks in front of square, Rasel on the ropes runs across and gets a lazy boot on it, helping the ball over the boundary

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, bounce and carry again! Mortaza bangs it short, the ball fairly rears off the surface and whizzes past Dhoni's nose as he gets up on the toes to leave it

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, another edge, another let-off! Dhoni stands leaden-footed and flashes at one, but for the second time in a great over the thick edge just doesnt carry to first slip and Mortaza shakes his head

Good aggression from the bowler all over

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 49/1 (RR: 5.44)
MS Dhoni    6* (6b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-0-27-0
G Gambhir    17* (24b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    4-0-21-1

9.1

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, fraction short and wide, he steers it straight to Aftab at backward point, where the awkward bounce after he fields it bounces into his family jewels and he's down in pain...may seem funny but its going to be hurting for Aftab

9.2

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run

9.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, jags into him and he has to hustle to defend

9.4

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, moves in off a good length again, Gambhir pokes at it and the thick edge bounces well in front of the deep lone slip

9.5

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, width offered, he goes back and cuts, but doesnt time it well at all, the ball chips into the ground

9.6

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and defends

A maiden over, and here's Manish for a little while to take over the commentary from me!

End of over 10 (maiden) India 49/1 (RR: 4.90)
G Gambhir    17* (30b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    5-1-21-1
MS Dhoni    6* (6b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-0-27-0

Powerplay taken

10.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside off-stump.A hint of swing

10.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run

10.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, 1 run, a quick single taken, Dhoni plays it to mid-off and they scurry for a single

10.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 4 leg byes, straying down the leg side and brushes the thigh pad on the way to the fine leg boundary for a boundary

10.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gambhir, 1 run, played with soft hands and they scamper for a quick single.

10.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, a dot ball to finish the over.

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 55/1 (RR: 5.00)
MS Dhoni    7* (10b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-0-29-0
G Gambhir    18* (32b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    5-1-21-1

11.1

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run

11.2

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, FOUR, short delivery and pulled over the mid wicket for a four

11.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked away for a single

11.4

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni pats it back to the bowler.

11.5

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays it to mid-off with soft hands and they jog for an easy single.

11.6

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, fuller length and defended to covers

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 61/1 (RR: 5.08)
G Gambhir    23* (36b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    6-1-27-1
MS Dhoni    8* (12b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-0-29-0

12.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, again beaten outside off stump.No foot movement by the batsman.

12.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, FOUR, full on the legs and flicked to the fine leg for a boundry

12.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, back of a length and driven straight to cover.

12.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, a full blooded cut shot but couldnt get it past the off side circle.

12.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, bouncer an it sails over Dhoni's shoulder to the keeper.

12.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhoni, no run, back of a length and Dhoni plays it into the hands of vthe cover fielder.

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 65/1 (RR: 5.00)
MS Dhoni    12* (18b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-0-33-0
G Gambhir    23* (36b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    6-1-27-1

13.1

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, a length ball on thye off stump and defended to cover

13.2

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide and an uppish cut over the gully for one

13.3

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, fuller on off stump and driven straight to mid-off

13.4

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, length ball on the off stump and Dhoni just plays it to cover point

13.5

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, outside off stump and left alone by Dhoni

13.6

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, again a fuller length and played to covers

End of over 14 (1 run) India 66/1 (RR: 4.71)
MS Dhoni    12* (22b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    7-1-28-1
G Gambhir    24* (38b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-0-33-0

Thanks, Manish. Back to me for a while as Bashar turns to the first of his left-arm spinners, Abdur Razzak.

