Mumbai Indians v Lions, CLT20, Jaipur September 27, 2013

'Shut ur mouth and just step aside'

Plays of the day from the Champions League match between Mumbai Indians and Lions in Jaipur

The carry
The greenish tinge on the pitch suggested that the fast bowlers will enjoy themselves in Jaipur. Evidence of that came as early as the first over as a short ball dug in by Mitchell Johnson took off - it was about chest high as it passed the batsman but then soared over the leaping wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and bounced only once before thudding into the advertising hoardings. Not the usual sort of one-bounce four.

The slower one
Sachin Tendulkar's final T20 competition hasn't quite gone to plan so far. His franchise has billed their whole campaign this tournament as a tribute to him, but he hasn't been at his best with the bat. Today was no different as in his brief stay, he shuffled around in the crease and played some ungainly strokes. His misery ended when Sohail Tanvir slipped in a slower ball that Tendulkar didn't pick at all - he tried to adjust his shot late but ended up playing down the wrong line and a moment later the off stump was out of the ground.

The confrontation
Off the final ball of the 11th over in the chase, Rohit Sharma edged past the keeper and towards the third man boundary. The bowler, Hardus Viljoen, was watching the ball as he completed his follow-through, and Rohit was also looking back to see whether there was a second, leading to a bit of a collision. That led to a frank and heated verbal exchange between the pair, needing the umpire, the Lions captain Alviro Petersen and the non-striker Dwayne Smith to intervene and cool things down. Dale Steyn immediately tweeted words of advice, seemingly to Viljoen, who is seen as one of the quicks to watch in South African cricketing circles: "U bowling well dude, shut ur mouth and just step aside..."

The three-card trick
Harbhajan Singh posed plenty of problems for the batsmen in his spell, using the straight one often. Jean Symes was one of those whom he troubled, and when the other Mumbai Indians spinner, Pragyan Ojha, came into the attack, Symes decided the best way to deal with him was with a series of cross-batted swipes. On the first ball, his attempted slog missed and he was struck on the chest. He persisted with the strategy, though, and was rewarded next delivery as the ball sailed over midwicket for six. The third time proved lucky for Ojha, however, as Symes' big mow missed and the leg stump was knocked back.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Par on October 1, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Oh this fellow still playing ? Oops i thought he retired like 3 years ago, oh no that was when he SHOULD have retired. Sad pathetic retirement like many others. In recent memory only Laxman went away without needing to be begged.

  • Srinivas on September 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Gotta love that picture of the elephant! Ball somewhere, bat somewhere and eyes somewhere (aka on records)! Sad state of Indian Cricket, both on and off the field.

  • saint on September 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I bought a ticket in advance ESPECIALLY to see Sachin The Legend bat when I was visiting Perth a couple years ago. It was for Day 3 and alas, he was out cheaply on day 2 and was never seen on the field again. Just to illustrate the frustration of ticket buyers like me. We want to see the legends bat, so please bat for a long time!

  • Anita on September 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Finally,I am sure MI had a big role to play in persuading Sachin to play this CLT20. Their last chance to make big money from him,after all!No doubt,the manner of Sachin's dismissal yesterday was disheartening but let's not read too much into T20 scores. After all we are all aware of the struggles of some of the best T20 players in Test Cricket.

  • Anita on September 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I think we are missing the point.We want Sach to go becoz,we selfishly want to retain our own wonderful memories of him.Players like him and Federer are completely in love with the game and that is precisely why they have been so long at the top,given such jaw dropping performances.I am sure they know the end is near(as they have often said),but their willingness to appear mediocre to billions who idolize(d) them and just remain an average player ina game they effortlessly dominated not so long ago,shows their sheer love and commitment.A man who retires at his peak would be one who is afraid that he may sully his image in front of his fans. He plays for his fans' approval and fame,not for love of the game.These are rare heroes who don't mind even if they lose their billion + fan base,coz they never sought adulation.Retirement,for anyone,is a personal call.If a player is not gud,the selectors can and should drop him,which is a different debate altogether.

  • RAJARAMAN on September 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Well ... we know the script about Sachin ... one innings of substance from Sachin will silence all his critics ... only for the long string of failures to follow ... and then the voices will be heard again ... it is an unending story

  • Andrew on September 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I really wished Sachin had retired from international cricket after the WC 2011 finals as it would've marked the end of a magnificent era involving 2 of the greatest cricketing legends - Sachin and Murali. It would've been a day that would never have been forgotten in the history of the game. Unfortunately he has become stubborn due to the influence of his fans.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Its sachin and also roger federer to realize the days are over for them . pl announce retirement. so that people will accord respect for your achievements. for sachin selectors should bell the cat. kesav koundinya

  • Nanda Kumar on September 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    For those of us who saw the match live, the confrontation starring Rohit Sharma was un called for... ideally both the players should have smiled at each other , may be apologized and moved on... Having said that the player to blame was Rohit as he should have been looking where he was running rather than at the ball... Already one is hearing the cheer leaders talking up Rohit's chances as a future captain. For a player who has not played a test more because of his consistency or rather the lack of it, and inspite of his constant cheer leaders like Sunny and Shastri, it is pushing things a fair bit. Rohit clearly has no temprement - look at the way he got out when the match was in the bag and all that was needed was to support Smith in reaching the target. He has scored some runs recently but I am sure most other cricketers would have done so with about half the chances that were given to him... Please spare us the agony from the cheer leaders and select purely on merit

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @akpy: It is Sachin haters, who may want to see him in this condition. It is NOT a question of 4 balls or 4 overs. This miserable form is going on for quite some time, with very very rare aberrations. Sachin lovers like to preserve the memories of a great batsman; perhaps the best in modern cricket history. So ,pl stop hating Sachin by requesting him to continue to be a miserable figure, in the eyes of his ardent admires. Let his admirers like me try to keep the beautiful memories.

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