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India Bangladesh Second Test: Zaheer Khan leads India to big win over Bangladesh

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan grabbed a match haul of seven wickets as India thumped Bangladesh by an innings and 239 runs with two days to spare in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh, who were forced to follow on 492 runs behind after being shot out for 118 in their first innings, were dismissed for 253 in their second knock just before stumps on the third day. Rahul Dravid's men won the series 1-0 following a draw in the rain-hit first Test in Chittagong and provided a birthday gift for interim coach Ravi Shastri, who turned 45 on Sunday.
Bangladesh's outgoing coach Dav Whatmore was not so lucky, ending his four-year tenure with them with the team's 40th defeat in 46 Test matches so far. Bangladesh have won just one Test, while five were drawn.
Zaheer, who claimed 5-34 in the first innings, rattled Bangladesh with the first two wickets on either side of the lunch break at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The hosts were reduced to 10-3 soon after lunch before 22-year-old Mohammad Ashraful boosted the total with a breathtaking counter-attack that fetched him 67 off 41 balls.
Ashraful raced to 50 off just 26 deliveries, narrowly missing South African Jacques Kallis' world record of the fastest half-century in Test cricket in 24 balls against Zimbabwe in 2004. Ashraful smashed 12 boundaries and two sixes with a flurry of drives, pulls and lofted shots that drew wild cheers from the 10,000 home fans who braved the hot and humid weather.
Bangladesh slipped to 154-7 before tailender Mashrafe Mortaza delayed the end with a stroke-filled 70 off 68 balls that contained eight fours and three sixes. Rajin Saleh (42) was the only other home batsman to offer resistence against the Indian spinners, for whom Romesh Powar picked up 3-33 and Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar took two wickets each.
Zaheer, who had taken three wickets the previous evening after India rattled up 610-3 declared, struck with the day's second delivery when Bangladesh started at 58-5. Zaheer trapped Saqibul Hasan leg-before before the left-hander could add to his overnight score of 30.
Debutant seamer Ishant Sharma picked up his first Test wicket as Mortaza slashed a short ball into Kumble's safe hands at gully to reduce Bangladesh to 93-8. Zaheer completed his fourth five-wicket haul when he bowled Mohammad Rafique, before Kumble terminated the innings by making Mashud (25) edge a catch to wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni.
When Bangladesh began their second innings just before lunch, Zaheer dismissed opener Javed Omar for a first-ball duck for the second time in the match. Omar, who was held in the slips in the first innings, was unlucky to be given out caught by the wicket-keeper down the leg side as television replays showed the bat did not deflect the ball. The first Test in Chittagong was drawn after rain washed out 15 of the scheduled 30 hours of play.
India also won the preceding one-day series 2-0 to make amends for their shock World Cup defeat at Bangladesh's hands.
Second Test, Dhaka, day three: India 610-3d beat Bangladesh 118 & 253 by an innings and 239 runs

India Bangladesh Second Test: Bangladesh 58 for 5 at stumps on day two

Bangladesh were 58 for the loss of five wickets against India at the end of Day 2 of second and the final Test at Mirpur. Shakib al Hasan and Mohammad Sharif were on the crease with the score of 30 and 0 respectively. Bangladesh batsmen were left downtrodden as they lost 4 wickets in first 3 overs.
Indian bowlers Zaheer Khan and Rudra Pratap Singh provided the vital breakthroughs in the initial overs. Bangladesh lost their fifth wicket as Anil Kumble outsmarted Rajin Saleh. Saleh and Shakib al Hasan temporarily stabilised Bangladeshi innings with a partnership of 33 runs.
India declared their first innings at 610 for 3 with four of its top batsmen slamming individual centuries in their second Test match against Bangladesh. This feat was achieved for the first time in cricket history. The four centuries were that of Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Kaarthick, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar slammed his 37th Test century. With this century Tendulkar widened the gap between him and Ricky Ponting who has 33 centuries in his kitty. Tendulkar century came in 200 balls.
Both Mahendra Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar were on the crease when India declared their first innings. Dhoni provided some fireworks in the end as he made a prolific half century off 50 balls.
Second Test, Dhaka, day two (close): India 610 for 3 dec v Bangladesh 58 for 5

India created a new world record in Test cricket

India created a new world record in Test cricket by becoming the first nation whose first four batsmen scored centuries in the same innings.
Indias first innings total in the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka read a mammoth 610/3 declared but had the top four batsmen Dinesh Kaarthick (129), Wasim Jaffer (138 ret hurt), skipper Rahul Dravid (129) and Sachin Tendulkar (122*) all posting hundreds. There have been many instances in Test cricket where the top three batsmen have hit hundreds but this is the first occasion where the top four have contributed centuries in the same innings. The last time top three Indians went past the hundred mark was against Australia in the 1986 Sydney Test when Sunil Gavaskar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath notched up hundreds.

