India vs Sri Lanka- Kolkata- 1st One Day

Over 90, 000 people had gathered at the Eden Gardens to see their favourite son in action for the national team on his home ground. The last time India played a one day in Kolkata was in November 2005, when a Graeme Smith century helped the Proteas record a 10 wicket win over the hosts. They were denied the opportunity to see Ganguly though, and rain was the culprit this time around.

Dravid won the toss and opted to send the Lankans in, with the dew factor at the back of his mind. The first ball from Zaheer Khan went for a boundary, and the Lankans collected 13 from the first over. The pitch was flat, the ball was coming on to the bat, there was little assistance from the pitch for the bowlers–all signs that there was a run feast in the offing

After initially being tonked around, Munaf and Zaheer settled down a bit ,and the pressure which resulted saw Upul Tharanga chop the ball back on to his stumps. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene fell for a golden blob with a nothing shot to mid on, handing Munaf Patel his second of the game.

Jayasuriya held fort at the other end and the Matara Marauder showed that he still deserved a spot in the Lankan side in the World Cup with a swashbuckling 63. He was exceptionally brilliant square off the wicket, and the control he exhibited over his shots made the Indian bowlers scratch their heads in confusion.

Just as Kumar Sangakarra was showing signs of getting into his stride, he edged one to Dhoni, giving Sreesanth some much needed respite. Marvan Atapattu walked in, and exactly 10 balls later, the rain Gods decided that it was time for them to step in.

The match was interrupted with Sri Lanka at 102/3 off 18.2 overs, and after waiting for 5 hours, the umpires finally came to the conclusion that the match had to be abandoned.

So, off to Rajkot in Gujarat for the second ODI 😀

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1 Comment »

  1. Z said

    Hopefully, we will get a full 50 over game at Rajkot! And what a game today between England and Australia! Who would have thought!

    And yes, we have moved! http://www.sportsnob.net

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