PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 17, 2007 (AFP) – Teenager Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza turned giant-killers to script Bangladesh’s upset five-wicket victory over India in their opening World Cup match here on Saturday. Both the teams observed a minute’s silence before the match in memory of Bangladeshi cricketer Manjural Islam, who died in a road accident near Dhaka on Friday.
Left-handed opener Iqbal, who turns 18 on Tuesday, smashed a rapidfire 51 for his maiden half-century as his team successfully chased a 192-run target on a good batting track at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Iqbal was not the only teenager to play a big role in Bangladesh’s second win over India in 15 one-dayers, as Saqibul Hasan (53) and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (56 not out) put on 84 for the fourth wicket.
Bangladesh boosted their chances of qualifying for the next round. They will play Sri Lanka and debutants Bermuda in their next two games, while India need to win their remaining two matches in Group B stay in the contention.
“Our backs are up against the wall,” said India skipper Rahul Dravid.
“It was a disappointing day. We didn’t get enough runs on the board. I thought 240 would have been a good score but the wicket s