India Bangladesh Second Test: India finish at 326 for 0

The Indians went on to stamp their authority on the Bangladeshi bowlers as they went on to post a mammoth score of 326 without losing a single wicket during the entire days play. Wasim Jaffer was the star of the day scoring 138 runs in 229 balls.
Wasim Jaffer hammered a gutsy century to bring India into a comfortable position against Bangladesh. Jaffers century came in 185 balls. Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik was retired hurt after he suffered a cramp. Karthik was on 82 when he had to return back to the pavilion. Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik laid a sound foundation for India, with a rollicking first wicket stand as the visitors cantered to 175 for no loss at tea on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Bangaldesh here today. Reported Earlier:Habibul Bashar has won the toss and has put India to bat first. Bangladeshi skipper is confident of having a good game in the last Test against India at Sher-e Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
India would look to brush aside the minor concern about opener Wasim Jaffer's form and finish off their Bangladesh tour with a flourish by clinching the Test series with a victory in the second and last match beginning on Friday at Mirpur. Bangladesh team: Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Sharif, Syed Rasel India team: W Jaffer, K D Karthik, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, M S Dhoni, R R Powar, Z Khan, A Kumble, R P Singh, I Sharma
Second Test, Dhaka, day one (close): India 326-0 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh Second Test: India get Kumble boost for final cricket Test

India's bowling spearhead Anil Kumble is fit to torment Bangladesh as the tourists seek a series win when the second and final Test starts on Friday.
The 36-year-old, India's most successful bowler in both forms of the game with 547 Test and 337 one-day wickets, did not bat or bowl in the rain-savaged first Test in Chittagong due to fever. India lean heavily on the veteran for wickets and in his absence the other bowlers allowed Bangladesh's ninth-wicket pair of Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain to put on 77 and save the follow-on, and with it the Test.
"Anil is a proven match-winner in any conditions," said Indian captain Rahul Dravid ahead of the decider at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium, a new Test venue. Both teams were praying for a rain-free match after bad weather in the port city of Chittagong wiped out 15 of the stipulated 30 hours of play in the drawn game. "It is very frustrating when you lose half the match to rain," said Dravid. "There is little one can do about the weather but I just hope we get some good cricket in."
The teams will not be spared the stifling hot and humid weather, which they have endured for the entire three-week tour, but can rely on good drainage facilities at the venue in case of rain. "This ground dries up much faster than at Chittagong," said Bangladesh captain Habibur Bashar. "There is some forecast of rain but I think we can have a full game." Bangladesh hope to put on a sterling display as a farewell gift for coach Dav Whatmore, who ends his four-year tenure with them after this match and is a leading candidate to sign up with India.
The Indian cricket board is due to meet on June 4 to pick a successor to Greg Chappell, the former Australian captain who quit as India's coach after the World Cup. "The boys are very encouraged and motivated to do well in this match," said Bashar.
Bangladesh's fortunes rest on Mortaza, a gifted 23-year-old who was deservedly named man of the match in Chittagong for his 4-97 in India's first innings and a match-saving 79 with seven boundaries and three sixes. India, for whom veterans Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly hit centuries, will retain opener Wasim Jaffer despite his horrific first-over noughts in both innings.
"Wasim is very keen to do well here," said Dravid. "It's not fair to judge someone by one match. He has done so well in the past." Either seamer Ishant Sharma or left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar will make his Test debut after India omitted seasoned batsmen Venkatsai Laxman and Yuvraj Singh, and seamer Vikram Rajvir Singh from a shortlist of 12. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthick, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Rudra Pratap Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Ishant Sharma.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Saqibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Mehrab Hossain.

India Bangladesh Second Test: India arrives in Dhaka for second Test

After the disappointment of the rain-marred opening Test in Chittagong, the Indian cricket team arrived here on Wednesday for the second and final match of the series begining on Friday.
The Indian players reached Dhaka by a GMG Airlines flight in the morning and headed straight for the team hotel under strong security cover. Team sources said there would be no net practice.
Meanwhile, leggie Anil Kumble, down with flu, was improving. "I am feeling better," Kumble said before boarding the Dhaka-bound flight in Chittagong.
Kumble could not complete his batting in the first innings of the first Test and had to stay out of the ground for the remaining part of the first Test due to high fever. The Bangladesh team arrived in their capital city on Tuesday night, and like the Indians, had skipped the nets on Wednesday.
More than 15 hours of playing time was lost in the first Test which ended in a dull draw yesterday. The second Test would be played at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Five: Chittagong test ends in a draw

