10 May 2007
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik with unbeaten half centuries steered India to a five-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Thursday.
Replying to Bangladesh's 250 for seven in 47 overs in a match reduced by rain, India made 251 for five.
Man of the match Dhoni (91 not out) hit the winning run in the last ball of the 46th over to complete an unbeaten 107-run partnership with Karthik (58 not out).
Earlier, Morning shower reduced the match to 47 overs a side and Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar opted to bat first after winning the toss. Bangladesh opener Javed Omar and Tamim Iqbal started cautiously but after seeing the nature of the wicket they started to cut loose from the 4th over of the match which resulted in 15 runs.
Young opener Tamim Iqbal was instrumental in his stroke play which forced Indian skipper Rahul Dravid to delay the second power play until 19 over. Introduction of spin halted Bangladesh?s progress as they loss two quick wickets after a good opening partnership of 78 in 16.5 overs.
Tamim was first to when he tried to clear the long off boundary but only managed to reach Sehwag off Mongia?s first over. He played shots all over the ground in his 53 ball 45 which includes 6 entertaining boundaries.
Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar who promoted himself to no. 3 fell without disturbing the scoreboard and Bangladesh lost the early momentum. It was another young man Sakib Al Hasan who steadied the Bangladesh innings with veteran opener Javed Omar. They shared a 107 run partnership in the crucial middle overs.
Javed Omar made a polished 80 off 117 balls with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes while Sakib chipped in with another 50 off 68 balls with 2 boundaries.
Some late hitting from Mohammad Ashraful (29 off 22 balls) Aftab Ahmed (16 off 16 balls) lifted Bangladesh to a challenging 250/7.
Indian spinners shared 6 wickets between them which should be encouraging for Bangladesh who will depend on their famous spin trio to defend the total.
Dinesh Mongia was the most successful Indian bowler and took 3 wickets for 49 runs while Sehwag bagged 2 wickets for 55 runs.