14.1

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up from over the stumps, Gambhir comes forward and works it to midwicket for one

14.2

Abdur Razzak to Dhoni, no run, now he goes around the stumps, firing it in on leg stump and Dhoni cant work it away

14.3

Abdur Razzak to Dhoni, 1 run, quicker, flatter outside off stump and he cuts it to deep cover

14.4

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 2 runs, he's had enough, coming out of his crease and hitting it on the up, not timed well at all but he clears mid-off and picks up two

14.5

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, quicker one outside off stump, he comes forward and pokes at it, getting an inside-edge very near the stumps

14.6

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, FOUR, quick and flat again, this time he uses the feet well and creams that on the up through the gap at cover for four

And on that positive shot, its time for refreshments, say the umpires

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 74/1 (RR: 4.93)
G Gambhir    31* (42b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-8-0
MS Dhoni    13* (24b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    7-1-28-1

Rasel continues. No sign of the final Powerplay

15.1

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, 1 run, good length on off stump, driven back to the bowler

15.2

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, no run, good length on off stump, Gambhir plays across the pads as he turns it to square leg

15.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, fraction of width offered and he runs it off the face of the bat, late, down to third ma for the easiest of singles

15.4

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, 1 run, full on middle and leg, Dhoni comes forward and drives to long-off for one

Sam emails us: "Time for Sehwag really to stand up and deliver the goods in the final ODI, else time s up for him now. Enough of his failures and storms in the cup now. Two starts, all wasted. It would be a sad end to a what seemd to be next generation batting great of Indian cricket. Time to axe for a longer time from shorter game. However he remains the best opener in Tests and much of his batting has been the guiding force for recent Indian success overseas...."

15.5

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 3 runs, straighter one this time and Gambhir turns it around the corner down to fine leg for a hard-run three, good running between the wickets from these two

15.6

Syed Rasel to Dhoni, no run, back of a length outside off stump, punched to cover this time

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 80/1 (RR: 5.00)
MS Dhoni    15* (27b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    8-1-34-1
G Gambhir    35* (45b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-8-0

Saqibul Hasan gets called on for a bowl. Left-arm spinner No. 2 on view now.

16.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, he comes down the track and flicks to midwicket

16.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, floated up well wide of off stump, Dhoni has a look at it, waits, waits and then leaves it be

16.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, FOUR, tossed up wide again, this time he eases forward and pokes at it, gets an outer edge, but as theres no slip in place he gets four to third man

16.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, quicker one, spins into him off a short length, he goes back and cuts hard to the man at gully

16.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, FOUR, tossed up wide, he waits for it, then sees it staying low but adjusts well to cut past a diving backward point, beating another despairing dive on the ropes

16.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, driven to point this time

Good over for Dhoni and India, even without the Powerplay

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 89/1 (RR: 5.23)
MS Dhoni    23* (32b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-9-0
G Gambhir    36* (46b 4x4)      Syed Rasel    8-1-34-1

Razzak bowls on, shades et al

17.1

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, stays low, Gambhir rolls the wrists to pick up one to short fine leg

17.2

Abdur Razzak to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped! Flatter trajectory outside off stump, Dhoni rocks back and biffs that back down the track, where the bowler does well to get a hand on it, you can say it was dropped but then at that force, hats off to anyone who manages to hold on!

17.3

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, he gets down and steers it to backward point

17.4

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended to cover

17.5

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up again, just pushed into cover for a quick single

17.6

Abdur Razzak to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, he makes room and cuts but fails to connect

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 92/1 (RR: 5.11)
MS Dhoni    24* (34b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-11-0
G Gambhir    38* (50b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-9-0

18.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on leg stump, mistimes the attempted nudge off the pads

18.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, comes down the track and flicks straight to midwicket

18.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, no run, tossed up teasingly, comes down the track and pads it away

18.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter one, flicked to midwicket for one this time

18.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, shorter one, played to cover

18.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he drives back to the bowler's left

Tidy over

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 94/1 (RR: 4.94)
MS Dhoni    25* (36b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-11-0
G Gambhir    39* (54b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-11-0

19.1

Abdur Razzak to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, steered wide of point for one

19.2

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, Gambhir comes out and defends to cover

19.3

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up wider, again he comes out and this time flicks to midwicket

19.4

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, FOUR, tossed up wide, but this time instead of whipping across the line he makes room and drives over cover-point for four

19.5

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 2 runs, tossed up wide again, and Gambhir reaches across and drives in the gap behind point and running hard for two, and thats the 100 for India

19.6

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, quicker, flatter, spins in from outside off stump and Gambhir adjusts nicely to work it around the corner

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 102/1 (RR: 5.10)
G Gambhir    46* (59b 5x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-19-0
MS Dhoni    26* (37b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-11-0

