Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Delhi October 2, 2013

The eerie coincidence that wasn't

Plays of the day for the match between Mumbai Indians and Perth Scorchers in Delhi

The hush
Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer wanted an 'Eric Hollies moment' with Sachin Tendulkar. Hollies was the legspinner who famously bowled Don Bradman for a second-ball duck in his final Test innings in 1948. Cut to 2013 - Tendulkar takes strike to the left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff. He cuts the first ball confidently to backward point for no run. The second ball is on the pads and flicked. The timing was crisp, effort minimal, but the placement wasn't quite right. Square leg was pushed back and Sam Whiteman ran forward and though the ball dipped, he managed to hang on inches from the turf. There was a hush around the Kotla as Tendulkar walked back, with the fear that this could be his last appearance for Mumbai in the event of them failing to progress further in the tournament. Tendulkar had all but emulated Bradman with a second-ball duck, but with a twist. Mumbai went on to qualify and fans may well get to witness Tendulkar again for the semis, and possibly even the final. Not quite the eerie coincidence that Langer hoped for.

The catch
There was another hush around the stadium when a Mumbai wicket fell. This time it was Dwayne Smith's. Smith bludgeoned the Scorchers bowlers for 48 with some ferocious pulls and he had set himself up for another massive hit. He rocked back to a half-tracker from Brad Hogg and pulled him flat to deep square leg. It was that man Behrendorff who played party-pooper again as he threw himself to his right and plucked the catch on the dive. The catch deserved a better response than the silence that enveloped the Kotla for the second time.

The wide call
It all happened in slow motion. Kieron Pollard angled one really wide across the left-hander Ashton Agar, who shuffled a long way across his stumps to try scoop the ball over the shoulder. Pollard followed him and delivered it very slowly. Agar failed to connect and looked embarrassed that he missed out on a freebie. However, the umpire deemed it wide enough to be penalised and Pollard stood with his hands on his waist and held the pose for a while, shocked at the umpire's decision.

The misfield
The inconsistent bounce gave Dinesh Karthik a horrid time behind the stumps with a couple of let-offs, but he wasn't the only Mumbai Indians player guilty of a shocker in the field. Whiteman cut Glenn Maxwell towards short third man and it was played uppishly towards Harbhajan Singh. It was catchable but Harbhajan didn't get behind it with conviction and the ball bounced and spun past him and raced to third man. Can't blame the pitch for that.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pankaj on October 4, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    leave it on Sachin, when to retire. He has retired on time from international-T20, ODI and will now soon from IP/CLT. He has already said about retirement that when one is on high then to retire is not good for the nation, as you still have potential to serve your nation. So Sachin knows when he won't be able to serve nation well in tests, he will declare his retirement. Respect Sachin.

  • Ron on October 4, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    It is sad to see an old warrior struggle like this. He should have retried on a high.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    tendulkar hasnt retired from tests, has he? its almost as if people are pushing him to go by pointing out each next innings he plays as probably his final one :P

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I think Man of the Match for this match should go to Sachin Tendulkar. If he played a long innings, Rohit may not have the chance to play the innings he played and Mumbai Indians might have been knocked out of the tournament. So well played Tendulkar for getting out for a second ball duck and helping to win the match for Mumbai within 14 overs. Sachin these days is a walking wicket. What a semi final we are going to have? 11 T&T players Vs 10 Mumbai Indians.

  • kieran on October 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @ Praveen Arasada, yes, let's get real. Bradman played almost his entire career against the best or 2nd best team in the world.

  • Shantanu on October 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma says Tendulkar's form is not a worry. If a IPL franchise is not worried about one of its player's form we shouldnt lose sleep. But I was trying to remember when was the last time Tendulkar scored two consecutive zeros in any form of cricket and that makes me worried. He is clearly past his prime and if he doesnt give this matter priority then he is closing his eyes to telling signs. I hope he scores two hundreds against much against the tide and signs off. This dragging on is clearly an overestimation of his ability presently. The more he fails the more he puts himself under pressure. Good players go on a high and for him those two occassions in near past were world cup win in 2011 and a very bad 100th 100 against Bangladesh.

  • george on October 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Well said Gokul...Sachin wants to put it across Kallis , that is his only intention now , the resaon behind his continued playing even after the age of 40..come on Scahin retire and give way to young talents..pls do not be selfish

  • srinath on October 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Tendulkar indirectly steered mumbai to finals. If he not been out for a duck, it would have made thigs tougher for Mumbai. Perth scotchers missed the trick by getting 10kar out. Sad for many mumbai youngsters for missing chances despite 10kar failing match after match and taking his place in team withouit any issues.

  • Vaidyanathan on October 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    SRT's wicket was the turning point in the chase. On recent form alone, his being around would've bogged down the scoring rate.

  • India on October 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Sachin writes his own destiny, nobody can predict when his last T20 innings is going to be.

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