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#ldnont cricket thoughts via South Asia: The Commonwealth’s Game

- May 25th, 2012

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Disappointed Sri Lanka players watch their opponents lift the trophy, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011©Getty Images

The appearance of cricket results from India’s professional league on the LFP sports agate page (yay!) this week reminded JBNBlog it must be The Commonwealth’s Game.

This insight had arrived first via a 2007 trip to India when the India cricket team was staying in the same hotel & there was Beatlemania-worthy fandom outside. Three years later, Christmas in Australia meant a stay in Melbourne while England crunched Australia in The Ashes to the agony of our gracious hosts. TV coverage revealed strategy, athleticism & witty celebrations (from the England cricketers) previously unknown to JBNBlog.

In the spirit of those reports in this week’s LFP, here are samples of reactions from our South Asian friends & acquaintances gathered over the 14 months since India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup. Our smiling friends from India immediately reported joy & celebrations surpassing Diwali back home. Our friends from Sri Lanka were proud of their country’s role as host & offered a complex explanation for its loss to India in the final, something to do with Sri Lanka’s star bowler & so lost on me. My bad. (In baseball terms, it would be a bit like a Dodger fan explaining the 1966 World Series loss to my Orioles in terms of Sandy Koufax’s mechanics being slightly off. Well. Maybe.) An electrical engineer/cab driver from Pakistan was blunt about Pakistan’s loss to India. That match had been fixed. Somehow. As always.

India vs. Pakistan? That 2007 India team staying in the Mumbai hotel had left for a World Cup in the West Indies & performed poorly. The only consolation for our friends then was Pakistan’s performance. Even worse.

With its “blue billion” fans in India & millions more in other Commonwealth countries, cricket is our common game. Even more than soccer. It is a pleasure to see the results occasionally in The Free Press.

Even if . . . big admission time . . . those figures & details mystify JBNBlog completely.

Any help in understanding the epic details which follow — courtesy of espncricinfo.com — would be gratefully appreciated.

The details of that April 2, 2011 match at Mumbai entranced many friends . . . JBNBlog would like to know how to read it.

 

Sri Lanka innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WU Tharanga c Sehwag b Khan 2 30 20 0 0 10.00
View dismissal TM Dilshan b Harbhajan Singh 33 87 49 3 0 67.34
View dismissal KC Sangakkara*† c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 48 102 67 5 0 71.64
DPMD Jayawardene not out 103 159 88 13 0 117.04
View dismissal TT Samaraweera lbw b Yuvraj Singh 21 53 34 2 0 61.76
View dismissal CK Kapugedera c Raina b Khan 1 6 5 0 0 20.00
View dismissal KMDN Kulasekara run out (†Dhoni) 32 41 30 1 1 106.66
NLTC Perera not out 22 10 9 3 1 244.44
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 6, nb 2) 12
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs; 246 mins) 274 (5.48 runs per over)
Did not bat SL MalingaS RandivM Muralitharan
Fall of wickets 1-17 (Tharanga, 6.1 ov), 2-60 (Dilshan, 16.3 ov), 3-122 (Sangakkara, 27.5 ov),4-179 (Samaraweera, 38.1 ov), 5-182 (Kapugedera, 39.5 ov), 6-248 (Kulasekara, 47.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets Z Khan 10 3 60 2 6.00 (1w)
S Sreesanth 8 0 52 0 6.50 (2nb)
MM Patel 9 0 41 0 4.55 (1w)
View wicket Harbhajan Singh 10 0 50 1 5.00 (1w)
View wickets Yuvraj Singh 10 0 49 2 4.90
SR Tendulkar 2 0 12 0 6.00 (3w)
V Kohli 1 0 6 0 6.00
India innings (target: 275 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal V Sehwag lbw b Malinga 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal SR Tendulkar c †Sangakkara b Malinga 18 21 14 2 0 128.57
View dismissal G Gambhir b Perera 97 187 122 9 0 79.50
View dismissal V Kohli c & b Dilshan 35 69 49 4 0 71.42
MS Dhoni*† not out 91 128 79 8 2 115.18
Yuvraj Singh not out 21 39 24 2 0 87.50
Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 8) 15
Total (4 wickets; 48.2 overs; 230 mins) 277 (5.73 runs per over)
Did not bat SK RainaHarbhajan SinghZ KhanMM PatelS Sreesanth

 