20.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Gambhir drives down to long-on for a single

20.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Dhoni waits for it and then steers it in the gap at point

20.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, uses the feet well and drives to mid-on this time

20.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, well flighted up, Dhoni comes forward and defends

20.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Dhoni drives back to the bowler, and sections of the crowd think its a return catch and go up in cheer

20.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, again he drives back to Saqibul

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 105/1 (RR: 5.00)
MS Dhoni    27* (41b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0
G Gambhir    48* (61b 5x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-19-0

Mohammad Rafique, the man among the boys, the only Bangladeshi to be selected in the Asia XI yesterday, comes on to bowl.

21.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, tossed up from over the stumps, Gambhir steers it to backward point

21.2

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he turns it across the stumps to midwicket

21.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, 1 run, flatter outside off stump, enough room for Dhoni to drive into the covers

21.4

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, quicker and flatter, right in the blockhole, sees Gambhir come out and bowls it very well

21.5

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, flat again on off stump, but this time Gambhir drives wide of mid-off to raise his third ODI half-century, well played

21.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up, Dhoni drives back to the left of Rafique, who moves across and fields but doesnt get there in time

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 109/1 (RR: 4.95)
MS Dhoni    29* (43b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    50* (65b 5x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0

Pankaj: "Just replying to Sam's email you have posted on the net. When he is saying that Sehwag should play well in the third one dayer, Sam and millions of other cricket followers should know that if he plays well in the third one dayer then this story will go on forever. In a series if you are a non performer in all the matches and plays well in the last match to save your head for next series than don't expect much from the team."

22.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up, he's beaten in the flight but manages to adjust and pick up one backward of point

22.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, FOUR, tossed up invitingly, he uses the feet well and lifts it over midwicket, good shot!

22.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, FOUR, now he goes offside, cashing in on a low full toss and driving it through the covers for four more

22.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, works it with the wrists to short fine leg and Dhoni scurries off down the track

22.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, he gets ovet it and taps it to point, where the fielder swoops in and does well to cut off thoughts of the run

22.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, quicker one on the stumps, he on-drives but Saqibul gets across and fields

End of over 23 (10 runs) India 119/1 (RR: 5.17)
MS Dhoni    30* (46b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-24-0
G Gambhir    59* (68b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-4-0

23.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Gambhir comes forward and just pushes into covers for one

23.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, 2 runs, uses the feet, bowler fires it quicker, but he adjusts well to flick through midwicket for a couple

23.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball, looped up and Dhoni makes room to leg before pushing in front of point for a quick single, he looks very athletic today

23.4

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up again, Gambhir eases it wide of point for another easy single

23.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, 1 run, flatter ball on middle and off, driven back down past the stumps and Gambhir, Rafique dives and gets a hand to it, collides with the nonstriker and Dhoni pinches one

23.6

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on off stump, worked to square leg, Dhoni sets off, gets sent back and just manages to turn and dive back into the crease

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 125/1 (RR: 5.20)
G Gambhir    61* (71b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-10-0
MS Dhoni    34* (49b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-24-0

24.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, worked late and in front of point

24.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter, shorter, spins into him as he opens the face and works it away for one past point

24.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, uses the feet, bowler sees him coming and holds it back, beating him in the flight and forcing him to defend to cover

24.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter one, he gets up on one leg and awkwardly - some would say perfectly - chips it down to long-on

24.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked to long-on for one

24.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, pushed to the man at cover

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 129/1 (RR: 5.16)
MS Dhoni    36* (53b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-28-0
G Gambhir    63* (73b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-10-0

Still no final Powerplay...

25.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, flat and quick on middle and off, flicked back down the track to Rafique

25.2

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, worked straight to midwicket

25.3

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, defended back to Rafique

25.4

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, he uses the feet well, driving with the spin, and picking up one to long-on

25.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dhoni, OUT, edged and gone! Rafique fires it full and wide, Dhoni makes room and cuts, getting low as sees the ball staying down too, and the under-edge is snapped up brilliantly by Rahim! Dhoni doesnt even wait for the umpire's signal, just shuts up shop and makes for the pavilion

MS Dhoni c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammad Rafique 36 (73m 54b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Big wicket for the persevering Rafique. Here's Yuvraj Singh now.

