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India - Bangladesh One Day Internationals 2004-2005 Series

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Rollercoaster ride for India, as Bangladesh records first win at home.

India went on a batting blitz to make amends for Sundays shock defeat, trouncing Bangladesh by 91 runs in the third and final one-day international to clinch the series 2-1 on Monday (Dec 27th).
Opener Virender Sehwag hit an explosive 70, Rahul Dravid struck a breezy 60, Saurav Ganguly added 55 and Yuvraj Singh blasted a 32-ball 69 as the visitors racked up 348 for five. It was Indias highest total against Bangladesh and their sixth-best ever in one-dayers. The visiting bowlers then restricted Bangladesh to 257 for nine, only Rajin Saleh putting up any resistance with a career-best 82 off 114 deliveries. Sachin Tendulkar finished with four for 54 with his occasional spin. India, who won the series opener by 11 runs in Chittagong, lost by 15 runs on Sunday (Dec 26th) after being bowled out for 214. In the decider, however, India launched their assault immediately with Sehwag reaching 50 from just 36 balls with consecutive boundaries. The opening stand was worth 106 when Tendulkar fell for 47, caught behind while trying to cut seamer Khaled Mahmud. Sehwag was then caught at long-on also by Mahmud. The scoring rate slowed after the openers departed, but Ganguly and Dravid hit some lusty blows after settling down and went on to share in a stand of 98 for the third wicket. The Bangladeshi players who came good in the final ODI were Rajin Saleh, who struck a stroke-filled 82 (8x4, 1x6) off 114 balls, and Mashrafe Mortaza, who followed his Sunday's Man of the Match award-winning performance with another scintillating knock of 39 (3x4, 3x6) off 20 balls India Cricket LiveSachin Tendulkar once again showed what a complete cricketer he is, for not only did he lay the foundation of the imposing Indian total with a 106-run partnership with Virender Sehwag but he also ended up as the most successful Indian bowler with figures of 4-54 from nine overs.
Virendra Sehwag, who blasted 70 runs from 52 balls, was adjudged Man of the Match while Mohammed Kaif, who scored 80, 50 and 29 in the three games, was declared Man of the Series.

India Bangladesh First ODI

Chittagong, December 23, 2004

India Bangladesh Cricket Series 2004 - First One Day Inetrnational India won by 11 runs

India Cricket Live START: Bangladesh will keep a positive attitude despite being outgunned in the first one-day international match against India that starts Thursday, captain Habibul Bashar said. Bangladesh has played 98 limited-overs matches since 1986 and won only five of them, including one against Pakistan. It lost 91 matches and two others ended without any result. The hosts have dropped out-of-form batsman Javed Omar and decided to rest pacer Mashrafee Bin Murtaza as the selectors reduced the squad to 12 players. Six players left off of Indias team for the one-dayers leading wicket-taker Anil Kumble, Dinesh Karthik, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Gagandeep Singh and Shib Shankar Paul flew home Tuesday. India and Bangladesh will play the two other one-dayers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on December 26 and 27. India earlier swept a two-test series that ended in Chittagong Monday. India Cricket Live MATCH: India's strength in depth proved decisive as they began their one-day series against Bangladesh with an 11-run victory in Chittagong. Mohammad Kaif (80) and Rahul Dravid (53) shared a stand of 128 as the tourists posted a total of 245-8. Skipper Habibul Bashar kept Bangladesh in the hunt with 65, but his departure left them with too much to do. Khaled Mashud hit an unbeaten 50 but Sridharan Sriram took 3-43 as the home side were restricted to 234-8. The newcomers proved a bit of a success. Sridharan Sriram made a good comeback to pick three for 43 but he might have liked to score a few runs with the bat. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who replaced Dinesh Karthik as wicketkeeper batsman, had an ordinary debut as he was run out after facing just one ball. Joginder Sharma of Haryana did reasonably well to pick 1/28. In Picture: Top Sourav Ganguly bites his jersey after his Bangladeshi counterpart Habibul Bashar hit a boundary off his bowling. Bashar kept Bangladesh in the hunt with a dogged 65, off 96 balls and including six fours, but their chances faded after his dismissal in the 41st over. Above Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif poses with the man-of-the-match trophy after the first One-Day International against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Kaif slammed 80 as India scraped past Bangladesh.

