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(New Delhi TV)   Sri Lanka beats India by six wickets with 13 balls remaining. Apparently in cricket you can lose your balls   (sports.ndtv.com) divider line 20
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2014-04-06 05:02:44 PM
I tried watching some of this and I didn't really understand it. I thought that India was beating the tar out of Sri Lanka, but I guess I had no idea what was actually happening.
 
2014-04-06 05:13:52 PM
20/20 is an unholy abomination of pure suck.
 
2014-04-06 05:22:17 PM
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2014-04-06 05:23:14 PM
The local Sri Lankan community seemed happy with the result.
 
2014-04-06 05:54:49 PM
I woke up this morning and went looking for some sports programming that didn't discuss the Kentucky-Wisconsin game, because it hurt, and stumbled across this cricket match just as Sri Lanka was about to start batting. So I watched it. By the end I figured out what the difference is between a four-run hit and a six-run hit and what an over is, and I think I'm happy Sri Lanka won.

That's all I have to say about that.
 
2014-04-06 05:57:28 PM

KiwDaWabbit: I tried watching some of this and I didn't really understand it. I thought that India was beating the tar out of Sri Lanka, but I guess I had no idea what was actually happening.


Same here. I have never been more confused by a sporting event in my life.
 
2014-04-06 06:01:08 PM

pdieten: I woke up this morning and went looking for some sports programming that didn't discuss the Kentucky-Wisconsin game, because it hurt, and stumbled across this cricket match just as Sri Lanka was about to start batting. So I watched it. By the end I figured out what the difference is between a four-run hit and a six-run hit and what an over is, and I think I'm happy Sri Lanka won.

That's all I have to say about that.


It's kind of fascinatingly calming of a sport to watch.
 
2014-04-06 06:04:56 PM

JosephFinn: pdieten: I woke up this morning and went looking for some sports programming that didn't discuss the Kentucky-Wisconsin game, because it hurt, and stumbled across this cricket match just as Sri Lanka was about to start batting. So I watched it. By the end I figured out what the difference is between a four-run hit and a six-run hit and what an over is, and I think I'm happy Sri Lanka won.

That's all I have to say about that.


It's kind of fascinatingly calming of a sport to watch.


I got into it last summer watching The Ashes and hanging out in the Fark threads.  Once you get the basics it is a good watch, especially with a cold one (or 6)
 
2014-04-06 06:18:22 PM

Anderson's Pooper: JosephFinn: pdieten: I woke up this morning and went looking for some sports programming that didn't discuss the Kentucky-Wisconsin game, because it hurt, and stumbled across this cricket match just as Sri Lanka was about to start batting. So I watched it. By the end I figured out what the difference is between a four-run hit and a six-run hit and what an over is, and I think I'm happy Sri Lanka won.

That's all I have to say about that.


It's kind of fascinatingly calming of a sport to watch.

I got into it last summer watching The Ashes and hanging out in the Fark threads.  Once you get the basics it is a good watch, especially with a cold one (or 6)


After briefly going over how the game works on youtube, I have to say I'd rather watch baseball, and that's saying a lot.
 
2014-04-06 06:21:22 PM

tnpir: KiwDaWabbit: I tried watching some of this and I didn't really understand it. I thought that India was beating the tar out of Sri Lanka, but I guess I had no idea what was actually happening.

Same here. I have never been more confused by a sporting event in my life.


Each team only gets one turn on offense so the first team at bat racks up a huge lead and when their turn is done it's up to the other team to try to outscore them before their turn at bat is up. I guess in 20-20 each team only gets 120 balls pitched to them and you should average more than a run per pitched ball, because a hit that clears the fence on the fly is worth six and one that reaches the fence without being fielded is worth four, otherwise any other hit seems to tend to be worth one and the ball seems to be hit on almost every pitch. Otherwise I suppose the team is out after ten men are put out, but considering how rare outs are I don't know if that ever happens in 20-20. I got the impression from the announcers that India didn't score enough when they were up at bat.

As you can tell, I don't actually understand much of this.
 
2014-04-06 06:41:38 PM

Anderson's Pooper: I got into it last summer watching The Ashes and hanging out in the Fark threads.  Once you get the basics it is a good watch, especially with a cold one (or 6)


Similar, I got into it recently.  I think the couple of articles about Tenduklar retiring piqued my interest a bit, then I saw some NZ home series was going to be on ESPN3... which led to a couple other series, this T20 tournament, and I'm mildly hooked now.

JosephFinn: It's kind of fascinatingly calming of a sport to watch.


T20 (what was on today) not much more so than a boring mid-season MLB game.  Test matches, which go on for up to five days, and often end up with what is (to the eye) a clearly-losing team trying to stretch the game to the end of the fifth day so they can record a draw.   That's calming. Especially when you really don't have a favorite side.

Anyway, a day on the grass berm with a picnic basket for an international test... now on my bucket list.
 
2014-04-06 07:09:07 PM

pdieten: Otherwise I suppose the team is out after ten men are put out, but considering how rare outs are I don't know if that ever happens in 20-20.


Twelve of the 31 matches in this T20 tournament ended with one team all out (aka ten of the eleven batsmen out aka ten wickets).  If one team is looking to defend wickets and not horribly outclassed, it can be devilishly hard to take them (thus the five days of a test).  But, when the second batting team is well behind in runs, they have to get more aggressive.  Hitting hard for boundaries (4s and 6s), taking risky second runs between the wickets, etc.  Then the wickets start to fall.  Even if you don't get the opponents all-out, taking wickets is important.  Their best batsmen will usually be toward the top of their order.  The guys near the end will usually be primarily bowling specialists and sketchy batsmen.
 
2014-04-06 07:14:16 PM

Lawnchair: pdieten: Otherwise I suppose the team is out after ten men are put out, but considering how rare outs are I don't know if that ever happens in 20-20.

Twelve of the 31 matches in this T20 tournament ended with one team all out (aka ten of the eleven batsmen out aka ten wickets).  If one team is looking to defend wickets and not horribly outclassed, it can be devilishly hard to take them (thus the five days of a test).  But, when the second batting team is well behind in runs, they have to get more aggressive.  Hitting hard for boundaries (4s and 6s), taking risky second runs between the wickets, etc.  Then the wickets start to fall.  Even if you don't get the opponents all-out, taking wickets is important.  Their best batsmen will usually be toward the top of their order.  The guys near the end will usually be primarily bowling specialists and sketchy batsmen.


But don't I have to know what a crumpet is first?

/obscure?
 
2014-04-06 07:32:45 PM

Lawnchair: pdieten: Otherwise I suppose the team is out after ten men are put out, but considering how rare outs are I don't know if that ever happens in 20-20.

Twelve of the 31 matches in this T20 tournament ended with one team all out (aka ten of the eleven batsmen out aka ten wickets).  If one team is looking to defend wickets and not horribly outclassed, it can be devilishly hard to take them (thus the five days of a test).  But, when the second batting team is well behind in runs, they have to get more aggressive.  Hitting hard for boundaries (4s and 6s), taking risky second runs between the wickets, etc.  Then the wickets start to fall.  Even if you don't get the opponents all-out, taking wickets is important.  Their best batsmen will usually be toward the top of their order.  The guys near the end will usually be primarily bowling specialists and sketchy batsmen.


That was useful. Thanks for the clarification
 
2014-04-06 10:01:22 PM

KiwDaWabbit: I tried watching some of this and I didn't really understand it.


You are about to experience the extent of cricket knowledge.

/my dear boy, you bowl like a fool
 
2014-04-06 11:59:28 PM
I watched it and I thought it was pretty cool.
 
2014-04-07 12:26:16 AM
Oh, and Lagaan is a fantastic Bollywood movie about cricket where the Brits get it on the chin.
 
2014-04-07 11:26:27 AM

JosephFinn: Oh, and Lagaan is a fantastic Bollywood movie about cricket where the Brits get it on the chin.


Who's in charge of putting stuff like this on Netflix?

/or in my local library?
 
2014-04-07 10:38:04 PM
That Mitchell and Webb Look, on cricket:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyK_J_W4BI

Worth every minute of your time.
 
2014-04-07 11:39:13 PM

skrame: JosephFinn: Oh, and Lagaan is a fantastic Bollywood movie about cricket where the Brits get it on the chin.

Who's in charge of putting stuff like this on Netflix?

/or in my local library?


It's occasionally on streaming!  Really a lot of fun, even if it is kind of an epic length and has dance break.
 
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