1st ODI, a look back

Sri Lanka – gift wrapping the initiative

Raise your hands if you thought there would be a run out in the first over.

Gotcha bitch. What an anti-climax.

After the initial slap in the face Sanath and King Sanga looked good. Thats before Sanaths energizer batteries started to run out.

 Sangakkara needs to be hung from his stubble for playing the shot he did. It wasn’t needed and it completely stopped SL in their tracks. Sanath was depending on him for a boost at the other end and the wicket was in excusable.

Kandambys innings was exactly what Sri Lanka dint need at the time. It was slow, it took the strike from Sanath and he got out at the wrong time. Thilina’s inexperience told today and hopefully he writes this down in his diary for future reference.

Maharoofs batting is more useful than his bowling these days, so the little bat and ball that appear next to his name in the team sheet is a bit misleading.

Mahela did his best to not come out to bat, and when he did he looked like a man with 100 runs in 12 games or something.

We are not quite sure what we are gonna do with Sanath, he scored his allotted 100 against India and we still lost. That doesn’t happen often. But he looked good and that’s good for the rest of the series.

The opening bowlers let SL down. Leaked too many runs and dint get enough wickets.

After a good partnership for the 2nd wicket, SL were back in business when they got 2 wickets in quick succession.

And with Yuvraj looking like he was shitting his pants when Splendid Mendis got the ball, Mahela decided the best way to exert more pressure was to put next to no fielders in the ring and allow the single.

It worked of course, For Yuvraj.

In the end SL dint get enough runs in the last power play and needs to hold the half chances.

India – Still good without Sehwag.

Not seeing Sehwag caused me to spasm with excitment in my living room.

Later on in the day I was less enthusiastic.

Ghambir has to be ranked as probably the best opener in the world at the moment or close to it.

And then the MSD took over. He looked like he could get out to any ball in the first 2 overs he faced. He didn’t.

He had the cheek to guide balls out of Sanga’s hands to third man and kept hitting straight and worked the nut to all kinds of gaps.

This has become the trademark MSD innings. Scratchy at its extreme but somehow scoring runs. Then slowly reducing the runs needed at his own pace. Later killing the tired bowlers with his good looks and his unwavering facial expression.

Of course he was ably supported by Raina, Sharma and Yuvra and Mahela.

A good win for India but SL has more in the tank to offer.

The SL engine needs to catch up soon to the Indian one, if they dont they will only see Indians burning rubber ahead of them.

Finding their balls moment.

Not that he has lost them but his last few innings have been good without the big one.

You cant keep a good man down, specially when its Sanath V India.

You’d think generations upon generations of being smashed by Sanath would teach the Indian bowlers something, they (Munaf) kept serving it up to him and Sanath just went on his merry way.

Once this man has a start he will only slow down for his 50 and 100. Between and after you better pray your captain doesnt look your way for a bowl.

Play of the Day.

Sanath bags this one too, not for the 100 but for when he got filthy with Sanga for getting out in the middle of the countdown to launch off.

Sanga deserved it, and it showed the fire still burns within the 40 year old non virgin.

Edit- a late entry for the Play of the day was the skier mishap between the two Indian fielders (I forget their names). It was priceless. So well choreographed that Mike Hussey would have been proud

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