25.6

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quick outside off stump, he gets back and defends, but the inside-edge almost sneaks back onto off stump

Good over from Rafique. Dhoni was looking very good, finding the gaps and hustling the singles with Gambhir.

End of over 26 (1 run) India 130/2 (RR: 5.00)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (1b)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-11-1
G Gambhir    64* (77b 7x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-28-0

And now Bashar takes the final Powerplay

26.1

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, defended to midwicket

26.2

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up wide of off stump, he leans into a lovely cover drives but the fielder dives and saves runs, good stop

26.3

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, FOUR, but not this time! Gambhir replays the shot and beats the man this time, all timing and placement

26.4

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, comes out, bowler sees him coming and fires it flat and he works it to leg for one

26.5

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he plays ovet it and gets hit outside the line of impact

26.6

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, 1 no ball, fired in on middle and leg, worked to square leg

26.6

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flat and wide, he cuts well but fails to beat backward point

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End of over 27 (6 runs) India 136/2 (RR: 5.03)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (4b)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-25-0
G Gambhir    69* (81b 8x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-11-1

27.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, FOUR, tossed up on off stump, he uses the feet brilliantly and on-drives past mid-on, inside the circle, for four, top shot that!

27.2

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up again, he shuffles across and drives to the left of mid-off this time

27.3

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up on off stump, driven back to Rafique

27.4

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up again, driven back to the bowler

27.5

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up, he drives to cover this time

27.6

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended to cover

Yuvraj has never liked batting on really sluggish wickets such as this. A keen contest about to unfold out there between him and these left-arm spinners.

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 141/2 (RR: 5.03)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (8b)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-16-1
G Gambhir    74* (83b 9x4)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-25-0

28.1

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he comes across and flicks into the gap at midwicket

28.2

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up, he gets over it and drops it in front of point, responding well to the call from Gambhir

28.3

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, comes out, bowler sees him and changes the line, Gambhir adjusts well and works it to square leg

28.4

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter outside off stump, he rolls the wrists and gets one backward of square

28.5

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Yuvraj reaches for it and steers it to backward point

28.6

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up on off stump, flicked to mid-on, and yes, he's struggling here against the slow men

End of over 29 (3 runs) India 144/2 (RR: 4.96)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (11b)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-28-0
G Gambhir    76* (86b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-16-1

29.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, flat down leg stump, worked off the pads but straight to short fine leg

29.2

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, flat again on leg stump, this time he paddles it in the gap around the corner

29.3

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, tossed up, he comes down the track, doesnt get to the pitch at all but follows through with the chip shot over mid-on, a short-arm jab, really, and clears the ropes

29.4

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, tossed up again, he doesnt time it well again but gets enough bat on the chip shot to clear mid-off and the ball trickles over the ropes for four

29.5

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he changes the angle around the stumps, fires it flat on leg stump, and Yuvraj flicks to fine leg for one

29.6

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, no run, fired in on leg stump, he looks to turn it fine but mistimes the stroke

End of over 30 (12 runs) India 156/2 (RR: 5.20)
G Gambhir    77* (89b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-28-1
Yuvraj Singh    12* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-28-0

30.1

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, tossed up outside off stump, he plants the leg out and sweeps hard, across the line, and picks the gap over mid-on

30.2

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, 2 wides, flatter down leg stump, beats Yuvraj and Rahim and wide is the signal from the umpire

30.2

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, comes out, bowler fires it flat and wide down leg but he uses the feet well to work it to mid-on for one

30.3

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower one, changes the grip on that one, Yuvraj gets over it and defends

30.4

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, oh ho, talk about cashing in on the last over of Powerplay! Yuvraj gets a step down and has a little short-arm chip shot/jab/whatever you want to call it, no backlift whatsover but connecting excellently for six over mid-on again

30.5

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up, stays low and he misses out on the cut

30.6

Abdur Razzak to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up, he comes out and drives to the on side

