Hard to know what to say after a match like that. I should crack jokes and stuff for this blog war thing with Short Of A Length, but don’t really know how. Ultimately India take an unassailable lead in the series, and New Zealand have another epically awful bowling performance to despair over, but those bare facts disguise a truly momentous game of cricket. Had one or two inscrutable moments rolled another way we might have won, or lost by 200 or so.
In any case, some highlights. Sachin Tendulkar’s century was maybe the best ODI innings I’ve ever seen, beautifully paced (he brought up his half-century of 59; his century at a run a ball; by the time he retired hurt he was on 163 off 133) and such effortless hitting. I truly believed until his stomach strain that he was going to break the last great batting barrier, the ODI double century. Tim Southee outdid him though, bringing up his century in under 60 balls, a truly terrible day with the ball for him, though he partially redeemed himself with some quick runs at the close. Oh, and the match had the small matter of 726 runs scored on the day, the second-highest in ODI history. Continue reading