Tigers roar, India surrender

Bangladesh cracked a five-wicket victory over World champions India in the Asia Cup one-day tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpuron on Friday despite Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international century.

The brilliant win over India spoiled the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s record century scripting history by becoming the first cricketer in the world to score 100 international centuries.

Earlier, India rode on Tendulkar’s unprecedented 100th international century to post a challenging 289-5 against Bangladesh.

Tendulkar, who now has 51 hundreds in Tests and 49 in one-day internationals, cracked one six and 12 fours in his 147-ball knock to boost his team’s chances of making into the final.

In reply, Bangladesh achieved the stiff 290-run target with four balls to spare in the day-night match to keep alive their hopes of reaching the final.

Bangladeshi batsmen were more than up for the challenge. Despite losing Nazimuddin early on in the innings, Tamim Iqbal (70) and Jahurul Islam (53) gave Bangladesh hope. Strong displays from Nasir Hosain (54) and Shakib Al Hasan (49) ensured that India had a match on their hands. In the end, captain Mushfiqur Rehman (46) ensured that victory was achieved with relative ease.

For India, Praveen Kumar had the best figures of 3-56.

The man of the match was won by Sakib Al Hasan.

India, who beat Sri Lanka by 50 runs in their opening match will have to win its match against Pakistan on Sunday March 18 to book its place in the final.

Scores: India 289-5 in 50 overs (S. Tendulkar 114, V. Kohli 66, S. Raina 51) v Bangladesh 293-5 in 49.2 overs (Tamim Iqbal 70, Nasir Hossain 54, Jahurul Islam 53; P. Kumar 3-56).

Just after the match, President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader Khaleda Zia and Prime Minister’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana congratulated the Bangladesh cricketers on their win against India.   

Meanwhile, cricket fans came down on the city streets just after Bangladesh cricketers delivered an improbable win for Bangladesh that apparently left Sachin Tendulkar’s record 100th international century in the shade and spoiled little master’s party.

The jubilant crowds brought out processions carrying Bangladesh flag in different parts of the city.

Students on the Dhaka University campus hit the streets with large flags, shouting slogans and singing songs.

Social network Facebook users flooded their status with comments and greetings notes. “Outstanding performance ........My Bangladesh,” Khaled Russel, a Bangladeshi student in the UK wrote in his status.

“Now let's focus on the final. We want to reach there and beat Pakistan to win the title for the first time. This year's ASIA CUP is OURS! Guys, let's fight unto death on Tuesday against Sri Lanka,” wrote another Facebook user.

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