Dhoni, Karthik give India much-needed win
May 10, 2007 - 6:33:31 PM

Dhaka, May 10 - Wicket-keepers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik propelled India to a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first One-day International here Thursday in the three-match series.

Braveheart Dhoni, who limped as he battled cramps, missed his third century by nine runs -, while the newly-married Karthik scored a fine unbeaten 58 - and raised 107 match-winning runs for the sixth wicket to seal the win with one over to spare.

Chasing Bangladesh's 250 for seven wickets in 47 overs, India ended up with 251 for five in 46 overs in a match reduced by six overs due to morning drizzle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. And moments after India's win - the rains came down again.

Virender Sehwag chipped in with 30 - and captain Rahul Dravid made 22. Although Yuvraj Singh managed only one, he gave good support as a runner to Dhoni who batted for most part of his innings with cramps.

Syed Rasel and Sakibul Hasan took two wickets.

This was the first match for both teams after the World Cup in March-April in the West Indies. Bangladesh had beaten India in a group match, a result that ensured the exit of Dravid's team in the first round, while Bangladesh progressed to the second round.

The second ODI will be played at the same venue Saturday.

India started the chase briskly with Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir scoring at a rate of seven runs per over. But the effort to speed up the scoring rate brought about the downfall of Gambhir -, who was out leg before the wicket off Rasel in the fifth over.

Indian batsmen continued to gather quick runs, and in the process lost two more wickets - that of Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh - between the sixth and 10th over.

Sehwag was going strong when he drove Syed Rasel on the off side to be brilliantly caught by a diving Hasan. Two over later, Yuvraj gave a tame catch to Abdur Razzak at extra cover off Shahadat Hossain as India slipped to 63 for three.

Captain Dravid and Dinesh Mongia, picked as a bowling all-rounder, restored some sanity to the proceedings with their 49-run association for the fourth wicket. Dravid was eventually out when he tried to drive but ended up giving a tame catch to Razzaq at point off Hasan.

Mongia contributed 17 before perishing, also off Hasan, to allow Dhoni, who also kept wickets in the morning, and Karthik to enact a brave match-winning partnership.

Earlier, Javed Omar scored his career's 10th half-century to propel Bangladesh to a competitive-looking total. Omar and Tamim Iqbal gave a whirlwind start to the innings as they scored at a rate of six runs per over initially.

Iqbal was more severe as he drove and cut pacer Sreesanth for boundaries in the fourth over. This was an over after Omar had cut Zaheer Khan to the point boundary.

Omar, however, missed what would have been his maiden century. He was dismissed by Khan when 20 short of the three-figure mark -.

Omar's opening partnership of 78 with Iqbal laid the solid foundation for the team. Iqbal also played well for his 45 - and provided good support to Omar and entertainment to a packed house.

Iqbal became the first man to be out when Sehwag took a well-judged running catch off left-arm spinner Mongia when the batsman tried to clear the rope.

After Iqbal's exit captain Habibul Bashar failed to keep the momentum going, and off-spinner Ramesh Powar had him caught by Gautam Gambhir for nought.

But Iqbal and Hasan joined hands to wrest the momentum back with the highest partnership of the innings. They strung together 107 runs for the third wicket as the six-man Indian bowling attack failed to make an impression on a pitch that provided little assistance to them.

They bowled the wrong line and length, which made the task of the already pepped up Bangladeshi team easier.

Hasan, playing his 50th match, went on to score his fifth half-century. At 50, Dhoni stumped him off Mongia - to signal the end of his knock.

Mohammad Ashraful, playing his 100th match, and Aftab Ahmed then scored 36 for the fifth wicket to provide further solidity to the total.

Ashraful, who has been elevated to vice-captaincy for this series, was bowled by Mongia when he was looking quick runs towards the end of the innings.

Aftab Ahmed hit 16 off 16 balls and Mohammad Rafique hammed 11 off seven as the total touched 250-run mark.

Mongia was the best bowler with three wickets while Powar took two. Sreesanth left the field after bowling five overs and although he returned to the field he did now bowl any more.


1st One-day International, India vs. Bangladesh,

Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka


Javed Omar run out - 80

Tamim Iqbal c Sehwag b Mongia 45

Habibul Bashar c Gambhir b Powar 0

Saqibul Hasan st Dhoni b Mongia 50

Mohammad Ashraful b Mongia 29

Aftab Ahmed lbw b Sehwag 16

Mohammad Rafique c Karthik b Powar 11

Mushfiqur Rahim not out 1

Extras: - 18

Total: - 250

Fall of wickets: 1-78 -, 2-78 -, 3-185 -, 4-200 -, 5-236 -, 6-240 -, 7-250 -


Zaheer Khan 7 1 54 0 -

Sreesanth 5 1 14 0 -

Munaf Patel 7 1 31 0 -

Ramesh Powar 10 0 55 2

Dinesh Mongia 10 0 49 3

Virender Sehwag 8 0 46 1 -


Virender Sehwag c Hasan b Rasel 30

Gautam Gambhir lbw b Rasel 21

Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 91

Yuvraj Singh c Razzak b Hossain 1

Rahul Dravid c Razzak b Hasan 22

Dinesh Mongia c Ahmed b Hasan 17

Dinesh Karthik not out 58

Extras: - 11

Total: - 251

Fall of wickets: 1-35 -, 2-56 -, 3-63 -, 4-112 -, 5-144 -


Syed Rasel 9 0 66 2

Shahadat Hossain 7 0 43 1 -

Abdur Razzak 9 1 35 0 -

Mohammad Rafique 10 0 47 0 -

Saqibul Hasan 9 0 43 2

Aftab Ahmed 2 0 13 0

Result: India won by five wickets

Man of the Match: Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Umpires: Asoka de Silva - and Nadir Shah -

TV umpire: A.F.M. Akhtaruddin -

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama -

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