Somerset v Mumbai Indians, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Chennai

The fateful forearm and fast full tosses

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second semi-final of the Champions League T20, between Somerset and Mumbai Indians in Chennai

Nitin Sundar at the MA Chidambaram Stadium

October 8, 2011

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Roelof van der Merwe is cleaned up for 10, Somerset v Mumbai Indians, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Chennai, October 8, 2011
Somerset could not handle Lasith Malinga's full length © Associated Press
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The terror throw

The strip may have been slow and low, but that did not completely protect the batsmen from safety hazards. In the second over of the game, Aiden Blizzard worked Steve Kirby straight to wide mid-on, and Sarul Kanwar sprinted halfway down the pitch in search of an optimistic single. He changed his mind quickly, but had to dive to ensure he would reach his crease in time. The throw was, however, off target and thudded straight into Kanwar's throat even as he tumbled into the crease. For a fleeting moment, one wondered if the tournament organisers might consider restoring Mumbai Indians' fifth-foreign-player privilege, but Kanwar was back on his feet soon.

The persistent placement

Roelof van der Merwe's darts, fired in from wide of the crease, are not the easiest to carve inside-out through cover-point. Somebody forgot to inform R Sathish, though, as he backed away and uncorked the wrists twice in the space of three balls in the 18th over. The first time, Arul Suppiah at deep cover put in an athletic effort on the boundary to keep him down to two. Sathish was, however, rewarded on his second attempt as Suppiah made a mess of a marginally easier save.

The fast full tosses

When faced with a slow pitch, don't pitch the ball. Lasith Malinga took the strip out of the equation right at the start of Somerset's chase. His first ball was a low full toss delivered just outside off stump at some pace. Peter Trego wasn't even close to getting bat on it, and looked bewildered as the thunderbolt shot past him. The next ball was faster, straighter, fuller, and swinging away even more viciously. Trego was squared up by the yorker as he tried in vain to cover the line, and looked back in shock to see the ball nearly carry to Harbhajan Singh at slip after shattering the stumps. In his next over, The full length continued to work well for Malinga through the game, and he literally yorked Somerset out of the competition.

The replaced retriever

Suryakumar Yadav's inclusion meant Andrew Symonds was consigned to carrying the drinks today. He had more work to do, though, than he would have imagined. In the fifth over of the chase, James Hildreth skipped out of the crease twice to Yuzvendra Chahal and played the lofted on-drive. Mumbai did not have a fielder inside the park to save the boundary, but Symonds was on hand just beyond the boundary line. Both times, he moved quickly to his right from the team's dug-out and stuck out a nonchalant right arm out to stop the ball before it crashed into the advertising hoardings.

The half-hearted gaffe

Overthrows are generally a result of over-eagerness, but not if you are Chahal. James Hildreth played the last ball of Chahal's third over back to the bowler. Chahal picked the ball up, and since the over had come to an end, prepared to pass the ball to the wicketkeeper. He then realised that Hildreth was in the way, and tried to stop himself from throwing. The result was a half-hearted lob that carried easily over Ambati Rayudu's head and allowed the batsmen to sneak a freebie.

The bewildered batsman

In the 14th over of the chase, Hildreth walked across his stumps towards silly point and attempted to sweep Harbhajan Singh with the turn. The ball happened to be a topspinner than hurried on to Hildreth, who played it onto his stumps. He was completely befuddled by the dismissal, though, since he was looking at backward square leg when he attempted the shot. He looked on, bewildered, at the broken stumps, and even seemed to suggest that the wicketkeeper may have disturbed them with his gloves, before trudging off disconsolately.

The fateful forearm
With Somerset needing boundaries in the penultimate over of the chase, Jos Buttler butchered a full toss from James Franklin straight back down the ground. The non-striker Craig Kieswetter was charging down for the single, and was in no position to react when he found the muscular blow was heading straight at him. Kieswetter was a deer caught in the headlights as the ball thudded sickeningly into his left forearm, denying Somerset a sure boundary, and all momentum.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 9, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

Malinga should be sent back to ravan-land

Posted by   on (October 9, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

Malinga you beauty!!! Because of you I started watching T20 games again. Keep up the great work.

Posted by RottPhiler on (October 9, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

Ummm the phrase is "deer caught in the headlights" of a car, since the deer can't do anything before the car crashes into it...... A flashlight is handheld... "A deer caught in the flashlights" makes no sense as it isn't in danger of mortal injury....

Posted by   on (October 8, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

If the Mumbai Indians lift the trophy, it will be interesting to see if the Ambanis will retain Harbhajan as captain for IPL. Sachin has failed to prove himself as good a captain as he is a batsman.

Posted by shrastogi on (October 8, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Well done MI inspite of some inexplicable captaincy. Surely in a crucial knockout game the senior bowlers are expected to bowl their full quota of overs. Harbhajan as a bowler is short of confidence at least in T20. He let Somerset off in the middle overs when he could have put in 2-3 overs instead of one. Hildreth and Kieswetter propsered when even Sathish got a over in the hope that since he has a good day with bat he may do the trick with bal which he nearly did but Kanwar made a mess. The MI fielding was shoddy and with youngsters carrying them in batting though Yadav should not have played two dot balls in the final over it was left to Franklin to get them out of jail. Surely in Malinga they have the world's best T20 bowler if not the world's most valuable T20 player. He deserves a fat performance bonus. And off course a young side can make it to final. You dont need overage well past his prime superstar who plays through injury and cant even stop a whitewash twice.

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