End of over 31 (13 runs) India 169/2 (RR: 5.45)
Yuvraj Singh    22* (19b 2x4 2x6)      Abdur Razzak    6-0-41-0
G Gambhir    78* (90b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-28-1

31.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, he chips to mid-on for an easy single

31.2

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up, he drives out to long-on for one

31.3

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, flat on off stump, this time he has an ambitous heave across the line and ends up with one out to deep midwicket

31.4

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up, flicked into the midwicket region for one

31.5

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, comes out and chips it in the air wide of mid-on, good running

31.6

Mohammad Rafique to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, taken! Softest of soft dismissals! Tossed up, good rotation, and what does he do? He plays out in front of his pad, closing the bat face awkwardly, and presents Rafique with the easiest of caught-and-bowled chances, and I mean easy - just popped back to his palms. Yuvraj stands there, shakes his head, and ambles off while Rafique gleefully savours the wicket

Yuvraj Singh c & b Mohammad Rafique 24 (21m 22b 2x4 2x6) SR: 109.09

Drinks called for. Pretty hot out there.

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 174/3 (RR: 5.43)
     Mohammad Rafique    6-0-33-2
G Gambhir    81* (93b 9x4)      Abdur Razzak    6-0-41-0

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32.1

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, rapped on the pad but it was outside off stump

32.2

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, driven to long-on but Dravid refuses the single

32.3

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter trajectory, worked to square leg for one

32.4

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up, driven out to deep cover for one

32.5

Abdur Razzak to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up wide of off stump, he waits and waits and cuts to backward point

32.6

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, no run, quicker outside off stump, Dravid cuts but doesnt connect at all

End of over 33 (3 runs) India 177/3 (RR: 5.36)
R Dravid    1* (2b)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-44-0
G Gambhir    83* (97b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-0-33-2

33.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, slower one, he waits and then works it to short fine leg

33.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, no run, flat down leg stump, he gets down and sweeps, not timed well at all and fails to find the gap

33.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, no run, tossed up, driven back to the bowler

33.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, no run, tossed up, he gets over it and defends to point

33.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, no run, tossed up wide, he waits for it, gets over it and cuts to gully

33.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, sweeps across the line and only gets one for his efforts

Tidy over that for Bangladesh

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 179/3 (RR: 5.26)
R Dravid    2* (7b)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-30-0
G Gambhir    84* (98b 9x4)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-44-0

Bowling change: Aftab Ahmed on for some slow military medium stuff. He's broken some partnerships before.

34.1

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, 1 run, fullish on off stump, worked to long-on for one

34.2

Aftab Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, he leans into it and drives loosely behind point for one

34.3

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, 1 run, full on off stump, Dravid on-drives for one, jogging through to complete the run

Gambhir down on the floor, cramped up. He's stretching his left leg, and out comes the physio, John Gloster, with his box of goodies and some Gatorade.

34.4

Aftab Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he opens the face and steers it down to third man

34.5

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, no run, slower ball outside off stump, he drives to cover

34.6

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, no run, this one's quicker and surprises everyone by kicking off a length, Dravid has to withdraw from the shot and Rahim has to dive across the stumps to take it and get out of the way of the awkward bounce

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 183/3 (RR: 5.22)
R Dravid    4* (11b)      Aftab Ahmed    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    86* (100b 9x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-30-0

35.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Gambhir drives out to long-off for one, though Saqibul did get a hand to take some pace off the shot

35.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, flicked around the corner for one

Gambhir calls for a runner now and out comes Sehwag

35.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Gambhir comes out and flicks but cant beat a diving midwicket

35.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, FOUR, short and wide, he rocks back and cuts past a diving cover and the outfield does the rest, good aggressive shot

35.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! Uses the feet excellently, coming out and chipping it over mid-on for four

35.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, no run, dropped! Fired in fuller, he drives airily back down the track, Saqibul sticks his hands out to his left and tries to latch on, but cant, as it was hit hard and fast

End of over 36 (10 runs) India 193/3 (RR: 5.36)
G Gambhir    95* (105b 11x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-40-0
R Dravid    5* (12b)      Aftab Ahmed    1-0-4-0

36.1

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, 1 run, slower, real slow outside off stump, Dravid runs it to backward point for a very quick single

