Lions v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur

From good to bad for de Kock and Beard

Plays of the Day from the Lions v Otago Champions League T20 match in Jaipur

Mohammad Isam

September 29, 2013

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Ian Butler is on the ground after being struck by a full toss, Lions v Otago, Group A, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, September 29, 2013
An Ethan O'Reilly beamer took Ian Butler (temporarily) down © BCCI
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The fumble
Almost everything that Quinton de Kock did in this game went right, except for the final ball. With Neil Wagner swinging hard at Sohail Tanvir, the Lions wicketkeeper fumbled the ball and gave away the bye that tied the game. Tanvir was left disappointed, and so was de Kock, who knew that it only took one little mistake to undo a lot of good work. And undo it did, as de Kock's day got worse with the mix-up off the final ball in the Super Over.

The stinger
Lions pace bowler Ethan O'Reilly is a bustling character who was in the thick of things for most of the Otago innings. He sent down a stinker in the 17th of the innings, a beamer that hit Ian Butler flush on his elbow. Butler crumbled in pain, with O'Reilly apologising right away. The physio came in and made sure he continued the innings. De Kock too was banged on the elbow in the penultimate over of the Lions' innings. That time it was Neil Wagner's beamer that struck him, but he ran the single and didn't ask for the physio. He was nearing a second Twenty20 century, and probably didn't want a break in concentration.

The misfortune
Nick Beard started the day quite well, picking up two wickets off consecutive balls in his first over. He missed the hat-trick, but bowled a tight second over. It didn't go too well for him thereafter, though, as he missed a catch of de Kock, helping the young opener to his half-century. Beard over-ran the ball at deep square-leg, had it go through his fingers and on to the boundary. It went further downhill for the left-arm spinner thereafter, as he gave away 16 in his next over and was not asked to finish his quota.

The scud
Quinton de Kock's stinging straight drive off Neil Wagner in the 19th over belied his physique. It was a power-packed shot which rushed past the bowler, the non-striker and the umpire, and struck the boundary board in a blink. He looks physically unthreatening for an opening batsman of this era but, today, several of his pull shots off the fast bowlers and against anything that was full from the spinners were as good as any from well-built batsmen.

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Posted by Nuxxy on (September 30, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@nmn11: Found wanting? He scored a 109 batting in the main innings and 11 runs of the first 3 balls of the super over. They only needed another 3 runs. If someone is at fault, it's not De Kock.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 29, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

De Kock did fumble that last ball but usually singles are run off final balls even without a fumble, unless the keeper manages to throw down the stumps. I think the biggest mistakes by the Lions were the ugly slog from Symes (with only singles needed in the super over) and the no-ball from O'Reilly which led to a 6 from the free hit. Idiotic cricket.

Posted by nmn11 on (September 29, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Excellent knock from Kock! But really he needs to work on his stamina as he was really found wanting in the super over which probably cost Lions the game. Disappointed in the end to what should have been a day to remember for Kock.

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