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Champions Trophy: India v Bangladesh, head to head in ICC events

14 June, 2017 3:20 AM
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Bangladesh reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, and since then have beaten Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe in bilateral ODI series along with drawing one against Sri Lanka.

NEW DELHI: Until 2007, an India v Bangladesh encounter in a major limited-overs tournament would have been scoffed at. It would have been seen as a hopeless match for Bangladesh and an easy few points to be pocketed for India. All that changed on March 17, 2007 at Port-of-Spain, when a strong Indian side was outclassed by a spirited Bangladesh in their opening encounter of the World Cup.

Rahul Dravid's much fancied India, stunned by opener Tamim Iqbal's audacious half-century, lasted two more games and found themselves boarding the flight out of Trinidad dazed and confused. It was a crushing blow for the players and their fervent supporters, because Mission 2007 had been such a talked-about feature of then coach Greg Chappell's vision.

Since then, Bangladesh have failed to beat India in an ICC tournament, but their rise as a one-day force has been captivating. They reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, and since then have beaten Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe in bilateral ODI series along with drawing one against Sri Lanka. Last week, they beat New Zealand in improbable manner to reach the semi-finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

Here's a look at how India and Bangladesh have fared in their meetings in ICC events.

Tamim was catapulted into the limelight after he blitzed India during Bangladesh's upset win in the first week of the tournament. India had arrived in the Caribbean with a much-vaunted squad and buoyed by the coach Greg Chappell's promise of his 'Vision for 2007'. In 53 deliveries, Tamim sent those hopes crashing with an assault for the ages. Bangladesh's bowlers, spearheaded by Mashrafe Mortaza, outdid themselves in restricting India to 191, and whatever confidence was left in India's reserves went out the window with Tamim's strokeplay. A blow to the neck when he missed a pull off Zaheer Khan left no imprint; Tamim's reply was to unleash an array of ravenous shots, the pick of which was a waltz down the track that resulted in Tamim slapping a pull over midwicket. That shot epitomized Bangladesh's spirit on the day. A government ban on public gatherings was forgotten in Bangladesh as thousands of jubilant fans partied into the night after this win.

India, defending champions, did not have a good run in the second edition of the World Twenty20 held in England. Beating Bangladesh at Trent Bridge was a good start for MS Dhoni's team. Gautam Gambhir's 46-ball 50 was the top score of the match and gave India a good start, with Yuvraj Singh pasting four sixes and three fours in his 18-ball 41 as India made 180/5. On debut, the left-arm spin Pragyan Ojha then claimed 4/21 and the match honours to spin a web around Bangladesh's batsmen.

Setting a team 371 for victory in a World Cup opener is a sure way to do one of two things: set up a tight chase or, in all likelihood, crush the opposition. At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in boisterous Mirpur, India began their World Cup campaign in emphatic manner by beating Bangladesh by 87 runs while extracting revenge for their defeat in 2007. Virender Sehwag slammed 175, tournament debutant Virat Kohli a round 100 not out, and Bangladesh never got close to chasing India's total of 370/4. Munaf Patel, who was India's unsung bowler during that glorious run to the title, began with a crippling 4/48.

India moved into the semi-finals of the 2014 World T20 by brushing aside hosts Bangladesh in Mirpur. Excellent bowling from R Ashwin (4-0-15-2) and Amit Mishra (4-0-36-3) crippled Bangladesh's innings, which produced 138/7 in 20 overs, after which Rohit Sharma's 44-ball 56 and Kohli's unbeaten 57 off 50 balls capped an eight-wicket win with nine balls remaining. As T20 wins go, this was a doozy.

Bangladesh had done wonderfully to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time, but on the biggest day in their history they came undone against a red-hot Indian team. Lifted by Rohit's 137 and with another punchy innings from Suresh Raina, India made 302/6 at the MCG. Bangladesh struggled for partnerships, losing two wickets with 33 one the board and then regularly slipping behind thereon. Their innings closed on 193 in 45 overs, a disappointing end to a campaign that had done so much for the Bangladesh cricket.

In consecutive balls, one shot and the next a full toss, saw Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah heave out to deep midwicket, to two different fielders. The Bangalore fans went wild, the Indian players celebrated, but Dhoni knew what could still happen. One ball, two runs needed. Dhoni summoned his entire team for a huddle. Pandya took the ball and went to his mark. Ashish Nehra spent a moment with him, then asked Dhoni to adjust the field. Midwicket went back, mid-off too. Pandya bowled it wide of off stump, Shuvagata Hom swung and missed and charged. Dhoni, brilliantly, collected the ball and hit the stumps with it in his hands. The stadium erupted. Dhoni celebrated. Pandya ran around the field all alone, berserk. It was incredible.

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