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Cricket Match Predictions: ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - When Bangladesh stunned India


In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

The 2007 ODI World Cup was planned in a manner that it had four groups, each comprising four teams each. For a team to qualify to the next round, they had to win at least two out of three games. Hence, just one loss was enough to put any team under tremendous pressure. This led to more than one upset.

This was the first time India and Bangladesh met at the World Cup and it turned out to be a historic one for The Tigers, and the start of a nightmare for the Rahul Dravid-led side. On a two-paced wicket at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, India’s star-studded batting line-up came up against some fine bowling from the Bangladeshis. 

Match Summary

India 191(49.3 Overs) – Sourav Ganguly66 (129), Yuvraj Singh47 (58); Mohammad Rafique3/35 (10), Mashrafe Mortaza4/38 (9.3)

Bangladesh 192/5 (48.3 Overs) – Mushfiqur Rahim*56 (107), Shakib Al Hasan53 (86); Munaf Patel2/39 (8.3), Virender Sehwag2/17 (5)

Result - Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

It was to Bangladesh's great advantage that they had three left-arm slow bowlers in Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzaq and Shakib-al-Hasan on a sluggish wicket. The spinners not only shared six wickets among them but never allowed the Indian batting to get going. Mashrafe Mortaza also played his part with figures of 9.3-38-4.

Apart from Sourav Ganguly's 66 and Yuvraj Singh's 47, there was no contribution from the team's big guns as despite decent hands from India’s No. 10 and 11, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel, India couldn't play out their entire quota and were bowled out for 191.

Fall of Wickets: 6-1 (Sehwag, 2.1), 21-2 (Uthappa, 6.4), 40-3 (Tendulkar, 14.6), 72-4 (Dravid, 24.1), 157-5 (Yuvraj, 42.4), 158-6 (S Ganguly, 43.2), 159-7 (Dhoni, 43.5), 159-8 (Harbhajan, 44.2), 159-9 (Agarkar, 45.1), 191-10 (Munaf Patel, 49.3)

It was the opening onslaught from Tamim Iqbal that swatted away whatever little hope India had remaining. The 18-year-old opener wielded his willow without a fear in the world as he brought up a quick-fire half-century, taking Bangladesh to 69 in 13 overs and killing the chase. 

India did succeed in picking up five wickets and stretching the game till 48.3 overs, with all their bolwers maintaining economies of under five, but they were never really in the game. Impressive half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh close out the game and register a historic 5-wicket win.

Fall of Wickets: 24-1 (Nafees, 4.2), 69-2 (Tamim, 13.2), 79-3 (A Ahmed, 15.6), 163-4 (Shakib, 38.4), 175-5 (H Bashar, 42.2)

India went on to lose to Sri Lanka, after winning against Bermuda, which meant an unanticipated early departure for the team. India and Pakistan's failure to qualify to the Super 8s also impacted the commercial success and viewer ratings of the tournament.


Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel 

India - Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel

Match Details

Match: Bangladesh v India, 8th Match, Group B, ICC World Cup, 2007

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2007

Toss: India won the toss and opt to bowl

Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis

Third Umpire: Ian Howell

Match Referee: Alan Hurst

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