Rajasthan Royals v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur October 1, 2013

De Boorder's bizarre dismissal

Plays of the day for the match between Rajasthan Royals and Otago in Jaipur

The bizarre shot
Rahul Shukla needed just one over to prove that his selection for this game was an inspired one. After sending off Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum within the first three balls of his first over, a third wicket was gifted to him. It was a short ball and Derek de Boorder was caught in two minds whether to hook or leave it. The ball came on quicker than expected and the indecisive de Boorder merely showed his bat at the ball. The ball took the top edge and tamely lobbed up to Shukla, who couldn't believe how easy that wicket was. Otago slipped from 16 for 0 to 20 for 3 in the space of six balls.

The howler
James Neesham should have been out on 0. Kevon Cooper knew it. With Otago reeling at 30 for 4, the in-form Neesham drove at a fuller delivery from Cooper and there was very audible sound as the ball passed him. The catch was taken cleanly by the wicketkeeper and Cooper started celebrating, only to look back to see the umpire Paul Reiffel unmoved. Replays showed a thick inside edge. Neesham went on to score a quickfire 32.

The embarrassingly bad delivery part II
Shane Watson's having trouble gripping the ball in this tournament. Two days earlier against Perth Scorchers, the ball slipped out of his hand at his delivery stride and looped to Simon Katich who swished at thin air. It happened again today to Watson, but this time the ball swirled so far from the pitch that it was headed towards point. A warning to unassuming fielders to pay attention when Watson's bowling.

The catch
For a while the Otago fielders could only watch as Ajinkya Rahane gave Royals a rapid start in their chase. Otago knew they needed to create something out of nothing to stop Royals in their tracks and it came via Nathan McCullum's sharp catching. Rahul Dravid got a thick outside edge to the left-arm spinner Nick Beard and the ball ballooned towards point. McCullum pedalled backwards and realised that the ball was evading him quickly. In a split second he turned around managed to pluck the ball on the flip. It was the inspiration Otago needed.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • W on October 2, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Who cares about this competition at all?

  • Saransh on October 2, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I am glad the VOLTS lost the game. I want them to lift the trophy, and in a t20 tournament one loss in required if a team doesn't have to fall into the LAW OF AVERAGES. As far as Rajasthan Royals are concerned. #respect. The best team in the competition according to me. They did well in the CSKPL too.

  • Vinod on October 2, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    for RD, if the bat cant do the talking the brain can. all the new guys he picked up didnt disappoint him - the latest being rahul shukla. and the whole bench seemed to be expecting their go-to-man brad hodge to unleash. there were too many bad balls bowled to him. may be they thought it wouldnt have made a difference when a guy can hit good balls for boundaries and sixes?!

  • Rajesh on October 2, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Its time we started calling all the Loopy delivery as Watsonsque, Why only point out Harmison for the wides.

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    No room to mention Neesham's astonishing boundary-saviong fielding - in air over the rope and parrying the ball back as if he was playing tennis?

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Fantastic victory for royals... Dravid Only plays in the play offs don't worry .. rr gonna win this clt20

  • Steve on October 1, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Definitely, time for Dravid to hang up his bat from T20s or any form of cricket. Can't be age alone, since Hodge who is about same age continues to flourish. Must be a mental thing since he looks physically fit.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Some one always standup for RR- but they always end up loosing at the end - I wish atleast this time they should not crumble up and endup the loosing semi finalist or the finalist. I love this team for their spirit and discipline. Watson and Rahul are looks jaded. hodge looks like a super man till now. So too cooper. Binny again needs to pull his hat up. Hopefully they will comeback strongly in the coming matches. let us see.

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