Bangladesh put up a strong resistance against India in their first Test in Chittagong. Both captain Habibul Bashar and Javed Omar stuck at the crease to take Bangladesh to a position of relative safety. The match is heading towards a possible draw.
Set a victory target of 250, Bangladesh were 32 for one in their second innings at the tea-break of the fifth and final day of the first cricket Test against India here today.
The hosts have a maximum of 36 overs to reach the target after Rahul Dravid declared India's second innings at 100 for six in the rain-truncated match.
Bangladesh opener Sahriyar Nafees (1) was the sole wicket to fall. Nafees made a mess of a flick shot off the bowling of R P Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no mistake in taking the catch behind the stumps. Javed Omar (15) and skipper Habibul Bashar (11) were in the middle, with the sparse crowd at the Bir Sreshta Shahid Ruhul Amin stadium eagerly anticipating an explosive final session.
First Test, Chittagong, day five (close): India 387-8 dec & 100-6 drew with Bangladesh 238 & 104-2

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Four: Mortaza helps Bangladesh avoid follow-on

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza denied India an opportunity to enforce the follow on in the Chittagong Test and scored his maiden fifty at this level to take Bangladesh to 238 all out on the fourth day of the rain-marred game.
With the entire 3rd days play washed out, India hoped of bowling out Bangladesh below the follow-on mark after the home side was reeling at 149-8 just before tea. However, Mortaza ensured that he slammed a brilliant 79 off just 91 balls, including three sixes to take his team to safety.
The speedster, who picked four Indian wickets in the first innings, shared a 77-run partnership with Shahadat Hossain (31). India had earlier declared their innings on 387 for 8.
At day end, India in the second innings were 44 for 2 in 14 overs with their overall lead being 193. Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain removed opener Wasim Jaffer for a duck and skipper Rahul Dravid for just 2 runs to reduce India to 6 for 2 in the 5th over.
However, opener Dinesh Kaarthick (15) and first innings centurion Sachin Tendulkar (24) ensured that there were no more hiccups until play ended on Day 4. However, for opener Jaffer the Chittagong Test remains a dreadful experience as he notched up a pair, which means he picked up ducks in both innings of the Test match. He was out bowled for a first ball duck in the first innings and now he was out for zero off the third ball he faced.
First Test, Chittagong, day four (close): India 387-8 dec & 44 for 2 v Bangladesh 238 all out

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Three: Rain prevents play

India were set to start day three of the first Test on 384-6 but play was abandoned before a ball was bowled.
Mahindra Dhoni (36) and Anil Kumble (1) will hope for better weather on Monday, but the forecast is not promising. Inclement weather over the port city also forced last Tuesday's third and final one-day international to be abandoned without a ball being bowled, and with the first Test now almost certain to end in a draw, the series hangs on the second and final Test to be played in Dhaka from May 25.
First Test, Chittagong, day three (no play): India 384-6 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Two: Rain delays play for 5-1/2 hours

Sachin Tendulkar took his world record Test hundreds total to 36 as India progressed to 384-6 on a rain-shortened second day against Bangladesh. Tendulkar was beaten to three figures by Sourav Ganguly but went on to make 101 before he was caught as he tried to pull a ball from Shahadat Hossain.
Ganguly had earlier been dismissed for exactly 100 after the pair had shared a fourth wicket stand of 189. Only 20 overs were possible in the day with play only starting at 4.30pm. Play on the second day of the first cricket Test between India and Bangladesh began after a 5-1/2 hour delay due to rains. Play was not possible in both the morning and post-lunch sessions due to a soaked outfield caused by overnight and morning rains.
First Test, Chittagong, day two (close): India 384-6 v Bangladesh

Sachin Tendulkar named vice-captain

The Indian cricket team's vice-captain post was filled today with Sachin Tendulkar being appointed as Rahul Dravid's deputy for the two Tests against Bangladesh.
"Tendulkar has been made the vice-captain," said Surendra Bhave here on the opening day of the first Test. The national selectors did not name a vice-captain when they announced the squad for the series which also featured a ODI series which the visitors won 2-0.
The India squad for the one-dayers, however, did not include none of the stalwarts - Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Tendulkar was the vice-captain on the tour of South Africa and also at the World Cup.

