ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st match, Group B

Bangladesh v India

India won by 87 runs

23.1

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted outside off, Sehwag gets forward and across and creams a single through cover

23.2

Mahmudullah to Gambhir, OUT, soft dismissal, softer than a baby's bottom as they say! Gambhir gets a non-descript ball that lands back of a length on leg and middle, and straightens a touch. He looks to work it to the leg side, but was just a little loose in the execution. The ball sneaked through between bat and pad, to disturb the stumps. Mirpur finds its voice again. Interesting dismissal, it seemed to stay lower than Gambhir thought. In hidsight, he should have been on the front foot.

G Gambhir b Mahmudullah 39 (49m 39b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

23.3

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Kohli defends to the leg side

23.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run, again on the pads, he works it straight to square leg

23.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Kohli gets across and works it with the spin through mid on. He's away.

23.6

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, no run, Aha, Sehwag looks to send the ball to India. Tossed up outside off, he looks to bang it over the covers after getting across. And misses.

India 153/2   Mahmudullah 1-0-2-1

25.1

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli does the smart thing, moves to the non-striker's end with a single into the covers

25.2

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag stays back and flicks towards midwicket for a single

25.3

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run

25.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run, these are staying real low now, they might interfere with the drainage systems in the ground. Kohli toe-ends a flick to square leg

25.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 wide, another grubber, Kohli looks to pull and it scoots along, called a wide

25.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run

25.6

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, finally Kohli middles one outside off, punching into covers for another single

India 164/2   Mahmudullah 2-0-6-1

27.1

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Sehwag stays back and whips through square leg

27.2

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, Flighted outside off, Kohli promptly drives into the covers

27.3

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, slow, so slow, Sehwag waits until World Cup 2015 before he can make contact with his guided flick. Hmm.

27.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 3 wides, down the leg side and it runs away backward of square for a tight single and an unnecessary throw gives him an overthrow.

27.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run

27.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, FOUR, shot. Kohli gets his first boundary with consummate flourish. Flighted on off stmp and he places the off drive to the left of mid off for four.

27.6

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run

India 176/2   Mahmudullah 3-0-16-1

29.1

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, FOUR, nifty from Sehwag, generates pace from nowhere. Opens the face and steers it smartly behind point. Nice timing and he's a hit away from 100

29.2

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, no run, slows it up, and Sehwag nearly chips it back at the bowler. He plays it slowly to the leg side

29.3

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, no run, he's slowing it up repeatedly, Sehwag waits and plays carefully. No mindless hitting in the 90s. yet.

29.4

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, no run

29.5

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 wide

29.5

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, gets a single now, chipping it quietly with the spin to mid on

29.6

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run

India 194/2   Mahmudullah 4-0-22-1

31.1

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, on Kohli's pads, he works it through midwicket for a single. A buzz around the ground now.

31.2

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag has 100, his 1st against Bangladesh, his second in World Cups. Tossed up on the pads and he quietly works it through midwicket. He's played well within himself, but is going at a nice pace. Anagram for Virender Sehwag - We Shiver, Danger. Bangladesh with agree.

31.3

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli eases into the role Gambhir was playing, stealing singles unnoticed. Reaches out and drives down the ground.

31.4

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, uppish cut, but Sehwag manages to get it to land just in front of a diving short third man.

31.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 2 runs, short ball, Kohli rocks back in a jiffy and carts a pull shot through midwicket for a couple

31.6

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, another short one, Kohli is ready with the pull but picks the fielder at deep square leg for one

India 205/2   Mahmudullah 5-0-29-1

39.1

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli gets on the back foot and swats the ball to long-on

39.2

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, stabbed towards deep point as Mahmudullah cramps Sehwag for room

39.3

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run, makes room and carves the ball towards cover

39.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, no run, and once more, Kohli gets on the back foot and slices the ball towards cover, can't beat the man

39.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, this time he gets the placement right to get a single to cover

39.6

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag also skips beyond leg and chops the ball past cover for a single to end the over

India 276/2   Mahmudullah 6-0-33-1

41.1

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 2 runs, Sehwag comes down the track, chipped over the bowler for a couple, lovely follow-through from Sehwag

41.2

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 2 runs, that brings up the 150 for Sehwag, a high full toss that is swatted towards mdiwicket

41.3

Mahmudullah to Sehwag, 1 run, a flat batted slap towards long-on for a single

41.4

Mahmudullah to Kohli, SIX, Kohli joins in the fun, he deposits this one from Mahmudullah over midwicket as India close in on 300

41.5

Mahmudullah to Kohli, FOUR, short from Mahmudullah, Kohli spots it early and gets on the backfoot and pummells it over midwicket for four

41.6

Mahmudullah to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli keeps strike by pushing the ball towards long-off for a single

India 301/2   Mahmudullah 7-0-49-1

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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