India v Sri Lanka, CB series, Hobart February 28, 2012

Shastri doesn't quite get the elevation

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the CB Series ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Hobart
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The power failure
During the innings break, the power in parts of Bellerive Oval failed, affecting the four light towers, and the TV cameras. Initially they thought of delaying the start of the second innings, but with the natural light staying good the game resumed at the scheduled time, 6:35 pm, even if it meant viewers at home could not watch the first 3.4 overs. The light tower, too, came to life well before natural light faded. Ravi Shastri was a victim too, stuck in a lift throughout the power cut.

Perera's juggling act
The two new-balls rule is not easy to handle. Today, as Thisara Perera was brought into the attack, he took the ball that was used to bowl the previous over. Just before he was about to run in, Simon Taufel intervened and asked him to return Asad Rauf's ball to Rauf. Hopefully they are as vigilant against mixing up balls during rain breaks.

The break before the break
It was 12 minutes before the second drinks break when Kumar Sangakkara hit one with the bottom of his bat. It must have chipped because he asked for another bat. There was some miscommunication, and a wrong set of bats arrived for him. Sangakkara asked for another set, and in the meantime his batting partner Tillakaratne Dilshan asked for some drinks. MS Dhoni did not want to be left behind, and called for a banana. Sachin Tendulkar asked for a drink too. All this 12 minutes before a scheduled break. The bemused umpires stood wondering how the field of cricket turned into a lawless state. About three minutes into it, Simon Taufel finally began walking towards the fielders, and they came back to play.

The miss
Bellerive Oval is not as big as other Australian grounds, but the India fielders still tended to stay in from the rope to prevent the seconds they usually concede. On one such occasion, when Kumar Sangakkara did not get the elevation on an attempted loft, Praveen - already a few yards in - took three steps in and the ball ended up going over his head. Later in the innings he would have two chances for catches running in, but those would evade him too.

The surprise run-out
In the 46th over of the Sri Lankan innings, amid a glut of runs, Sachin Tendulkar's throw caught Thisara Perera on the line. It was against the run of play, and India were not even expecting a wicket when the umpire signalled to the third umpire to adjudicate. The fielders went back to their mark, Dhoni stood ready to keep, Praveen Kumar was ready to bowl, and the big screen said "out". India were too tired to come together and celebrate, and stayed in their places.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zico123 on February 29, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Kohli should tell himself he has the potential to be the best ODI and Test player in the world, he should show the same to the world

  • DilumSL on February 29, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    As a sri lankan fan i really wanted our team to win last game. but i still i enjoyed the second inning specially by kholi. Now i really want to see india and sri lanka in finals. but it's too late for that :( BTW this is the best series i've seen for a very long time

  • SudheerPusuluri on February 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    why are there no plays from second Innings..why can't they be added to the first innings' plays..common Cricinfo

  • Balumekka on February 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan fan, but that does not prevent me to enjoy one of the best innings I have ever seen, played by Kohli. My goodness, this guy seem to be having all the talent in this world!!! Its very nice to see our neighbors lift their standards at the very crucial moment. This CB series has turned out to be a very interesting one with some good cricket being played!

  • iyers on February 29, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • crickeyt on February 29, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @Sid Monga: did you not watch the second half of the game or what? It would seem reading your "plays" that nothing out of the ordinary happened during India's batting!

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Pity the power came back on....should have left Ravi Cliche in the lift!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 28, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    That power failure seems like a conspiracy against Ravi Shastri :-)

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    India now moves to second on the table - equal on points with Sri Lanka but above them given their better head-to-head record.

    So, if Australia beat SL on Friday, India will qualify though SL may have better run rate.

  • abiindia on February 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    it is very sad, srilanka have four finals in one tournamant. today with india, and again with aus, and in two real finals to get a cup. very sorry state.

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