England v India, Twenty20, Old Trafford August 31, 2011

Three strikes for Dravid

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from England's Twenty20 match against India at Old Trafford
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Dravid's three strikes
Who would have bet on Rahul Dravid hitting the first six of the match? He did exactly that. In fact he hit three consecutive sixes off the last three balls of left-arm spinner Samit Patel's third over. For the first one, Dravid cleared his front leg to swat the ball high over long-on. Off the next delivery he stepped out to clear long-on again, this time with a straight bat. He finished the over by sweeping fine, sweeping nice, sweeping strong over the deep square-leg boundary. Twenty-two runs came off the over. Dravid's Twenty20 international batting career lasted 21 deliveries and 23 minutes, yet nobody will forget it easily.

Swann stumps Kieswetter
Keep an eye out for a tweet from Graeme Swann on Craig Kieswetter, the England wicketkeeper. Kieswetter could not read a Swann arm ball that had already beaten Rahul Dravid and got a thin edge. Kieswetter was caught squatting and staring in disbelief as he not only missed the catch but also an easy stumping. Then on the final ball off his third over, Swann lured Rohit Sharma out of his crease, beat him with his off break, but once again Kieswetter failed to collect the ball at the first go. Luckily he managed to collect the ball on the second attempt and knock off the bails before Rohit could get back home. Swann did not believe Kieswetter had managed a stumping. "Was it bowled?" he asked Kieswetter?

Turning point of the day
MS Dhoni had hit his first boundary, a smash to wide long-on off Jade Dernbach that nearly carried for six. The next ball, Dhoni, standing deep in his crease to begin with, skipped out a couple of yards to try and clear long-off. Standing there was the 6'2"-tall debutant Alex Hale. He positioned himself nicely under the ball, turned his hands so his fingers were pointing up but in doing so inadvertently covered his face so he could not see the ball as it bounced off his palms. Thankfully for him, the ball rolled onto his long arm and after a couple more juggles a smiling Hale finished the catch. That wicket triggered a collapse as India lost their final five wickets for seven runs in 13 deliveries.

Miss of the day
In the fourth over of the game, Ajinkya Rahane tried pushing Stuart Broad to the leg side as he advanced out of the crease. He didn't connect and the ball went off the pad and straight to the bowler who was in his follow through. Rahane was halfway down the pitch already, but his opening partner Parthiv Patel sent him back. Rahane, desperate, turned back and retreated to his crease, but Broad had already thrown himself forward and only had to underarm the ball onto the stumps to run Rahane out. But he missed and Rahane was home. Rahane was on 15 then, and went on to get 61

Take of the day
MS Dhoni might be keeping with tired, hurt, taped fingers. But he is one of the best wicketkeepers at stumpings, equipped with a fast pair of hands. Virat Kohli's first ball was a terrible one, sprayed down the leg side. But Kevin Pietersen had lunged too far forward to play a defensive prod and was caught out of his crease and overbalanced when the ball went past his pads. Dhoni, having read the ball quickly, moved to the leg side swiftly to collect it in both hands before brushing off the bails from in front of the stumps with, as Ian Ward in the Sky Sports commentary box aptly described it, "a dismissive flick." Pietersen walked back, embarrassed, out off a ball the umpire had called wide.

Shot of the day
R Ashwin could not believe it. He had pitched the ball outside Eoin Morgan's leg stump. But Morgan, playing it late, surprised the bowler and the two fielders at gully and short third-man by tucking a reverse sweep between them, using his wrists to generate velocity behind the stroke.

Moment of the day
Morgan, one short of a deserved half-century, drove in the air towards Rohit Sharma at short point. The ball was dying on him but Rohit plunged forward to pick it up half an inch above the turf. Rohit did not even look for the umpire's decision as he ran towards his team-mates to celebrate. But Morgan stood his ground, shaking his head, saying he did not believe the ball had carried into Rohit's hands. After repeated replays Morgan was adjudged out and forced to leave. He could not believe it. In the end he would not mind it as his was the winning innings.

