match is over, but Sehwag has been denied the century. And this is a big no-ball, must I point out? His back foot was close to over-steeping, forget about the front foot. Anyway Sehwag smashed it for six over long-off, but they don't count because the game finishes at no-ball. He raises his arms, but then realises the century is not completed. Doesn't matter to him. He says: "It often happens. When a batsman is on 99 and the scores are level, bowlers try to bowl no-balls and wides. It happens in cricket. Fair enough." What a man
Well, that's all for us. Hundred or no hundred, it was a superb innings from Sehwag. Hope you enjoyed it. Cheers. We will leave you with Nikhil's thoughts: "I remembered this as a contrast. Gooch letting Chetan Sharma score a century with a boundary. Sharma was on 97 and India needed 1 to win."
Anyway time for Presentation
Virender Sehwag, MoM
"It happens in cricket. The other team doesn't want anybody to score a hundred against them. They tried their best. Doesn't matter to me, 99 or 100. Yeah I was also looking for the six, but... four byes and the no-ball. We were thinking of the bonus point. We were discussing between the overs. Luckily we got there." And Tony Greig says, "I don't think it was lucky, it was very well played."
"Of course it was a good win. Especially if you are fielding first on this track. Bowlers did a really good job, especially PK and Nehra, the way they started. Spinners did well too, because this was not a spinners' track. Then the opening that Karthik and Sehwag provided. Karthik may not have got a fifty, but he played out a number of overs with the new ball. We had the bonus on the mind, and with Viru there I knew it would be easy. The way he batted reminded me of my second series when I batted with him. Fun-loving person, and enjoys his batting on the pitch."
"They played really well, with the ball and the bat. We didn't get any partnership, and Virender Sehwag in the chase batted really well. 230 was a decent score, and then Viru batted all the way through. I am not aware of that [that the no-ball denied him the century], he deserved the century surely. He was the most important factor."
A technical question to MCC, though. The ball is counted as one faced by Sehwag. Why so, when the match was over even before it was played and especially when the runs scored are not granted to Sehwag? Dhruv: "If the game finishes with the no-ball, then the ball should not counts towards Sehwag's balls-played, because the game was won before Sehwag played it.
But, if you count the ball for Sehwag's balls played, then his Six must also be considered." Don't think Sehwag is thinking as much about it as the pouring feedback to Cricinfo is. This game reminds me of the Duleep Trophy final of 2007-08 when Shikhar Dhawan was 94 not out against West Zone. Six runs were required by both North Zone for the win, and by Dhawan for a well-deserved century. What came? Five wides and a no-ball. Khadoos cricket for you. But it's both within the rules, people will tell you
Chris Harris in the studio has no doubt it was a deliberate no-ball. Well it didn't look accidental. That back foot was where his front foot usually is. Kunjan Patel: "Shewag says..."fair enough"..As long as he puts the ball back where it deserves..he's a HAPPY MAN, 100 or not! What a man! ;)"
and again he pushes to point and is sent back
Viru looking to do it with a single, pushed to point and sent back
will there be a no-ball or a wide? Pulls out of the delivery. Dead ball
and what? four byes. Stays low, and goes through the batsman and the keeper. Drama. Sehwag is smiling
Randiv to Sehwag. Not for the first time, with the same batsman on 99! Field is up. What will Sehwag do? Six, anybody?
and again defended, over to Sehwag
stays back, defends again. Only Sehwag is to score runs from here on
dead-batted back to the bowler
oh oh, this one gets big at Sehwag, but he manages to keep the pull down
that's one of those fours! easy pickings too, the fine leg is very square and he glances this off the pads for four easy runs
about a week ago, Sehwag was running for Laxman. When Laxman was on 94, Sehwag advised him to "get there with a boundary". Laxman got there with two fours. What will Sehwag do?
back of a length, around off, pushed back to Mathews
India need 10 to win, Sehwag six to century. Will it finish in this over?
and he retains strike by helping this around the corner for one
pushed down to long-off for one
forward defensive, Dhoni is playing along for Viru's century now
makes room and punches this uppishly through point for one
he is in a hurry here, this is pitched on the leg-stump line, and he has swept it for a six over deep square leg. Top hit again, and his strike rate goes over 100. The century is well and truly one
tossed up teasingly, looks for the big shot, then just defends it. For no particular reason, maybe it is slightly too far outside off
Raj: "Nice Job, Viru. You are scoring slower than in Tests."
and he retains strike too, cutting this to deep point for one
oh yes he can, he surely can get a century here. This is shortish again, angling down the leg side, and he glances it fine. India need 20, Sehwag needs 15
bye bye ball! Gentle short delivery, slower ball, waist high, and he drags it from outside off, and pulls it over deep midwicket. Can he get a century here?
fifty runs for the partnership as Dhoni guides this towards deep midwicket