Hit Wicket, an Inman Square sports bar, opened in June. It claims to be the first establishment in the United States centered around this bat-and-ball game. In addition to showing the matches on eight big-screen TVs (including one 80-inch monster), the place primarily serves street and finger foods from New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and of course India.
The location, next to Puritan & Company and across from Tupelo, is fit for walk-in traffic. But at dinnertime on a Friday night, the large dining room and zig-zagging bar are both sadly empty. The apologetic waitress explains that it fills up based on cricket matches. Sure enough, midday game-time check-ins over the weekend confirm better results. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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