And its over.
3 games, 3 wins. And how.
At 2-24, SLs hopes of a series comeback were good.
221 runs later, it had vanished.
Unfortunately for me, I dint see the carnage. I was away on a religious pilgrimage.
Only to come back to see it was the SL team that was being offered as the sacrifice.
Sehwag is god. We all know that. 116. 90 balls.
You don’t stop that, you just cant. You just wait till he decides he is done, even then he will only get himself run out. Ruthless to the end.
Yuraj had bullied England at home. Came to SL with with everyone talking about how Mendis ate him up last time.
Splendid got 3 wickets for 57, Yuvraj 206 runs at 68.
Before the series I predicted that SL would gobble up the inexperienced Indian spinners.
Ojha so far has the 2nd most wickets (6) at 21 while Mendis and Murali have only 5 between them.
His average is sub 22, Mendis is north of 50 and Murali is Hussey’esque on 72.
He bowled with guile and intelligence. When he got hit around he dint panic, instead he kept flighting the ball and kept asking asking questions.
The ball today to Kapugedara was a classic left armers dismissal. It helped that Kapugedara seemed to have hit feet in quick dry cement. But the ball beat him in flight.
It had shades of Warne about it. Drifting in and then pitching on middle and leg and hitting off.
Ashish Nehra might have a bit of competition ahead for him.
We’ll talk about what went wrong for SL later.
Cuz India is coming, like James Hetfield sang, like a freight train coming your way.
In the Engine room you have Dhoni. Masterclass skipper, who has reversed his early flamboyance to be the coolest, shrewdest tactician in the game.
He had built on the team ethics Ganguly left, of being tough and ugly if you need to be. It worked for the Prince, its working for the MSD.
He has showed that he could crack under severe pressure, a place where he finds himself rarely these days, but he is learning and and has got the Indians on a winning sequence and stands at the door step of breaking the Indian record – 9.
He said they wont think about the record, but I’m sure Dhoni would love to have that notch under his belt too.
Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj form a top 3 that would scare the hell out of Alfred Hitchcock.
You have seen what happens when one of these 3 get going. Today you saw what happens when two of them go together.
Its pure brutality.
And it was against an ‘in form’ SL bowling attack.
Raina, Sharma, Pathan makes for a solid middle order.
Zaheer and Ishant are brilliant with the new ball.
Bajji and now Ojha are deadly with their fingers. (Sorry if that induced some crude imagery, well, not really)
SA and Aus might be tangoing for the 1st slot but when India comes around the mountain, its going to get ugly.
And as they say there can be only one.