ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st match, Group B

Bangladesh v India

India won by 87 runs

0.1

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, FOUR, smash. Sehwag rocks on to the back foot and slams a short of a length delivery with disdainful power through cover. That is some start to the World Cup.

0.2

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 2 runs, another punch off the back foot through cover point but this time the stroke isn't as powerful so he gets only two

0.3

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, no run, bouncer and that rose rather high at good pace, Sehwag lets it go

0.4

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, no run, short of a length again outside off stump and Sehwag hits it hard of the back foot but to the cover fielder this time

0.5

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 2 runs, fuller delivery and much straighter, Sehwag flicks the ball in the air but into the gap between mid-on and midwicket

0.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, FOUR, full, wide and the fielders barely move as Sehwag leans forward and with a flowing drive sends the ball screaming to the cover boundary. 12 off the first over. And Tendulkar will now face his first ball of what could be his last World Cup.

India 12/0   Shafiul Islam 1-0-12-0

2.1

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more for Sachin, this was easy, a half-volley on the pads, clipped effortlessly past a diving fielder at midwicket

2.2

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, no run, much better this, a near yorker on mddle, Tendulkar defends it back to the bowler

2.3

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets forward and jabs at a back of length ball, bit of an inside edge sends the ball scurrying towards the leg side

2.4

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, no run, Shafiul will be feeling a lot better after those three deliveries, defended back towards mid-on

2.5

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, FOUR, Shafiul won't be happy with this though, pretty poor bowling, on the pads asking to be picked off, Tendulkar glides it to the vacant fine leg region for four, India are off to a flier here

2.6

Shafiul Islam to Tendulkar, no run, slower delivery to end the over, defended to midwicket

India 32/0   Shafiul Islam 2-0-20-0

12.1

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, FOUR, short of length ball on middle, again keeps a touch low, Sehwag has both feet in the air as he whips it behind square leg

12.2

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish ball on off, Sehwag dispenses with niceties such as footwork, throws his hands at it to send the ball towards third man

12.3

Shafiul Islam to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball which stays very low this time, Gambhir was looking to carve that one through point, a bread-and-butter shot for him, but since the ball kept low it takes a bottom-edge towards point

12.4

Shafiul Islam to Gambhir, FOUR, short ball on legstump, only rises as high as the thigh pad, Gambhir has the all-too-easy task of guiding that down to the vacant fine leg for four

12.5

Shafiul Islam to Gambhir, 3 runs, more legstump bowling from Shafiul, whipped towards deep midwicket, wide enough of the fielder to zip through for three

12.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, this pitch is the very definition of slow and low, another short ball from Shafiul takes an age to reach Sehwag, who was looking to pull the ball, it flies off his chest towards the keeper, lands well short of Mushfiqur

India 87/1   Shafiul Islam 3-0-32-0

26.1

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, no run, full and angling into the stumps, Kohli looks to flick and gets it away to midwicket

26.2

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, no run, back of a length outside off, Kohli opens the face and dabs it behind point

26.3

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 1 run, the slow offcutter outside off, but Kohli saw it coming. He got half forward and eased it into the covers. And yeah, this time Sehwag responded!

26.4

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, no run, the first yorker of World Cup 2011, and a very good one. Shafiul puts Sehwag's toes in danger, though not at great pace, and he does well to dig it out to the off side. He was taken by surprise there.

26.5

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, another yorker attempted, this one ends up as a low full toss on the pads and Sehwag flicks it smoothly to deep square leg, where there is cover

26.6

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, no run, aha, Kohli nearly played on. Good short ball, came on so slowly that Kohli was through with the bull an instant too early. Ended up bottom-edging it close to leg stump.

India 166/2   Shafiul Islam 4-0-34-0

28.1

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads, Sehwag is mindful of the low bounce and cautiously works through the leg side for one

28.2

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, FOUR, twice in two balls, Kohli is in trouble against Shafiul. This time, it is the lack of bounce that nearly does him in as he looks to force through the off side without getting across. Inside edge, almost onto the stumps, but ends up at fine leg

28.3

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 1 run, close miss for Sehwag. Kohli times the straight drive perfectly, but Shafiul gets his hand on it and nearly guides it back onto the stumps. Sehwag was not even trying to get back, he was a couple of feet outside his crease.

28.4

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads, Sehwag flicks behind square for another single

28.5

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 3 runs, Kohli plays the copybook cover drive, gets the front foot across, moves the body momentum forward, eases the ball into the gap, making contact when it was under his head, and gets three pleasing runs.

28.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 wide

28.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads again, Sehwag hits with power down to long on. He's into the 90s by the way.

India 188/2   Shafiul Islam 5-0-46-0

34.1

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, FOUR, overpitched outside off, Sehwag lashes it back past the bowler, Shafiul continues to get hammered, four more for Sehwag

34.2

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball outside off, Sehwag moves beyond leg and looks to stab that through covers, can't beat the man

34.3

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, no run, the crowd roars as Kohli punches the ball back towards the bowler, it was a bump ball though

34.4

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, tucked towards deep midwicket, Kohli pushes Sehwag into coming back for a second, and claps his partner on as sprints through

34.5

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 2 runs, and Kohli makes Sehwag race through for two more after punching it wide of long-on

34.6

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, (no ball) 1 run, a high full toss, over waist high, Kohli negotiates that by tapping it to the leg side

34.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, 1 wide, a very very short ball, loops slowly over the batsman's head and it's too high for the umpire's liking, Bangladesh can't afford these free runs

34.6

Shafiul Islam to Sehwag, SIX, oh dear, Shafiul's day just got even worse, a full toss to end the over and that was effortlessly swung over wide long-on for a massive six that means 18 came off the first over in the Powerplay. Bangladesh fans may want to look away over the next hour

India 242/2   Shafiul Islam 6-0-64-0

49.1

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves to 99 by flaying the ball towards sweeper cover, he wants to come back for a second but there isn't time

49.2

Shafiul Islam to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf gives that an almighty leave, flies off the outside edge beyond extra cover, Kohli pushes for the second though that means he'll be off strike

49.3

Shafiul Islam to Pathan, no run, well outside off, full delivery, Yusuf was backing away and looking for the big hit, he misses, is there time for Kohli to get a hundred

49.4

Shafiul Islam to Pathan, 1 run, thumps this one over the in-field and towards long-off, for a single that brings Kohli on strike

49.5

Shafiul Islam to Kohli, 1 run, a huge moment for the young man, chips the ball towards mid-on to pick up a single which gives him a century on World Cup debut, the first time he has reached triple-digits in the first innings, whether he should be included in the XI was hotly debated, there won't be a debate any more, Kohli punches the air, removes his helmet and raises his bat as he savours the moment

49.6

Shafiul Islam to Pathan, OUT, that's the end of the innings, Yusuf nicks the final ball to the keeper, India end on 370, though they got only 16 off the final three overs

YK Pathan c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 8 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

India 370/4   Shafiul Islam 7-0-69-1

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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