India vs Bangladesh Match Preview
India will look to avenge their loss to Bangladesh in the previous World Cup when the two sides meet in the first game of the tournament this year
Shakib will lead Bangladesh
This is the first game of the World Cup and India take on Bangladesh. The match will be played on February 19 and will be played at the Shere-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka and is a Group B encounter.
The two teams are a part of the group that also has West Indies, South Africa, England, Netherlands and Ireland. India go into this game with a win in their first warm-up game as do Bangladesh. While India surprised the Aussies in the warm-up game, Bangladesh brushed Canada aside with much disdain.
The two teams had met in their respective first game of the tournament in the 2007 World Cup as well and Bangladesh had handed India over a drubbing. As a result of that, India had been sent packing of the World Cup in the first round itself and the game has been elevated to the status of being a grudge game.
India will welcome the return of their top three batsmen into the side – Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag – all of who had missed most of the ODI games in 2010. Most of it was due to injury issues but all three seem fit now and will form India’s top three. Virat Kohli should make it to the playing eleven as well thanks to his rich vein of form while Yuvraj Singh should edge Suresh Raina out thanks to the addition bowling option he provides.
The bowling will lie in the hands of Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth, and if the side decides to go in with an extra spinner, Ashish Nehra will miss out. Harbhajan Singh could partner Piyush Chawla for the match.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will look to play their usual battery of spinners to try and stifle the run-scoring from the word go. In fact, one will not even be surprised if they decide to open their bowling with a spinner in order to shackle the ever-aggressive Sehwag.
Batting will depend heavily on how Tamim Iqbal goes but in case he departs early, Shakib al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful’s experience will be the key.
The potential highlights of the game with be Sehwag's batting against the Bangladeshi spinners and Tamim Iqbal v Zaheer Khan – especially after Zaheer had been carted to all parts of the ground in the previous edition of the World Cup by Iqbal.
Piyush Chawla will be the player to watch out for India if they play an extra spinner, while the pace bowlers for Bangladesh will hold the key.
India vs Bangladesh Match Report
Virender Sehwag guides India to a whopping win over Bangladesh at Mirpur.
It was a vindictive performance by India in the first match of the World Cup 2011 as they defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs to gather their points. The game played at Shere Bangla in Mirpur saw India get to 370/4 in their 50 overs and the visitors restricted the home team to 283/9 to avenge their last World Cup’s loss.
Shakib al Hasan won the toss and decided to field first after history had shown that the side batting second had won most of the games on this ground. Part of the decision was due to the fact that the evenings were usually dewy and that made bowling rather difficult.
However, after a relatively early dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar, who got into a misunderstanding with Virender Sehwag, the Indians got a move on through their second wicket partnership. Sehwag and his Delhi team-mate Virat Kohli added 83 for the second wicket and ensured that the side had 152 on the board in the 24th over.
Gambhir departed after looking good for most part of his 39 but that only brought Virat Kohli to the crease and he played a swashbuckling knock under pressure. Sehwag hogged the limelight with his hitting but Kohli’s cool composure stood out as well and the pair went about their business well.
Sehwag needed a runner to score most of his latter runs, but it hardly mattered as boundaries and sixes flowed his bat like a river. He looked good to get to his 200 before Shakib finally castled him 25 runs short. Kohli also got to his century in the last over of the innings to propel the Indians to a 370/4 in their 50.
In response, the Bangladeshi side took special liking to the bowling of S Sreesanth, who was carted all around the park by Imrul Kayes (34). Munaf Patel replaced him after three overs and immediately sent back Kayes, which was a big wicket in the context of the game given the rapid run-rate.
The dismissal ensured that the run-rate kept dropping till Junaid Siddique left for 37. That was the problem for the Bangladeshis that they kept getting starts but failed to convert.
In the end, there was a fine half century by Shakib al Hasan and a 70 by Tamim Iqbal, but that was hardly enough to overcome the Sehwag blitzkrieg. Munaf scalped four wickets as the side was bowled out for 283 in the 50 overs.
Sehwag won the man of the match award.