Bangladesh vs India: Debutants and sadistic cheers

Here are the Plays of the Day from the World Cup Group B match between Bangladesh and India in Mirpur.

updated: February 19, 2011 23:36 IST
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Dhaka: The decision

High-pressure game. Batting first and choking the opposition is your strength. It's a flat pitch. You win the toss. And what do you do? Invite the best batting line-up in subcontinent conditions to bat? Not the way to go. Shakib Al Hasan perhaps let the statistics (in the last two years, 14 of the 19 completed ODIs in Mirpur have been won by the team batting second) sway his choice, but there was a more immediate history that he should have paid heed to. Only earlier in the week they failed miserably chasing 286, in a warm-up match against Pakistan.

The start

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