Thursday, June 12, 2008

Gambhir century helps India to easy win against Bangladesh

India 223 for 3 (Gambhir 107*, Sehwag 59) beat Bangladesh 222 (Raqibul 89, Ashraful 36, RP Singh 3-46) by seven wickets .

A fifth ODI century for Gautam Gambhir and another quickfire fifty from Virender Sehwag extended India's domination in the Kitply Cup, as they thumped Bangladesh by seven wickets and 14.5 overs to spare in Mirpur. Bangladesh needed to win by a bonus point to book their place in the final, but they always going to fall short of a fighting total after a miserly opening burst from Praveen Kumar. Raqibul Hasan's 89 would have given the most die-hard of supporters a glimmer of hope during the break between innings; however, once Sehwag and Gambhir found their rhythm, an India-Pakistan clash for Saturday's final was never in doubt.

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