Delhi v Perth, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 21, 2012

A monster hit, and Pietersen's old problem

Plays of the day for the Champions League match between Delhi Daredevils and Perth Scorchers in Cape Town

The high ball

In a relatively low-scoring match, the biggest hit of the day didn't even clear the boundary. Mitchell Marsh got more hang time than Michael Jordan on a skied hoick off Morne Morkel in the 19th over. Marsh's shot, towards the Wynberg end, rocketed up into the low cloud scudding across the ground and hung in the air interminably before finally falling back down to earth. Or rather, into Kevin Pietersen's hands. Had Marsh been hitting towards the Kelvin Grove End, with the wind behind him, the shot would almost certainly have gone for six.

The no-ball

Agarkar's plucky batting was needed at the death by Delhi after Naman Ojha's dismissal, caught behind off Nathan Coulter-Nile's fourth delivery in the 18th over. Ojha might have been out off the second ball, as what appeared to be a thin edge was pouched by the keeper and the Scorchers went up in unison. Asad Rauf wouldn't give it out, and two deliveries later it appeared justice had been served when a thick edge was caught by a diving Luke Ronchi. Ojha stood his ground as the umpires checked for a no-ball, but Coulter-Nile's heel was behind the line and he was sent on his way. What the umpires, including third umpire Marais Erasmus, apparently failed to spot, however, was that the bowler's back foot had traversed the return crease. The delivery should have been called a no-ball, and been followed by a free hit. Agarkar's batting ensured that the outcry over the controversy was minimal.

The (obligatory) left-arm spinner

It would take a stats-hunt of Zaltsman-esque depth to uncover just how many times Pietersen has fallen to left-arm spin in his career. Did his brother Bryan bowl left-arm spin in their backyard in Pietermaritzburg all those years ago? Does the Union of Left-arm Spinners know something we don't? Pietersen, who'd kickstarted his innings with an authoritative punch through mid-on off Joe Mennie, leapt down the wicket to Michael Beer's fourth ball - head in the air and legs akimbo - only to skew a thick edge to Shaun Marsh at short third-man and become yet another notch on a left-arm orthodox bedpost.

The big, repeated appeal

The Scorchers threatened a fightback when Beer nipped Ross Taylor out for his second wicket in the 10th over, but it took more than one appeal for the umpire to agree to send the batsman on his way. Beer had fired down an arm-ball which struck Taylor on the left pad in front of middle and leg, sparking an immediate appeal. Asad Rauf was unmoved, so Beer fired another question the umpire's way. With the batsmen itching to steal a single, Beer started to run towards the ball, which had rolled towards cover, before asking 'how's that?' a third time. Eventually, Rauf's finger went up.

The comeback

Nathan Rimmington, whose cropped hair and unruly beard give him the look of a nightclub bouncer - or rather, the bloke about to get into a scrap with one - fluffed a simple chance to get rid of Virender Sehwag with the game in the balance in the 15th over. Sehwag had uppercut the other Nathan - Coulter-Nile -- flat and hard towards third man, where Rimmington came in too far and could only parry the ball over the rope as he jumped backwards. Rimmington was immediately tossed the ball by his captain and asked to make up for his error, which he did in some style. An over later, both Sehwag and Irfan Pathan had been removed and Delhi were 96 for 6.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Ashok on October 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @Santosh Shamsunder:May be it was "slap shot" but it was cut on a rising bal( I watched it live on PC). He escaped being caught there just in the previous over because Remington ran in too far. How clever is it to repeat playing a similar shot again? DD's S/R did not justify slogging - pushing singles was enough to win. As for Pathan, whatever stroke he played, it ended up as the dolliest catch. My point here is when 2 batsmen are set they stay there & carry their team to victory. 2 Indian test players with vast experience forgot this fundamental point. If you look at T 20 format, there is v.little time to get set. But when 2 batsmen are set they must stay there & finish the job. That is the winning Formula.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Sehwag didn't get out playing an upper cut; he slapped one to the cover fence and was brilliantly caught. Nampally: Check CI comms, if you were watching the highlights of some other game.

    As for Irfan, he was undone by a slower ball. Nothing to be ashamed of as a batsman - after you put together a good partnership.

  • Satish on October 22, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @Nampally : May be, Irfan might learn from mistakes but Sehwag will never. He has been making the same mistakes for years now. People say Biru played a responsible klnock yesterday seeing the scoreline but he was just lucky to be dropped that many times and score that much runs.

  • Ashok on October 21, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Remington was lucky to get both Irfan & Sehwag within a span of 3 balls. It was irresponsible batting on part of both Irfan & Sehwag. When the upper cut is not working, any intelligent batsman will avoid playing that shot - especially after being dropped twice playing it!. What possessed Sehwag to play it the third time? Irfan's wkt. was like a Gift. These type of strokes are avoided when your team is in a hole & relying on you. Only Indian batsmen appear to show this irresponsible attitude!. I hope both Sehwag & Irfan Pathan use common sense & learn from these mistakes. Life is a learning experience & only those guys succeed who learn from their bad experiences.

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