first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 yesterday after a collapse by their lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group Two match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India’s 146-7.But Mushfiqur holed out to midwicket. The next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same, and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores. However, his partner, Mustafizur Rahman, was run out by India wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.RUNS ADDED ONThe defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26) – who did well to add 44 for the second wicket – and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).Put into bat, India’s openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball, and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-back wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the backfoot again.Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.last_img read more

first_imgSunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West,Sunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West Indian pitches where there is something for the spin bowlers, it is important for a team to put up a total of around 250. Then, if they have quality spinners, they’ll be able to make life tough for the teams chasing their total.Bangladesh have three left-arm spinners who may look the same but are quite different in how they operate. Mohammad Rafique is by far the most popular player in Bangladesh, not so much for his bowling but for his lusty hitting and his ready smile. He may be on the wrong side of the 30s, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Abdur Razzak is different as he gets the ball to turn more from a flatter trajectory than Rafique’s. Saqibul Hasan, the third spinner, is relatively new and a mixture of Rafique and Razzak. They add variety to the attack, and if the new ball bowlers have picked up early wickets, they can really put pressure on the batsmen.On these spinner friendly pitches, it’s crucial to put up a score of 250. There are no surprises in how defending champions Australia have been mowing down their opponents- so brutally that the teams due to play them are worried even before a ball has been bowled. The batting has been explosive with Hayden leading the way and captain Ponting treating bowlers as if he were in the nets! So dominant has the Aussies’ top order been that the middle has hardly had a decent run in the middle or if they have had to go in, it is for a few final overs where they have to start hitting right away.South Africa’s loss to Bangladesh has given hope to England that they can qualify for the semis if they win all their matches. If Bangladesh sneak another win or so, they could also be in contention for a place in the semis. It is boiling down to a great finish with even the Australia vs New Zealand game being crucial to decide who will finish number one after the Super-8 stage. They certainly will not want to play each other in the semis, but would fancy their chances in the final.advertisementBangladesh cricket teamStill, it will be a psychological battle as the Australians will want to win that Super-8 game and show that what happened in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was because they were not at full-strength and the team was a bit jaded after a heavy Ashes series at home. The Aussies have beaten England easily and avenged their defeat in the tri-series played in Australia. They have smashed South Africa who had usurped their number one ranking. Now the only team they have to beat to regain the psychological momentum is New Zealand. That will be the ‘final’ before the final for the Australians.Apart from the early exits of India and Pakistan, the other disappointing aspect was the abject surrender of the host team and to see a West Indies new ball bowler being hit for four sixes in an over. The previous generation West Indies speedsters were superb fielders in the deep with powerful throws coming right onto the stumps- the current lot shambles along as if chained down.Almost every former West Indian player has bemoaned the lack of pride in the current home team. That may not necessarily be true, but there’s no doubt that the effort level is not the greatest and the application perfunctory at best. It is sad to see the champions of the 1970s, ’80s and mid-’90s sink so badly, and that too without a semblance of a fight.In the meanwhile in India, cricket still continues to hog the headlines, not always for the right reasons. India’s early exit has made people realise that they need to look inwards and while it is too early to read the roadmap, the signs seem to be pointing in the right direction. Let’s just hope there are no road blocks or hurdles put by those resistant to change that will help Indian cricket.last_img read more