36.2

Aftab Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, slow and wide, he waits for it and steers it towards gully

36.3

Aftab Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, he stands up and plays a tired chip shot wide of mid-on

36.4

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, 3 runs, slow one angled down leg stump, Dravid plays out in front of his pads and works it to fine leg for three, thanks in no small part to a fresh pair of Sehwag legs

36.5

Aftab Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, cut out to deep backward point

36.6

Aftab Ahmed to Dravid, 2 runs, short and wide, cut hard past point out to the sweeper on the move, who covers good ground and dives on the ropes

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 201/3 (RR: 5.43)
R Dravid    11* (15b)      Aftab Ahmed    2-0-12-0
G Gambhir    97* (108b 11x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-40-0

Rafique's back

37.1

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, flat on off stump, Gambhir shuffles back and works it to midwicket for one

37.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, quick and flat, comes on with the arm, catching Dravid by surprise, he defends and gets an inside-edge to leg

37.3

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Gambhir gets well forward and turns it to mid-on and progresses to 99

37.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, tickled fine for one

37.5

Mohammad Rafique to Gambhir, 1 run, and there's the 100, the second of his career, as he stands and works one out to deep midwicket, getting out of the way and sauntering over to point, arms raised, in celebration. Its been a fighting knock in hot, sultry conditions. Well played

37.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and leg, driven between midwicket and long-on for a couple, Sehwag runs the second quickly but seems troubled...dont tell me the runner is cramping up as well?

End of over 38 (7 runs) India 208/3 (RR: 5.47)
R Dravid    15* (18b)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-40-2
G Gambhir    100* (111b 11x4)      Aftab Ahmed    2-0-12-0

Rasel comes back into the attack

38.1

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide, he cracks it off the back foot out to the sweeper

38.2

Syed Rasel to Dravid, 1 run, slower one on off stump, driven to mid-on

38.3

Syed Rasel to Gambhir, OUT, bowled 'em! Fullish outside off stump, and a tired Gambhir heaves across the line only to get a bottom-edge back onto off stump, thats the shot of a weary man but a good hundred...he hobbles off the field to some decent applause from his team-mates

G Gambhir b Syed Rasel 101 (153m 113b 11x4 0x6) SR: 89.38

Here's Dinesh Mongia

38.4

Syed Rasel to Mongia, FOUR, and he's off the mark with the easist of cover drives though the off side for four

38.5

Syed Rasel to Mongia, 1 run, slower one, he chops it down to third man

38.6

Syed Rasel to Dravid, 1 run, fuller one outside off stump, driven to mid-off

End of over 39 (8 runs) India 216/4 (RR: 5.53)
R Dravid    17* (20b)      Syed Rasel    9-1-42-2
D Mongia    5* (2b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-40-2

39.1

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up, he comes out and drives to long-off

39.2

Mohammad Rafique to Mongia, no run, flatter on off stump, pushed to mid-on

39.3

Mohammad Rafique to Mongia, 1 run, tossed up, he shuffles and flicks to midwicket

39.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, fired in on leg stump, worked to backward square leg

39.5

Mohammad Rafique to Mongia, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he gets down and sweeps it to fine leg

39.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on leg, swept out to fine leg, thought about the second but resisted

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 221/4 (RR: 5.52)
R Dravid    20* (23b)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-45-2
D Mongia    7* (5b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    9-1-42-2

40.1

Syed Rasel to Dravid, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, played to fine leg

40.2

Syed Rasel to Mongia, no run, fuller delivery on the off stump, tried to heave it across the line, raped on the pads

40.3

Syed Rasel to Mongia, FOUR, slower delivery, slogged it over the widish mid wicket

40.4

Syed Rasel to Mongia, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, played to long off

40.5

Syed Rasel to Dravid, no run, played back to Rasel, a bit of a mix up between the two batsmen, but they are safe in the end

40.6

Syed Rasel to Dravid, 1 run, full and wide, square driven to deep point for a single

End of over 41 (7 runs) India 228/4 (RR: 5.56)
R Dravid    22* (26b)      Syed Rasel    10-1-49-2
D Mongia    12* (8b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-45-2

41.1

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, flat and on the off stump, played to deep mid

