Royals v Super Kings, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Jaipur October 4, 2013

The accidental stumping

Plays of the Day from the first semi-final between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur

The stroke
Ajinkya Rahane's 56-ball 70 was populated by serene strokeplay, and perhaps the shot of the tournament came from his blade against R Ashwin in the 12th over. The bowler delivered a legbreak, which has been successful for him in this tournament, but picking it early, Rahane backed away a touch and did little more than caress the ball gracefully over cover. Though his bat speed did not suggest an abundance of power, Rahane timed the ball so well it sailed high above the boundary and into the stand.

The run-out
Michael Hussey remains one of the most prolific runners between the wickets in world cricket, but M Vijay's reluctance to steal a quick one cost the former his wicket and set the tone for Super Kings' innings. Hussey drove Shane Watson down the ground, which the bowler parried to mid-on in the third over, and immediately set out for the single, with Vijay also seeming to respond to the call. When Vijay looked back however, he had second thoughts which proved fatal. Hussey was already two-thirds down the pitch when his partner sent him back, and Kevon Cooper, the mid-on fielder, needed only lob the ball to the keeper to send Hussey on his way.

The deflection
Dishant Yagnik, playing his first game of the CLT20 this year, stumped S Badrinath in the ninth over of Super Kings' innings, but had done little to deserve it - perhaps through little fault of his own. Pravin Tambe's legbreak kept unnaturally low to evade the batsman's advance, and although the low bounce fooled Yagnik as well, he had at least managed to get his body behind the line of the ball, which hit his pad and bounced back on to the stumps, long before Badrinath could return to the crease.

The delivery
While Tambe took three wickets for seven runs from his last three overs to cut down Super Kings' middle order, it was Rahul Shukla who took dismissed the key man in the opposition ranks, with perhaps the best ball of the match. MS Dhoni had not yet begun finding the boundary, but Shukla, his state-mate from Jharkhand, deigned to deny him that chance by angling one in to pitch on off stump, before straightening off the seam at a rapid pace. Dhoni played down the wrong line and was struck on his outside pad, and after a prolonged appeal from the bowler, the umpire agreed the ball would have hit the top of off stump.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Ashok on October 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    My first play of the day was Rahane's magnificient & well paced innings. He made a clear statement to Dhoni, who has benched him consistently in India XI. The second was Tambe's brilliant spell which finished off CSK. But from the ashes rose Ashwin to paly a most memorable fighting knock whioch brought CSK within 5 balls of winning the match. The turning point in the match was Vijay's poor running between the Wkts. which cost CSK 2 of their best batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Why did they play Yagnik? I thought Sanju was a keeper

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Royals should take Vikramjeet Malik istead of Yagnik...Their batting is strong now...this will help to strenghten their bowling also....Good luck Dravid & team for their first match outside Jaipur....

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Chennai super kings deserves this defeat. They have not played last 2 matches to their potential and had over confidence on their knock out stages victories in the past. MSD really done blunder again by taking Vijay on playing 11 instead of taking Faf De philips. I dont know what makes him again and again to take Vijay in playing 11. vijay is the main culprit for this defeat. Whatever it is Royal played lke ROYALS and in fact deserves the Trophy also. All the best for them.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    direct throw by Sanju samson was excellent

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    To ESPN Cricinfo team We would ike to see the 'MATCH IN TWEETS' page which you have been providing during Champions Trophy. Bit of Fun & Lots of thought.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Thanks to the direct hit from Sanju, Vijay finally succeeded in his mission..:D

  • Vaidyanathan on October 5, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    And Vijay's runout attempts deserve a place here. When he finally got out, it was more of a "He finally succeeds!" :P

  • Srinivas on October 4, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Shukla's delivery to MS...un believable. Delivered at high pace and late Mr.Steyn!!! Peach indeed. No batsmen in the world would have answered that call!!

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