CSK v Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 14, 2012

Steven Smith the boundary rider

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers at the Wanderers

Throw of the day

Ben Hilfenhaus had misjudged a catch off Michael Lumb that seemed to circle Pluto before dipping, but that was not a true measure of his fielding ability. When Shane Watson cut the ball to the sweeper and called for the second, Hilfenhaus was called to action. His throw - flat and accurate - came in quickly to MS Dhoni in front of the stumps who managed to break them without getting his gloves in the way. Watson looked in World T20 form and Chennai Super Kings were lucky to get rid of him before he reached his half-century. Hilfenhaus had the spotlight on him again when he caught Brad Haddin, falling forward, in the deep a few overs later.

Reception of the day

With a lot of big names in action, there were bound to be big greetings from the crowd. Sachin Tendulkar may receive the biggest cheers later on, but in the first match, those went to South Africa's Faf du Plessis, who doesn't usually get welcomed so warmly at the Wanderers. Du Plessis plays for the Titans franchise domestically, who are arch rivals of the home team, the Lions. The derbies between the two sides are fierce but the fans were able to put that aside when they saw du Plessis come on to bowl in yellow.

Test series pre-cursor of the day

Australia's bowling attack will clash with South Africa's batsmen again in three weeks' time for a Test series in Australia and two players in this match provided a bit of an appetiser. Chennai's du Plessis, who is pushing for a spot in South Africa's XI in the No.6 position, played an innings about half as good as Jacques Rudolph's last night. He took a good few off a man who will appear for Australia in Perth, Pat Cummins, including three fours off his first over: a leg-stump half-volley that was dispatched, a drive through the covers and a pull after charging the young quick. Cummins won the war though. Du Plessis did not get enough on an attempted clearance of long-on and was caught by another national bowler, Mitchell Starc.

Contribution of the day

Steve Smith scored a handy 26 but is often criticised for both his batting and bowling. One thing he could not be jeered at about was his catch on the boundary. Suresh Raina was on 57 and hit out high to long-on where Smith was stationed. He caught the ball over his shoulder and some nifty footwork ensured that he remained just inside the playing area, saving six runs and dismissing Chennai's top-scorer.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • CricketMaan on October 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Well done SS..that mushtache did the trick for Moises..for CSK hard luck, but wrong choices..hilfy bowled just 3, albie, kula ahead of Dougie is not wise as the latter is a burden on the field..if you pick dougie get his four before the 15th. Vijay is circumspect on such conditions esply in early season. Badri has been in the best form for over a year now in all formats. and with no Indian medium pacer in the team..no choice but to expect a lot from hilfy, morkel, kula and dougie. I also wonder what if one top order bat gets injured..no one in the team that can replace..send SOS to Mukund or Vasu..Lastly Dhoni should have been ahead of Badri as he needs some time to settle, he didnt have that yesterday..

  • dummy4fb on October 15, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    the catch by Smith was sensational...in my view he was the real MOM as he won the match for Sixers with that catch

  • ladycricfan on October 15, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Raina's dismissal was the turning point of the match. It was an excellent catch by Smith. Had it gone for six and had Raina batted for another few overs CSK would've won the match. Anyway Well played Sydney Sixers. It was an exciting close match.

  • Meety on October 14, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Like to see the day when cricinfo keeps records of runs saved in the field, Smith would be one of the better ones.

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