A high-stakes quarter-final between neighbours, India and Bangladesh, in the 2015 World Cup in Australia/New Zealand was awaited with much interest by cricket fans world over. India had embarrassingly lost to Bangladesh eight years before this clash in another World Cup match at Port of Spain, also in the month of March.
The slow start
India won the toss and opted to bat first at the MCG, where they had already won a crucial match against South Africa in the group stages. Bangladesh bowlers were pretty tight and barely gave anything away to the Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
Mashrafe Mortaza, the architect of Bangladesh's victory in 2007 against India, kept things tight while Taskin Ahmed and Nasir Hossain were equally adept.
The first wicket came from Shakib Al Hasan, however, as a fidgety Dhawan stepped out of his crease to be dismissed stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim. Kohli followed in the next over as Rubel Hossain tempted him with a teaser outside off stump.
Hossain went on to deliver an excellent opening spell of 6-0-14-1 that put pressure on India. Rohit sedately managed to reach his half-century but there were no free runs available. Taskin then had Rahane caught and this brought Raina to the wicket.