It might be tempting to call it one of the biggest upsets in the World Cup history, but the manner in which Bangladesh pulled the rug away from India’s feet at Port-of-Spain, for their third win in World Cup games, came with a touch of the inevitable.
India after winning the toss, chose to bat first and were bowled out for 191! Only Sourav Ganguly managed to get a 50+ score and Yuvraj Singh contributed with a 47 but the rest of the lineup failed miserably in front of some great bowling by Bangladesh. Mashrafe Mortaza took honors with 4 wickets. Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique contributed with 3 wickets each.
Indian bowlers put a brave fight but Bangladesh surpassed the target, with half centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. Tamim Iqbal, the youngest member in the side and playing just his fifth one-dayer, led the charge of the youth brigade with an audacious 53-ball 51, oozing confidence from every pore and charging the fast bowlers with gusto. Mushfiqur, the 18-year-old wicketkeeper selected over the experienced Khaled Mashud, displayed tremendous composure, during his 107-ball 56. The shot of the day, if not the shot of the tournament so far, came in the 11th over, when Tamim charged down the track to Zaheer and blitzed an almighty pull way over mid-wicket. The temerity behind the stroke symbolized Bangladesh’s day.
Here is a video depicting how India succumbed to a paltry total of 191.
Edited by Shivang Aggarwal