Cricket World Cup: Virender Sehwag leads India to win
Cricket World Cup Group B, Mirpur: India 370-4 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 283-9 (50 overs) by 87 runs Match scorecard
Stylish Sehwag inspires India victory
By Sam Sheringham
Virender Sehwag got the World Cup off to an explosive start with 175 as India spoilt Bangladesh's party with a resounding 87-run victory in Mirpur.
Sehwag added 203 with Virat Kohli, who scored 100 not out on his World Cup debut as India racked up 370-4.
Bangladesh, hosting their first World Cup match, faded after a rapid start to 283-9, Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with 70.
Seamer Munaf Patel took 4-48 as India gained revenge for their shock World Cup loss to the Tigers four years ago.
There was an atmosphere of feverish anticipation at the Shere Bangla Stadium but the home fans were given an immediate illustration of the size of the task facing their heroes when Sehwag leant back and effortlessly clouted the first ball of the innings through the covers for four.
That set the tone for a devastating knock, featuring 14 fours and five sixes as Sehwag compiled the joint fourth-highest innings in World Cup history.
HIGHEST WORLD CUP INNINGS
188* G Kirsten SA v UAE 1996
183 S Ganguly Ind v SL 1999
181 V Richards WI v SL 1987
175* Kapil Dev Ind v Zim 1983
175 V Sehwag Ind v Ban 2011
Kohli, a 22-year-old averaging 46 in 45 one-dayers, was equally impressive, happily playing second fiddle to Sehwag for the early part of his innings before accelerating in the later overs and reaching his 83-ball hundred off the penultimate delivery of the innings.
India, the 1983 winners and favourites to land the trophy in Mumbai on 2 April, were humbled by Bangladesh as they crashed out in the group stage of the 2007 World Cup.
The manner in which Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar began their innings suggested they were determined to exact violent retribution for that aberration - the batsmen racing to 32-0 after three overs.
Such was the partisan nature of the Bangladesh crowd that even India's boundaries were greeted with total silence. And there was very little for the home fans to cheer until the 11th over when Tendulkar pressed the self-destruct button.
A drive to mid-on was well-stopped by Shakib Al Hasan but Tendulkar had already set off for a quick single. With both batsmen at the non-striker's end, Shakib had the simple task of running the 'Little Master' out.
The wicket did little to stem the flow of runs and Sehwag brought up his fifty with a nonchalant swat over cow corner for six off Abdur Razzak.
Gautam Gambhir made an effortless run-a-ball 39 in a partnership of 83 with Sehwag before missing a straight ball from Mahmudullah in the spinner's first over.
Sehwag batted the latter part of his innings with a runner after receiving treatment for a knee injury but it did little to hamper his scoring as Razzak was fleeced for three boundaries in a row.
After reaching his 14th one-day hundred, he was on course to overhaul Gary Kirsten's World Cup record score of 188 not out before playing his first false shot of the innings and chopping a Shakib ball on to his stumps.
Meanwhile, Kohli was putting together his own mini-masterpiece, characterised by lightening-quick reactions and powerful flashes of his blade.
He posted his fifth one-day hundred in the final over before Yusuf Pathan was caught behind off the last ball of the innings.
Any thoughts that Bangladesh would wilt in their reply were dispelled in five extraordinary overs at the start of the Tigers' innings, featuring seven boundaries from the blade of Imrul Kayes, 24 off a single Sreesanth over and 51 runs in total.
But a bowling change had the desired effect as Kayes chopped Munaf Patel's fifth ball onto his stumps.
Junaid Siddique and Tamim continued to carry the fight to India but the introduction of spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pathan stemmed the flow of runs as boundaries were hard to come by.
Siddique scored 37 from 52 balls before he was cleverly stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Harbhajan.
Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal scored 70 off 86 balls
Tamim, playing an unusually subdued innings, reached his 17th half-century off 71 balls. He showed signs of an acceleration with a huge six off Yuvraj but the all-rounder got his own back with a sharp, low catch that sent Tamim back to the pavilion for 70.
With Tamim's dismissal went any last hope of a Bangladesh triumph but a half-century from captain Shakib helped the Tigers to a respectable total.
With fans leaving the ground in their droves, Mushfiqur Rahim was caught off a Zaheer Khan slower ball for 25 before Patel returned to remove Mahmudullah and Naeem Islam.
Razzak and Shafiul were both out in the penultimate over, but Raqibul Hasan (28 not out) ensured Bangladesh saw out their 50 overs, limiting the damage to their net run rate - a factor that could determine who goes through to the quarter-finals.
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