Chasing a 192-run target, Bangladesh beat India by five wickets in their first World Cup match at the Queen's Oval Park in Trinidad on Saturday.
Electing to bat, India set a paltry target of 192 runs for Bangladesh. The bowlers ran through the Indian batting line-up as wickets kept falling like a pack of cards.
Sachin Tendulkar equalled the record of Javagal Srinath with his 34th World Cup appearance, the most by an Indian. But the little master did little to usher his side to a decent total against a relatively weak Bangladesh team.
India suffered two major jolts in their first World Cup match as pacer Mashrafe Mortaza struck twice to remove two key Indian players - opener Virender Sehwag (2) and Robin Uthappa (10). Sehwag continued his deplorable form as he was stumped in the second over of the match.Abdur Razzaq dismissed big fish Sachin Tendulkar, who looked far from happy when the ball went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
India looked in deep trouble losing the fourth crucial wicket of skipper Rahul Dravid. Sourav Ganguly hoped for a substantial support from Yuvraj Singh as he completed his 65th one-day international fifty.Abdur Razzak broke the 85-run partnership between Yuvraj and Ganguly, dispatching the former for 47. Mohammad Rafique's double strike scalped Ganguly and Dhoni for a duck. Opener Sourav Ganguly remained the highest scorer of the innings with his 66 of 129 balls. Harbhajan Singh succumbed to a delivery off Abdur Razzaq in the next over. Ace Bangla pacer Mortaza dismissed Agarkar leaving India in tatters.
The last partnership of the innings between Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel brought 21 significant runs for India.
Bangladesh inningsAfter a poor show with the bat, India hoped to wrap up the opponents in time to save their skin and earn two vital points in their group. Zaheer Khan trapped Shahriar Nafees cheaply in the fifth over to provide some respite to his distressed side.
Despite losing opening partner Nafees early, Tamim Iqbal displayed an array of shots to compile a quickfire fifty. But, Munaf Patel ended his show at 51.
Saqibul Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim paired together to pile up a 84-run partnership, despatching the bowlers to all corners of the field.
Earlier, India dropped Irfan Pathan to settle for opener Robin Uthappa. Between the two spinners, Harbhajan Singh got lucky over Anil Kumble.
The Queen's Oval Park boasted of 'a perfect ODI pitch' and a high scoring game was expected between the two neighbours. But the Bangla bowlers harnessed India from doing so.
In the 20 matches played in the Caribbean, India have won just five. Speaking of the Queen Oval's Park, of the nine games played by India, they have been lucky only on two outings.
Rahul Dravid is only the fifth captain after Venkatraghavan, Mohd. Azharuddin, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly, to lead India in a World Cup. Azhar owns the world record for the most captaincy assignments in World Cup games.
Dedicating the match to the memory of talented Manjarul Islam Rana and Sajjadul Hasan Setu who died in a freak road mishap on Friday, Bangladesh players wore a black band.
Bangladesh: Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel.
India: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.