We’re really warming to the batting powerplay. Brought in to try and give the idiots more fours and sixes, you’ve got to love the way cricket has micturated all over those well laid plans.
If England bat out five maidens in their batting powerplay losing one wicket in the process, they consider that a success. On Saturday, India took theirs with the score reading 253-1 after 38 overs. Shortly afterwards, they were 296 all out. Quiver at the power of that batting. Classic powerplay cricket.
We’ll avoid the M word, but India’s efforts were the exact opposite of New Zealand’s against Pakistan. The two teams made virtually the same score, but where New Zealand’s finish was worth an extra 100 for how it crushed their opponents’ spirit, India’s finish was worth 100 to the opposition.
This was where India lost the match really, even if Ashish Nehra was the one who got to bask in the actual moment of defeat. Sourav Ganguly had some complimentary words for Nehra earlier in the match. He said:
“The best thing about Ashish Nehra is the amount of pain he goes through.”
We’ve all got our strengths. Ours is a constant sense of guilt.