India ODI Match Report Template

March 28, 2011

In most cases, this should work fine as a report template for a match played by India. If India bat second, just change the order. Some other minor changes might be required.

<Sensational Headline Indicating Great Triumph/Miserable loss>

India today faced <arch-rival> <country’s name, say A> in a match percieved by  many as revenge for <last match between these two teams that India lost>.

India went into the match with 3 seamers and a spinner, as expected. Captain Dhoni said there was some green on the pitch, but expected turn as the day progressed.

India lost the toss and were put in to bat.

<Opening stand>

Out walked Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who dispatched the first ball for four. For the next <n> overs it was a display of superlative stroke play by the two openers. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with a capacity crowd lapping up every boundary, and booing fielders manning them.

<Insert stats about the opener who went on to play a big innings>. Around the <nth> over, <opener name> got out.

Bollywood starlets watched the handsome Yuvraj bat from the VIP lounge, sipping fancy champagne they couldnt pronounce and had to resort to pointing on the menu.

(Picture obviously required. Possible options: Sachin celebrating after a century; A Sachin boundary, A Sachin cover drive; A Sachin wicket. If not, others like a moderately decent catch, an opposition runout, Harbhajan biting his nails etc)

<Middle overs>

Thereafter, <next batsman> kept the innings together and made a fluent <number of runs>, in the able company of <other batsman/batsmen who lasted long enough>.

<Last ten overs>

By the 40th over, India were at <n> runs, with <batsman 1> and <batsman 2> at the crease.  <Batsman 1> struck <n> boundaries in the <40<n<50> over, but got out in the <n<=6th> ball, <runout/caught/bowled/stumped/?> by <name of bowler who’s going to hell for getting him out>.

Thereafter, India went into shock mode, losing <n> wickets for <m> runs in the next <k> deliveries. The innings ended in the <n<=50th over><Batsman name> top scored with <n> runs off <m> balls, with <o> fours and <p> boundaries.

<The Chase>

<God forsaken opponent name> started off their chase in style, with their openers scoring <n> runs in the first <m> overs. They were particularly harsh on <Indisciplined Indian bowler>, whose <n>th over went for <n>20> runs.

<Opener 1> fell in the <nth> over, to a beauty from <Indisciplined Indian bowler who managed a fluke>. <Batsman 3> walked in, and went on to score <n> runs from <m> deliveries.

By the <n<25> over mark, <God forsaken opponent name> seemed to be cruising along. But then they lost a couple of quick wickets, and the match was wide open.

<India/Opponent team> held their nerve over the next <n> overs, and <cruised/stumbled> to a win in the <n<50> over.

Overall, the Indian fielding was <mediocre/atrocious/worse than RGV ki Aag>. <n> runouts were missed, <m> catches dropped, and <k>20> runs lost due to poor fielding.

<Best player in winning team> was declared man of the match by the presentation party of 50 MPs, state Chief Minister, BCCI officials, and CEO of all industries in a <n> km radius.

<Losing captain> blamed the defeat on <choose 1 of below>

1. bad performance of his team, and good cricket by the <winning team>
2. Terrible cricketing wicket that deteriorated to NH-24 level
3. Horrible umpiring decisions that went against him
4. <India only> Being one batsman/Bowler too short.

<Winning captain> expressed happiness with how they batted/bowled/fielded. <Leave out fielding if India won>

(This post intentionally left unfunny)

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5 Responses to “ India ODI Match Report Template ”

  1. Dev on March 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Do fill the after the semis though. It would be interesting to read.

  2. sophia on March 29, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Well, this will definitely be filled in after the Semis on Wed and with a lot more emotion included :)

    Will wait for the ‘Post Match’ post!!

  3. MD610 on March 29, 2011 at 6:20 am

    5. In the end Cricket won(!)

    Lovely post. :D //sipping fancy champagne they couldnt pronounce and had to resort to pointing on the menu// had me in splits.

  4. Shakti Shetty on March 29, 2011 at 6:39 am


    Enjoyed it. :)

  5. suranga on March 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Wonderful Tutorial no 1 for aspiring sports writers ! But how come you forgot the phrase of “snatching defeat/victory from the jaws of victory/defeat ” ?:-)

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