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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 18:05 GMT
Habibul praises historic victory
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore celebrates a fantastic win
Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar praised his side's all-round display in the one-day win over India in Dhaka.

"For us every one-day win is important, especially against a Test-playing nation," said Habibul.

"It was an all-round performance that helped us level the series. Mohammad Kaif's run out was the turning point of the match.

"We want to carry the same form into the decider. But we are not thinking of winning the series at this moment."

A capacity crowd erupted with joy when Aftab Ahmed ran out last-man Murali Kartik with a direct-hit to the non-striker's end to complete Bangladesh's first-ever win at home.

It was only Bangladesh's sixth victory in their 100th one-day international and their first against India.

"Our fielding was significant," added Habibul. "We knew our total was not big and said in the dressing room that we had to field well."

India captain Sourav Ganguly refused to blame the younger players in his side for the defeat.

The visitors had rested four players for the match but Ganguly said: "I don't think youngsters are to blame for the defeat. It's the entire team.

"We have to give them an opportunity as the selectors have picked them.

"A total of 230 was gettable, but we lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, we were beaten by a side that played better cricket than us.

"Their all-round performance was outstanding, they dominated us in all departments. We did not think they would turn around like this."

The final encounter in the best-of-three series is also in Dhaka on Monday after India had narrowly won the first match by 11 runs in Chittagong on Thursday.


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