India and Bangladesh have faced each other 24 times in one-dayers. Indians have been victorious in 21 of those matches, but they have actually been defeated by the minnows in three matches. As the teams battle again in the Asia Cup, here’s a look at how Bangladesh have shocked the Indians in recent years.
Match 1: December 26, 2004 at Dhaka
This was the second ODI of a three-match series. Bangladesh won the toss and batted first. The hosts put up a decent 229 for 9 on board. Aftab Ahmed top scored for Bangladesh with 67 from 98 balls, a knock featuring five fours and a six. Other important contributions came from Mashrafe Mortaza, who made an unbeaten 31 from 39 balls and Mohammad Ashraful, who contributed 28 from 41 balls. India never recovered after Virender Sehwag was bowled for a duck by Mortaza. S. Sriram and Mohammad Kaif kept the fight alive for India with 57 and 49 respectively, but both fell when India needed them to carry on and the rest succumbed to the pressure of chasing. India were all out for 214 with Mortaza, Tapash Baisya, Khaled Mahmud and Mohammed Rafique all claiming two wickets apiece.
Match 2: March 17, 2007 at Port of Spain
This was a red-letter day in Bangladesh cricket. In this World Cup league game, India won the toss and batted first. They, however, were completely off boil with the bat, and managed only 191 before being all out in the 50th over. Sourav Ganguly made a painstaking 66 off 129 balls for India while Yuvraj Singh contributed 47 from 58 balls. The others did not contribute at all though. As many as six Indian batsmen were dismissed for single-figure scores. Mashrafe Mortaza starred for Bangladesh with 4 for 48 even as Abdur Razzak and Rafique claimed three wickets each. Bangladesh’s reply was solid right from the start. Tamim Iqbal got a quickfire 51 from 53 balls, Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten on 56 from 107 balls and Shakib Al Hasan contributed a useful 53 from 86 deliveries. Bangladesh recorded a famous win by five wickets.
Match 3: March 16, 2012 at Mirpur
This was the last time India and Bangladesh clashed. India would have mixed feelings from the game even though they ended up on the losing side. Bangladesh won the toss and put India into bat. The Indians put up a competitive 289 for 5 on the board. Sachin Tendulkar registered his much-awaited 100th international hundred. His 114 however was a laborious effort. The pressure of the occasion got to him and he took 147 balls for his knock. Kohli and Raina contributed half-centuries, but having lost just five wickets, India should have carried on to cross 300. India’s bowling was completely taken to the sword by the hosts. Tamim Iqbal smashed 70 at the top of the order, Jahurul Islam and Nasir Hossain contributed fifties, before the accelerative punch came from Shakib Al Hasan, who blasted 49 from 31 balls. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 46 from only 25 balls as Bangladesh registered yet another famous win by five wickets.
--By A Cricket Analyst