Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Delhi October 2, 2013

How not to run between the wickets

Plays of the Day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Trinidad & Tobago in Delhi

Crazy running of the day
Ravindra Jadeja's bowling was taken apart in the first two matches of the tournament, and he has hardly had a chance to perform with the bat. Today, he had the opportunity to help his team recover from a middle-order wooble, but he threw his wicket away with some awful running. Jadeja sprinted for a quick single after MS Dhoni tapped the ball towards midwicket but, as he was completing the run, instead of continuing straight on, he ran diagonally across, which meant he ran about a couple of yards more than he needed to. Perhaps it was to avoid being struck by the throw, but the extra time permitted to the fielder meant that an under-arm direct hit caught Jadeja short.

Comic running of the day
In the final over of Chennai Super Kings' innings, the last pair were in the middle when Mohit Sharma drove the ball back at the bowler, Rayad Emrit. It struck the non-striker R Ashwin's bat and flew over the stumps at the bowler's end. While trying to stop the ball, Emrit and Ashwin collided and Ashwin lost his bat. Mohit seeing the ball elude the bowler had already set off for the single, but Ashwin, who was a few yards down the track before the contact with Emrit, hadn't spotted that and sprinted back towards the bowler's end. Both batsmen were nearly at the same end, forcing Ashwin to gallop for the single; he nearly made it, dipping his head like a sprinter as he neared the crease, but without his bat he had to run extra and ended up just short.

Ball of the day
One of Ravi Rampaul's prized assets is his ability to summon up the unplayable delivery - for example, the peach to get rid of Tillakaratne Dilshan in the World Twenty20 final last year. This time he got rid of the rock of Super Kings, Michael Hussey, with a beauty. In the second over, the ball darted back in at Hussey, far too much for him to cover, and the offstump was left reclining yards away from its customary position. It was Hussey's first failure in the tournament.

Walk of the day
Plenty was made of the clash between Dwayne Bravo and his home team. Bravo got a rare chance to bat plenty of time today as he was sent in at No. 5. He didn't last long, though, after nicking Emrit through to the keeper when on 2. T&T were convinced they had the wicket of Bravo but the umpire was not, and despite the confident appeal the finger wasn't raised. Bravo, though, knew he had edged it and walked off, to the jubilation of the T&T team.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    What is Morkel doing in the playing 11 not contributing in bat/ball? He should be replace by du Plessis/Morris. His 2 overs ll be taken care by them.

  • RAVINDER on October 3, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    I am an Indian and have been following Indian cricket since 83 WC win. Indian players like most subcontinent and Aussie players do posses natural talent but there have been too many incidents like Jadeja run out to ignore. Very often you have seen many our players not sliding the bat while running tight singles and in the process getting run out I can recall Ghambir and Sehwag as modern players to have done this quite often. I do find it irritating for followers like me that in this modern era of coaching and all other facilities they still do it on field.Ok this was club match but if it is done in international match that players should be banned for at least next 2-3 matches for not putting his body before the national prestige.

  • Arunkumar on October 3, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Why dont you see a strategy here? I appreciate CSK for being long sighted. They are eyeing the Champions League trophy instead of just winning T&T match. By losing this match, they know 1. They will have to play Rajasthan. Probability of beating Rajasthan is more than Mumbai. 2. They get one day extra to practice for final 3. Their player Dwayne Bravo will feel better that his home team has also entered Semi's with his (their) help. So he will now be more committed to CSK. 4. BCCI will be happy that South African team doesn't qualify for Semis 5. A loss now in the league stage will relieve them of pressure, get rid of complacency during knockout stage. 6. Tell Ranchi to not just expect us to be super-human and we are also humans. etc etc. The manner in which everyone got out too reveals the drama casted on center stage. Nevertheless well executed strategy. Kudos to MSD and to CSK.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @Mohan vicky. Straighthit said 'but for Dhoni and Raina' in the sense 'except for them nothing is left for CSK' in his reasoning. The reality about this match was that CSK weren't desperate to win to say the least. May be they prefer playing RR than MI. But I think the bigger factor that no one seems to have thought of is, I believe CSK are optimistic to be in the finals and they would rather play T&T than a certain ABD. But for that freaky rain devillers would most certainly have ousted T&T. I do like T&T and i am no South African..but I guess ABD is feared by many as they are by MSD and may be Chris Galye as well. Other so called big hitters have too many off days.

  • Rahul on October 3, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @ODI_BestFormOfCricket You just forgot the biggest name on your CSK side. One Mr.Srinivasan.

  • suresh kumar on October 3, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @straihthit. Your comment clearly indicated that you are anti-csk'ian. I have answers for your question. We have baba aparjith or mukund in place of vijay, anirudh srikanth in place of badrinath, jakathi in place of jadeja, we had won with these mentioned players earlier, few are new. And also csk will be here to stay.

  • a on October 3, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I didn't get to watch the match last night, but when I saw the headling 'How not to run...' I was pretty sure it must've involved Ashwin. I couldn't help but chuckle at seeing 'R. Ashwin' and 'gallop' mentioned in the same sentence :-)

  • Jay on October 2, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @StraightHit: Have to disagree with you on some points. CSK will remain a dominant force simply because their team culture is built on winning and unity. Sure, a few players might be pushed out but better players will replace them. The club will re-sign MSD, Raina, and Hussey (if he doesn't retire). Bravo, and Morkel will be out because they haven't done anything lately. Faf Du Plessis will be bought thanks to his previous contributions. The rest of the Indian players will remain because they are signed differently to international players. However, I do agree with you on Murali Vijay, he's Mr. Inconsistent. I see the core of CSK remaining intact next year with 2 or 3 players replaced utmost.

  • Kanthimathinathan on October 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    this defeat is good for CSK , They got more confident after 3 out of 3 , Due to this defeat now they can analyze the plus and minus so the coming next two matches they will play well and win the CUP

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Nothing left for MSD and Raina?? How so?? One off-game, and the thrashings rush in? What about all the successes so far? And the qualifying for the semis? CSK has gone through ups and downs - U can like em or hate em, but u just cannot ignore them!! They'll bounce back like they always have!! Go CSK!! ^_^

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