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Mortaza Masterclass

March 18, 2007
Paceman Mashrafe Mortaza had the famed Indian batting line-up prodding reluctantly at the ball and gave Bangladesh a dominating start.

After India chose to bat first, the 23-year-old was right on the mark, making the ball jump and swing past the Indian batsmen, and bruise them enough for the rest of the innings.

Mortaza's opening burst sowed the doubts in the batsmen's minds and made sure their superstar opponents treated them with more respect than required.

He scalped four and left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak took three wickets apiece to strangle India on a good batting pitch after skipper Rahul Dravid elected to bat.

Mortaza grabbed two wickets bowling in tandem with left-arm paceman Syed Rasel, who gave away just 31 runs in a single 10-over spell.

He forced struggling opener Virender Sehwag to chop an in-coming ball on to the stumps for two runs before Robin Uthappa (9) edged a loose drive to point to make it 21 for two in the seventh over.

The right-arm bowler came back in the second spell to pick the wickets of Ajit Agarkar and Munaf Patel.

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