Spider in the sky, Elephant in the room
The Elephant in the room
Ishant Sharma rediscovered swing at the SCG and Aaron Finch was clearly not expecting it. Finch did not offer a shot when the final delivery of Ishant's opening over hooped back in to strike his pad outside off stump. Umpire Richard Kettleborough's finger went straight up but the replay suggested the ball wasn't swinging enough and would have missed off stump. *Don't talk about DRS… Don't talk about DRS… (repeat to fade).*
A recent BBL match saw Adam Zampa run out Phil Nevill when the ball richocheted off his nose. Continuing the "look, mum - no hands" approach, Gurkeerat Singh pulled off a lucky wicket of his own without lifting a finger. A short ball from Gurkeerat was crunched to deep point by David Warner, who turned after running the first and called for a second. The throw from Yadav was a little wayward but bounced in front of Gurkeerat, ricocheted off his knee and then clattered into the stumps, leaving Shaun Marsh short of his crease.
The Kaput Kaboom
Much has been made of the size of Warner's Kaboom bat - he panicked on social media recently when he thought one had been stolen - but it almost became too hot to handle for the opener. When Jasprit Bumrah let fly with a waist high full toss, Warner let fly - literally - with his bat. Caught off-guard and off balance, Warner tried to flay the ball onto the leg side only to lose his footing and his bat, which went flying into the (thankfully) vacant slips. Not surprisingly, Warner immediately called for a replacement.
The Dyson special
Shaun Marsh would later put down a straightforward chance but he claimed a ripper to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan looked to punish a short and wide John Hastings ball with one of his imperious and flourishing cut shots. The ball rocketed to deep point where Marsh, running to his left, leapt and took the ball over his head at full stretch right in front of the Members stand. It immediately drew comparisons to the famous John Dyson grab to dismiss Sylvester Clarke, off the bowling of Bruce Yardley, in almost exactly the same part of the ground back in 1981-82.
The lurking spider
Last summer, Spider Cam was blamed when Steven Smith dropped KL Rahul during the fourth Test at the SCG. According to officials, Smith was distracted by the wires that supported the camera. A year on and Spider Cam was in on the action again, only more so. Virat Kohli smashed an upper cut which flew higher than he intended. The ball struck Spider Cam powerfully on the full before shooting to the boundary. The ball was called dead. Spider Cam appeared uninjured.
The elusive milestone
Glenn Maxwell's suggestion, after the third ODI, that India's players sometime slow down for milestones drew sharp retorts from MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri and there has been more than the usual interest when anyone reached the 90s since. Rohit Sharma, on 99, tried to reach his century by one of the safest means possible - the dab to third man. But some extra bounce and pace from Hastings foiled the batsman and the faintest of nicks - confirmed by Snicko - left him caught behind and visibly distraught as he trudged back to the dressing rooms in disbelief.
Melinda Farrell is a reporter at ESPNcricinfo