... you don't take kindly to a bouncer to your head, as Tamim Iqbal will tell you
The teams of the 2007 World Cup had been grouped in such a way that the top eight would easily proceed to the next round. India, in Group B, had to play Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda, and beat two to reach the Super Eights. Apart from India v Sri Lanka, the results of the other five games weren't hard to predict. Or so everyone thought.
India's game against Bangladesh was the teams' first match of the World Cup. And what a start. Mashrafe Mortaza and left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique dismissed India for 191. It appeared an achievable chase but could Bangladesh's young and shaky line-up negotiate Zaheer and Co?
At the start of his fourth over, with Bangladesh at 27 for 1, Zaheer Khan tested Tamim Iqbal with the short ball. The appeal for a catch was turned down, but the delivery provoked a rash response: 17-year-old Tamim jumped out of his crease and swung wildly. Two run-less deliveries later he drove a shortish ball on off to the point boundary. He finished the over by leaping out again but making contact this time, for a four through mid-off. The first round went to Tamim, but Zaheer came back in his next over to concede just three runs.
Round three: Mushfiqur Rahim took a single off Zaheer's first ball. Tamim, on 31, faced the second. It was full and outside off. He drove it through extra cover for a sizzling four to bring up Bangladesh's 50. Zaheer countered by coming round the wicket and bowling a short ball. Tamim cut it past point. No run off the next ball, bowled on a length. Then Zaheer tried the short stuff again. This time Tamim charged down the track and pulled it for six over long-on. Bangladesh's asking rate, thanks to the 15-run over, had dropped to under three and a half .
"If Mashrafe had broken the backbone of the Indian team, Tamim hammered the final nail in the coffin with dazzling strokeplay. I can assure you that we did not have the courage in our generation to play cricket like this."
- Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain.
What happened next
Tamim went on to make a half-century, along with Mushfiqur and Shakib Al Hasan, and Bangladesh wrapped up the game by five wickets, with more than an over to spare. India went on to register a big win against ultra-minnows Bermuda but lost to Sri Lanka and left the World Cup, along with Pakistan, after the first round.
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