India perfect start to their ICC World Twenty20 campaign

June 7th, 2009 - 8:23 pm ICT by GD  

With a win over Bangladesh, India registered their sixth successive win in the ICC World Twenty20 between September 19, 2007 and June 6, 2009.

Having won the toss, the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided that his team would bat first. At the close of the their innings, the Indian side had put a total of 180 runs on the board. The main contributions came from Gautam Gambhir, who scored 50 runs (which included four boundaries) off 46 balls and Yuvraj Singh who scored a hurricane 41 from just 18 balls. Singh’s innings of 41 included four sixes and three fours.

Gambhir with this 50, became the first Indian to register five fifties in Twenty20 Internationals.

After the batsmen had done their job, Pragyan Ojha, the debutant got the wickets of the Bangladeshi batsmen rolling with an impressive spell of four for 21, becoming fifth bowler to bag four wickets in an innings on T20 debut.

With more than 9 runs per over needed to win the match, the frenetic Bangladeshi side bundled out with 25 runs short of the target.

Recording a perfect start to the tournament, Dhoni, the Indian skipper pretty happy with his sides performance, though he hinted that the final score that the team put up was below-par.

He said, “”We got off to a great start but could not capitalise on that. Me and Gautam tried to accelerate but we could not. At that phase, we were going below-par. Looking at 180, I would say it’s a par score here and we reached it thanks to Yuvraj’s brilliant knock down the order. Rohit too played a crucial knock at the top.”

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