India Bangladesh First Test, Day One: India dominant on first day

India finished the first day of the first test match dominantly placed at 295 for the loss of 3 wickets in 77 overs. Four out of the top five batsmen scored half centuries with Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly unbeaten on 80 and 82 respectively.
The visitors decided to bat first after winning the toss but got off to the worst possible start when Mashrafe Mortaza bowled Jaffer for a first-ball duck. However, after that Karthik and Dravid did not give the host bowlers much to cheer about as they added 113 runs for the second wicket. At lunch Karthik was unbeaten on 52 off 83 balls with eight fours while his skipper was not out on 52 that came off 72 balls with the help of 10 fours. But the duo falied to continue with their good work after the lunch with Karthik falling for 56 and 11 balls later Dravid followed him in to the pavilion. While Karthik was caught by Mohammad Ashraful to become the second victim of Mortaza, Dravid was caught by Khaled Mashud for 61 off Shahadat Hossain. Reported Earlier: Sachin Tendulkar sparkled in the post-lunch session in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh as India reached a comfortable 181 for 3 in 46 overs at the tea break on the opening day.
Tendulkar had moved on to 35 off 51 balls and giving him company was left hander Sourav Ganguly who looked sedate on 16.
The veteran duo was involved in an unbroken 49-run stand for the 4th wicket as India added 68 runs in the second session in 21 overs. Having resumed at 113 for 1 at lunch, India lost captain Rahul Dravid for 61 and Dinesh Kaarthick for 56 in quick succession with Shahadat Hossain and Mortaza picking up the wickets.
Tendulkar batted with authority and struck four boundaries during his stay while Ganguly scored only two fours. Reported Earlier: India won the toss and choose to bat on a pitch that promises a run fest.
Surprisingly, VVS Laxman failed to find a place in the playing eleven. Apart from him, Yuvraj Singh and Rajesh Powar also failed to make the cut. An injured Munaf Patel is also missing form the scheme of things for India. After winning the toss, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said: "It looks a very good wicket, it might take on some slow turn later on. RP Singh and VRV Singh are playing, Munaf Patel is unfortunately injured." His views were echoed by the Bangladeshi captain: "It looks like a good batting track. But if you bowl in the right line and length, we can come to the party. Mortaza is back." India team : K D Karthik, W Jaffer, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, M S Dhoni, R R Powar, Z Khan, A Kumble, V R V Singh, R P Singh
Bangladesh team : Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Enamul Haque jnr, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Shahadat Hossain, Rajin Saleh
First Test, Chittagong, day one (close): India 295-3 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh First Test: India may field top five bowlers

India will consider playing five bowlers to beat the oppressive heat and humidity when they take on Bangladesh in the first cricket Test.
The tourists declined to name even a shortlist of 12 as they debated the virtues of dropping a top order batsman to accommodate a fifth bowler on the dry wicket at the Ruhul Amin stadium. "We'll keep the opposition guessing 'til the toss," captain Rahul Dravid told reporters yesterday after a two-hour training session under energy-sapping conditions. "The heat is obviously a big factor. We could play five bowlers to ensure that no one is unduly burdened." Temperatures are expected to touch 38 degrees Celcius over the next week with 92 per cent humidity even as the port city gears for the advancing monsoon rains.
A five-man attack would comprise two seamers and three spinners, with off-break bowler Ramesh Powar and debutant left-armer Rajesh Pawar supporting veteran spin spearhead Anil Kumble. India will need to axe two of the seven specialist batsmen in Wasim Jaffar, Dinesh Karthick, Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman and Yuvraj Singh to play a fifth bowler. Bangladesh, meanwhile, named three left-arm spinners in their 12, although only one among Enamul Haque and rookie Mehrab Hossain is expected to play alongside the experienced Mohammad Rafique. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthick, Venkatsai Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Vikram Rajvir Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Saqibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Mehrab Hossain.

India Bangladesh First Test: Bangladesh face tough India test

Bangladesh play their first Test series in 13 months this week hoping to take their new-found confidence in one-day cricket to the traditional game.
Bangladesh, who face India in the first Test here from Friday, are still considered novices in the five-day format despite making rapid strides in the shorter version of the sport.
Having finished seventh in the recent World Cup, their best ever showing at the cricket's one-day showpiece, Bangladesh want to prove they are equally adept at playing Tests despite a poor record.
They have won just one of their 44 matches so far since gaining Test status in 2000, against a struggling Zimbabwe in 2005. Their record against other Test nations besides Zimbabwe is dismal ? 35 losses in 36 games with one draw. "We are still learning the art of Test cricket," said captain Habibul Bashar, who has played in 42 of his country's 44 matches and is their leading scorer with 2,838 runs. "It's only been one-day cricket for us over the past year. We have not played Test matches in that period and it will be tough to adjust quickly. But we will do our best."
Bangladesh's last Test series was in April 2006 when they hosted Australia for two matches. They lost both although Bashar's men almost pulled off an incredible win over the world champions during the first Test. Bangladesh made 427 batting first and reduced Australia to 93-6 before Adam Gilchrist hit a century to take the total to 269.

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Third ODI called off due to heavy overnight rain

The third and final one-dayer between India and Bangladesh was called off due to bad weather and a wet outfield at Chittagong on Tuesday.
After a pitch inspection at 1:00 pm local time, the umpires decided to call the game off after a look at the slushy outfield owing to overnight rain and a morning drizzle. India clinch the series two-nil, thanks to their wins in Mirpur. They won the first ODI by five wickets and the second by 46 runs.
The two-match Test series starts with the first at Chittagong on May 18. The second Test will be played in Dhaka from May 25. Reported Earlier: Overnight rain has delayed the start of the third and final one-day international between India and Bangladesh at Chittagong on Tuesday.
The match is of only academic interest with India having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead. They won the first one-dayer by five wickets and the second by 46 runs. Both the matches were played at Mirpur. While India would have looked to complete a whitewash, Bangladesh would be looking to salvage pride. The teams had on Monday been welcomed by a slushy outfield. There was also a cyclone warning for the coastal city.

