India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston June 15, 2013

DRS works for India

Plays of the day from the final Group B match between India and Pakistan

Review of the day
Might this prove to be the moment that India accepted DRS? At first glance the decision to review the delivery from Ishant Sharma looked optimistic in the extreme. It was a leg-side ball that appeared to have brushed the pad of Asad Shafiq on its way to MS Dhoni. But the review was soon revealed to be something close to an inspiration as replays showed a thin edge and Pakistan's top-scorer was dismissed. Not only did the incident illustrate the benefits of DRS, but it underlined India's growing comfort with the system.

Surprise of the day
Everything about Mohammad Irfan is extraordinary: his 7ft 1in height, his massive feet, his enormous hands. So when he hit a couple of strokes powerfully, it should not have come as a surprise. But with his ungainly frame, it was surprising to see Irfan hit the ball with good timing. Importantly Irfan was playing with a tall, straight left elbow and along the ground and late. So when Umesh Yadav pitched a yorker-length delivery, Irfan rapidly brought his bat down to rifle a straight drive, which caught the bowler unawares. Yadav attempted to tuck his back heel to field the ball, but by then the ball had hit the stumps and rebounded to him so swiftly, giving him enough time to run back and uproot the stump to run out Irfan.

Deflection of the day
In some ways, Kamran Akmal is one of luckiest people alive but, up against the force of nature that is MS Dhoni's bristling, muscular thigh, Akmal was no match. Akmal had played a limp drive that seemed to flop out of his hands almost by accident. It took the inside edge and flew away in what should have been a safe way. Instead that impressive thigh bounced it into the air, straight to Virat Kohli at leg slip. It was like Dhoni put the man there just so he could thigh it at him. Is there nothing this man can't do?

Soft hands of the day
For an opening batsman, facing Irfan is not an easy task especially since he can generate threatening bounce allied with swing. Rohit Sharma had handled Morne Morkel cleverly in the tournament opener in Cardiff by leaving the ball as often as possible and he applied the same technique against Irfan. Rohit was aware of Irfan going for his ribs and in his second over, the Pakistan quick pitched a delivery on the leg stump that then climbed towards Rohit's face. Irfan had placed a backward short leg and was working to a plan but Rohit, who hit fifties in India's first two matches, went up on his toes and flicked the ball effortlessly with soft hands for an easy single.

Throw of the day
The days when the standard of Indian fielding lagged behind the rest of the world are gone. Exemplifying the huge improvement in the current squad was Kohli's throw to run out Junaid Khan. Kohli's direct hit, collecting the ball and throwing on the run, left Junaid short of his ground and underlined the good work of India fielding coach, Trevor Penney, and the improvements India have made since they opted for some younger players.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent and Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Me too not convinced with the lbw projection, u can use hot spot for checking any faint edge or u can confirm where the ball was pitched, but estimating projection is something beyond the limit of DRS.BUT I expect to see some uniformity in application of DRS, if its here it has to be for everyone, not for 2-3 nations but for all 10-12 nations

  • Manesh on June 16, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Some people confused about fielding and catching! Jayawardane and Rahul Dravid are better at catching positions not good to save runs by diving. India had few good fielders from Ganguly era. Kaif - Yuvaraj, Yuvaraj-Raina, Yuvaraj-Raina-Kohli-Rohit and now Raina-Kohli-Rohit-DK. That doesn't mean they are good at slips. Slip catching is different especially in tests and thats why Dravid is top of that list. Even though VVS was not good in the filed, he was good at slips. Just go thru the 3rd match in India-Pak series where India won thru fielding by defending a low score. I am not surprised by these comments as some people will never appreciate the efforts by Indians.

  • GAURAV on June 16, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Brilliant fielding lifts the spirits of the team. MSD carried the unnecessary burden of over aged super heroes on the last few away tours. They are such big names that cool dhoni couldn't have done or said anything to them, because it would have been ignored ruthlessly. Now he is in comfort zone with youngsters who are as energetic as he is. He is India's best ODI batsmen in this team and India is winning without needing him to bat is a great going so far.

  • Tushar on June 16, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I would say the Kohli run out wasn't exceptional, but it was a good effort.... However there is no denying that India has the best fielding unit in this competition. And even the experts agree that there is no other team which has saved so many runs in the field till now...

  • Manesh on June 16, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Congrats to team India for a convincing win over Pakistan who termed as favourits. It is very good to reach semis by winning all games and it this 0-3 will haunt Pakistan for a long time. Happy to see game end in 19 overs as Indian bowlers got match practice and batsmen who were in form do not require that.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    @TRAM..what r u saying is about the past,talk about present india has the best fielding side without a doubt, dont talk about individuals but talk about whole team as a fielding unit..u said Flaf du plesis i agree he's a great fielder but to say that he's far better than jadeja,raina etc well i dont see the evidence,they r as good if not better than FAf or Bravo etc...

  • N on June 16, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @Amith Muhseen Hadjideen: They don't want to find other methods, they are happy with the system the way it is. Indian fans have always had split opinions on this, but I think mostly in favor of DRS. But we also feel that our team should only use it when they believe in it.

  • Ivan on June 16, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    The thinking that something good is better than something perfect as the argument for the DRS does not hold water. We only have to look at Duckworth Lewis to see a classic example of something that has been implemented, is less than perfect (in fact hardly anyone understands how it works) but has come to stay. You don't want another imperfect system which once implemented will stay forever. Beware! You can use DRS for run outs, no balls where the camera frames in slow mo can reveal more than the human eye but not for LBW's because there we are not talking about camera quality but PROJECTED path is based on certain algorithms which are imperfect.

  • N on June 16, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    @TRAM: Sorry buddy, your opinion verusus all the experts opinions supported by facts....the Indian team collectively has been the best fielding, batting and bowling unit in this series. It is ok wish otherwise, but no point denying the facts.