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Updated: March 16, 2012 23:28 IST

Mushfiqur's men steal Tendulkar's thunder

K.C. Vijaya Kumar
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THE MOMENT! A visibily emotive Sachin Tendulkar says a silent prayer after becoming the first cricketer to notch up a century of international centuries on Friday.
AP THE MOMENT! A visibily emotive Sachin Tendulkar says a silent prayer after becoming the first cricketer to notch up a century of international centuries on Friday.

Bangladesh chases down a big target to leave India stunned and throw the tournament open

Sachin Tendulkar was fated to embrace personal success and team failure on a truly mixed day for India here at a raucous Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium.

Bangladesh's spirited chase ruined Tendulkar's glory-hour in the Asia Cup match here on Friday. After the legend's tryst with history through his 100th international hundred, set up India's 289 for five, the host chased down the target with remarkable efficiency in a display of rapid runs and icy-cool nerves. India's loss has opened up the tournament while Pakistan is the lone team that is now assured of a final berth.

Good batting

Bangladesh raced ahead at 293 for five in 49.2 overs with its captain Mushfiqur Rahim (46 n.o.) amplifying the good work done by a talented Nasir Hossain (54), frenetic Shakib Al Hasan (49), an unconventional Jahurul Islam (53) and the classy Tamim (70).

The host kept the required run-rate within reach right through and when it boiled down to 37 from 24 balls, Mushfiqur, packing a punch in his small frame, carted Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar with impunity and soon delirious scenes were witnessed in the stands while the Men in Blue were left stunned.

Tamim extended his form and with Jahurul coasted at a steady clip in a 113-run second-wicket partnership that set the launch-pad for Bangladesh's final assault. Their breezy tempo found full expression in Shakib as the former skipper lashed at Ashoke Dinda, who had replaced an injured Vinay Kumar and smote R. Ashwin.

However a marginal call nearly choked Bangladesh when Shakib stretched forward to Ashwin and Dhoni whipped the bails. The replays were inconclusive but in a decision of millimetres, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge pressed the red button.

But the subsequent heroics of Nasir and Mushfiqur proved more than adequate on a night that was a poor reflection of India's bowling, especially its medium pacers.

Earlier, Tendulkar's 49th ODI ton — a key component in his tally of 100 centuries — propped up India once Mushfiqur opted to field. Cricket's highest run-getter scored 114 (147b, 12x4, 1x6) but it was an innings destined to be tinged with defeat's shadow.

Tendulkar's first scoring shot was a leaning drive past covers off Shafiul Islam while at the other end, Gautam Gambhir indulged in the dab-cut and paid the price.

Medley of shots

Tendulkar blended defence with piercing shots but failed to capitalise on two free-hits. He cut Mashrafe Mortaza and a drive off Shafiul left the extra-cover fielder rooted. The Tendulkar of the old returned gradually when he knelt down, cleared his front foot and hoisted Shakib over long-on.

The six against the key bowler, signalled intent though on 83, Tendulkar played out a maiden over from Mortaza as anxiety mounted within him and expectations galloped across the stands.

Meanwhile Tendulkar's partner Virat Kohli (66) settled down to a rhythm of patience and singles. The two added 148 runs for the second-wicket until Kohli chopped Abdur Razzak on to his stumps. Suresh Raina (51) stepped in with his frenzied batting and also bagged the bragging rights for the ‘I-was-there' quote as he witnessed Tendulkar's special moment.

Big moment

Tendulkar tapped Shakib to square-leg and got that big single. And the hundred, reportedly his slowest in limited overs cricket at 138 deliveries, evoked visible relief on his face.

Tendulkar had his trysts with fortune when he dragged his back-foot just in time on 51 while Mushfiqur whipped he bails. Later, when the itch to somehow reach the three-figure knock assailed him on 89, he sprinted for a non-existent single and just made his ground while an errant throw missed the stumps.

There were no more alarms though Mortaza's twin-blows that accounted for Raina and Tendulkar, paused the Indian innings which along with tepid bowling, upset the visitor's dreams.

