India VS Bangladesh - India Won by 87 Runs

The first match in the group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has been played between the co-hosts India and Bangladesh of Group B at Mirpur, Bangladesh. Huge amount of crowd have turned out to watch the opening match of the World Cup which has been kicked off today. Bangladesh has out played India in the 2007 World Cup in the group stage itself, not allowing India to qualify for the quarter finals. So, the match played today turned out to be an interesting contest between the two teams, whether it would be India who takes revenge for their defeat in the last world cup in the hands of Bangla tigers or would it be Bangladesh repeating the same as that of World Cup 2007.

Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan won the toss and invited India to bat first. India started the innings very well with opening batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Both of them looked to be in fine touch meanwhile Sachin got run out for 28 with a poor understanding between him and Sehwag in running between the wickets. Later, Gambhir and Sehwag played cool and kept the score board ticking. But after a good partnership between these two Delhi batsmen Gambhir got out for 39 runs. Virat Kohli replaced Gambhir and it was then the Indian scorecard kept moving at a rapid speed, as both the batsmen got busy scoring runs in boundaries. Virender Sehwag meanwhile reached to his second World Cup century and scored 175 runs of just 140 balls and got bowled while trying to play a tired shot. Yusuf Pathan arrived to the crease after the dismissal of Sehwag and scored 8 runs of 10 balls. Virat Kohli on the other hand scored his first world cup century in the first world cup match that he played. Both the efforts of Sehwag and Kohli lead India to post a huge total of 370 runs on the board for 50 overs which is really a huge task for the Bangladeshis to chase.

Defending a target of 371 runs Bangladesh started their innings pretty decently while Sreesanth has a bad day with the ball as he got hit all over the park. Tamim Iqbal who has been in a really good form took Bangladesh to a flying start along with the other Bangladesi opener Kayes. Both of them played well and gave Bangladesh a very good start required for chasing a target of 371 runs. But soon Munaf Patel who did wonderful job with the ball for India today did the damage to the Bangladesh innings which is going on a brisk pace. Patel got the wicket of Kayes for 34 runs at the time where India needed a break through very much. Siddique replaced Kayes who also started playing equally well with Iqbal forming a good partnership. Slowly the Indian bowlers started to get wickets at regular intervals when needed even though the Bangladesi batsmen played exceptionally well but couldn’t finally overcome the defeat in the hands of the Indians. Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan were the pick of he bowlers for India as both of them bowled good enough where the pitch is not doing anything for the bowlers. The top and middle order of the Bangladesi line up played exceptionally well to reach some what close to the target. They scored 283 runs for a fall of 9 wickets in 50 overs. India win by 87 runs taking the revenge for their defeat by the same team in the previous world cup. So India opened their account in the points table after winning the opener of the ICC cricket world cup 2011.