Sunday, May 27, 2007

Order Restored: India maul Bangladesh by an innings and 239 runs

By John Cheeran
The order is restored though World Cup remains lost.
On Sunday Rahul Dravid led India to a massive win -- by an innings and 239 runs inside three days -- over Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur.
India clinched the two-Test series 1-0.
Victory does not change the world around India. Its problems remain. Old timers killing time with their bats; and bowlers struggling to get wickets against decent rivals.
But let's quickly glance at the more immediate turn of events.
Bangladesh lost 15 wickets on Sunday. Bangladesh's first innings finished at 118.
Following on, they could reach only 253.
Left arm pacer Zaheer Khan emerged as the man-of-the match for India with seven wickets in the match on a batsman friendly track.
Zaheer grabbed five wickets in the first innings and two in the second innings.
Bangladesh, with hardly any experience in grinding out the merciless ground of Testc ricket, were hardly any match for India.
The Test finished 119 minutes into the post-tea session when Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (70) perished after delaying the inevitable with an entertaining knock (68b, 101m, 8x4, 3x6) as he tried to sweep Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni took the top edge running to short fine leg.
Earlier, resuming at 58 for five, Bangladesh were all out in the morning session to trail by 492 runs after India's declared their first innings at 610 for three.
Following on, Bangladesh lost Javed Omar (0) off the first ball of the innings, bowled by Zaheer Khan. Zaheer dislodged captain Habibul Bashar (5) in his second over.
Bangladesh were 10 for three in the next over when Shahriar Nafees (4) tried to turn RP Singh to the leg side and Dhoni pouched the edge, diving full length.

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