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Uthappa and RP Singh set to play third ODI

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, Indias three specialist openers, have been included in the team for the third One-day International (ODI) against Bangladesh here at Chittagong on Tuesday.
Uthappa is set to bat at No 3, which means Sehwag, in the middle of a lean patch, will be given another go at the top. Sehwag has not fired in the first two ODIs, each time giving away his wicket after getting off to good starts. "Robin will bat at No 3 because soon you have the Test series and Dhoni already had to shoulder a lot of workload," Dravid told Press Trust of India. The likely person to miss out would be Dinesh Mongia, who contributed three wickets in the first one-dayer, but hasnt impressed much with the bat.
With Sreesanth injured and Zaheer Khan rested from the dead rubber Rudra Pratap Singh will finally get a game. Dravid felt that using the game to experiment with the line-up would help the side when they travel to England in June. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (c), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthick, Manoj Tiwari, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap, Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar and Dinesh Mongia
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Sakibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket Keeper), Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique and Farhad Reza

Bangladesh names test squad to play India

Bangladesh selectors today announced five changes in the cricket squad for the two-match Test series against India that will follow the ongoing one-day rubber.
The 14-member squad includes Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Enamul Haque (Jr) and Mehrab Hossain (Jr), all of whom did not feature in the one-day series. The five players in the ODI squad who were omitted for the Test matches were Aftab Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim and Fahad Reza, according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board release. The first Test would be played from May 18-22 in Chittagong and the second from May 25-29 in Dhaka. Bangladesh Test squad : Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omer Belim, Shahriar Nafees Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Rajin Saleh Alam, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Rafique, Enamul Haque (Jr), Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain Rajib, Syed Rasel, Mehrab Hossain (Jr).

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Teams reach Chittagong for third ODI

Bad luck with injuries continues to hound the Bangladesh cricket team in this home series as they are all set to miss ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the third and final one-dayer against India at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium tomorrow.
The Tigers along with India reached the port city yesterday morning without the ace batsman who has been admitted to hospital on Saturday night. Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was the first casualty of injury as he missed the first one-dayer because of back pain and now Bangladesh vice-captain Ashraful has been suffering from high temperature.
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed informed that there was no chance for Ashraful to play the last one-day match and said the team-management didn't want any replacement for the ace batsman. "His temperature has come down but he is still in the hospital, so there is no chance to see him in the third one-day match. But we hopeful that he will join the team in Chittagong well before the start of the first Test match," Faruque said. "We were ready to give a replacement but team-management felt that the existing squad is good enough," he added.
The sickness of Ashraful makes way for all-rounder Forhad Reza to play his first game in the series. Captain Habibul Bashar though, was desperately looking forward to getting his deputy back for the final one-dayer as he said that it is a very important match for them, although they have already conceded the series. "There is a very slim chance for Ashraful to play the match but we wanted to monitor his condition till tomorrow and that was the reason we didn't ask for any replacement for him. If Ashraful feels good than definitely he will play the match because he is an important player in the team," said Bashar over telephone yesterday. "We are desperately looking forward to this game despite the fact that we lost the series. It would be fantastic if we can manage a win before a tough Test series," he added.
The 34-year old Bangladesh captain said that his side was not totally demoralised by the series defeat as they had played some good cricket. "Our performance was not too bad if you compare it with the previous series we played at home. We were very much close in the first game and in the second match it was also not a one-sided affair. So, we have the self-belief that we can still win a match," he said. The right-hander also expressed his satisfaction on returning amongst the runs after making 43 in the second match at Mirpur on Saturday. "It's good for me that we got some runs ahead of the Test series," he said.
Bashar was however worried with the hot and humid condition. "It is very tough weather conditions where everybody feel uncomfortable," he said. The teams didn't turn up at the venue yesterday as they preferred full rest under such heat.

India Bangladesh Second ODI: India beat Bangladesh to win first away series in a year

India won its first series on a foreign soil in a year when it defeated Bangladesh by 46 runs in their second one day international at Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. For India, Gautam Gambhir led the batting attack with an extraordinary knock of 101 runs.
For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza reduced the run margin considerably with a blistering knock of 42 runs of 22 balls. His innings included 5 sixes and a four with a strike rate of 190 runs per over Blazing innings of Mashrafe Mortaza came to an end as he gave a catch straight into the hands of Virender Sehwag. Mortaza who could not do much with the ball hammered Indian bowlers and made 42 runs in 22 balls. In an over against Mongia, he went for four sixes in a row thereby considerably reducing the winning margin. Reported Earlier: Playing in tough conditions and against an upbeat team like Bangladesh, India made 284 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their stipulated innings of 49 overs. Gautam Gambhir who used to give away his wicket early made an astonishing 101 runs to give India the fuel to reach 284.
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat in the rain-reduced second one-dayer against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. Rain delayed the start of the match by half an hour. The match was reduced to 49 overs a side. India team: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Mongia, Munaf Patel, Ramesh Powar, Virender Sehwag, Piyush Chawla Yuvraj Singh.
Bangladesh team: Habibul Bashar (Captain), Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Saqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal
Second one-day international, Dhaka: 284 for 8 (49.0 overs) bt Bangladesh 238 for 9 (49.0 overs) by 46 runs

