2007 Cricket World Cup Group B

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Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
 Sri Lanka 6 3 3 0 0 0 +3.49
 Bangladesh 4 3 2 0 1 0 −1.52
 India 2 3 1 0 2 0 +1.21
 Bermuda 0 3 0 0 3 0 −4.35

Team overview[edit]

Sri Lanka SRI LANKA
Squad
Captain: Mahela Jayawardene
World Cup win-loss record: 17–27 (1 tie, 1 no result)
World Cup best performance: Champions (1996)
ODIs since 2003 CWC win-loss record: 55–39 (4 no results)
Against India
At World Cup: 3–2 (1 no result)
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 7–9 (2 no results)
Against Bangladesh
At World Cup: 1–0
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 7–1
Against Bermuda
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: none

India INDIA
Squad
Captain: Rahul Dravid
World Cup win-loss record: 31–23 (1 no result)
World Cup best performance: Champions (1983)
ODIs since 2003 CWC win-loss record: 53–50 (6 no results)
Against Sri Lanka
At World Cup: 2–3 (1 no result)
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 9–7 (2 no results)
Against Bangladesh
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 5–1
Against Bermuda
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: none

Bangladesh BANGLADESH
Squad
Captain: Habibul Bashar
World Cup win-loss record: 2–8 (1 no result)
World Cup best performance: Round 1 (1999, 2003)
ODIs since 2003 CWC win-loss record: 30–52 (1 no result)
Against Sri Lanka
At World Cup: 0–1
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 1–7
Against India
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 1–5
Against Bermuda
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 1–0

Bermuda BERMUDA
Squad
Captain: Irving Romaine
World Cup debut
ODIs since 2003 CWC win-loss record: 5–14
Against Sri Lanka
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: none
Against India
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: none
Against Bangladesh
At World Cup: never met
ODIs since 2003 CWC: 0–1

4th Match: Bermuda v Sri Lanka, 15 March[edit]

Thursday
15 March
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Bermuda's World Cup debut became the second-heaviest defeat at the World Cup, 40 runs worse than Scotland's defeat the day before.[2] After Sri Lanka won the toss and batted, they "capitalise[d] on the spate of loose deliveries" served up by Bermuda's bowlers, according to Cricinfo writer Siddhartha Vaidyanathan,[3] Bermuda did take six wickets, all caught, while Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva all collected half-centuries. Kevin Hurdle took two wickets for Bermuda, but his second over lasted 14 balls due to no-balls and wides. Bermuda fell to 20 for four after Malinga had taken three wickets in three overs, ending with bowling figures of three for 10. With the seven first men down, Lionel Cann paired up with Delyone Borden for a 25-run partnership, the largest of the innings; Farveez Maharoof removed both before Muttiah Muralitharan had Dwayne Leverock lbw to end the innings for 78, Bermuda's lowest total ever in One-day Internationals.

8th Match: Bangladesh v India, 17 March[edit]

Saturday
17 March
v
 Bangladesh won by five wickets [4]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and S. C. Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban)

Bangladesh, who went home from the 2003 World Cup without a single win and had been ranked tenth and bottom of all the ten Test-playing nations as late as 2006, now celebrated their fifth victory against a top-eight side in their history, forcing India to win both their next games to have a chance of qualifying for the Super Eights.[5]

India chose to bat first, but lost Virender Sehwag and Robin Uthappa to Mashrafe Mortaza in his opening spell. Mortaza, described by the Cricinfo journalist as "at the heart of the impressive performance",[6] took two wickets in the opening spell and returned to remove the two final wickets, though he also bowled six no-balls in a spell of four for 38. Spinners Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique took the remaining six wickets.

Teenagers Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, with 35 international games between them,[6] all made half-centuries as Bangladesh passed the target of 192 with nine balls and five wickets to spare, despite losing three batsmen in single figures and two batsmen stumped off the bowling of part-timer Virender Sehwag. Tamim hit seven fours and two sixes in a near run-a-ball 51, well about the required run rate of four, which meant Shakib and Mushfiqur could score at rates between three and four an over. India also dropped two easy chances and three half-chances, "in stark contrast to Bangladesh's efforts on the field",[6] as they failed to bowl out their opposition.

The win caused mass celebrations in Bangladesh. Though the country is officially in a state of emergency and public gatherings are outlawed, thousands of people celebrated in the streets of Dhaka, waving flags and chanting, and there were also processions in Chittagong and in Mortaza's hometown, Narail.[7]

12th Match: Bermuda v India, 19 March[edit]

Monday
19 March
v
 India won by 257 runs[8]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and I. L. Howell (SA)
Player of the match: V. Sehwag (Ind)

After the upset in the first group match against Bangladesh, India came back strongly against Bermuda, breaking several records in the process. Their total of 413 for five was the first World Cup innings worth more than 400, and their margin of 257 runs the largest margin of victory in an ODI. It was also the highest score in World Cup history, breaking the 400 barrier. India also broke their team record score of 376/2, and equalled the ODI record for the maximum number of sixes in an innings by scoring 18 sixes, a feat first achieved by South Africa against the Netherlands earlier in the tournament.

