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India v Bangladesh
Trinidad, 17 March 2007

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Mashrafe Mortaza and Habibul Bashar
The Tigers had too much bite with both bat and ball for India
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar set his sights on qualifying for the Super 8 phase after the stunning five-wicket victory over India in Trinidad.

"When you are playing against a team like India you have to work hard for it but this is a great victory and will give us a fair chance," he said.

Bashar said the team were motivated by the death of spinner Manjural Islam, who was killed in a motorbike accident.

"We dedicate this win to our colleague and friend," he said.

Bashar admitted he would have bowled first had he won the toss in Trinidad.

"We would have bowled but I was in two minds because when I saw the wicket it looked like a good batting track," the veteran skipper said.

"But since we've been in the West Indies we know the new ball always does something in the first few overs.

"Because we are playing with only two seamers we needed to take a wicket with the new ball and they did a terrific job, then the spinners did a terrific job too."

Bangladesh's run chase was given a scintillating start by 17-year-old Tamim Iqbal, who made a pulsating maiden ODI fifty in only his fifth match.

"Tamim Iqbal set the tone for the team, he was unruffled today and I hope he can continue this form," the skipper said.

Bashar was also full of praise for another teenager, 18-year-old, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, whose unbeaten 56 guided his team to victory.

"He has a got a good technique and we thought with the new ball doing a good job he's got the right technique and he did just what the team wanted," the veteran captain enthused.

Iqbal thrilled the crowd with a sparkling array of attacking strokes.

"Our coach and the captain said to play your natural game and that's what I did," said Iqbal, who is 18 on Tuesday.

"I like to play lots of shots and it was easier in the second half, the ball was swinging a little but it was very easy to bat."

Mashrafe Mortaza was named man-of-the-match for his 4-38 and enjoyed the experience of destroying India's highly talented batsmen.

"It was fine, the wicket did well for us and I just tried to bowl in good length areas," he said.

"Anything can happen in cricket and I knew I had to bowl line and length."

Mortaza clocked in the mid-80mph region but added: "Pace is not my main thing I concentrated on bowling in the right area."



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