India v Bangladesh
Bangladesh became the tenth Test-playing nation and played their inaugural match against India at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka in November 2000. As part of the celebrations, there was a five day lead up to the one-off Test that built up an atmosphere of high expectations of the home team. Bangladesh, led by Naimur Rahman, won the toss and chose to bat. For the first four days, Bangladesh matched India blow for blow with Aminul Islam scoring a century on debut as Bangladesh amassed 400 in the first innings. They had India under pressure at 190 for 5 but Sunil Joshi followed up his five-wicket haul with a gritty 92. India were dismissed for 429 on the fourth day with Rahman picking up 6 for 132. From then on it began to unravel for Bangladesh and they surrendered meekly for 91. India knocked off the target of 63 with nine wckets and a day in hand. Neverthreless it was an encouraging baptism for a cricket crazy nation.
India 1 Bangladesh 0
India undertook their first full-fledged tour of Bangladesh comprising two Tests and three one-day internationals in December 2004. Bangladesh, since their encouraging Test debut four years ago, had 29 defeats and three draws - two against Zimbabwe and one against West Indies - to show for their progress. The two Tests against India worsened their scoreline; Irfan Pathan took 11 wickets and Sachin Tendulkar scored 248 as India swept to victory by an innings and 140 runs at the Bangabandhu Stadium. Bangladesh offered more resistance at Chittagong with Mohammad Ashraful making an unbeaten158 off only 194 balls but they were still outmatched by Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid, who scored centuries of their own, as India won by an innings and 83 runs. The first one-day international was a close affair with India triumphing by 11 runs. The second match was Bangladesh's 100th ODI and they celebrated the occasion with a stirring upset over a weakened India who rested four key players including Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Bangladesh recovered from 88 for 5 to post 229 and then fielded brilliantly to dismiss India for 214 in 47.5 overs. With the series level, India brought back their big guns for the final game and clinched the series with a 91-run win at Dhaka.
Tests: India 2 Bangladesh 0
ODIs: India 2 Bangladesh 1
Bangladesh achieved their fifth draw in 45 Tests, to go with 39 defeats and their victory over Zimbabwe. Rain is the norm in Chittagong in May and, after washing away the final one-day international, it chased this Test for all five days. Not a ball was bowled on the third, just 20 overs on the second, and there was only 219 overs' play in all. Dravid tried to make a game of it, declaring at 100 for 6 on the last afternoon to leave Bangladesh a target of 250 off 43 overs. Mirpur's Shere Bangla Stadium became Test cricket's 95th venue, and the second in Dhaka, after the Bangabandhu Stadium was handed over to football. Bangladesh's first Test there was also their last under coach Dav Whatmore; the team promised him a farewell gift, but he was left empty-handed again as they lost in three days. An innings and 239 runs was India's biggest Test victory. They came back hard after Chittagong to impose themselves on the hapless Bangladeshis, helped by Habibul Bashar unexpectedly inserting them on a belter. The move, heavily criticised in the local media, was explained as "a team decision". It resulted in the first innings in Test history in which the top four all scored centuries.
Tests: India 1 Bangladesh 0
ODIs: India 2 Bangladesh 0