41.2

Mohammad Rafique to Mongia, 1 run, flat on the off stump, punced to long off

41.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 2 runs

41.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, flat and on the stumps, patted back to the bowler

41.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run

41.6

Mohammad Rafique to Mongia, 1 run, full length on the middle stump, played to long-on

End of over 42 (6 runs) India 234/4 (RR: 5.57)
D Mongia    14* (10b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-51-2
R Dravid    26* (30b)      Syed Rasel    10-1-49-2

42.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mongia, no run, Mongia backs away and tries to play it over in the offf side, is beaten

42.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mongia, no run, slower ball, beaten by the change of pace, another dot ball

42.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mongia, no run, bouncer,surprises Mongia, good bowling by Mortaza

42.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mongia, 2 runs, wider of the off stump, square cut to third man for two

42.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mongia, 1 run, short of length stuff, pulled to mid wicket for a single

42.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, ahain a short of length stuff, Dravid plays a good loking square cut but good fielding at point

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 238/4 (RR: 5.53)
R Dravid    27* (31b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-0-37-0
D Mongia    17* (15b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-51-2

Razzak replaces Rafique

43.1

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, flicked just wide of mid-on

43.2

Abdur Razzak to Mongia, OUT, gone! Tossed up, out dances Mongia, getting underneath it and just slogging it up in the air down towards mid-off, where a sprightly Rafique runs a long way in from the ropes, keeps his eyes on the ball, and takes a tumbling catch

D Mongia c Mohammad Rafique b Abdur Razzak 17 (21m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

Dinesh Karthik strides in

43.3

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he tries to steer it fine but misses

43.4

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, FOUR, quicker, flatter, Dravid cuts hard and gets a thickish edge past a diving short third man, the ball races down to the boundary

43.5

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, 1 leg bye, quicker on the stumps, this time he looks to paddle it fine, theres a loud appeal as the ball turns away, but negated by the umpire as he rules it wouldve spun past off stump

43.6

Abdur Razzak to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up, worked away to the off side for one

End of over 44 (7 runs) India 245/5 (RR: 5.56)
KD Karthik    1* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-50-1
R Dravid    32* (35b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-0-37-0

Rafique on for his last over

44.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, quick on off stump, Karthik shuffles to off and works it to leg for one

44.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up, pushed into the covers for one

44.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, FOUR, down the leg side, down he goes, paddle-sweeping it past short fine leg for four

44.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, OUT, tossed up on middle and leg stump, the ball spins down as Karthik shuffles across and forward and plays with the turn, playing all over it, Rafique appeals...and thats a very surprising decision given that he was so far down the track, and that the ball bounced a bit too...ah well, thats the game of cricket for you

KD Karthik lbw b Mohammad Rafique 6 (5m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Here's the debutant, Piyush Chawla

44.5

Mohammad Rafique to Chawla, 1 run, tossed up, driven to midwicket to get off the mark very first ball of his career, that'll feel nice I bet

44.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up, pushed to midwicket

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 253/6 (RR: 5.62)
R Dravid    34* (37b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    10-0-59-3
PP Chawla    1* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-50-1

45.1

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, no run, tossed up, driven straight to cover

45.2

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up, he gently nudges that in front of mid-on and sprints

45.3

Abdur Razzak to Chawla, 1 wide, tossed up very wide of off stump, and its called just that

45.3

Abdur Razzak to Chawla, 2 leg byes, tossed up outside off stump, he shuffles and taps it in front of square leg, where a poor throw gives up an extra run

45.4

Abdur Razzak to Chawla, 1 wide, OUT, superb stumping! Chawla comes out, Razzak sees it, fires it down leg stump, he's way out of his crease as the ball spins past him, and in a flash Rahim takes it and whips off the bails

PP Chawla st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

45.4

Abdur Razzak to Powar, 1 wide, again tossed up outside leg stump, wide called

45.4

Abdur Razzak to Powar, no run, tossed up, quicker, Powar closes the bat face too early and the leading edge is nearly held by the bowler but it hits the ground before him

