With India and Bangladesh set to meet in the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy on Thursday (June 15), The Ring Side View looks back at some of the most memorable moments between these two sides in One Day Internationals.
The First India vs Bangladesh ODI (1988)
The Wills Cup in 1988 was the third edition of the Asia Cup and it was held in Bangladesh – the first ever multinational tournament hosted in the country. Bangladesh were involved in the second edition of the Asia Cup after India pulled out of the previous edition held in Sri Lanka due to soured cricketing relations between the two countries. The involvement of the new team turned the following edition into a four-team tournament, which resulted in the first ever India vs Bangladesh ODI.
After choosing to field, India restricted the home side to a partly score of 99, on the back of a splendid performance by off-spinner Arshad Ayub. Dilip Vengsarkar’s side cruised to the score in 26 overs, with Navjot Singh Sidhu scoring an excellent half-century, which included four boundaries and one six. India secured a 9-wicket win, and eventually went on to win the tournament and become two-time Asia Cup winners.
Fun Fact: Bangladesh was the ninth side India played in limited overs cricket, after East Africa and before South Africa!
Bangladesh’s First ODI win over India (2004)
It took Bangladesh over 16 years to register their first victory over one of the giants of international cricket – India. In 2004, in the second ODI of the three-match series against Sourav Ganguly’s side, the minnows notched up a victory by 15 runs.
A result in their favour seemed unlikely at the beginning of the game, as the home side found themselves three wickets down within the first 10 overs after electing to bat. A gritty half-century by teenager Aftab Ahmed and a priceless contribution by Mashrafe Mortaza in the latter stages helped Bangladesh post a respectable 229 runs on the board. Defending this score was always going to be a stiff task for the home side, but they were buoyed by the performances of the seamers Mortaza and Tapash Baisya in their first spells. Mohammad Kaif and Sridhar Sriram added 63 runs together for the fourth wicket and looked like they would guide the favourites home, but left-armer Mohammad Rafique broke the threatening partnership, dismissing the southpaw after he scored his half-century.
Kaif’s run-out in the 41st over was the final nail in the coffin for India, as the home side removed the lower order within the next few overs to register a historic victory. Mashrafe Mortaza was given the player for the match award for his all-round performance of two wickets and 31 runs in the match.
The 2007 World Cup win
India headed into the 2007 World Cup as one of the favourites for the tournament. The previous campaign in 2003, along with their high profile squad in the Caribbean made them a force to reckon with in the eight edition of the tournament. Or it seemed so.
India had Bangladesh, Bermuda and Sri Lanka in their group, with their first encounter being against the neighbours in the east.
Electing to bat, India produced a dismal batting performance and were bundled out for just 191. Pacer Mashrafe Mortaza did the bulk of the damage, picking up four wickets in his spell. The rest of the wickets were shared by the two slow left-armers, Abdur Razzaq and veteran Mohammad Rafique. 66 from Sourav Ganguly and 47 from Yuvraj Singh were the saving grace for the 2003 World Cup runners-up, with the next highest score being extras (16).
The minnows came out with a purpose and nobody embodied that more than their flashy opener Tamim Iqbal. The southpaw went after the bowling from the word go and went on to score a quick-fire half-century. His excellent start was backed up by fifties from youngsters Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. The duo’s 84-run partnership for the fourth wicket ensured the Tigers secured one of their greatest triumphs, beating India in a World Cup game. The victory turned out to be the pivotal result as India were knocked out after losing to Sri Lanka in the final group game, and the minnows moved on to the Super-Eight stage (where they managed to beat South Africa as well!).
Sachin Tendulkar reaches century #100 (2012)
It took over a year (370 days to be exact) but Sachin Tendulkar finally reached the milestone which might be an impossible task for anyone to replicate in the coming years of the game – a century of centuries!
With a flat deck and a packed Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, the stage was set for the arguably the greatest limited overs batsman of all-time to achieve the historic landmark. After a few moments on 99, with a glance towards square-leg off Shakib Al Hasan, Tendulkar ran the final 22 yards to complete century #100. The dressing room stood up in delight, the Bangladesh players ran in to congratulate him, the crowd were pretty vocal in their appreciation. On the other hand, the batsman was subdued in his celebration, looking up to the sky as he always did after he reached a hundred, acknowledged the applause and went on with his knock.
It turned out to be a bitter-sweet day for the veteran, as Bangladesh managed to chase down the target of 290, thanks to a Tamim Iqbal blitz at the top and a collective effort from the middle order.
Nonetheless, the day will always be remembered for Tendulkar and his final three-figure score in international cricket.
The Stuart Binny spell (2014)
A low-scoring game that turned out to be a thrilling affair (for the bowlers at least).
A track with plenty of assistance for the seamers, was enhanced by the rain interruption after 32 balls in the first innings. Play resumed with the total overs reduced to 41 per side. It turned out to be 16 more than what Bangladesh required to bowl out the Indian side. A menacing spell by debutant Taskin Ahmed, well-supported by Mashrafe Mortaza resulted in the visitors being bowled out for just 105.
Eventually, the 106-run target was 47 runs more than what India needed to bundle out the home side. After the early damage by Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny got into the act and produced the best figures by an Indian bowler in ODIs. The medium pacer took advantage of the overcast conditions and the lively pitch, picking up six Bangladesh wickets and conceding just four runs in under five overs!
Needless to say, the all-rounder’s figures of 6/4 earned him the man of the match award and etched his name in the history books.
Scorecard Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo