This has to be the first occasion I can recall when I’ve tried to rework my working schedule to spend as much time as possible at the desk, so that in between spurts of work I can catch up with action at the Gangotri Glades [Would a snap poll indicate that is the best name for a cricket ground in India? Or would it lose by a short head to the Eden Gardens?].
Day 1, even from the glimpses I got of live action and from post match highlights, was fascinating — disciplined bowling [for the most part, though Karnataka seemed to drift a touch just when it had the opposition on the rack], some brilliant catching, a gritty lower order batting effort, and just a soupcon of controversy to spice things up. [I still don’t get why Bombay, confronted with this wicket, didn’t chose to let its seamers have their say]
Day 2 promises to be a grimly attritional battle, waged on conditions that continue to help bowlers — there is nice springy bounce, movement for those who can get the seam straight, and just a shade of movement in the air as well — all that against a young batting lineup in a cup final. Bliss. Enjoy.