India Bangladesh Second ODI

Dhaka, December 26, 2004

Bangladesh's 100th ODI - Second One Day Inetrnational Bangladesh won by 15 runs

India Cricket Live START: After making a close fight against the visiting Indian team in their first ODI in Chittagong, the spirited Bangladesh team will face their stronger opponents in the second ODI which begins today at 1.30 PM at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. After conceding a narrow 11-run defeat by the visiting team in the port city on December 23, Habibul Bashar told reporters yesterday that they were improving step by step. Bashar also said that if they could keep improving match by match, they would start their winning stint in one-day matches.
On the other hand, the visiting Indians may rest top batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and their two key bowlers left-arm medium pacer Irfan Pathan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan was reported for second time in Chittagong for his doosra' delivery. The match referee reported his doosra bowing first time in 1998. India Cricket Live MATCH: Bangladesh have pulled off a major upset as they beat India by 15 runs in the second One Day International at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka. The win is just Bangladesh's sixth win in a one day internationals and is also their first ODI win at home and comes in their 100th one day international. Mashrafe Mortaza, who contributed a valuable unbeaten 31 and also returned bowling figures of 2 for 36, has been awarded the Man of the Match.
Earlier, Bangladesh elected to bat and put on 229 for 9 in their 50 overs thanks to a brilliant 67 from Aftab Ahmed. In Picture: Top Coach Woolmer and boys celebrating the first home win. Dhaka Stadium was the venue for the 100th Bangla ODI, a day and night affair. Above Bangladesh celebrating their first victory at home and first against India.

India Bangladesh Third ODI

Dhaka, December 27, 2004

Series Decider - Third One Day Inetrnational India won by 91 runs

India Cricket Live START: India cut back some of the experiments, recalling their two premier batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid , and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the final One day International of the Bangladesh Series. Sridharam Sriram, who scored a half-century (57) in the previous match was rested, along with Dinesh Mongia and Murali Karthik. Bangladesh also made two changes, bringing in Hazibul Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahman to replace the injured fast bowling duo of Nazmul Hossain and Tapash Baisya. Baisya was down with a shoulder pain while Nazmul suffered from a groin injury in the second match. India Cricket Live MATCH: Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag took the honours as they helped India amass a huge score of 348 for 5 in the third and final one-day international at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, on Monday to put India on the path to win the series decider against Bangladesh. Quickfire half-centuries from Sehwag (70 off 52 balls) and Yuvraj (69 off 32 balls) saw India demolish the Bangladesh attack to post a huge total and virtually bat the hosts out of the match. Rahul Dravid (60), Sourav Ganguly (55) and Sachin Tendulkar (47) also made vital contributions as India staged a strong comeback after the humiliating loss in the second match. It came as no surprise when Indian captain Ganguly elected to bat after winning the toss.Bangladesh's plight was underlined as Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan claimed three wickets with the new ball. Saleh and Ashraful shared a partnership of 61 before the latter was run out for 32 and Aftab Ahmed followed for nine soon after when he edged a catch to the keeper off Harbhajan. When Dhoni stumped Saleh, who hit a six and eight fours, off Tendulkar in the 34th over, it was merely a question of whether the home side could play out the full 50 overs. Ganguly rotated eight different bowlers, but it was Tendulkar's spin variations which posed the biggest threat as he added Khaled Mashud (10) and Mahmud (14) to his haul. Sachin ended with figures of 9-2-54-4 Third one-day international, Dhaka: India 348-5 ( 50 overs) beat Bangladesh 257-9 (50 overs) by 91 runs; India win series 2-1 In Picture: Top Virender Sehwag stood out with a customary stroke-filled 70, though it was an all-round effort which ferociously crushed Bangladesh by 91 runs in the third and final ODI. Above Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who started off in style hitting a straight six off the first ball he faced (7 runs off 2 balls), had his hand in 5 dismissals. Here he is seen stumping Saleh, who top scored for bangladesh with 82, off Sachin.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.