India beat Bangladesh comprehensively (by 87 runs) in the opening match of the 10th
ICC World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur (Dhaka) to start the tournament, where they are among the favourites, on an emphatic note.
The win also meant they had extracted revenge for their shocking reversal at the hands of the same opponents in the Caribbean four years back.
Chasing a mammoth 371 to win, the home side could only muster 283 for nine.
It was the Men in Blue's sixth successive win over the Tigers in Mirpur they are yet to lose one and their eighth overall in 11 matches.
After having resisted for a large part of the match, the Bangladeshi batting fell apart in the final overs.
After 48 overs, the home team was struggling at 279 for eight.
21:27 Bangladesh was tottering with five overs left as India sensed a win in their opening World Cup encounter on Saturday.
21:17 After trying hard to keep pace for a considerable time, the Bangladesh batting finally fell apart.
Shakin Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim fell in quick succession to bring India within sniffing distance of a win.
After 43 overs, the home team had made 252 for five.
Shakib Al Hasan carried forward the Bangladesh charge even as the required rate kept climbing.
The captain was fighting what seemed to be an impossible battle.
The hosts had made 213 for three after 37 overs, needing a further 158 runs to ensure an improbable result.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan put on a 59-run partnership for the third wicket to keep alive the fast fading hopes of Bangladesh.
The duo continued their battle even as the asking rate became more than 10.
However, the re-introduction of Munaf in the 33rd over ensured the dismissal of Tamim and dented the home side's hopes considerably.
Tamim was caught by Yuvraj at midwicket. His 86-ball 70 was inclusive of three hits to the fence and one over it.
After 33 overs, the home team had made 190 for three.
20:11 Tamim Iqbal registered his 17th one-day half century to keep alive Bangladesh hopes.
It was the second World Cup fifty for the 21-year-old, his first being the match-winning effort at Trinidad four years ago.
Giving him company was captain Shakib Al Hasan.
However, it proved difficult for the Bangladesh batsmen to keep the offie in check for long.
Harbhajan struck in his seventh over when he had Junaid stumped.
The batsman had made 37 when he was dismissed.
Junaid and Tamim had put on 73 runs for the second wicket.
Tamim and Junaid put up a 50-plus partnership to help their team stay afloat.
However, both the batsmen couldn't dominate the spinners in the manner they were dominating the faster bowlers.
And this slowed down the scoring rate considerably, something the hosts could ill-afford while chasing such a big target.
At the first drinks break, after 15 overs, the hosts had reached 93 for one.
And it didn't take them long to surpass the 100-run mark. It is imperative here to mention that their batsmen played Harbhajan with caution early on, letting him bowl out his overs without doing any damage.
Yusuf Pathan was introduced into the attack in the 17th over.
Tamim Iqbal had had a relatively slow start.
However, the latter cut loose sooner as expected, hitting Munaf for two boundaries in his third over.
The heavy treatment meted out to the seamers prompted Dhoni to introduce Harbhajan Singh into the attack in the 12th over.
In Munaf's next over, Junaid got a reprieve when Yusuf put down a difficult chance while running across from midwicket.
Junaid Siddiqui replaced Kayes and he announced his arrival by smashing Munaf for a six over deep square leg.
Yusuf Pathan tripped over the boundary ropes and crashed on to the advertising boards when going for it.
After 8.3 overs (at that stage), Bangladesh had made 64 for one, which was ahead of India's total at that stage (48 for no loss).
After 10 overs, it was 68 for one, courtesy a tight over by Zaheer.
18:48 Munaf Patel provided India the crucial opening breakthrough when he cleaned up Imrul Kayes.
Kayes made 34.
After seven overs, the home team had made 56 for one.
18:37 Tamim Iqbal is usually expected to give Bangladesh the start they require.
However, on Saturday it was his opening partner who took over the mantle.
Imrul Kayes (30 not out) was at his aggressive best as the home side made a good start chasing a mammoth total.
The left-hander was particularly severe on S Sreesanth, hitting him for six boundaries, including four in succession in the latter's third over.
