what i meant by closing out a game with the bat was close games. the India world cup wasn't close at all...we have ash and rahim blocking deliveries for 20 mins just because they could. we had 5 wickets and 15 or so balls left when we finally knocked off the winning runs. it was hardly a thriller.
cardiff win also wasn't close (ie a thriller) because we had 5 wickets in hand and 6 balls to score 7 runs. had it come down to the last ball and needing 3+, it would have counted even if we had 10 wickets in hand.
Cricket cannot live with the mistaken belief that people want to see big hits. People like to see goals, but no one is talking of moving the goalposts a metre wider either side. (Harsha Bhogle)