Once again Indian opening batsman came out all guns blazing in reply of Bangladesh 222 runs. V.Sehwag once again played a quick fire knock of 59 runs of just 32 balls before he got out in the deep in trying to hit the bowler for another six in the same over. He reached his 27th fifty in just 29 balls.
Before departure Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 85 runs in 10 overs. Earlier Bangladesh captain Md. Ashrafull has no hesitation in electing to bat first in a do-die game or them. But the decision was no supported by their opener. They needed to beat India by 218 runs to make it to the final of Kitply cup but their dream got shattered when they just manage 222 runs all out in their 50 overs.
The Bangladeshi innings followed a similar script that played out against Pakistan, as the early departure of openers Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees saw the hosts crawl in the early stages of the innings, before Raqibul Hasan's gritty 89, coupled with handy contributions from the lower order took them to a competitive total.
Raqibul Hasan was the lone bright spot in a sedate batting display as he spruced up the proceedings with a calculated fifty on the face of some disciplined bowling by the Indians, but missed a well deserved century in an attempt to push the scoring rate.
Alok Kapali (20), Mahmudullah (24) and Mashrafe Mortaza (13) chipped in with useful cameos at the death to boost their score to 222.
From India it was R.P.Singh and Irfant Pathan who did most of the damage to bagladesh innings by picking up three and two wickets respectively. While Y.Pathan, P.Chawla and Praveen Kumar picked up one wicket each to break the backbone of Bangladesh Innings.
Bangladesh– 222/10 in 50 Overs
R.Hasan– 89 M.Ashraful – 36
R.P.Singh– 10-1-46-3 I.Pathan– 8.5-0-48-2