India were humbled by Bangladesh in their opening match at the World Cup today. They now face the grim prospect in ‘the group of death’, at possibly having to exit the world cup early.

Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets at Port of Spain, Trinidad today.

On a pitch with a little bit of assistance to the bowlers, Rahul Dravid elected to bat after winning the toss.

But his batsmen let the initiative slip.

India put on an insipid batting display and were bowled out for 191 in 49.3 overs.

Man of the match right-arm pacer Mashrafe Mortaza did the bulk of the damage, picking four wickets for 38 runs. He was well-supported by left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak (3-38) and Mohammad Rafique (3-35).

Sourav Ganguly with 66 and Yuvraj Singh with 47 were the only ones to put up a fight.

Bangladesh had little difficulty chasing down the paltry target. 17-year-old opener Tamim Iqbal put them on course with a superb 51 from 53 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten with 59 when the winning runs were scored.

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To top off a really miserable day for the Indians, Sachin Tendulkar was then also allegedly accused of ambush marketing by Hutch, who are one of the sponsors of the world cup.

Mobile operator Hutch, one of the official sponsors of the ongoing cricket World Cup, complained to the International Cricket Council on Saturday about Sachin Tendulkar endorsing Reliance Communications’ telecom products, saying it amounts to ambush marketing.

A Hutch spokesperson said players taking part in the World Cup are not allowed to endorse the competition of sponsors and Hutch is the global sponsor of the mega event.

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