Fall of wickets 1-0 (Sehwag, 0.2 ov), 2-31 (Tendulkar, 6.1 ov), 3-114 (Kohli, 21.4 ov), 4-223 (Gambhir, 41.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets SL Malinga 9 0 42 2 4.66 (2w)
KMDN Kulasekara 8.2 0 64 0 7.68
View wicket NLTC Perera 9 0 55 1 6.11 (2w)
S Randiv 9 0 43 0 4.77
View wicket TM Dilshan 5 0 27 1 5.40 (1w)
M Muralitharan 8 0 39 0 4.87 (1w)
Match details
Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
Series India won the 2010/11 ICC Cricket World Cup
Player of the match MS Dhoni (India)
Player of the series Yuvraj Singh (India)
Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire IJ Gould (England)
Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire SJ Davis (Australia)
Match notes
  • Sri Lanka innings
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 10.0 (Mandatory – 31 runs, 1 wicket)
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 10.1 – 15.0 (Bowling side – 27 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 12.5 overs (79 balls), Extras 5
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka – 56/1 in 14.0 overs (TM Dilshan 31, KC Sangakkara 17)
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 23.6 overs (146 balls), Extras 6
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 56 balls (KC Sangakkara 21, DPMD Jayawardene 30, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka – 128/3 in 29.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 34, TT Samaraweera 5)
  • Over 31.3: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire – Aleem Dar, Batsman – TT Samaraweera (Struck down)
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 33.1 overs (201 balls), Extras 7
  • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 49 balls (6 x 4)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 56 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 27, TT Samaraweera 19, Ex 4)
  • Over 38.1: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire – SJA Taufel, Batsman – TT Samaraweera (Upheld)
  • Over 43.1: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire – Aleem Dar, Batsman – KMDN Kulasekara (Struck down)
  • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 43.3 overs (263 balls), Extras 11
  • Powerplay 3: Overs 45.1 – 50.0 (Batting side – 63 runs, 1 wicket)
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 44 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 23, KMDN Kulasekara 31, Ex 1)
  • DPMD Jayawardene: 100 off 84 balls (13 x 4)
  • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 48.3 overs (293 balls), Extras 11
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka – 274/6 in 50.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 103, NLTC Perera 22)
  • India innings
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 10.0 (Mandatory – 41 runs, 2 wickets)
  • Over 0.2: Review by India (Batting), Umpire – Aleem Dar, Batsman – V Sehwag (Struck down)
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 10.1 – 15.0 (Bowling side – 40 runs, 0 wicket)
  • India: 50 runs in 10.6 overs (66 balls), Extras 2
  • Drinks: India – 81/2 in 15.0 overs (G Gambhir 40, V Kohli 19)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 53 balls (G Gambhir 28, V Kohli 19, Ex 3)
  • G Gambhir: 50 off 56 balls (6 x 4)
  • India: 100 runs in 19.3 overs (117 balls), Extras 7
  • India: 150 runs in 29.5 overs (179 balls), Extras 10
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (G Gambhir 25, MS Dhoni 22, Ex 3)
  • Drinks: India – 165/3 in 32.0 overs (G Gambhir 79, MS Dhoni 23)
  • India: 200 runs in 37.5 overs (227 balls), Extras 11
  • MS Dhoni: 50 off 52 balls (4 x 4)
  • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 106 balls (G Gambhir 40, MS Dhoni 54, Ex 6)
  • Over 44.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire – Aleem Dar, Batsman – Yuvraj Singh (Struck down)
  • Powerplay 3: Overs 45.1 – 50.0 (Batting side – 32 runs, 0 wicket)
  • India: 250 runs in 46.2 overs (278 balls), Extras 15
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 42 balls (MS Dhoni 31, Yuvraj Singh 21, Ex 2)
  • Attendance – 42,000

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3 comments

  1. Oliver Hobson says:

    O = Overs. There are Six balls that can be bowled in an over at the batsman or batswoman.

    M= Maiden Over…which means the bowler was so good that the batsman or woman was not able to score any ‘runs’ off the over.

    R = number of runs scored…runs can be scored in a variety of ways…big hits over the boundary line are worth 6 runs…if the ball hits the ground before going over the boundary line it’s worth 4 runs…the batsmen running too and fro across the length of the wicket is one run for each successful pass. There are also leg byes the scoring of which varies.

    W= Wickets taken…indicates the success of the bowler being able to get the ball past the batsman to knock the stumps over or the bails off.

    C & B = Caught and Bowled…it’s a another way of getting the batsman out. C indicates who the catcher was, B indicates who bowled the ball.

    LBW = Leg before wicket…usually meaning that rather than ‘playing the ball’ the batsman used his legs to block it from hitting the stumps.

    These types of cricket have a limited amount of ‘overs’…50 overs (6balls per over) for each team. which is different from ‘Test Cricket’ which contains 4 innings and can last up to 5 days.

    Classic commentary here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k0qZDdfvZk

  2. james.reaney says:

    Thanks, as always, Oliver. LBW was known to JBNBlog already, but the others are new to me. Great stuff. V. helpful indeed.

    As for classic announcers, Australia was faring so poorly at the Ashes last year, there was a long moment when Shane Warne shared details on Christmas presents received by his kids . . . & we all thought he only cared about blonds apart from cricket.

  3. Oliver Hobson says:

    Brian Johnston was one of the great cricket commentators.

    Sending cake to the commentary box is a tradition started because of him…and his inadvertent gaffes are also part of cricket’s history too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Johnston

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