After five overs, the home team had made 51 without loss.
Chasing a mammoth target, Bangladesh began on a good note.
Tamim Iqbal hit Sreesanth's second ball to the fine leg fence to begin the innings on a confident note.
After two overs, the home team had made 13 without loss.
Virender Sehwag (175) and Virat Kohli (100 not out) put up a scintillating batting display to help India post a mammoth 370 for four in the opening match of the 10th ICC World Cup against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Saturday.
The duo put on an impressive 203-run stand for the third wicket to practically take the match away from the host nation's ambit.
The Bangladesh team needs a miracle if they are to repeat their effort of 2007 - when they upset a highly fancied Indian side in their opening match at Port of Spain.
An encore albeit seems only wishful thinking.
17:02 Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli combined to take the match out of Bangladesh' reach.
The duo put on a solid 150-plus partnership for the third wicket to make things almost impossible for the hosts.
After 44 overs, the visitors had made 319 for two.
16:41 Virat Kohli registered his maiden World Cup fifty, with a single off Hossain.
It was the youngster's 13th ODI fifty overall.
The youngster's 46-ball knock was inclusive of five hits to the fence.
After 38 overs, the visitors had reached 265 for two.
16:08 Virender Sehwag registered his 14th ODI ton in the opener against Bangladesh.
The flamboyant batsman reached the milestone with a single off Mahmudullah.
His 94-ball innings (till that point) was inclusive of nine hits to the fence and one over it.
It was the Indian opener's second hundred in the World Cup overall following his 114 against Bermuda in the last edition.
After 32 overs, the visitors had made 205 for two.
Mahmudullah gave Bangladesh their second breakthrough when he cleaned up Gambhir.
It was just his second ball in the match.
Gambhir's run-a-ball 39 included three hits to the fence and he put on 83 runs with Sehwag for the second wicket.
After 25 overs, the visitors had made 160 for two.
15:25 Sehwag and Gambhir helped India consolidate its solid start.
The Delhi duo put together a 50-plus partnership for the second wicket to ensure the former champions build on the foundation laid by their openers.
After 20 overs, the visitors had made 129 for one.
Despite the loss of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir ensured India maintained a healthy run rate.
Sehwag registered his 37th ODI half century with a huge six at long-on off Razzak. It was the first maximum hit in this World Cup.
After 15 overs, the visitors had made 104 for one.
14:50 Bangladesh secured their first breakthrough in the 11th over when Tendulkar (28) was run out.
The Master Blaster's 29-ball knock was inclusive of four boundaries.
He and Sehwag added 69 runs for the opening wicket to ensure India a solid start.
The introduction of spin did slow down things a bit.
And to his credit, Razzak gave Sehwag no room whatsoever on the off side.
After 10 overs, the visitors had made 60 without loss.
14:24 B'desh forced to make early bowling change: Scorecard:
Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag help themselves to a boundary each in the second over of the innings by Rubel Hossain.
And then the Master Blaster had two more hits to the fence in Shafiul's next over.
The Indian aggression forced the Bangladesh skipper to make his first bowling change as early as the fifth over, introducing spin in the form of Abdur Razzak.
After five overs, the visitors had made 38 without loss.
14:06 Sehwag hits two boundaries in the opening over: Scorecard:
Virender Sehwag ensured India a flying start with a boundary off the first ball of the innings.
The swashbuckling opener went on the backfoot and smashed Shafiul Hasan's delivery through cover.
The batsman repeated the feat in the sixth ball.
The visitors had made 12 without loss after the opening over.
13:42 Dhoni would have preferred to field as well:
"We will be happy to chase anything under 260," says a visibly pleased Shakib.
His Indian counterpart, MS Dhoni, admits, he too would have preferred to bowl first, with the dew factor probably playing on his mind.Teams:Bangladesh:
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Raqibul Hasan, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain.India:
MS Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.
13:33 Dhoni loses toss again:
Shakib Al-Hasan called correctly and had no hesitation in opting to field first in the opening match of the World Cup against India at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur.
History suggests the team batting second has a better record at the venue.