Bangladesh wins toss, opts to field against India in opening match of World Cup

Bangladesh wins toss, opts to field against India in opening match of World Cup

February 19, 2011   02:20 pm

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(CP) Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to field against India in the World Cup tournament opener at the Mirpur Stadium on Saturday.

India decided to field three pace bowlers in Zaheer Khan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth and Munaf Patel. Harbhajan Singh is the only specialist spinner in the side.

Bangladesh deployed two left-arm spinners, captain Hasan and Abdur Razzak.

The only previous World Cup clash between the two teams was at Port of Spain in 2007, when Bangladesh scored a shock five-wicket win in a group match that led to India’s early exit from the tournament.

India and Bangladesh are with England, South Africa, West Indies, Ireland and Netherlands in Group B. Four teams from the group will advance to the quarterfinals.

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Lineups:

India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Zunaed Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Raqibul Hassan, Mahmudullah Riad, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain.

Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.

TV umpire: Billy Doctrove, West Indies. Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.


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