CSK v MI, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 20, 2012

Meaty sixes, mighty catches

Plays of the Day for the Champions League match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Johannesburg

Shot of the day

Only one six was scored in the first innings of the first match but four overs into the second, Chennai Super Kings had already trebled that count. The pick of the big hits was M Vijay's shot over midwicket that went so high it hit the roof of one of the structures next to the open stand and bounced off into the apartment building that sits next to the stadium.

Wicket of the day

Faf du Plessis thrilled the Wanderers with some aggressive hitting in his a half-century but soon fell on his sword. He tried to pull Lasith Malinga for a six and was caught well in front of the rope by Rohit Sharma. Super Kings were going at 10 runs an over at that stage, but du Plessis' dismissal caused a ripple effect and they managed only 10 runs in the next three overs, losing three wickets.

Quote of the day

Even though the match was of no consequence, there was still some analysis to be had. ESPNcricinfo columnist Harsha Bhogle, who is also on the commentary team, had this curious question. "How do you get an IPL team back into form?" he asked. When met with blank stares by the few remaining media, he answered it. "Play them against another IPL team."

Catch of the day

Kieron Pollard smashed the first ball of the last over for a six, bringing the equation down to 13 off five balls and he looked set for taking Mumbai Indians home. He didn't get his timing right on a lofted shot off the next ball and it appeared that the ball would fall short of the long-on fielder. But Suresh Raina ran in hard from the boundary and dived forward to get his fingers between the ball and the turf to get the big wicket.

Catch of the day II

Sachin Tendulkar may have made his last appearance at the Wanderers and he did something to remember. He took a stunning, tumbling catch on the deep midwicket boundary to ensure Albie Morkel was dismissed for a duck. Tendulkar had to run to his left and take the catch while moving but held on tightly and rose to cheers.

Fight of the day

Dinesh Karthik ensured the Mumbai Indians went down swinging and he did so primarily with the 19 runs he took off Ravindra Jadeja. All three of his boundaries were slogs over midwicket but the third was done on bent knee and with much more power than the rest.

Game-changer of the day

In a blaze of boundaries, Karthik and Pollard took Mumbai to the brink but Ben Hilfenhaus had the final say. He bowled a slower ball, which Karthik was ready to send into the stands but he played the shot too early and the ball hit his pad, rolled back and disturbed the stumps. Pollard stayed on but could not get Mumbai over the line.

Regret of the day

With one ball left to go, Mumbai could still have tied the match, with a six. The second match of the double header was the more exciting of the two and the one with a better quality of cricket. But, because the Lions had beaten Yorkshire in the earlier game, the result meant nothing in the context of the group or the tournament. Both Chennai and Mumbai are already knocked out but play one more match each before heading home.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • MehulG on October 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I believe SRT should retire from all T20 and test matches. He should continue playing in 50-over matches, where he has been all-time-great . He can take his time there to get in groove and provide his best services. Test matches wont give his reflexes and will take a toll on his body. He know he has been dealing with age and he is no more getting younger.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    I loved the Harsha Bhogle Comment!! So true!! IPL teams have been pathetic in the tournament only saved by rains in their complete humiliation!!

  • Matrix on October 21, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Dhoni's superb captaincy saved the day for CSK against MI.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    OK, so are we having an alternative to Dhoni for the keeper/batsman slot. Karthik has clearly been the better batsman in this series.

  • Senthil on October 21, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Saha's catch was better than Sachin's, without a doubt. Sachin just had to judge a skier. Please - we don't have to shower accolades on him just because he is a legend. I'm surprised his 2 off 9 balls isn't here in a section called "crawl of the day". It was pathetic to watch.

  • N. on October 21, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Will Sachin realise at least now that he cannot and should not continue to play -- for money primarily---when he just cannot get bat to ball? The selfishness, ( making himself available for India only when HE wants, and not when India wants him)---and his not being available for any Air Force programme even though he has been honoured with a honorary senior rank---but he has time for all the commercial endorsement s and money-making tournaments---we respect you but we have had enough of your prolonging time Sachin! Please learn from Rahul and VVS at least now !

  • vas on October 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Suresh Raina, the best catcher of the tournament. Karthik's, best batting of the tournament.

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