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    #1

    useful foil

    With the weight lifted, Jayasuriya bounced back and enjoyed some of the best batting form of his life, as well as becoming a useful foil to spinner Muttiah Muralitharan with his gentle left-arm spin.

    What does `useful foil' mean in this context?
    Please explain it.


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    #2

    Re: useful foil

    The two batsmen complemented each other by their different techniques of batting.


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    Re: useful foil

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The two batsmen complemented each other by their different techniques of batting.
    Thank you Anglika.
    I have almost got it.

    But, could you tell me what is the meaning of `foil' in this context?

    Because in dictionary `foil' have many meanings.


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    #4

    Re: useful foil

    A person or thing that contrasts with, and so enhances the qualities of, another.

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