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.

India 4/0   V Sehwag 4* (1b 1x4)   Shafiul Islam 0.1-0-4-0

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   V Sehwag 12* (6b 2x4)   Shafiul Islam 1-0-12-0

1.2

Rubel Hossain to Tendulkar, FOUR, short of a length on middle and leg, Tendulkar jumps back and works the ball off his hips behind square. The fielder at fine leg can't run across to his left in time to save the boundary

India 16/0   SR Tendulkar 4* (2b 1x4)   Rubel Hossain 0.2-0-4-0

1.5

Rubel Hossain to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag backs away to a short of a length ball and plays a short-arm swat back past the bowler. That ball raced between the bowler and the stumps

India 22/0   V Sehwag 16* (7b 3x4)   Rubel Hossain 0.5-0-10-0

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

India 28/0   SR Tendulkar 9* (5b 2x4)   Shafiul Islam 1.1-0-16-0

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

India 32/0   SR Tendulkar 13* (9b 3x4)   Shafiul Islam 1.5-0-20-0

8.5

Abdur Razzak to Tendulkar, FOUR, the first bal ball of the day from Razzak, a full toss outside leg, thanks says Sachin as he deposits that to deep midwicket

India 52/0   SR Tendulkar 23* (23b 4x4)   Abdur Razzak 2.5-0-10-0

10.1

Abdur Razzak to Sehwag, FOUR, a teribble delivery to start, a full toss outside leg, Sehwag comes down the track and clubs that past midwicket

India 64/0   V Sehwag 31* (34b 4x4)   Abdur Razzak 3.1-0-15-0

10.2

Abdur Razzak to Sehwag, FOUR, finally Sehwag pulls off what he has been trying for a long time, a length ball and Sehwag dances beyond leg and powers it through the line and over covers for four more

India 68/0   V Sehwag 35* (35b 5x4)   Abdur Razzak 3.2-0-19-0

11.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Sehwag, FOUR, what a shot from Sehwag, a length delivery homing into legstump, Sehwag gives himself room and cracks that behind point for four, all along the ground

India 73/1   V Sehwag 40* (37b 6x4)   Shakib Al Hasan 0.1-0-4-0

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

India 78/1   V Sehwag 45* (39b 7x4)   Shafiul Islam 2.1-0-24-0

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

India 83/1   G Gambhir 4* (7b 1x4)   Shafiul Islam 2.4-0-29-0

19.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gambhir, FOUR, whoa, what's the deal with the outfield? Gambhir skips out, gets to the pitch and deftly lofts over midwicket. Mahmudullah had a chance to save that on the ropes, but lost his bearings on some loose soil and skated over the ropes along with the ball

India 124/1   G Gambhir 24* (26b 2x4)   Shakib Al Hasan 4.1-0-19-0

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.

India 145/1   G Gambhir 37* (36b 3x4)   Naeem Islam 3.1-0-21-0

24.5

Abdur Razzak to Sehwag, FOUR, no stopping this one. Another short ball, this time Sehwag hits with more power. That came on real slow, and Sehwag was canny enough to focus on placement again. Four through midwicket

India 160/2   V Sehwag 85* (76b 8x4 1x6)   Abdur Razzak 5.5-0-39-0

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.

India 176/2   V Kohli 10* (17b 1x4)   Mahmudullah 2.5-0-16-1

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

India 181/2   V Kohli 14* (19b 2x4)   Shafiul Islam 4.2-0-39-0

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

India 192/2   V Sehwag 96* (86b 9x4 1x6)   Mahmudullah 3.1-0-20-1

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.

India 209/2   V Kohli 29* (30b 3x4)   Naeem Islam 5.1-0-35-0

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.

India 215/2   V Kohli 34* (33b 4x4)   Naeem Islam 5.5-0-41-0

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   V Kohli 38* (34b 5x4)   Naeem Islam 6-0-45-0

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

India 228/2   V Sehwag 108* (100b 10x4 1x6)   Shafiul Islam 5.1-0-50-0

36.2

Abdur Razzak to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag has a huge grin on his face as he clubs a length delivery from Razzak over the bowler's head, lands well short of the boundary but long-off has no chance of cutting that off

India 250/2   V Sehwag 119* (106b 11x4 2x6)   Abdur Razzak 6.2-0-44-0

36.4

Abdur Razzak to Sehwag, FOUR, another boundary for Sehwag, who is cramping here, he's limping, that hasn't stopped him from smashing a leg stump delivery over wide mid-on for four more

India 260/2   V Sehwag 129* (108b 12x4 3x6)   Abdur Razzak 6.4-0-54-0

38.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Sehwag, FOUR, effortless boundary from Sehwag to end the over, gets the front leg out of the way and sends the ball ballooning over the bowler, that's the highest score made by an Indian against Bangladesh

India 272/2   V Sehwag 137* (116b 13x4 3x6)   Shakib Al Hasan 7-0-37-0

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

India 300/2   V Kohli 66* (59b 6x4 1x6)   Mahmudullah 6.5-0-48-1

43.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, FOUR, terrific timing from Kohli, he gets on the backfoot and flat bats it past midwicket for a boundary, this is relentless from India, on a pitch that isn't exactly a batting paradise

India 318/2   V Kohli 78* (67b 7x4 1x6)   Shakib Al Hasan 6.5-0-47-0

46.2

Rubel Hossain to Kohli, FOUR, CLASS, what a shot from Kohli, a low full toss and Kohli eases it between the bowler and mid-off, hardly seems like the innings of a man playing his first World Cup innings, stunning timing on that

India 345/2   V Kohli 91* (74b 8x4 2x6)   Rubel Hossain 8.2-0-44-0

46.6

Rubel Hossain to Sehwag, FOUR, a low full toss outside off, thanks a lot says Sehwag as he crunches it towards long-off, for a while I thought a fielder will be waiting to gobble that up but Sehwag had unerringly found the gap all day today

India 354/2   V Sehwag 175* (139b 14x4 5x6)   Rubel Hossain 9-0-53-0

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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