India Bangladesh Second ODI: India hope to pocket the series

After Thursday's scrappy yet morale-boosting win, India will be looking to plug the loopholes and pocket the three-match One-day cricket series against Bangladesh in the second ODI in Dhaka on Saturday.
The five-wicket win may have helped the team in leaving behind the stunning loss to the neighbouring nation in the World Cup, but the stiff competition put up by the hosts at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Thursday is yet another confirmation that Rahul Dravid's team have a battle at hand during the remainder of the tour. Besides, the team management needs to take a long, hard look at what Dravid and stop-gap cricket manager Ravi Shastri have themselves described as 'grey areas'.
In Thursday's match, the top-order floundered, fielding looked sloppy and the pace bowlers wayward. "There is work to be done in a couple of areas," Shastri said.
Openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag needlessly went out to soft dismissals, as did Dinesh Mongia. Yuvraj Singh committed himself too early to an aggressive shot, while Dravid failed to build upon the start he got. "We need to bat a little well at the top. We should not have lost as many wickets as we did, but I am quite happy and I am sure as the games go on, the top-order will fire", said Dravid, who has always found his bat refusing to do the talking against Bangladesh.
Despite his overall career average nearing 40, Dravid's figures hover in the mid-20s against Bangladesh, and he would be keen to improve upon that in the coming engagements. The below-par ground fielding is also causing concern to the team, and new fielding coach Robin Singh needs to work on that area.
Dravid conceded the fielding lapses and said, "We can do better in that department and we expect to better in that department irrespective of the conditions."
The Indian pacers also failed to find their rhythm in the series opener and sent down very ordinary stuff providing the Bangladesh batsmen an easy time. The most experienced pacer, Zaheer Khan, went for about eight runs an over and this should be a cause of worry for the Indian team management.
On the positive side are M S Dhoni, playing a matured knock of 91 in trying conditions despite cramps, and Dinesh Karthik, delivering again at a moment of crisis. Part-time bowler Dinesh Mongia also came good with his left-arm spin to pick up three wickets, while offie Ramesh Power, another comeback man, also bowled decently.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, should be ruing their missed chances. They set India a challenging total and proceeded to put them on the mat but eventually failed to pin them down. "We were in the match for most of the time. We were waiting for one wicket when Dhoni and Karthik were batting and we felt that we had a chance right till the end if we got that wicket," said a dejected Habibul Bashar, whose lean patch has stretched to the series.
The hosts did not field well either, missing a crucial opportunity to run out Karthik in the 40th over. "I think our excitement of being so close to victory made us miss the run out chance," Bashar said.
However, Bangladesh can take heart from the form of openers Javed Omar and Tamim Iqbal, and the all-round show of Saqibul Hasan. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (c), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Kaarthick, Dinesh Mongia, Ramesh Powar, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan. Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Russel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique and Farhad Reza.

India Bangladesh first ODI: Dhoni wins it for India

Mahendra Dhoni braved a thigh injury to fire an unbeaten 93 and lead India to a five-wicket win in the first match of their one-day series versus Bangladesh. The wicket-keeper came to the crease with India on 35, and when they slipped to 112-4 the tourists were in trouble. But Dhoni's fine rearguard action with Dinesh Karthik (58no) led them past the target of 251 with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Javed Omar's 80 had helped the Tigers to 250-7 in a match reduced to 47 overs per side because of rain. The home side won the toss and chose to bat, and were given a flying start by Tamim Iqbal, who showed little respect to Zaheer Khan, who conceded 33 from five overs with the new ball.
First one-day international, Dhaka: India 253-5 bt Bangladesh 250-7 by five wickets

India Bangladesh first ODI delayed due to rain

The first ODI between India and Bangladesh at Mirpur will witness a delayed start due to morning rains.
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has won the toss and decided to bat first. Fresh reports suggested that rain has stopped and the stadium has been engulfed by bright sunshine. The pitch promises a lot of runs as experts feel that scores in excess of 260 can be expected on the placid wicket at Mirpur. The team think-tank believes in opening the innings with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