45.5

Abdur Razzak to Powar, no run, tossed up, played back to Razzak

45.6

Abdur Razzak to Powar, no run

End of over 46 (6 runs) India 259/7 (RR: 5.63)
RR Powar    0* (3b)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-54-2
R Dravid    35* (39b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    10-0-59-3

46.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets up and runs it down to third man, very close to the body, for one

India losing the plot in the last nine overs

46.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Powar, no run, this one kicks off a short length, Powar's feet go nowhere as he flashes at it and connects with air

46.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Powar, 1 run, short again, now he steadies himself and opens the face of the bat to pick up a single down to third man

46.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 no ball, oversteps, its a bouncer outside off stump which Dravid pulls out of

46.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 2 runs, slower, fuller, outside off stump, driven down to long off for a brace

46.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, attempted slow yorker goes wrong, Dravid punches that past point out to the sweeper, Ashraful

46.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Powar, no run, again the slower one goes wrong, from the bowler's perspective, as it loops up and dies outside off stump, but Powar thinks its going to be called wide and doesnt do anything...very useful dot ball!

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 265/7 (RR: 5.63)
RR Powar    1* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-0-43-0
R Dravid    39* (43b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-54-2

47.1

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, no run, tossed up, Dravid backs away to leg and only ends up driving to cover

47.2

Abdur Razzak to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, this time its a reverse-sweep to third man

47.3

Abdur Razzak to Powar, 2 runs, flatter one, he makes room to leg and crunches the drive to deep extra cover for a hard-run two

47.4

Abdur Razzak to Powar, 2 runs, flat again on off stump, Powar makes room to free the arms and eyes the extra cover ropes, hitting over the fielder but fails to find the boundary

47.5

Abdur Razzak to Powar, no run, tossed up, he has a heave and connects with absolutely nothing

47.6

Abdur Razzak to Powar, no run, identical delivery, identical result, and Powar fails to cash in on two deliveries

End of over 48 (5 runs) India 270/7 (RR: 5.62)
RR Powar    5* (10b)      Abdur Razzak    10-0-59-2
R Dravid    40* (45b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-0-43-0

Last over coming up

48.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps, its short and wide and Dravid slaps it to cover for the single

48.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Powar, 1 wide, slower, quite wide of off stump, Powar leaves it be and its called wide, duly

48.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Powar, OUT, gone! Powar shuffles across the stumps, then tries to cheekily work it fine, misses it and gets hit in front of the stumps, that ball was in the blockhole and the umpire's finger shot up without a second thought

RR Powar lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 5 (11m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

India havent gotten a boundary since the 45th over. Coming apart at the seams agains some disciplined bowling. Bangladesh have done well here.

48.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Khan, no run, well disguised slower delivery outside off stump, Zaheer doesnt pick it and thats another dot ball

48.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Khan, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, he gets up on the toes and smashes it well in the gap between cover and mid-off and finds the ropes

48.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Khan, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, Zaheer chases it and uppercuts over backward point for valuable runs

48.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Khan, 1 wide, a poor ball, Mortaza's slower one doesnt come out well, misdirected well wide of off stump

48.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Khan, 1 run, short-pitched delivery comes into him, Zaheer tries to get out of the way and then decides, what the hell, lets pull it, but does to awkwardly

48.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, fullish outside off stump, Dravid eyes midwicket and gets down to slog it away, but the result is an inside-edge back onto the front leg and a scampered single as India finish on 284 for 8

So thats it, Bangladesh need 285 from 49 overs to level the series. India rolled on Gambhir's steady hundred, his second, and while no other batsman really got going, India have a handy total here. They should have gotten more, but Bangladesh kept their nerve and prised out key wickets at the death. Dravid was the second highest scorer with an unbeaten 42.

Do join us for the Bangladeshi reply shortly.

End of over 49 (14 runs) India 284/8
R Dravid    42* (47b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10-0-57-1
Z Khan    9* (4b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    10-0-59-2
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May 12, 2007

Indian fans look on as their side pushed closer to the series-win, Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, May 12, 2007

Indian fans look on as their side pushed closer to the series-win

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May 12, 2007

Rahul Dravid leads his side off the field after their win, Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, may 12, 2007

Rahul Dravid leads his side off the field after their win

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