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The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
December 13, 2004
India 526 (Tendulkar 248*, Zaheer 75, Ganguly 71)) beat Bangladesh 184 (Ashraful 60*, Pathan 5-45) and 202 (Manjural 69, Nafis 54, Pathan 6-51) by an innings and 140 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
It took a little under half an hour on the fourth day for India to wrap up a comprehensive victory by an innings and 140 runs and go 1-0 up in the two-Test series against Bangladesh. This was Bangladesh's fourth successive innings defeat, their 19th overall, while India romped home to their most emphatic success away from home.
Just as in the first innings, the lower order lent a modicum of respectability to the Bangladesh total with Manjural Islam Rana swatting four fours this morning, and 12 in all, to post his highest Test score, 69. Tapash Baisya also gave it a bash when the ball was pitched up and both batsmen managed to survive the vicious reverse swing that Irfan Pathan generated.
But Baisya couldn't handle a battery of short balls in the fifth over of the day. He flinched at one that was directed towards his ribs and the ball lobbed straight to Sachin Tendulkar at short midwicket. Manjural fell three balls when an attempt to pull Zaheer Khan to square leg only resulted in a feathered edge to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.
Bangladesh's lower-order batting and spirited bursts of bowling, especially from Mashrafe Mortaza, were the only silver linings in an otherwise gloomy sky. Their top order fell into similar traps, most created by Pathan, while their fielding was a shambolic mess. Five clear chances were grassed, two even before Sachin Tendulkar had reached 50, and the ground fielding oscillated between the dispirited and the bizarrely bad.
India will probably remember this game for the landmarks achieved by Anil Kumble and Tendulkar, not to forget Zaheer with the bat, but it was the sizzling bursts from Pathan that proved to be the biggest fillip. He finished with match-figures of 11 for 96, for which he won the Man-of-the-Match award, and Bangladesh were rarely in the contest after his swinging salsa in the first half an hour of the game.
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is on the staff of Cricinfo.
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