India beat Bangladesh by 78 runs in the first 2011 Cricket World Cup Match played at Mirpur. Put into bat by Bangladesh, India scored a mammoth 370 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The stiff target of 371 was always going to be tough for any team. Bangladesh started the innings well with Sreesanth wayward in his line and length and doling out freebies for the home team.
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes used the way ward bowling and scored briskly. Bangladesh were off to a flier by scoring 50 runs in just 4.5 overs. The chase was on before Bangladesh lost Imrul Kayes who scored 34 runs of just 29 balls with 7 boundaries (4s). The score board read 56/1 at 6.5 overs.
Junaid Siddique joined Tamim Iqbal and the pair played steadily to prop up Bangladesh innings before Junaid was stumped by Dhoni in the bowling of Harbhajan Singh. Junaid Siddique scored 37 runs off 52 balls with 1 boundary (4s) and 1 Six (6). The scores were 129/2 at 23.1 overs. The asking rate was mounting and pressure was on the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan joined Tamim Iqbal and played a cameo by scoring 55 runs off 50 balls with 5 hits to the boundary (4s). The scoring rate was healthy and Bangladesh had a chance till their captain was at the crease. Tamim Iqbal was out for 70 runs from 86 balls with 3 - 4s and 1 - 6s in his innings.
Mushfiqur Rahman and Raqibul Hasan contributed to the scores, but India was always ahead and had the game in their pocket. Bangladesh made 283 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs, losing by 87 runs.
For India, Munaf Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 48 runs in his 10 overs. Sreesanth was the worst bowler doling out 53 runs from his 5 overs. There was always an element of surprise with the inclusion of Sreesanth in ODIs as his economy rate is very poor. Zaheer Khan picked 2 wickets in his 10 overs by giving 40 runs.
Spinner Harbhajan Singh did well with taking a wicket by giving 41 runs in his 10 overs. Part timers Yusuf Pathan took a wicket by giving 49 runs in 8 overs. Yuvraj Singh went wicketless with 42 runs from his 7 overs.
It was a good performance by team India and a good start on their pursuit to re-write record books by winning the World Cup, where a host country has never won the cup.