ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st match, Group B

Bangladesh v India

India won by 87 runs

16.1

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length on off stump from round the wicket, Gambhir rocks back and cuts into the covers

16.2

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, no run, Naeem slows it down outside off, Sehwag looks to cut but it stays low

16.3

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, this time he gets the single, adjusting for the pace and guiding it square for one

16.4

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir does likewise, opening the face and dinking it with the spin through point

16.5

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller and straighter, on off stump, Sehwag stays back and punches through mid off

16.6

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 2 runs, innovative from Gauti, opens up the off side as he skips down the track to the leg side and then lofts Naeem with the spin, inside out through the covers

India 113/1   Naeem Islam 1-0-6-0

18.1

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, interesting footwork from Gambhir, looks like he is backing away, then gets back into position and clips off the pads to square leg

18.2

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, aha, Sehwag plays the forehand crosscourt, but he thinks he is playing on grass. This pitch, however, is Roland Garros. It stops and scoots along slowly and he nearly pats it straight to midwicket. Just gets it over the fielder's head

18.3

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stays back and guides into the covers.

18.4

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag gets one full on middle and leg, and swats it down to long on for one

18.5

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, no run

18.6

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, another one slow and takes a couple of days to reach Gambhir who stays back and cuts into the covers

India 120/1   Naeem Islam 2-0-11-0

20.1

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir does a Lara, swishes down the track with a flourish and drives with the spin through wide long off.

20.2

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, another one keeps low outside off, Sehwag goes back and hacks it towards cover for one

20.3

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, no run, speared in on the pads, Gambhir plays it quietly into the off side

20.4

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir is looking menacing with his innovation here, again opens up the off side and then chips smartly in the air, over the covers for a couple. Bangla need a wicket real bad.

20.5

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, along the ground this time, Gambhir picks another one. He's reached 30 before you could say Gambhir

20.6

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag stays back, waits for the break back into him and drives through mid on for another single

India 135/1   Naeem Islam 3-0-17-0

22.1

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, FOUR, dexterity, thy name Gambhir. Short yes, wide yes, turning away yes. Still, there were two men for the cut standing square. How Gambhir found the gap with his cut, only he knows.

22.2

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller on leg stump and Gambhir flicks through midwicket for another single

22.3

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, short ball again, coming into leg stump and Sehwag drives down the ground for one

22.4

Naeem Islam to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir works a single through the leg side for another single

22.5

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 2 runs, tossed up on off, Sehwag gets forward and drills into the covers. This is measured menace from Sehwag, he's coiling up in dangerous fashion and Bangladesh badly need to ensure he doesn't unleash.

22.6

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, short and a touch outside off, Sehwag rocks back and cuts behind square for one

India 151/1   Naeem Islam 4-0-27-0

30.1

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag quietly moves to 98, another quiet drive down the ground

30.2

Naeem Islam to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli turns it around, gets forward to the pitch and works a single to the leg side

30.3

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, no run

30.4

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, is that the 100? Not yet. Sehwag stays back to a short ball and flicks behind square, he ambles across for one.

30.5

Naeem Islam to Kohli, no run

30.6

Naeem Islam to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli drives down to long on and delays the milestone, by retaining the strike

India 198/2   Naeem Islam 5-0-31-0

32.1

Naeem Islam to Kohli, FOUR, all finesse from Kohli, getting across to the pitch of a ball and driving with authority against the spin through the covers. Gentle sleight of hand at the last moment to beat the fielder at extra cover.

32.2

Naeem Islam to Kohli, 1 run, short ball, Kohli stays back and punches through mid on for one

32.3

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, whoa, what was that? Sehwag goes back and looks to chip-loft over long on. You thought there was a gap there, but there wasn't. He did well not to time it, else he'd have holed out.

32.4

Naeem Islam to Kohli, no run

32.5

Naeem Islam to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is dealing in the exquisite stuff, exclusively. Another wristy flourish as he gets across and caresses the cherry with almost reluctant minimalism. All timing. Still, it sped away.

32.6

Naeem Islam to Kohli, FOUR, and now a short ball, things aren't looking good for Bangladesh. This one was turning down the leg and though it kept low, Kohli managed to crouch and pull powerfully.

India 219/2   Naeem Islam 6-0-45-0

40.1

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, no run, another blow for Virat, two overs ago he was hit on the body by an inside-edge, this time he's struck on the glove by a powerful strike by Sehwag, who launched a full-blooded drive down the ground

40.2

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, SIX, massive from Sehwag, no trouble at all as he jumps down the track and swats the ball over midwicket for a huge six, Bangladesh looking clueless

40.3

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, thumped down the ground towards long-off for a single

40.4

Naeem Islam to Kohli, no run, a pull from Kohli that doesn't beat the man at midwicket

40.5

Naeem Islam to Kohli, 1 run, drilled along the ground for a single

40.6

Naeem Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, driven down to long-on

India 285/2   Naeem Islam 7-0-54-0

Photos

Feb 19, 2011

Raqibul Hasan sweeps during his run-a-ball 28, Bangladesh v India, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 19, 2011

Raqibul Hasan sweeps during his run-a-ball 28

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Feb 19, 2011

India's players shake hands with the Bangladesh batsmen after their 87-run victory, Bangladesh v India, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 19, 2011

India's players shake hands with the Bangladesh batsmen after their 87-run victory

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