Sunrisers Hyderabad v T&T, CLT20, Mohali September 24, 2013

How not to play Steyn's first ball

Plays of the Day for the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Trinidad & Tobago in Mohali

The impetuous shot
The first match of the evening had given enough indications that the Mohali pitch was more favourable to the seam bowlers. The batsmen would have to respect the conditions first, gauge the bounce and movement before attacking. Lendl Simmons was having none of it. Taking strike against Dale Steyn, Simmons waltzed down the track to the first ball of the match, looking to smash it and feathered an edge to the wicketkeeper. Against the best fast bowler in the world, it wasn't the smartest thing to do first up.

The fumble
Sunrisers Hyderabad weren't at their sharpest in the field, committing more than a few schoolboy errors. Thisara Perera bowled one short and wide outside off, asking to be hit. Darren Bravo duly obliged and slapped it over cover. Hanuma Vihari charged towards it at sweeper cover but didn't time his approach properly. He ended up over-running the ball and it spun and rolled to the rope.

The obstruction
With Bravo striking the ball with such ferocity, nobody in the field could afford to nod off. When Darren Sammy came into the attack, he made the mistake of bowling too full and Bravo wasn't going to miss out. He smashed it straight back but the non-striker Jason Mohammed wasn't quick enough to move out of the way. The ball thudded into his ribs and he saved a few runs for Sunrisers. They were struggling to control Bravo so any obstruction, however unusual, was welcome.

The soft dismissal
The early wicket T&T would have been desperate for was Shikhar Dhawan's. The in-form opener was in good touch in the qualifiers and, chasing 161 on a seaming pitch, he needed to stick around to give Sunrisers some stability. He moved to 23 but appeared fitful against the legspin of Samuel Badree. A slogged six over deep midwicket spelt ominous signs for T&T but their anxiety over Dhawan didn't last long. Navin Stewart bowled a slower ball and Dhawan, looking to turn it to the on side, popped the simplest of catches to the bowler. Stewart did a celebratory jig and his team-mates couldn't believe they had got rid of Dhawan so cheaply.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Narine on September 28, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Ramdin did well in using his front line bowlers to do the job. Unfortunately Emrit's last over cost T&T the game. He should have bowled over the wicket and slant the ball across the left hander rather than trying to bowl straight and ending up into his pads. Emrit should know better and has the experience to handle the deck bowling. Hope they win against the other 2 easy teams in the group. The game against CSK will be a cracker!

  • Norman on September 25, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    You know things went bad when 1-45(hypathetically) becomes 'respectable'. SRH were far below par yesterday. Sammy and especially Perera won that match for us. To say that their fielding was poor would be the understatement of the year. Horrid really! The usually miserly bowling attack was ordinary to say the least. This victory, on a positive note shows that SRH CAN win even when the bowlers have an off day. My play of the decade is definitely lendl Simmons' first ball 6 over cow corner off Dale Steyn....oh... Err....wait......o_O

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I hope SL will send Perera up in the order. Jeewan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews and Chandimal, all batting before Thisara Perera and wasting valuable overs. By the time Perera comes he get only 1 or 2 overs.

  • Pan on September 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @sweetiepaper, indeed, Emrit was a bit unlucky too - 0-60-odd doesn't look good, but if that catch had been taken in the middle of his last over, it could have been a far more respectable 1-45, with the wicket being the match-turning one, Perera.

  • Adrian on September 25, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Ryan Hill, that's really harsh on Ramdin. His captaincy has been very good. I agree maybe he should have given Simmo and over in the middle. But Emrit has been coming good when asked to. He just lost it with the wet ball and the pressure today. You cant fault Ramdin for that. The mistake was not having another "recognized" option to go to. Like Ganga or Ottley. One of them should have been playing. And if you picking Stewart to voop. Then you don't really need Pooran.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Instead of Perera the Man of the match award should have been given to Rayad Emrit and Denesh Ramdin. That horrible last over of Emrit gave the Sunrisers cause 23 runs (!!!!) and virtually assured that Sunrisers would march to victory. that combined with Ramdin's odd captaincy choice of not using the medium pace bowling of Simmons (... not even for one over Denesh ?... You have to try different things and take chances... look at what the slower ball, the change of pace did to Dhawan...)