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    After leaving Hampi I had a tough weeks cycling to Bangalore. Indian roads are fine if they are either very small (no traffic), or very large (lots of traffic, but a nice wide hard shoulder or sometimes even a "service road" which runs alongside.) Unfortunately to Bangalore was largely neither of these two so I diced with death for 6 days as I had to dodge lorries barrelling down the wrong side of the road and forcing me onto the verge. Final view of Hampi Lord Hanuman statue in Tumkur Tickets for the England vs India game were at a massive premium and I knew that to queue up to get them would necessitate being at the ground the night before the tickets went on sale and sleeping outside the stadium, so instead I turned up as the ticket office opened in the hope of buying one from somebody who had queued and was willing to sell for a bit of a mark up. When I turned up at the stadium it was less of a queue and more of a riot; fights were breaking out all the time and the police were dishing out beatings left right and centre. At least two people were hospitalised, and I talked to two guys who had been queuing since 11pm the previous evening but had failed to get tickets. The BBC reported on the mayhem here I spent the rest of the day searching for a ticket and eventually bought one, for a 500% mark up, from a policeman. In the end it was worth every penny to watch what must surely go down as one of the greatest world cup matches, and perhaps even one of the greatest one day internationals, of all time. A game that ebbed and flowed like a classic test match with a century from the greatest of them all Sachin Tendulkar and one of the great one day innings from Andrew Strauss. Adding a list of inspired performances, a comic book finish, and an atmosphere unlike anything I have ever experienced made for a an experience that will stay with me for a long time. England vs Ireland tomorrow and then South for the final leg of cycling.

    Sachin 100 from Tom Lloyd-Smith on Vimeo.

    Sachin Tendulkar 100

    Matt Prior wicket from Tom Lloyd-Smith on Vimeo.

    Matt Priors wicket falls.

    Match tied from Tom Lloyd-Smith on Vimeo.

    Final ball.

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    1. William Dobson
      Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tom,

      Great to meet you in Bangalore. I’m unfortunately back in Dubai right now after a very relaxed few days in Goa, and a slightly less relaxed day or so in Mumbai.

      Anyway, hope everything has been going well since I left you, even if the Ireland game didn’t quite go to plan! What a fightback today though; England are certainly making for exciting viewing thus far in the world cup, veering from excellent to abysmal…perhaps, at some point, we’ll manage to bowl and bat well on the same day, and then we’ll really be a force to be reckoned with!

      Anyway, if you send me your email address I’ll post you that slightly drunken interview if you’d like.

      Good luck and all the best,


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