Scoreboard:

India: G. Gambhir b Shafiul 11 (16b, 1x4), S. Tendulkar c Rahim b Mortaza 114 (147b, 12x4, 1x6), V. Kohli b Razzak 66 (82b, 5x4), S. Raina c Tamim b Mortaza 51 (38b, 5x4, 2x6), M.S. Dhoni (not out) 21 (11b, 2x4), Rohit (run out) 4 (6b), R. Jadeja (not out) 4 (2b); Extras (lb-6, w-10, nb-2): 18; Total (for five wkts. in 50 overs): 289.

Power Plays: One (Overs 1-10): 49/1; Bowling (16-20): 25/0; Batting (36-40): 34/1.

Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Gambhir), 2-173 (Kohli), 3-259 (Raina), 4-259 (Tendulkar), 5-267 (Rohit).

Bangladesh bowling: Mortaza 10-1-44-2, Shafiul 5-0-24-1, Shahadat 10-0-81-0, Shakib 10-0-63-0, Razzak 10-0-41-1, Mahmudullah 4-0-24-0, Nasir 1-0-6-0.

Bangladesh: Tamim c Jadeja b Praveen 70 (99b, 6x4), Nazimuddin c Rohit b Praveen 5 (15b), Jahurul c Rohit b Jadeja 53 (68b, 4x4, 1x6), Nasir c Raina b Praveen 54 (58b, 5x4), Shakib st Dhoni b Ashwin 49 (31b, 5x4, 2x6), M. Rahim (not out) 46 (25b, 3x4, 3x6), Mahmudullah (not out) 4 (2b, 1x4); Extras (lb-7, w-3, nb-2): 12; Total (for five wkts. in 49.2 overs): 293.

Power Plays: One (Overs 1-10): 38/1; Bowling (16-20): 19/0; Batting (36-40): 46/0.

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Nazimuddin), 2-128 (Jahurul), 3-156 (Tamim), 4-224 (Shakib), 5-288 (Nasir).

India bowling: Praveen 10-0-56-3, Irfan 9-0-61-0, Dinda 5.2-1-38-0, Raina 7-1-30-0, Rohit 2-0-13-0, Ashwin 10-0-56-1, Jadeja 6-0-32-1.

Man-of-the-match: Shakib Al Hasan.

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Seeing your comments it seems that Sachin made India loose against Bangladesh. But think once again 289 was'nt a hard score to be chased by any team? are you sure that India could score more than 289 if sachin would be out at 0(0)? Can you tell that firmly? Why are you blaming him in that way i dont know. To me his 114 contributed team india reach 289, it could be less than 289 if sachin would leave before that. I should rather say we lost beacause of our lolly pop bowlling and good batting of bangladesh... Salute to sachin once again..

from:  Mehedi Hasan
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 21:13 IST

India did not take Bangladesh seriously; they are a dangerous batting outfit. India was undone by an extra 25-30 runs. Sachin's slowest ODI innings directly contributed to India's defeat. With the century now out of the way, I would expect him to play his natural game from now on. If proved otherwise, he should seriously consider giving up ODI format. No words can describe his contributions. I think that time is ripe for him to concentrate on tests only.

from:  Srini
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:21 IST

Indian Cricket is not only Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! People will be more
happy looking at winning indian team rather than sachin, gathering
records for himself. And dont think sachin's records will not be
matchable. As cricket is growing these days, there can be someone one
day!

from:  Juned
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 13:12 IST

A.SESHAGIRI,
Can you tell me about even one innings of Sachin where he played to win India from a disadvantageous position and batted out,did not leave?Answer should be I'm afraid,none or very few. On the contrary how many times have you seen Sachin failing once again and walking back to pavilion putting behind the team when it needed him the most? well let me tell you...so many times. Looking at a tame innings is no fun and that's what he does these days.Get a feel of wild joy to see how Shakib,Mushfiq or Nasir played.None of them scored a century but made their country WINNER.

from:  Farhat Ahmed
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 12:47 IST

I like his comment that "he is not god only a man"
he get 100 but Bangladesh win. congrats to Bangladesh team, they played well.

