India seal series with massive victory

India wrap up the second Test at Mirpur on the third day itself with a victory margin of an innings and 239 runs, reports Akshay Sawai.

cricket Updated: May 28, 2007 04:10 IST

There's a toy in the market. It's called the Bangladesh Test team. Any young man can play with it.

That's how it seemed on Sunday, when India wrapped up the second Test on the third day itself. The victory margin was a record in Indian cricket — an innings and 239 runs.

The Toy fell once when India bowled it out for 118 in the first innings. India had to make it fall again to win the game. This time they bowled it out for 253 to take the series 1-0.

Zaheer Khan was the best for India in Bangladesh's first innings with 5/34. He added two in the second to grab the Man of the Match award. Sachin Tendulkar was named Man of the Series.

The Toy did better in the second innings, thanks mainly to Mohammad Ashraful and later, Mortaza. They were down to three wickets for ten and it seemed that they would fold up quicker than a roomali roti. Javed Omar got out to the first ball of the innings for the second time in a row, but Bangladesh went on to last over 50 overs.

Ashraful made a 41-ball 67. On a day that saw captain Habibul Bashar fail again, the vice-captain's verve hinted at the passing of the baton. It is expected that Bashar, 11 years older than Ashraful, will no longer hold the reins.

With 12 fours and two sixes, Ashraful made full use of the attacking field. It made for delightful viewing. Later, dropped catches by Indians helped Mortaza delay the inevitable. He scored 70 off 68 balls.

First Published: May 27, 2007 11:20 IST