To add to Tendulkar's 45 ODI hundreds, this is his 18th score in the 90s. (Six of them in 2007, of course).
To be fair Karthick had no fielders in the deep to worry about, Sri Lanka were clearly determined to stop Sachin getting a hundred. Would not really blame Karthick though, they put the field up so he it over it. Sachin really should have taken the powerplay but overall he was unlucky not to get a hundred, did not get much of the strike for large periods, scored at a good rate.
Woo! India won, and with ease. Ishant was up in the 140s once more today - although his ODI bowling still needs serious work, that is a good sign. Ashish Nehra helped pull the game back in the early overs and is proving a useful ODI asset. Jadeja was of course the star - he may be raw, but I feel that, like Yuvraj Singh, he may just about come very good in the end. We must not underrate the performance of Sehwag and Harbhajan with the ball either, as they helped wrestle the initiative away from Sri Lanka in the second powerplay onwards. Harbhajan has been a star in recent times and he continues along those lines and I have (along with most people, I'm sure) thought for a long time that Sehwag is a good off spinner who gets a fair bit of drift and turn - he should bowl more in Test cricket, on that note.
The batsmen did their thing too, but that is really, to be expected.
The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.
Dinesh Karthik might well have appeared in his last international game.
Karthik's expression in the pic is priceless. Just like a kid caught doing something he shouldn't.
Haha, Parthiv Patel celebrating as we speak.
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