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Watch cricket and dine on specialties from countries where the sport is played

Items from the “light entrees” menu at Hit Wicket in Inman Square include potato sliders.
Items from the “light entrees” menu at Hit Wicket in Inman Square (left) include potato sliders.PHOTOS BY MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF

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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.

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