Over of the day
England needed 13 from the final two overs. Dhoni asked Munaf Patel to bowl the penultimate one. His first over had cost 17. But Munaf bowled full, kept it in the channel around off stump and gave no room to Ravi Bopara and Samit Patil, who ridiculously were trying to play across the line when there was just one fielder in the ring on the off side. Munaf's last three overs went for just eight runs. Unfortunately for him Samit Patel hit three consecutive fours in the final over to seal the victory for England.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 3, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    No one is saying that Dravid cant hit the sixes....He sure can, we all know that, but the surprising fact was that he "chose to hit them", which he generally doesnt. It was his choice which surprised as, not his ability.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 2, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Nagraj, what's so surprising with Dravid's towering sixers? Just because he doesn't hit them in test matches doesn't mean he can't. There's a reason why he CHOOSES ground play over aerial play in tests. Haven't you watched his70+ off 30+ balls against RR in IPL? The ball sailed over cow-corner many a time. Haven't you watched his 50 off 20 against Kiwis? Haven't you watched his 90+ off 60 at Edgbaston? Dravid is a damn bloody good player and has complete control to play any cricket as per the situation. He doesn't play to the gallery because he has immense respect for cricket and situation; and immense pride and price on his wicket. Please stop stereotyping him. He already does that a lot to himself by being so humble in front of the mic though he puts his point across emphatically with his willow. I'm least surprised with his hat-trick sixers.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 2, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I felt very bad for the loss but does India deserve anything less? Well played England, Rahane and Dravid. Take a bow! Shame Dhoni! Please leave this team alone.

  • CricketPissek on September 1, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    England are the World's best (and now #1) test team and Twenty20 champions, so the results so far should not surprise anyone. The ODI series will be (possibly) more to India's taste. However, although India are World champions in the 50 over game, those matches were ALL played in India for them. So don't presume anything until the series ends! Sri Lanka were beaten 3-2 by this England team and you should take them very seriously indeed

  • on September 1, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    TBH I Knew Dravid is going to hit sixes, his a great player i remember when he hit 50 from 22 balls for India

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 1, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Why so surprised that Dravid hit some sixes? He is a damn good player. Just because he DOESN'T do that in test matches, and well he shouldn't, doesn't mean he CAN'T. All in all though- England won a T20 match - meh.

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    even in a 20 over game India needed a substitute! why was amit mishra there fielding for almost the entire match?

  • srisri on September 1, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Ah... a white wash in Tests and a white wash is T-20. The only man that can avoid a white wash in ODI is Sir Sri Ravindra Jadeja. U will be tickled to death if U disagree.

  • Indunil76Shantha on September 1, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Ha ha ha,, Still no win?????????

  • taj_hugeindiafan on September 1, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Who says Rahul Dravid cannot hit sixes?!!?! We've seen time and again that if he wishes to, he can destroy it as good as Yuvraj had destroyed Broad!

    Hats off to the 3 super-entertaining deliveries that sailed over the ropes! :)

  • on September 3, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    No one is saying that Dravid cant hit the sixes....He sure can, we all know that, but the surprising fact was that he "chose to hit them", which he generally doesnt. It was his choice which surprised as, not his ability.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 2, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Nagraj, what's so surprising with Dravid's towering sixers? Just because he doesn't hit them in test matches doesn't mean he can't. There's a reason why he CHOOSES ground play over aerial play in tests. Haven't you watched his70+ off 30+ balls against RR in IPL? The ball sailed over cow-corner many a time. Haven't you watched his 50 off 20 against Kiwis? Haven't you watched his 90+ off 60 at Edgbaston? Dravid is a damn bloody good player and has complete control to play any cricket as per the situation. He doesn't play to the gallery because he has immense respect for cricket and situation; and immense pride and price on his wicket. Please stop stereotyping him. He already does that a lot to himself by being so humble in front of the mic though he puts his point across emphatically with his willow. I'm least surprised with his hat-trick sixers.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 2, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I felt very bad for the loss but does India deserve anything less? Well played England, Rahane and Dravid. Take a bow! Shame Dhoni! Please leave this team alone.

  • CricketPissek on September 1, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    England are the World's best (and now #1) test team and Twenty20 champions, so the results so far should not surprise anyone. The ODI series will be (possibly) more to India's taste. However, although India are World champions in the 50 over game, those matches were ALL played in India for them. So don't presume anything until the series ends! Sri Lanka were beaten 3-2 by this England team and you should take them very seriously indeed

  • on September 1, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    TBH I Knew Dravid is going to hit sixes, his a great player i remember when he hit 50 from 22 balls for India

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 1, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Why so surprised that Dravid hit some sixes? He is a damn good player. Just because he DOESN'T do that in test matches, and well he shouldn't, doesn't mean he CAN'T. All in all though- England won a T20 match - meh.