from:  shahjalal
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 12:33 IST

sachin is a man with great power. his century centuries are the proof for this. And now nobody can reach sachin in their life time. sachin will be the ever shining star in world's cricket. sachin is always no.1 no.1 no.1.....

from:  gunasekhar chittoor
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 10:21 IST

I have read in newspapers that, before this innings starts the ‘Little Master’ alone has done the net practice vigorously in previous days. It shows his commitment to this play. That is why he could have done this rarest feat. After this achievement he has rightly opined that, “All these days all are talked about my forth coming 100th century only they are not bother to talk about my ninety nine centuries already achieved by me".
It is the huge deserved slap on face of those who criticize him unnecessarily in these critical days.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 09:49 IST

Indian politics, Indian Cricket and Indian Municipalities need some innovation for substantial improvement. We are devoid of ideas. Having fed up with more cricket, it would be better if we exert some thrust on Hockey, Foot ball and other events. Sachin's ton is splendid and now he can join the commentary box with dignity.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 09:41 IST

Tendulkar consumed 43 overs for his hundred and costed the match for
India. His selfish attitude is the main reason for india's defeat
vasu

from:  vasu
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 08:23 IST

Salute to Sachin to score 100th 100 through patience, frustrations and dedication. He made the whole world proud of cricket game by reaching this milestone. But, it is a shame on part of rest of our cricketers to lose the match inspite of scoring 289 runs by once again underestimating bangladesh and not playing vinay kumar and yousuf pathan in place of dinda and jadeja. Dhoni still has to learn that when he had a crisis following from england and australia tour, only the best MUST play and leave the experiments to REST.
I feel ashamed, sympathy and apathy towards our few fellow friends who always make a scapegoat of sachin's ton as cause of India's failure when others fail to play their part well and hide behind sachin's ton and cost us the match.
A mango tree gave a hungry man a fruit to eat but if he don't eat it without realising that it is a fruit to eat and decays it, who is to be blamed??????????

from:  baiju kodungallur
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 08:04 IST

Bangladesh played well and Indian bowling was poor in front of player
like Tamim and Sakib Al Hasan.

from:  Naz
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 06:52 IST

A 100 years will not be enough to get a player like Sachin Tendulkar.. Hats off to Bangladesh Cricket Team for teaching the Indian team that cricket is never a one-man show...

from:  Moin
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 01:39 IST

@SHYAMAL: God of Cricket???? Hello .. "INDIA LOST" .. SO, is this cricket only about Sachin's century ?? as though the humiliating loss against England and Aus was not enough, we had to lose against Bangladesh?? yeah .. congrats Sachin.. thanks to ur 100th century, we lost against Bangladesh!!

from:  sam
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 00:37 IST

What I can't umderstand is, thousands of young cricket waiting for oppurtunities to prove themselves but this one slot was preoccupied for years. Even this hundred was not scored in the intention of winning the match.. the sole reason he played was to get a hundred.. look at his strike rate and hello, you play for the team and not for your records.. i was sachin fan till today but the way he played the match was horrible and it was selfish on his end.. he knows that.. i dont say his runs were not valuable, but what i am saying his, we should be letting young people in the team no matter if they perform well or not, we can show we tried which is what needed for any sports team.. try, shuffle, give chances to young people.. sorry if i hurt any of sachin fans..

from:  Thennarasu
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 23:35 IST

There is no hurry. Test cricket awaits him to be present for a few more years. For a person of his stature, records and talents, he can endure a few more years and a grateful nation, India, can not only afford him in the Indian line up but should feel fortunate to have the great one around in their test midst. And why not!

from:  sierra
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 22:49 IST

Indian bowlers need 400 to 450 to same the match in ODI. They are unable to make consistency in their game.

from:  Vipin Kumar
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:26 IST

Bravo!

from:  NS
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:21 IST

The master shows that he is the God of cricket.Only the God of cricket
makes the impossible to possible.After scoring centuries of century he
proves himself that i can do everything as i want relating to cricket.

Best of luck,Sachin

from:  SHYAMAL
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:14 IST
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