India, Bangladesh motivated ahead of first cricket one-dayer

India is desperate to redeem itself after tumbling out of the first round of the cricket World Cup, while Bangladesh wants a repeat of the win that helped eliminate its subcontinental neighbour when the two teams meet Thursday in the first of three limited-over cricket internationals.
Bangladesh made it to the Super 8s stage in the just concluded World Cup in the Caribbean after beating former champion India and No. 1 team South Africa. "I think the selectors and the team are pretty focused on correcting things after what happened in the World Cup. I do not think that anyone now considers Bangladesh as minnows or easy opposition," India captain Rahul Dravid said Wednesday. "Everyone knows that they have to play really well to beat Bangladesh, especially at home. We got some good players who can cope with this condition and put up a good performance," Dravid added.
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar, meanwhile, knows there are now higher expectations on the team. "We are aware that the expectations will be much higher this time. We are preparing ourselves according to that," Bashar said. "We want to play our own brand of cricket. It is really up to them (India) how they take this series. But definitely, I would love to win it." Injured middle order batsman Manoj Tiwary will be missing from India's 12-member squad, while Bangladesh's ace paceman Mashrafe bin Mortaza is also in doubt for Thursday's game. "Tiwary will not be available for us in the one-day series because of the unfortunate injury. It is really sad for him, and also disappointing from the team," Dravid said.
Tiwary, who hurt his shoulder in practice Tuesday, was expected to make his limited-overs international debut at Dhaka. Mortaza's back injury, meanwhile, delayed Bangladesh's team selection. "Mashrafe is a special player. So, it is a worry for us whether he can make it in the final eleven tomorrow," Bashar said. "But our backup players are also not bad. That's one of the reasons for our recent success."
Both sides are due to announce their final lineups before the start of the game Thursday at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which both captains believe is likely to offer some turn for their bowlers. "We played a practice match in this wicket. I noticed that the bounce was a bit low and there was also some turn," Bashar said.
The teams practised Wednesday, although sudden rains briefly disrupted the end of their sessions. The second and third one-dayers will be played May 12 and 15, while the two Test matches will be held from May 18 and 25. India last toured Bangladesh in December 2004, when the hosts registered their first ever limited-overs international win on home ground, beating their more fancied neighbours by 15 runs in one of the matches. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (c), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique, Farhad Reza.

Bangladesh face India in first ODI tomorrow

Bangladesh National Cricket team led by Habibul Bashar will face India National Cricket team tomorrow in the first One Day International (ODI) match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The Rahul Dravid-led squad arrived in the city on last Monday. Yesterday the visiting India Cricket team took part in the practice session at the big bowl.
It may be mentioned that Bangladesh team defeated India team by five wickets in their Group B encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies. After the World Cup Cricket both teams are going to play a three-match ODI series and two-match Test series.

Umpires named for India-Bangladesh cricket series

Ashoka De Silva of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's Enamul Huq and Nadir Shah will officiate in three-match one-day cricket series between India and Bangladesh beginning from May 10.
Shah will stand with neutral umpire De Silva in the first match at Mirpur, while Huq will join him for the last two encounters in Chittagong, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced. Another home umpire Akhtar Uddin Shaheen will be the TV umpire for the ODI series.
The two-match Test series, which starts from May 18 in Chittagong will be officiated by ICC Elite panel umpires Daryl Harper and Billy Doctrove. Shah and Huq will be the TV umpires for the Test series. Roshan Mahanama will be the ICC match referee.

Indian cricket team lands in Bangladesh

Indian cricket team, led by skipper Rahul Dravid, arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to play three one-dayers and two Test matches against Bangladesh.
India will play the first two one-dayers at Mirpur May 10 and May 12 and the third one at Chittagong on May 15. The first Test match will begin at Chittagong from May 18 and second and final match at Dhaka from May 25. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Wasim Jaffar, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Rajesh Pawar, VRV Singh and Ramesh Pawar, who are included only in the Test squad, will join the the team on May 15.

Indian cricket team leaves for Bangladesh

The Indian cricket team left for Bangladesh Monday to play one-dayers and a test series.
The Indian players will be trying to redeem their reputation after a stunning loss to Bangladesh at the just-concluded World Cup in the Caribbean. The Indian team exited the tournament in the preliminary round following the unexpected defeat. The one-dayers will be played on May 10, 12 and 15, while the two test matches will be held from May 18 and 25. India last toured Bangladesh in December 2004, when the hosts registered their first ever limited-overs international win on home ground, beating the more fancied Indian squad by 15 runs in one of the matches.

