Exactly eight years ago, Virender Sehwag registered his career-best ODI bowling figures during the second match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh at Dambulla. Sehwag raced past Bangladesh’s lower order within no time as they reduced from 160-5 to 160-10.
Shakib Al Hasan, the then Bangladeshi captain, had won the toss and chose to bat. Their top four batsmen got starts but none of them went on to play substantial innings. Their excellent start saw them scoring 59-1 in the first 10 overs. However, at the halfway mark, they were reeling at 129-4.
Sehwag was introduced for the first time into the attack in the 31st over of the Bangladeshi innings. Conceding four runs in his first over, he picked up the all-important wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim (30) on the first ball of his second over when Mahendra Singh Dhoni took an easy catch after the ball ballooned off the batsman’s glove and pads.
In the following over, Rohit Sharma sent back Naeem Islam (3) as Bangladesh lost their seventh wicket. Bowling his third over, Sehwag did not waste much time in wrapping up the opposition’s tail fairly cheaply.
On the first ball of the 35th over, Sehwag found Sohrawordi Shuvo (4) plumb in front of the stumps. A couple of deliveries later, Shafiul Islam’s (0) attempt to play a sweep shot saw him missing the ball completely with his leg in front of the stumps. On the penultimate delivery of the over, Syed Rasel (0) played all round a straight delivery only to be bowled by Sehwag. The Indian opener ended up registering bowling figures of 2.5-0-6-4.
India sealed the chase in the 31st over scoring 168-4. Gautam Gambhir, who opened the batting with Sehwag, top-scored for India. He scored 82 (101) with the help of six fours. With bowling figures of 5.4-0-37-2, Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh.