Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, CLT20 2011, Hyderabad September 27, 2011

A birthday blooper and the thin line between success and failure

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and South Australia in Hyderabad

The birthday blooper
It was not a birthday to remember for L Balaji. Aside from Kolkata Knight Riders losing their second consecutive game, he was at long-off during the first Powerplay when Daniel Harris skied one off Iqbal Abdulla. Balaji dashed forward but too eagerly. He found that he had over-run the ball and it looped over him and went for four. He was immediately sent to mid-on.

The no-man's land
It is tough being in the deep in a Twenty20 game. There is a chance of conceding a second run if you are too deep and letting the ball fly past you if you are not deep enough. The Kolkata fielder at deep midwicket thought he had it right when he stood well inside the boundary in the tenth over. The third ball was pulled hard to his left but being so far inside the rope, he had no chance to cut off the boundary. The fifth delivery was tucked to his right softly and even though he ran hard, he could not stop the second run.

The audacious stroke
Sweeping a fast bowler takes some doing. If the bowler is Brett Lee and the delivery is outside off stump, there is the added element of danger. In the 18th over, Daniel Christian calmly bent his knee, picked up a full delivery and eased it past short fine leg to the boundary. Just like that. Lee stared in disbelief, Christian looked unperturbed.

The thin line between success and failure
Nathan Lyon beat Manvinder Bisla thrice in the opening over of Kolkata's chase. And he went for 12 runs. Such is the lot of the spinner in this format. There was an appeal for lbw first ball and Bisla was beaten in the flight as he charged out to the last. Bisla still managed to get under three deliveries in between to score three boundaries and Lyon's figures at the end of the over read 1-0-12-0.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • India_boy on September 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    i think Michael perera has a point, even though we all love test cricket but T20 has shown us some innovations that we have come to like. just becasue a particular shot isnt played in test cricket doesnt mean that the shot is not great.sweeping lee or steyn is a sight id love to behold.another of those is the scoop shot. these things are good for cirkcet as they broaden the horizon. if u have to blame someone blame the administrators for T-20 overkill. just admit it after a hard days work when u come back home in the evening tired, what would you do as a nautral spectator...watch a test match between Eng and West Indies or a T20 match with a beer in hand ??? both have their own charms!

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @Michael Perera.....There is a say a good test player can play any format of game...but not a slugger (T20) player like's of Yusuf and Pollard can't play the finest format in the game (Test) or ODI...Test cricket is till the best format of cricket and the good test player like Mike Hussey and Ferguson can play the T20 equally or better than the T20 player...

  • indianzen on September 28, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Tendo and Bisla should open followed by Kallis Gambhir and then Yusuf pathan...

  • Ravs1504 on September 28, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    KKR need to have look at Kallis again. He's good for anchoring but he cannot lift the pace or momentum which is so crucial in a t20 match..He's a great Test and one day player but his strike rate is not good enough for T20 credentials

  • bobagorof on September 28, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    @Michael Perera: you won't see people sweeping Brett Lee in a Test match because Lee has retired from Tests. You also won't see Lee in Twenty20's much longer if he keeps going for more than 10 an over.

  • kitten on September 27, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    More than the drop by Balaji, was the one dropped by Kallis, yes Kallis. It was off Fergusson, and he went on to thrash the KKR, and was awarded MOM. Balaji's wasn't too expensive, and let us go easy on the boy, he made up with two wickets, even the one he dropped!!

  • on September 27, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Sweeping Brett Lee. Now that's what I call innovation. You won't see that in a Test match. And yes, yes, Test cricket is the height, the dream, the goal, the primary, the ultimate, the steak, the fine wine, the Lord of the Rings, the epic, the this, the that, the other. But let's give Twenty20 its due.

  • India_boy on September 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    i think Michael perera has a point, even though we all love test cricket but T20 has shown us some innovations that we have come to like. just becasue a particular shot isnt played in test cricket doesnt mean that the shot is not great.sweeping lee or steyn is a sight id love to behold.another of those is the scoop shot. these things are good for cirkcet as they broaden the horizon. if u have to blame someone blame the administrators for T-20 overkill. just admit it after a hard days work when u come back home in the evening tired, what would you do as a nautral spectator...watch a test match between Eng and West Indies or a T20 match with a beer in hand ??? both have their own charms!

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @Michael Perera.....There is a say a good test player can play any format of game...but not a slugger (T20) player like's of Yusuf and Pollard can't play the finest format in the game (Test) or ODI...Test cricket is till the best format of cricket and the good test player like Mike Hussey and Ferguson can play the T20 equally or better than the T20 player...

  • indianzen on September 28, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Tendo and Bisla should open followed by Kallis Gambhir and then Yusuf pathan...

  • Ravs1504 on September 28, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    KKR need to have look at Kallis again. He's good for anchoring but he cannot lift the pace or momentum which is so crucial in a t20 match..He's a great Test and one day player but his strike rate is not good enough for T20 credentials

  • bobagorof on September 28, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    @Michael Perera: you won't see people sweeping Brett Lee in a Test match because Lee has retired from Tests. You also won't see Lee in Twenty20's much longer if he keeps going for more than 10 an over.

  • kitten on September 27, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    More than the drop by Balaji, was the one dropped by Kallis, yes Kallis. It was off Fergusson, and he went on to thrash the KKR, and was awarded MOM. Balaji's wasn't too expensive, and let us go easy on the boy, he made up with two wickets, even the one he dropped!!

  • on September 27, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Sweeping Brett Lee. Now that's what I call innovation. You won't see that in a Test match. And yes, yes, Test cricket is the height, the dream, the goal, the primary, the ultimate, the steak, the fine wine, the Lord of the Rings, the epic, the this, the that, the other. But let's give Twenty20 its due.

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  • on September 27, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Sweeping Brett Lee. Now that's what I call innovation. You won't see that in a Test match. And yes, yes, Test cricket is the height, the dream, the goal, the primary, the ultimate, the steak, the fine wine, the Lord of the Rings, the epic, the this, the that, the other. But let's give Twenty20 its due.

  • kitten on September 27, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    More than the drop by Balaji, was the one dropped by Kallis, yes Kallis. It was off Fergusson, and he went on to thrash the KKR, and was awarded MOM. Balaji's wasn't too expensive, and let us go easy on the boy, he made up with two wickets, even the one he dropped!!

  • bobagorof on September 28, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    @Michael Perera: you won't see people sweeping Brett Lee in a Test match because Lee has retired from Tests. You also won't see Lee in Twenty20's much longer if he keeps going for more than 10 an over.

  • Ravs1504 on September 28, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    KKR need to have look at Kallis again. He's good for anchoring but he cannot lift the pace or momentum which is so crucial in a t20 match..He's a great Test and one day player but his strike rate is not good enough for T20 credentials

  • indianzen on September 28, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Tendo and Bisla should open followed by Kallis Gambhir and then Yusuf pathan...

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @Michael Perera.....There is a say a good test player can play any format of game...but not a slugger (T20) player like's of Yusuf and Pollard can't play the finest format in the game (Test) or ODI...Test cricket is till the best format of cricket and the good test player like Mike Hussey and Ferguson can play the T20 equally or better than the T20 player...

  • India_boy on September 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    i think Michael perera has a point, even though we all love test cricket but T20 has shown us some innovations that we have come to like. just becasue a particular shot isnt played in test cricket doesnt mean that the shot is not great.sweeping lee or steyn is a sight id love to behold.another of those is the scoop shot. these things are good for cirkcet as they broaden the horizon. if u have to blame someone blame the administrators for T-20 overkill. just admit it after a hard days work when u come back home in the evening tired, what would you do as a nautral spectator...watch a test match between Eng and West Indies or a T20 match with a beer in hand ??? both have their own charms!