Royal Challengers v South Australia, CLT20, Bangalore October 5, 2011

A barrage of fours, and the late first six

Plays of the Day from the Champions League T20 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and South Australia

The fours
Daniel Harris made it clear from the start that he was a man in a hurry, swinging hard at everything. There was little reward initially and he scored only 6 off 7 balls. Then it fell in place for him, and he unleashed an unstoppable torrent of boundaries. Nine of his next ten deliveries were dispatched for four as he dismantled S Aravind and Dirk Nannes. By the end of the carnage, Harris was 43 off 17.

The first six
You'd think a team that scored at nearly 11 runs an over through the 20 overs would have clouted plenty of sixes. South Australia, though, had only five of them in their innings, and the first of those didn't come until the 16th over. It was Callum Ferguson who struck the blow, hammering the hapless Aravind over wide long-on.

The drop
In the 19th over, Dan Christian mowed a length ball towards deep midwicket. The shot didn't have enough power on it and was headed straight for the man in the deep, Mayank Agarwal. Christian was so certain that he was going to be dismissed that he cursed himself, and stopped trying to complete the single he had started, in preparation for the walk to the pavilion. Agarwal, though, shelled an absolute sitter, and Christian celebrated the reprieve with five boundaries in the next over.

The drop -2
South Australia's fielding standards were generally far superior to those of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Which made it hard to explain Ferguson dropping a straightforward chance from Kohli in the 15th over. Shaun Tait fired in a leg-stump full toss, which Kohli edged towards midwicket - it didn't go too high, or too far and Ferguson had plenty of time to get under it and he positioned himself perfectly to pouch. Inexplicably, it popped out of his hands, and bounced on his nose on the way to the ground. Ferguson couldn't put a finger on how he missed it: "Obviously it's a big wicket to… to … obviously, it was a drop, it was me, which is pretty disappointing," is all he could offer by way of explanation. Luckily for him and South Australia, Kohli was dismissed later in the over.

The collision
When Michael Klinger and Tom Cooper collided attempting a catch, the first thoughts were about the horrific Steve Waugh-Jason Gillespie collision in 1999. The incident took place in the seventh over, when Chris Gayle miscued the ball towards mid-off. Klinger moved across from extra cover while Cooper ran in from long-off and clearly neither heard the call from the other, perhaps because of the buzz in the Chinnaswamy due to Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan's rapidfire start. In any case, Klinger hung on to an overhead catch, before colliding with Cooper, who try to move out at the last moment. Klinger seemed to be hit in the thigh by Cooper's knee, and he rolled over in pain, and had to be helped off the field by the physio.

The yorker
With Tait's bowling, you never know what to expect. Would he go for plenty as he did in his previous match against the Warriors or would he rip through the line-up with his express pace? It all fell in place for Tait today. He could have removed both Dilshan and Kohli, who were pooh-poohing the South Australian bowling with some sublime strokeplay, in his second over. The highlight of his spell, though, was the yorker to dismiss Dilshan in the penultimate over, with the match in balance. It was a searing delivery that swung in, past Dilshan's defence to take home in to the bottom of middle stump.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    CSK is much better than RCB , and the other indian teams , records speak for itself , so stop talking against CSK , just support RCB... CSK and CSK fans know that we didnt perform upto our level this tournament but that deosnt mean you ppl becaome a better team in just one match... All the best RCB...

  • Raghu on October 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    seeing the fight below I am actually quite surprised. Not sure if IPL will maintai the same interest it did during the first yea but we see a true Manu vs Chelsea type rivalry.. between RCB and CK.. Just check this RCB has qualified for 3 champions league, been to 2 finals and 1 semifinals of IPL and CSK has won it twice, been to a final once, won the champions league.. If you leave CSK RCB is easily the scond most successful team in IPL history(Yes Deccan and Rajasthan have won but seriously, they arent as consistent).

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @Gokul: I agree Rcb pulled out a stunner in last match nd they r my 2nd favs after MI for the titles but winning one match wit team effort does not mean tat RCB was not relying on Gayle..We all know wat hppnd for Rcb Before nd After the arrival of Gayle in Ipl-2011. Counting on the team effort of rcb i would say der s a long way to go..

  • Srivatsa on October 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @ian_ghose: So true! But Tait was at his best in his last spell! The delivery to dismiss Dilshan was an ultimate cracker! I was thinking that Tait would bowl the 20th over! surprisingly Ferguson sent him for the penultimate over! Though he did his job quite well, i don't think he'd bowled a slow back of length delivery asking to be slogged over mid-wicket! But what's done is done! We've had a game not to be forgotten in the near future! CLT20 has produced quite a few nail biting thrillers this season, and it has been the mother of all thrillers!

  • Srivatsa on October 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @ the person who commented below: Its alright dude! Don't be so frustrated :-) Yes, no one deserved to win the IPL 2011 more than CSK! The way Raina anchored CSK's chase in the 1st qualifier against RCB said it all- that CSK were the true champions!! But now, moving over the past, we've seen how both teams fared in the CLT20 this year. CSK despite having 12 runs less to chase, couldn't make it against NSW. Forget making it, they couldn't even put a decent fight! So basically, CSK have ruled T20 like Australia ruled the world cricket! But after 3 consecutive world cup titles, we've had a new champion! (Note that from 1987-2007, Aus have not reached WC finals only on 1 occasion, just like CSK didnt reach finals in 2009). But in 2011, for the 1st time ever, Australia didnt make it to semis and we've had a new world champion! This is 2011 my dear friend and it's the 1st time CSK didn't make it to semis! We'll have a new champion and i hope it'll be RCB

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @ManojKannan ROFL.. did u say RCB rely only on Gayle.. U must get the stats right bro.. Gayle is an asset alright but just Gayle smashing around the park doesnt help. He needs someone to give a stand and RCB has the right guys for that.. I knw its hurts CSK is knocked off for the first time in the first round... Chill.. Sit back and watch cheer for RCB..

  • Yuva on October 6, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    what's with the drop catches in this tournament?...horrible

  • srinath on October 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    wow!At last wins a IPL team with subcontinent Talent.

  • Ishan on October 6, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @srivatsacertain - Yeah mate...true to the hilt. I'm quite annoyed with this fascination for 'slower' deliveries, especially in T20 games. Maybe this game would have taught those bowlers a lesson and we'd see good old fast yorkers again. Or maybe thats just wishful thinking...

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    lol. th oly thing dat got rocked day be4 yest ws csk!! similar situations! u crumbled lik a house of cards while chasing 200! we stood tall, held our nerve, and finished it in style chasing a slightly bigger target!! csk fans can never dream of getting to watch their team 2 pull of such a heist ever!! all u cynics calling rcb a 1 man team can all go home an lament over not evn reachin semi finals! n don tell me bout ur previous glories wen u so calld champs haven beaten an australian team ever in th cl in ur 2 yrs of participation!!

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