October 22, 2017

Sehwag sees India to bonus point win over Sri Lanka

Sehwag celebrates the victory and his century.....no-ball!....what the #%#*

The Indian cricket team finally arrived in Sri Lanka today and immediately set about beating Sri Lanka and earn a bonus point.

Due to travel problems last week the Indian team was delayed. Tournament officials worried about contractural arrangements for television coverage, managed to find a travelling group of cricket impersonators and put them into action against New Zealand. For amateur enthusiasts they gave it their best but came up 200 runs short.

With the genuine article now travelling in the team bus they fronted up to Sri Lanka and promptly lost the toss. It didn’t matter though because Sangakkara decided to continue with the obsession of batting first no matter what in Dambulla. In his excitment at winning the toss he missed the windy conditions and overcast skies.

Praveen Kumar castled Upul Tharanga with an outswinger off the first ball of the day. Sangakkara and Jayawardene were both back in the pavilion before the score reched 50. Tillakaratne Dilshan was finally among the runs and made a fighting 45. The trouble was that apart from Randiv down the order no one else put bat to ball much.

Sri Lanka like New Zealand a few days before put up a rearguard action but were put out of their misery after 46.1 overs with only 170 on the board.

To Sri Lanka’s credit their bowlers had a good crack at the Indian top order. After a steady start Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma all departed within two runs of each other and 30-0 became 32-3.

India’s hero though was Virender Sehwag who tempered his free flowing game after the loss of early wickets and saw India home in 34.3 overs and only four wickets down.

The match finished in controversy though with Sehwag on 99 and India requiring one run for a win, Randiv overstepped by a massive margin, the no-ball depriving Sehwag of a century even though he hit a six over long-off.

Cricket is such a great game. It is capable of the biggest controversy, yet it can also throw up instances of true sportsmanship. In this incident we have seen both. Sri Lanka Cricket and offspinner Suraj Randiv have both apologised to Virender Sehwag for denying him a one-day century after the deliberate no-ball. SLC has also asked for an inquiry in to the incident.

Well done Sri Lanka. It was a poor decision by Randiv, but honour is restored by the SLC’s quick action and admission of wrong doing.

So after the first round all three teams are even on a win a piece. This series was written off by some as a non-event, but it is turning in to a cracker.

India 171 for 4 (Sehwag 99*) beat Sri Lanka 170 (Dilshan 45, Ojha 3-36) by six wickets