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Bangladesh VS Pakistan 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Bangladesh won by 62 runs.
১৯৯৯ বিশ্বকাপ বাংলাদেশ বনাম পাকিস্তানের ঐতিহাসিক ম্যাচ।
Northampton, England. Group B, Match 29. 31st May.
Pakistan won the toss, who chose to field.

full score: www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65221.html
Bangladesh 223 for 9 in 50 overs at 4.46 runs/over. (Target 224 in 49 overs).
Pakistan 161 All Out in 44.3 overs at 3.61 runs/over.
Bangladesh won by 62 runs.

On May 31, 1999, Bangladesh pulled off an incredible triumph over Pakistan in a World Cup match at Northampton. The joyous scenes after the conclusion of the match gives adrenaline rush to the Bangladesh cricket aficionados, even today. Sarang Bhalerao revisits the watershed moment in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

Consider the most erudite statistician has been presented with the following scenario: Pakistan beat West Indies and Australia playing their best cricket in the preliminary round. They were unbeaten as well. Minnows Bangladesh, considered a mismatch against almost all opponents except Scotland, lost the games against the Test-playing nations convincingly. Expected outcome, you may say. What would the probability be of a Pakistan win over Bangladesh at Northampton? Very high, right?

Yet the scoreboard at the end of 94.3 overs told a different tale; improbable, if you may call it. One would have mistakenly believed the venue of the match was Dhaka instead of a neutral territory. The decibel levels rose significantly as the Bangladesh tigers were taking rapid strides towards an unexpected outcome. They surprised themselves, most certainly, as they played their best cricket of the season at a time when their application for Test match status was going to be a major talking point at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting one month later. The performance on May 31, 1999, was the epochal moment in their pursuit of getting the coveted Test status.

In the four previous attempts in the competition, debutants Bangladesh had failed to post a total in excess of 200 (although they had successfully defended a total of 185 against Scotland). Pakistan on the other hand had already qualified for the next stage of the competition (the Super Sixes) and as per the peculiar rule of the competition they would carry forward four points in round two of the competition (the maximum any team could). If their win over West Indies at Bristol showed their promise early on, triumph over Australia at Leeds in a thrilling encounter exhibited their rich talent and class. So Pakistan, literally, had nothing to lose.

After winning the toss, Wasim Akram surprisingly fielded first. Pakistan’s modus-operandi all through the competition was posting the runs on the board and defending them. They altered their pattern probably to get themselves out of the comfort zone. But were Pakistan taking this game as a practice game? Or were they going to steamroll their erstwhile province by playing ruthless cricket.

As the game started Bangladesh took advantage of some loose bowling from Pakistan. Opener Shahriar Hossain took benefit of the fielding restrictions by carting Waqar Younis with utter disdain. If the pick-up shot was a chancy stroke, the straight hit was one played with complete authority. Pakistan looked jarred, Bangladesh enthused.

Sixty-eight in 15 overs without the loss of wickets was a very good start from Bangladesh. Pakistan’s attacking spinner Saqlain Mushtaq gave his side the first breakthrough when he hoodwinked Mehrab Hossain, who gave a premature charge, with a leg-side delivery. Mehrab missed the delivery and was stumped by Moin Khan. Shahriar attempted a sweep-shot off Saqlain and was out leg-before. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Bangladesh reached 223 in 50 overs thanks to skipper Akram Khan’s 43 and 27 from all-rounder Khaled Mahmud. Saqlain picked up a fifer which restricted Bangladesh to a modest total.

A target of 224 was hardly daunting for Pakistan. Sensible batting would have ensured a Pakistan victory. But a leading edge of Shahid Afridi in the first over brought about his downfall. An inside edge from Ijaz Ahmed cartwheeled onto the stumps. He was out in the second over for a blob.

Bangladesh 223 for 9 in 50 overs (Akram Khan 42, Shahriar Hossain 39; Saqlain Mushtaq 5 for 35) beat Pakistan 161 all out in 44.3 overs (Azhar Mahmood 29, Wasim Akram 29; Khaled Mahmud 3 for 31) by 62 runs.

Man of the Match: Khaled Mahmud

বাংলাদেশ বনাম পাকিস্তানের ঐতিহাসিক ম্যাচঃ
ওয়ানডে ক্রিকেটে ১৯৯৯ বিশ্বকাপে বাংলাদেশের প্রথম জয় পাকিস্তানের বিপক্ষে দেখুন সম্পূর্ণ ম্যাচ হাইলাইট।
১৯৯৯ বিশ্বকাপ দিয়ে ক্রিকেটের সবচেয়ে বড় আসরে বাংলাদেশের প্রবেশ। ইংল্যান্ডে প্রিয় দল নিয়ে বাংলাদেশের মানুষের প্রত্যাশা হয়তো খুব বেশি ছিল না। কিন্তু প্রথমে স্কটল্যান্ড এবং পরে শক্তিশালী পাকিস্তানকে হারিয়ে গোটা দেশকে আনন্দে ভাসিয়ে দিয়েছিলেন আমিনুল-মিনহাজুলরা। প্রথম বিশ্বকাপে লাল-সবুজের বিজয়-নিশান যাঁরা উড়িয়েছিলেন।

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