Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset, CLT20, Hyderabad September 25, 2011

Four consecutive sixes, and a quick recovery

Plays of the Day from the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset in Hyderabad

The collective effort
Bowlers step aside, modern fielders hunt in packs too. But sometimes, even three of them aren't enough to prevent an overthrow. In the third over of Somerset's chase, Rajat Bhatia threw at the stumps from mid-on and missed but there was a packed off-side field to fall back on. The ball first beat the diving fielder at extra cover and then slipped between men at cover and point. It was finally pulled back in style, though, with a slide and a relay throw to round things off.

The weak wave
A decent crowd had built up for the night game but with the Kolkata Knight Riders finding scoring tough initially, the fans were kept relatively quiet. The DJ tried his best to bring the crowd to life, exhorting them to start the Mexican wave. The crowd reluctantly obliged, but after about an attempt-and-a-half, the wave died quickly.

The voice-giver
The crowd was brought to life a few overs later by Yusuf Pathan, who decided to make Somerset pay for bringing on their fourth left-arm spinner, Arul Suppiah. Coming on strike for the second delivery, Yusuf gave the crowd its voice as he launched it over long-on. Each of the next three deliveries disappeared into a sea of delirium between long-on and deep midwicket. The lowest-priced ticket today was Rs 100, and it had already been worth it many times over for the fans.

The recovery
With the Knight Riders reeling under the onslaught of Roelof van der Merwe, Shakib Al Hasan induced a high mis-hit from Peter Trego that swirled in the air over mid-on. Shakib settled under it but the ball was coming over his shoulder and he grassed the catch, tumbling on to the ground. Instead of fretting over the lost opportunity, however, he recovered quickly and, while still on the ground, fired a direct hit at the striker's end to catch Trego short.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    I agree the Captains have made some weird decisions. I was losing it when Suppiah was brought on when Gregory, Dockrell or Trego could have bowled especially with Pathan in. Very relieved as a Somerset fan that they won in the end. England should have let Kieswetter and Buttler go over there in the first place, they would have seen more about how they can perform in India by letting them go and play in India against top bowlers but i guess that's not the way it's done.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Somerset may be with less resources but they are playing some good cricket. The reason is that they are using all their resources properly. Its good to see a 19-year old Gregory bowl so well in alien conditions even though experienced (even people from sub-c) fail to work out

  • chandana on September 26, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    LOL there is a reason why a good batter may not be the best captain. Indians shud have learnt this lesson from the days of SRT!!! At least west Indies learnt it from B C Lara. Captaincy just like batting or bowling is an art. That is why out of millions who play the game only a minute % succeed in ascending to the national team and International stage. Some of the best captains were not great batsmen. Of course there are exceptions like Tiger Pathaudi and Stephen Wagh who scored a lot of runs Or Daniel Vettori and Bob Willis who got many wickets. But by and large most of the good captains perfomed mid table. Nowadays it ecomes very obvious if a player is a bad captain, with all the TV analysis available.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Strange decisions from captain Gambhir. Why yusuf was not given the ball. Bowling changes didn't worked for Gambhir.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Gambhir was the weak link here. He looked and acted groggily. Kallis should have led the side and KKR could have played the one batsman who could have made a difference. Gambhir should sit out all matches, until he is 100% fit, and Kallis makes a better captain.

  • Shantanu on September 26, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    What's been happening here ? How come Gambhir is playing in CLT20 ? This is plain and simple ridiculous. A person who cant see properly 15-30 days back and is an important member of Indian team has how come recovered so fast. Doesnt he need a complete rest period ? Has BCCI physio cleared him ? Are you sure he is not on a thin edge ? This lure of lucre has compromised India's chances. what is bcci upto ?

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    CLT20 has been a theatre for bad captaincy. Why did Ganbhir persist with spinners in first few overs when Balaji and Kallis were available. Why did Suppaiah was brought in, why was Gregory given just 2 overs. Why did Badrinath come in when dhoni was waiting to come. Why did Redbacks gave Tait 4th over when he was already going for too many. Even the field placements have been little difficult to comprehend.

  • John on September 26, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    It's certainly encouraging for Somerset to have won three games without two leading batsmen. Neither of those batsmen did much against WI in the second T20I for England but they are both more than capable. If they can beat the fourth-placed IPL side with players missing then they should be competitive against anyone at full strength. It's a good chance for Keiswetter and Buttler to get a feel for Indian conditions ahead of the upcoming England limited-overs tour as well.

  • Duncan on September 25, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    phew - Somerset almost managed to blow this, which would have been criminal after RwdM's effort. A lot of strange decisions: dropping Max Waller for Dockrell, not bringing back Gregory after two great overs and of course bringing on Suppiah when there were plenty overs left for the main bowlers. Granted, the last one probably seemed like a good idea at the time. We need Buttler and Keis to get over there and beef up the batting.

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