Ankle injury scare for Tendulkar

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has sprained his right ankle during practice for the tour of Bangladesh.
Surendra Bhave, administrative manager for the squad, said: "The injury does not appear to be serious." But he said the 34-year-old had been treated with ice and may have to go for medical tests and X-rays.
Meanwhile, the reports that the players have been banned from eating fried food and red meat during their conditing camp in Calcutta. Tendulkar suffered his injury while negotiating a bouncer from fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth on the first day of the week-long camp.
He limped to the dressing-room after some initial treatment from team physio John Gloster. India were knocked out of the World Cup several weeks before its conclusion last Saturday. One of the teams they lost to in the Caribbean was Bangladesh, who later beat eventual semi-finalists South Africa.
The India squad leaves for Bangladesh on Monday to play three one-day internationals and two Tests. Rahul Dravid remains as captain, while Ravi Shastri has agreed to be coach just for this tour. Tendulkar is only in the squad for the Test series.
Explaining the dietary regime, Ratnakar Shetty, an official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, said: "Every tour has rules and regulations, and a diet chart." The report says grilled chicken, boiled eggs, fruit and vegetables are being promoted as healthy options.

Bashar captain for India series

Bangladesh Cricket Board kept faith in the World Cup squad when they announced a 14-member team yesterday for this month's home series against India.
India will arrive in Dhaka on May 7 to play three one-day internationals and two Tests against the Tigers, who stunned their next-door neighbours with a five-wicket victory to effect their first round exit from the showpiece event in the Caribbean. Habibul Bashar will lead the team in the series while ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful will act as his deputy. However the 34-year-old Bashar, the most successful Bangladesh skipper, is all set to quit one-day cricket after the series.
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed announced the squad at a press conference saying that they only dropped Rajin Saleh as they had to reduce the team for the home battle. On the other hand, paceman Tapash Baisya is yet to recover from injury so all-rounder Forhad Reza, who was flown into West Indies in the middle of the World Cup as Tapash's replacement, has been retained. India have already announced two separate squads for the series.
The first two one-day matches will take place at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on May 10 and 12 and the second Test will also be held at the same venue from May 25. After the first two ODIs the sides will travel to Chittagong to play the third and final one-dayer on May 15 and the first Test over May 18-22. Bangladesh's Test squad would be named during the second one-day match. Bangladesh team: Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, Syed Russel, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Farhad Reza.

Tendulkar, Ganguly rested for Bangladesh ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were rested from the Indian one day squad to tour Bangladesh, the Indian cricket board announced Friday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, or the BCCI, denied that Tendulkar and Ganguly, two of India's most experienced players, had been dropped, saying that they were being rested. They were included in the squad for the two tests. "We are giving Sachin and Sourav a break," Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of India's selection committee told reporters in Mumbai. "They are being rested. We are retaining Rahul (Dravid) as captain."
The shake-up in India cricket comes after their dismal performance at the ongoing World Cup in the Caribbean, where India were ousted in the group stages after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Vengsarkar said the senior players were given some time off in the three one-day internationals against Bangladesh since India had a packed one-day and test schedule in the year ahead. Batsman Virendra Sehwag, currently in bad form, was retained in the one-day squad but not in the test side.
Off-spinner Harbajan Singh, bowlers Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar were dropped from both the one-day and test teams, said board secretary Niranjan Shah. "Yes they have been dropped. There will be more one-days later and then they could be considered," he said. The Indian team will leave for Bangladesh on May 7 for the monthlong series that starts on May 10. One-day squad: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Mahendra Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwari, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudrapratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar and Dinesh Mongia.
Test team: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Mahendra Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Karthick, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Vikram Singh, Munaf Patel, Ramesh Powar and Rajesh Pawar.

Team India for Bangladesh tour to be picked today

The Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour will be picked today(April 20). The Indians are slated to play 3 one-dayers and 2 test matches on the tour.
According to sources within the BCCI the selectors have decided to opt for a younger looking one-day team. This only indicates that stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly might be be rested in the one-day squad. Interestingly, Virender Sehwag is expected to be retained after displaying some form in game against Bermuda. Sources within the BCCI have told Times NOW that that for the Bangladesh tour as many as 4 players might be dropped from the one-day squad that went to the World Cup. The in-form Zaheer Khan might be lose his place purely for disciplinary reasons while Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan and Irfan Pathan are expected to be dropped due to lack of form. Anil Kumble of course has announced his retirement while S Sreesanth may lose out due to a shoulder injury.
New faces like Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwari are expected to make it to the one-day squad since both have been prolific run-scorers in the domestic circuit and . A surprise inclusion might be Irfan Pathan's brotherYousuf Pathan who is a spinner and a hard-hitting lower order batsman. Still there are some who's careers might just be revived in this particular tour. Ramesh Powar is almost certain to make a comeback with his exclusion from the World Cup squad being considered a mistake. The word is that Piyush Chawla will be groomed in to take Anil Kumble's place but the biggest comeback of all is expected to be that of Mohammad Kaif who might win a recall for his resolute batting and electrifying fielding. The test side is expected to be in direct contrast to the one-day selection with almost no likely changes to the squad that toured and drew the test series in South Africa. But inspite of this Bengal's Ranadeb Bose is being looked as a prospect for the future in the Test team and Delhi's Ishant Sharma is also likely to be talked about as a Test prospect.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.