Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Bangladesh was as big an opponent for India as it looks in the heading. India were facing one of the biggest challenges of all times in the form of Bangladesh after having lost to them in a World Cup group stage match and eventually not even reaching the super 8. So beating them was critical, for team India and for Ravi Shastri, the new manager after coach Greg Chappel’s resignation.
India went of to a pathetic start, playing as if it was Australia. Well, Bangladesh has really begun to dominate us now. How much more pathetic does it get? Bangladesh set up a target of 250 runs in 47 overs and this looked like a mammoth score to chase for team India which was without Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. The wickets kept falling and falling and falling and at one stage, we were something like 113 for 5 and the required run rate being 6.5 while the current run rate was 4.5 . But then came the turning point. Actually it had been there all along. It was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who decided to come into for exactly when needed. He hurt his foot, but continued playing with a runner to help him. Bangladesh missed a couple of run out chances and from there, India were on the winning track. The unbeaten partnership between MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthick was what saved team India’s backside from being kicked again by the Bangladeshi’s. MS Dhoni ended with an unbeaten 93 and Karthick completed his half century as well. With that, the injured, hurt, humiliated Indian tigers seem to have made some comeback and we can only hope that the winning trend continues. There’s still 2 more one dayers to go.