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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 July, 2004, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
India ease past Bangladesh
Asia Cup, Colombo:
Bangladesh 177 all out lost to India 178-2 (38.3 overs) by eight wickets

Sachin Tendulkar
I thought this was a perfect platform for me to go and perform
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar played the lead role as India coasted to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Asia Cup.

They chased down Bangladesh's 177 all out in the 39th over in Colombo, with Tendulkar stroking an unbeaten 82.

He earlier returned figures of 3-35 during the Bangladesh innings as he and Irfan Pathan dashed the Tigers' hopes of posting a big total.

Pathan began the slide by dismissing Habibul Bashar and Rajin Saleh with successive deleiveries and took 3-32.

Both sides made three changes, India recalling VVS Laxman, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh, while Bangladesh brought in Manjural Islam Rana, Tareq Aziz and Faisal Hossain.

But Bangladesh soon found themselves in trouble as Pathan bowled Bashar through the gate for two and then had Saleh lbw.

Alok Kapali survived the hat-trick ball and helped add 46 for the third wicket with Mohammed Ashraful, but he was caught behind for 10 when Nehra - replacing the injured Zaheer Khan - had him caught behind.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was delighted with his first international wicket since last December when he won an lbw decision against Hossain, who made 17.

Now recovered from a hand injury, Harbhajan sent down his 10 overs at a cost of only 20 runs.

India were soon celebrating again as the next delivery resulted in a mix-up which saw Ashraful's 69-ball innings brought to an end by Yuvraj Singh's throw as he was run out for 35.
Habibul Bashar
Bashar was beaten all ends up by a superb delivery from Pathan

Their decline continued unabated as Khaled Mashud edged a leg-break from Tendulkar to keeper Rahul Dravid and was out for 12 and Mohammed Rafique followed third ball for nought when he was bowled as he tried to square cut.

Manjural Islam Rana was bowled by Tendulkar for 21 before Khaled Mahmud and Abdur Razzaq added 35 valuable runs for the ninth wicket.

Their partnership came to an end when Virender Sehwag accounted for Mahmud (22), who was caught at mid-wicket, and Pathan wrapped things up with a superb yorker which proved too good for Razzaq (21).

India lost Sehwag in the first over of their run-chase, but not before the opener had taken Tareq Aziz for three boundaries.

Sourav Ganguly's side settled down after the early loss, with the skipper and Tendulkar taking the side to within inches if victory with a 154-run stand.

Ganguly fell to Mohammad Rafique for 60, a knock including three fours and three sixes, leaving VVS Laxman and Tendulkar to score the five runs needed.

Tendulkar counted 10 boundaries and a six in his 126-ball 82, a 67th one-day half-century for the right-hander.

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzaq, Manjural Islam Rana, Khaled Mahmud, Tareq Aziz, Faisal Hossain.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain) Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra.


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