Bangladesh beat India by five wickets

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Mirpur: Sachin
Tendulkar on Friday created history by becoming the first batsman in the
history of the game to score 100 international centuries but Bangladesh
spoilt his party by posting an upset five-wicket win over India to throw
open the Asia Cup tournament in Mirpur. Embellished with Tendulkar's
milestone knock of 114 runs, his 49th ODI century, India scored 289 for
five but the hosts pulled off a stunning win with four balls to spare to
send thousands of their fans into a frenzy at the Sher-e-Bangla national
stadium.

The heroes of Bangladeshi win were opener Tamim Iqbal
(70) Jahurul Islam (53) and Shakib Al Hasan (49) as they batted with sheer
grit to pull the rug from under India's feet. Bangaldesh skipper Mushfikur
Rahim hit a fiery 46 off 25 balls and Nasir Hossain supported him well
with 54-run knock to record a shock win, their first against India since
2003 World Cup.

The hosts needed 37 off the last four overs but
the match tilted in Bangaldesh's favour when Irfan Pathan leaked 17 runs
in the 48th over. Skipper Rahim hit two consecutive sixes in that over and
then treated Praveen Kumar with the same disdain to script a historic win.
For India, apart from Tendulkar's knock, Virat Kohli (66) and Suresh Raina
(51) were the notable contributors for India. India will now have to win
their last league match against arch rivals Pakistan to entertain hopes of
making it to the final.

It had been a long and agonising wait for
Tendulkar to get to this century as pressure was piling on him to achieve
the landmark ever since the disappointing England tour last year. Exactly
one year and four days since he scored his 99th hundred against South
Africa during a World Cup match in Nagpur, Tendulkar neatly tapped a
delivery from left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan behind square leg in the
44th over of the Indian innings to complete his landmark century.

It
took him 138 deliveries to reach the three-figure mark, probably one of
his slowest ODI tons, but the relief was palpable more than excitement and
happiness of having achieved what was unthinkable even a decade ago.

After
completing his century, he however opened up hitting pacer Sahadat Hossain
for back to back boundaries as his partner Suresh Raina sent the
opposition bowlers on a leatherhunt in favourable conditions as he smashed
a quickfire 51 off 38 balls with help of five fours and two sixes.
Tendulkar was finally out in the 47th over when he tried to hit Mashrafe
Mortaza out of the ground only to edge it to Mushfiqur Rahim behind the
stumps. It certainly wasn't the best of knocks which came with help of 12
boundaries and a six.

The pressure of reaching 100th hundred was
evident as he took 36 deliveries after reaching 80 to his 100. There were
times when he would try and go for quick singles only to be denied by the
alert Bangaldeshi fielders who otherwise were pathetic in the outfield.
Bangladesh made a shaky start to the chase as they lost opener Nazimuddin
(5) inside fifth over with Praven Kumar getting the breakthrough for the
Indians. However, Tamim Iqbal (70) and Jahurul Islam (53) raised a
fighting 113-run partnership for the second wicket.

When all the
options failed to break the partnership, skipper MS Dhoni turned to
Ravindra Jadeja and the spinning all-rounder reponded with the wicket of
Jahurul. The asking rate mounted and in order to accelerate Tmil too fell.
He became the second victim of Praveen, who had the Bangladeshi caught by
Rohit Sharma.





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