At the end of the first innings, a few quick observations to augment what Mahesh has already said:
- India batted well against a weak bowling attack. But the job still has to be done.
- Sehwag played-and-missed initially, but he then settled down brilliantly even though Ganguly at the other end was scratchy with his timing and placement.
- Ganguly eventually played quite magnificently.
- Both Sehwag and Ganguly should have stayed on to finish off the work that they had done. Dravid signalled what appeared to be a “blessing” when Sehwag got to his century. My impression was that he was signalling, “Stay. Your work is not yet done.”
- India recorded the highest total in World Cup history — the previous highest was the 398 that Sri Lanka got against Kenya.
- India’s total of 413 for 5 was also the 5th highest ODI total.
- Tendulkar recorded the 5th fastest World Cup 50 (I think).
- Yuvraj Singh got 83 off 46 balls. Had he got his century off 50 balls say — which is something I was hoping — he would have scored the fastest century in World Cups and perhaps the 5th fastest 100 in ODIs. But that wasn’t to happen.
However, the big danger for India is that rain and Duckworth-Lewis could spoil the party…