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19 Feb 2011

Hit & Flop: India vs Bangladesh

With every world cup match, there are lots of hopes and sentiments attached to it, the sentiments of the supporters, who spend almost 7 hours watching the game only to see their team win. The expectations also exist for the players, who fight the war on behalf of millions of followers.
In this context, some players fail to live up the expectations, while some other exceed them. Let's see who becomes hit and who flops in today match between India and Bangladesh.


1. Virender Sehwag: He not only hit century, but he scored 175, almost half of the Indian total score. He is the main catalyst that accelerated Indian inning to 370. He dominated the bangladeshi bowlers by putting the balls out of boundary 19 times, including 5 sixes.

2. Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli's century is very special because he scored those runs in a match, where players like Tendulkar and Gambhir were playing. He played a major part in a partnership of 203 runs with Sehwag, which took the game away from Bangladeshi.

3. Shakib Al Hasan: though he is in a losing side, he gave an important contribution in both bowling and batting department of Bangladesh and made sure that they stayed in a game. He not only got crucial wickets, but also made quick fifties in an emergency time.

4. Munaf Patel: Patel is a much changed bowler after the tour of South Africa. He, along with spearhead Zaheer Khan broke the dangerous partnerships of Bangladeshi batting and brought India in winning position. He took 4 wickets in his 10 overs.

5. Tamim Iqbal: though not one of his best innings, Tamim Iqbal shoul be appreciatedfor his patience 70 runs. He understood the importance of his presence in the pitch, and played watchfully to score runs at the demanded run rate.


1. Sreesanth: Sreesanth has much to prove in this match, as he was not the first choice in the team selected for the cup. His call was much due to the injury of Praveen Singh. He had to show that he deserved for the position, which he failed deliberately. He lost his control over his pace, line and length and provided lots of space for the opponents to score runs.

2. Yusuf Pathan: He was promoted up in the lineup ahead of Yuvraj and Dhoni, but he could not capitalise the opportunity and failed to score runs. He made slow 8 runs, struggled to connect ball and was one reason that India could not score more at the last overs of the innings.

3. Abdur Razzak: Bangladeshi spinner has made a fame in international arena

after the successful performance against Zimbabwe and New Zealand. Lots of hopes were on him for this match, but he turned up to be the weakest bowler as he gave away 74 runs with an economy rate of 8.22.

4. Mahmudullah: Mahmudullah did not impress at all, and failed in both batting and bowling. He bowled with an economy rate of 7.00 per over and scored only 6 runs while chasing. 

I was not quite sure whether to put Sachin Tendulkar in this category or not. He scored merely 28 runs, but he was run out in pitiful situation. So, we have to wait till another match to see if Sachin Tendulkar will be a hit or a flop in this world cup. 

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