India win a thriller

Over 800 runs in a day India just managed to win a exhilarating thriller in what I call a low class idiotic stadium(Madhavrao Scindia Stadium) in Rajkot today.
It seamed that India’s 414 for 7 looked too less for the Lankans as they just lost the match by 3 runs because of splendid last over from out of form Nehra.
This historic batting performance in home was scripted by none other than Sehwag. He smashed 146 off 102 balls. The format had changed from T20 in Mohali to 50 over cricket in Rajkot. But the acceleration from both the teams was the same.
If the Mumbai test was superb and Mohali brilliant, Rajkot today was devastating.
Sehawag was as if he wanted to hit a double century. He outscored the Lankan bowlers for 17 fours and seven out of the park.
The ball was swinging during the start as both Tendulkar and Sehwag played watchfully. After that Sehwag was in his way, flicking, pulling, trashing i have no other words.
When Sehwag was in his own way, Tendulkar too was scoring at a brisk pace. After the Indian openers thrashed the Opening Lankan bowlers, Sanga introduced Matthews who was thrashed for 18 by Sehwag.
The Lankans had something to breathe as Dilhara Fernando hit the timber of Tendulkar who was dismissed for 69.
Then came the Saga when Dhoni came in, at first he was nudging here and there. After that he took over Dilshan and Jayasuriya. He scored 72 of just 53 balls.
It was 35 overs and 300 on the board. As India took the batting powerplay, they lost 3 wickets for 33 runs. As India lost Sehwag(146), Dhoni(72) Gambhir (11) India almost lost their way.The Lankan bowlers started bowling well and India’s dreams of 400 was almost vanishing when Ravi Jadeja and Virat Kohli made India do that.Jadeja scored 2 sixes to take India to the total. After the target set all hoped that India will easily will but….
The Lankans started their innings in a positive note where Dilshan and Tharanga stared with fours with a high run rate as what was needed. Dilshan whacked, pulled, squeezed all the Indians bowlers. Where no Indian bowlers got any dismissals, Suresh Raina broke the partnership of the opening duo buy taking Tharanga’s wicket at 188. After his wicket as expected in form Skipper Sangakkara walked in. As usual he started thrashing and hitting sixes partnering Dilshan. Sangakkara whacked 5 sixes of the Indian bowlers when Praveen Kumar  got his wicket for 90 runs at 316. After his departure, The Veteran Jayasuriya walked into the crease. But but sadly he was stumped in the next over by Dhoni bowled by Harbhajan for only 5. Next to come was Mahela who too couldn’t find rhythm. Harbhajan got a relief by hitting the timber of Dilshan for 160 runs.
Mahela too ran himself out for 4 in the next over. Then build a partnership between Kandamby and Angelo Matthews who threatened India to take the Lankans home.But Kandamby was run out for 24 on 401. As Samaraweera came in for 6 down he too was runned out without opening his account. Both Kandamby and Samaraweera was run out in Zaheer’s over. The bowler who I called Experience Zaheer in the test matches became Expensive Zaheer who gave 88 runs in 10 overs.
The game was nicely balanced in the last over too where 11 runs was needed from the last over. Dhoni opted for Nehra instead of Praveen Kumar. He was the hero of the over as he restricted the Lankans for 411 and took Angelo’s wicket.
At last in the nerve thriller India won the match by 3 runs and Sehwag was declared man of the match for his 146.


About Adithya Ramesh

Yo people. This is Adithya. A student who loves what he does. Has passion for Cricket and is a die hard SRT fan. Loves to photograph and is a travel freak

Posted on December 15, 2009, in Match analysis and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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