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Batting resurgence?

There is something wonderful in knowing that a battling line up is slowly clicking into shape. Even if the match is not important and the opposition not taking it so seriously.

So to see India beat Sri Lanka in a ODI with the following batting, was a very pleasant surprise after the demise of the batting since the tour of Pakistan in 2004.

India innings (50 overs maximum)                                R   M   B  4 6
V Sehwag c Sangakkara b Vaas 20 32 25 4 0
SR Tendulkar c Sangakkara b Maharoof 93 149 96 9 2
IK Pathan c Jayawardene b Dilshan 83 104 70 8 4
Yuvraj Singh lbw b Dilshan 14 14 18 1 0
*R Dravid not out 85 76 63 8 1
+MS Dhoni c Jayawardene b Fernando 38 33 28 3 2
AB Agarkar run out (Atapattu) 1 3 1 0 0
Jai P Yadav not out 3 8 3 0 0
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 4) 13
Total (6 wickets, 50 overs, 212 mins) 350

Way to go to promote Pathan, one of my favourite new players alongside Pieterson. Also, what a smash by Dravid, uncharacteristic of the best #3 anchorman ever. As usual Sehwag went for a near 100% rr, but he really must look to stay in longer.

Nice to see Ganguly's absence as a chance for change. The test will be, as expected, the real test.
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tnn

Comments:

  1. Blogger Damo says @ 3:12 pm
    >The test will be, as expected, the real test.

    Hence the name.

    :-)

    PS. My verification word is 'safejiw'. What's a 'jiw', and what distinguishes a safe one from an unsafe one?
  2. Blogger Lord Bargain says @ 8:50 pm
    that's a good effort, that.

    A blog with cricket scores. Very proper, there should be more of that....

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