Sunday, May 13, 2007

Clippings: India beat Bangladesh again

DHAKA: Opener Gautam Gambhir scored a stylish 101 to help India beat Bangladesh by 46 runs in the second one-day international yesterday and take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Replying to India's 284 for eight, Bangladesh reached 238 for nine in their 49 overs in a match shortened because of morning rain.
Skipper Habibul Bashar (43), Mashrafe Mortaza (42), Aftab Ahmed (40) and Mushfiqur Rahim (35) contributed to the Bangladesh score without producing a decisive knock.
Mortaza delighted the local crowd, hitting five sixes including four in a row off Dinesh Mongia.
He scored his 42 off 22 deliveries, but it was not enough to catch India who had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Man-of-the-match Gambhir was involved in productive partnerships before he was the fourth wicket to fall with the score on 210.
“We were beaten by a better side, but we showed ability to scare people,” Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore told reporters.
India coach Ravi Shastri said: “Now we want to finish it 3-0.”
India won the first match by five wickets in Dhaka on Thursday. The third and final game is on Tuesday.

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