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    even in a 20 over game India needed a substitute! why was amit mishra there fielding for almost the entire match?

  • srisri on September 1, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Ah... a white wash in Tests and a white wash is T-20. The only man that can avoid a white wash in ODI is Sir Sri Ravindra Jadeja. U will be tickled to death if U disagree.

  • Indunil76Shantha on September 1, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Ha ha ha,, Still no win?????????

  • taj_hugeindiafan on September 1, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Who says Rahul Dravid cannot hit sixes?!!?! We've seen time and again that if he wishes to, he can destroy it as good as Yuvraj had destroyed Broad!

    Hats off to the 3 super-entertaining deliveries that sailed over the ropes! :)

  • on September 1, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    The first time I am seeing...No Indians complained and accepted the defeat.

  • CricketChat on September 1, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Despite the continued thrashings at the hands of Eng on this tour, it might still do few good things for Indian cricket. Some of the non-performing players will be left out of the team for good and youngsters will become battle hardened since they can't be in a more worse situation than this.

  • on September 1, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Prem, this is almost the same team that won the world cup. No one, especially professional cricketers lose their willingness to win! If the team's not doing well, us fans must still back them through the bad form!

  • NikhilNair on September 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    put this behind and move forward guys... I still keep faith in you guys... GO SNATCH THE ODI SERIES!

  • khanofspn on September 1, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    IPL experience was not of much help here.

  • WTEH on September 1, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Strategy (Blunder) of the day: English umpire giving a wide when the ball pitched well beyond the marker. It should been the umpire who deserves the man of the match award as everyone would agree that was the turning point of the match!!!!

  • aracer on August 31, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    ...and a supplementary, is Kohli the first bowler ever in international cricket to take his first wicket having bowled 0 balls in that particular form of the game ?

  • aracer on August 31, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Genuine question and not at all complaining about the dismissal (it was out according to the laws of the game, therefore it was out), but should it be possible to be out stumped off a wide? It seems a little unfair to me that you can be penalised for not hitting a ball the bowler has unfairly made impossible for you to hit.

  • Hemraj on August 31, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is what India needsssss.....

  • on August 31, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Still, the indian team lacks willingness and urge for victory. They missed their chances in collapsing in the last 3 overs. India need to fill bowlers who can score few runs and stay at the end. There is no all arounder in the team which is the need to overcome such situation. To bat 20 overs why they keep 7 batsmen and when only 2 is scoring, better go with 5th genuine bowler.

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Well played Dravis! What a star! Oh! - to be 38 again....

  • on August 31, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    bad luck in the last over,all the best for upcoming odi series

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  • on August 31, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    bad luck in the last over,all the best for upcoming odi series

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Well played Dravis! What a star! Oh! - to be 38 again....

  • on August 31, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Still, the indian team lacks willingness and urge for victory. They missed their chances in collapsing in the last 3 overs. India need to fill bowlers who can score few runs and stay at the end. There is no all arounder in the team which is the need to overcome such situation. To bat 20 overs why they keep 7 batsmen and when only 2 is scoring, better go with 5th genuine bowler.

  • Hemraj on August 31, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is what India needsssss.....

  • aracer on August 31, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Genuine question and not at all complaining about the dismissal (it was out according to the laws of the game, therefore it was out), but should it be possible to be out stumped off a wide? It seems a little unfair to me that you can be penalised for not hitting a ball the bowler has unfairly made impossible for you to hit.

  • aracer on August 31, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    ...and a supplementary, is Kohli the first bowler ever in international cricket to take his first wicket having bowled 0 balls in that particular form of the game ?

  • WTEH on September 1, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Strategy (Blunder) of the day: English umpire giving a wide when the ball pitched well beyond the marker. It should been the umpire who deserves the man of the match award as everyone would agree that was the turning point of the match!!!!

  • khanofspn on September 1, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    IPL experience was not of much help here.

  • NikhilNair on September 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    put this behind and move forward guys... I still keep faith in you guys... GO SNATCH THE ODI SERIES!

  • on September 1, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Prem, this is almost the same team that won the world cup. No one, especially professional cricketers lose their willingness to win! If the team's not doing well, us fans must still back them through the bad form!