Sehwag hits 175 as India win big

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladesh gave a good account of itself on the opening day of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, but still ended up on the losing side.

The hosts asked India to bat first and saw the visitors post 370 for 4 in its 50 overs. In its reply Bangladesh made a good fist of it for a while, before going down by 87 runs. Bangladesh ended at 283 for 9 in its 50 overs.

Earlier, India was off to a brisk start, before Sachin Tendulkar (28) was run out thanks to a mix-up with Virender Sehwag.
However, Sehwag made up with a brilliant 140-ball 175 as he struck 14 boundaries and five sixes. Gautam Gambhir (39) then added 83 for the second wicket with Sehwag. Later, Sehwag and Virat Kohli (100 not out: 83b, 8x4, 2x6) added a brilliant 202 runs for the third wicket.

This stand propelled India beyond 350. Just when Sehwag was looking set to probably create a new world record for individual ODI score, he was clean bowled. Sehwag batted for a major part of his innings with a runner as he was hit on his knee. Kohli remained unbeaten in the end.

In Bangladesh's reply, Imrul Kayes (34) started off briskly as he took fast bowler Sreesanth for 24 runs in one over. But Kayes' fall did not slow down the scoring as Zunaed Siddique (37) also scored at a brisk pace.

Along with Tamim Iqbal (70: 86b, 3x4, 1x6), Siddique added 73 runs for the second wicket. Iqbal was surprisingly subdued in his effort. It was skipper Shakib Al Hasan (55: 50b, 5x4) who provided the innings much needed fillip. However, in the end the fall of Iqbal and Shakib slowed the progress.

For India the most successful bowler was Munaf Patel (4-48). Sreesanth had a forgettable day giving away 53 runs in his five overs.