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.