Mushfiqur Rahim ICC World Cup 2007
Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates after hitting the winning runs (AFP Photo)

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 34 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, we recall when Bangladesh threw all the prediction out of the window to beat India at the World Cup 2007.

Bangladesh pacer Mashrafe Mortaza showed India why he was a top-rated bowler in ODIs in their Group B encounter at the ICC World Cup 2007.

Captain Habibul Bashar opted to field on a pitch which had fair amount of moisture on it. Nerves of playing a big game showed on Mortaza as he sprayed the ball around in the first over. But once he settled, the Bangladesh speedster came into his own, keeping the Indian openers on a tight leash.

Soon Sehwag became Mortaza’s first scalp when he inside-edged one onto his stumps giving Bangladesh the start they would have wanted.

He then enticed Robin Uthappa to drive away from his body and the ball flew straight to Aftab Ahmed at point after taking the edge. The Indian scoreboard now read 21 for two.

Mortaza’s early strikes were admirably complemented by the spin combo of Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Rehman. Suddenly, the visions of an upset at Port-of-Spain were raised by the Bangladesh bowlers.

Only Sourav Ganguly (66) and Yuvraj Singh (47) offered a semblance of resistance as India never recovered from the early blows.

The Bangladesh pace spearhead returned for his final spell and applied the finishing touches to the Indian innings, dislodging Ajit Agarkar and Munaf Patel as India folded for 191 in 49.3 overs.

Mortaza final figures read 9.3-2-38-4. And it was largely due to his effort that helped Bangladesh notch up only their third World Cup win. Of course, one cannot undermine the super batting from Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim that played a contributory role in Bangladesh closing out the match with nine balls and five wickets to spare. Each of them struck fifty to lead a shocking win.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 192/5 (Mushfiqur Rahim 56*, Shakib Al Hasan 53, Tamim Iqbal 51; Virender Sehwag 2/17) beat India (Sourav Ganguly 66, Yuvraj Singh 47; Mashrafe Mortaza 4/38) by five wickets