India win colossal tussle between bat and bat

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We haven’t actually seen any of the ludicrously high scoring India v Sri Lanka one-day match. This is just as well, because if we’d witnessed all the breathtaking strokeplay, we might find it more difficult to be properly downbeat about the whole thing.

Out of 13 bowlers used, Harbhajan Singh was the only one to go for less than a run a ball. Zaheer Khan is a great bowler and he went for 88 off ten overs.

There were 104 boundaries. It seems batting wasn’t hugely challenging.

What are we saying here? We’re saying that it was admirable batting from Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dhoni, Dilshan and Sangakkara, but that our appreciation of an innings doesn’t necessarily correlate with the number of runs.


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  1. Zaheer went for 88 in 10 overs and yet it was his bowling at the death which won India the game.. Weird game..

  2. The ground was quite small too. India made 350+ runs last time they played there also. I agree with KC that runfests are becoming more and more boring. There’s no even battle between bat and ball in the subcontinent anymore.

  3. Nope. Not by any means.

    As we say, impressive, but we still wish it was more difficult for batsmen.

  4. Apparently, Dilshan finally managed to Dilscoop one into his own face – surprised it’s taken so long.

  5. Do people really enjoy these incredibly high scoring games? Wouldn’t all SL fans have been bored while we (India) were batting. I know I was bored for the first 35 overs of SL batting.

  6. The pitch was as flat as a chapatti! The best part abt Sanga’s innings was that every big shot of his seemed to sail to the boundary….even when I kept cringing that it was going to go to the fielders’ hands, it just kept going to the boundary…..sure was a strange day yesterday.

    @Dave, yes, I did watch that live and it really did send me into fits of laughter…surprising was the fact that the commentators, Gavaskar and Hogg, didn’t even notice it!

  7. All the energy generated by that slogging could power the United States for 37 hours.

    I wonder if Sehwag could be used as a source of renewable energy.

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