In reply, Bermuda only professional, Glamorgan player David Hemp, hit nine fours and one six in an unbeaten innings of 76, worth fifty runs more than any other batsman could contribute. Zaheer Khan bowled both openers, while Ajit Agarkar had three wickets in six balls, causing Bermuda to crash from 106 for five to 110 for eight. Hemp then put on 44 with Dwayne Leverock before Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble ended the resistance. Extras were the second-highest score of Bermuda's innings, with 27, as four bowlers conceded a total of 12 wides.

16th Match: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 21 March[edit]

Wednesday
21 March
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Bangladesh' chances of reaching the Super Eights by means of net run rate diminished after a 198-run defeat to Sri Lanka, the third-heaviest of their history and the largest since their 200-run defeat to India at the 2003 TVS Cup.[10] Indeed, it was only due to the rain during Bangladesh' innings and the consequently readjusted target that the margin of victory was smaller; Bangladesh were bowled out for 112, with all the Sri Lankan bowlers except Sanath Jayasuriya taking wickets, but Jayasuriya had already contributed with seven sixes in his twenty-fourth One-day International century as Sri Lanka totalled 318 for four. Spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak were the only ones to keep the economy rate below five an over, while for Sri Lanka only Russel Arnold cost more than five an over. Four Sri Lankan batsmen outscored Bangladesh' top-scoring batsman, Ashraful, who made 45 not out from number seven.

20th Match: India v Sri Lanka, 23 March[edit]

Friday
23 March
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Four years after losing the 2003 World Cup final, India were all but eliminated from the World Cup, now relying on Bermuda to beat Bangladesh in order to qualify for the Super Eights, causing "financial disasters" for the Indian TV channels who had bought broadcasting rights at large prices.[12] Sri Lanka, meanwhile, went through to the second stage unbeaten, after newcomers to the team Upul Tharanga and Chamara Silva both struck half-centuries and Muttiah Muralitharan took three wickets, including wicket-keeper MS Dhoni for a duck.

The first innings was described as a "cat-and-mouse battle" by Cricinfo reporter Siddhartha Vaidyanathan.[13] Zaheer Khan started off with a wide, but also had Sanath Jayasuriya caught behind in his opening spell, striking at the end of the seventh over, and also had Tharanga in trouble with in-cutters.[13] Tharanga, however, batted through nearly two thirds of the match for his 64, and none of the bowlers managed to keep the run rate below four as Sri Lanka made it to 254 for six, despite India's bowlers putting in a performance described as "impressive" (Cricinfo), "giv[ing] the Sri Lankans a huge scare" (Indian Express),[14] "good in parts" (Kris Srikkanth)[15] and "tidy" (PTI).[16] Russel Arnold and Chaminda Vaas hit 38 off the final 23 balls, with five fours and a six.

For Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas struck twice within eleven overs, taking a return catch off Robin Uthappa and having Sourav Ganguly caught for a 23-ball seven. Sachin Tendulkar followed in the next over, bowled by Dilhara Fernando for his second duck of the tournament, but Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid made it through the next ten overs, before the "turning point" arrived, again according to Cricinfo. Muttiah Muralitharan had Sehwag caught at first slip in his third over; the next six overs yielded only 14 runs and two more wickets, after Dhoni went lbw to Muralitharan, and India needed 141 runs off 22 overs. Despite double-digit scores from Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel, they were bowled out for 185.

24th Match: Bangladesh v Bermuda, 25 March[edit]

Sunday
25 March
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Bangladesh advanced to the Super Eight after defeating Bermuda in this heavily rain-affected match, thus sending India home after the group stages. Bermuda opened the batting after rain had reduced the game to 41 overs per side. Four more interruptions followed, as the game was eventually cut to 21 overs a side with Bermuda at 45 for four.

Set 96 to win after hitting from Dean Minors and Lionel Cann and a slight Duckworth-Lewis adjustment, Bangladesh fell to 37 for three after three wickets from Saleem Mukuddem, but Shakib Al Hasan went unbeaten for his second match running against Bermuda, making 26 not out and a partnership of 59 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Ashraful. Extras made up almost a quarter of the total, with Kevin Hurdle conceding seven wides in his four overs.

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Up and down, a dizzy late-night ride, Ajay Shankar, Indian Express, March 24, 2007. Retrieved on June 9, 2007.
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