Joy at dawn after Bangladesh upset India in World Cup
Mar 18, 2007 - 4:08:34 PM
Dhaka, March 18 - Bangladesh erupted in joy at dawn after their cricket team, fondly called 'Tigers', upset India in their first match at the World Cup.
There were shouts of 'Bangladesh, Bangladesh!' on the streets of Dhaka and other cities as the country went into wild celebrations after the sensational five-wicket World Cup win over India at Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Dhaka University, the principal hub of political and cultural activity in the country, had set up a giant screen at its Teachers-Student Centre where people watched the match through the night.
'This is just the beginning. We will rock the Caribbean!' said Noman, a student, jumping in joy after the win as crowds of supporters celebrated the historic win at different places in Bangladesh, a country equally crazy about both cricket and football.
'Bangladesh's dream start gives them a great chance to progress to the super eight of the tournament,' Noman said.
The victory, in their first encounter in the World Cup, was seen as Bangladesh's finest cricketing moment, surpassing even the win against Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup and the one against Australia at Cardiff in 2005.
'Glorious win for Tigers,' reported The New Nation. The Independent headline added: 'Roaring Tigers crush India.' 'By virtue of this win Bangladesh have brightened their position to enter into the elite Super Eight,' it said.
'Tigers Turn India Upside Down,' said The Daily Star, using the superlative 'Tigers' used for the Bangladeshi cricket team.
It called Saturday's victory in the first round match 'historic', saying that this was the second against 'fancied India' that had 'sent shock waves through the cricketing fraternity'.
'Bangladesh sent India crashing... Teenage brigade turn in comprehensive upset victory,' screamed the New Age.
Although the final outcome of the much-watched game came well past 2 a.m., the newspapers managed to snatch the headlines with some pithy, quick write-ups.
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