India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 28, 2014

Jayawardene's Sri Lankan rope trick

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah
Plays of the Day from the India v Sri Lanka Asia Cup clash
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The Sri Lankan rope trick
Chasing back from mid-on to get under a lofted shot from R Ashwin off Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene realised he didn't have a chance to catch it and turned his attention to stopping the boundary as the ball bounced and rolled towards the prism-shaped blocks of advertising that, for the sake of convenience, shall henceforth be known as the rope. Jayawardene slid past the rope, pulling the ball back before it could join him on the other side, but saw that he hadn't retarded its momentum completely. Diving back over, and lifting his feet off the ground in an exaggerated manner, he pushed the ball back into play, just in time.

The collision
In India's match against Bangladesh, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu had collided while going for the same catch. Shami had somehow managed to hold on. Now, it was Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan's turn to converge, running from point and third man respectively to get under a top-edge that Kusal Perera sent steepling over Fatullah. Unlike Shami, neither Rahane nor Dhawan came away with the ball.

The swipe and miss
Coming down the pitch to Ravindra Jadeja, Kumar Sangakkara failed to connect with an attempted flick. The ball trickled off his pads and towards the stumps. As he had done to stump Mominul Haque in the match against Bangladesh, Dinesh Karthik swooped down at the ball, picked it up, and swiped at the stumps. This time, he missed his target completely. By the time he knocked down the bails on the second attempt, Sangakkara - as replays showed - was comfortably back in his crease.

The full-toss
Dew was clearly bothering the Indian bowlers - in the 46th over the ball had become so damp that the umpires called for a replacement. The seamers were still finding it hard to grip, though, as seen in the number of full-tosses they were bowling at the closing stages. One of these full-tosses, though, nearly won India the match, slicing off Kumar Sangakkara's bat and into the hands of a diving R Ashwin at short third man. It was waist-high from Mohammed Shami, but the third umpire deemed it had been no higher than that.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    At 37, that was a fantastic effort from Jayawardene ! I can't expect same from indian youngsters..Sri Lanka is usually a fantastic fielding unit.

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    There is no one in the current Indian cricket team to score fast in first 10 overs. Really Indian opener do not know what to do.

  • rajuramki on March 1, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Despite the tons of runs to back his abilities as a batsman, somehow Sanga does not provide the pleasure of watching, which players of the past like Lara ,Mark waugh, Gower,Laxman,Azharuddin or Aravinda provided. You dont watch matches only for statistics.

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    so wrong to compare sanga and kholi. sanga is a class act on his own terms and kholi too. both batsman can win a match single handedly.

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Both team played but the real mess was with Shekhar Dhawan , he had let his team to loose the match...He came for fame not for cricket. India would have won the match without him..

  • android_user on March 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    big three ...? what big three ...

  • rashivkd on March 1, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Jayawardane done the rope trick acrobatically and appreciate it, but at the same time I have a doubt regarding the laws. Before a while, the laws of catching the ball had been changed and fielder is allowed to catch the ball only after came back in to the field of play. The fielder should be touched the field before he touch the ball again. AM I RIGHT? If yes, then why should this law not applicable in this case??

  • marlon17 on March 1, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    these typical Indians now try to get comparison between Sanga N kohli rather than accpeting the defeat... To me these two different players with cricketing ability... Sanga is way ahead of Kohli with his experience and gentlemen behavior where as Kohli is one of the best young batsmen at the moment...... But he never will be gentlemen cricketer like Sanga...

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    SL was fantastic, especially Sanga. He is, in my opinion, the finest SL batsman and Aravinda De Sliva would come next in their all time list. But the sad part is that if you take Sanga and Mahela out of the team, you have a SL Team who can be on par with Afghanistan.

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    SL won it.... admit that............

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