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India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi

Yuvraj's butter-fingers moment

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the World Cup, Group B match between India and Netherlands in Delhi

Sharda Ugra and Nagraj Gollapudi

March 9, 2011

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Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi put on a 56-run opening stand, India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup, Delhi, March 9, 2011
Barely anyone noticed when Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi completed their half-century stand © AFP
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Slip of the day

Just the ball before he trapped Wesley Barresi plumb in front, Yuvraj Singh had his butter-fingers moment (which would have made Netherlands' shirt sponsors Amul guffaw). Funnily enough, he had gone through his bowling action but instead of the ball pitching in front, it lobbed out of his hands in the reverse direction and almost took umpire Steve Davis' head off. Both men could only laugh at the freakish incident.

Tendulkar moment of the day

Ryan ten Doeschate lined up to bowl his first ball. Facing him was Sachin Tendulkar. The Dutchman immediately pushed the short fine leg, which was square originally, finer. Tendulkar glanced at the change and ten Doeschate pitched fuller. The ball seamed in towards Tendulkar's legs. The aim was to trap him in front of the wicket. But Tendulkar had smartly moved in slightly and flicked the ball delicately, exactly past the point where the fielder was originally standing. Ahem.

Shots of the day

In ten Doeschate's second over, Tendulkar skipped a step and then two steps forward to cream him in front of square. Even Yashpal Sharma, one of the Indian selectors, was so impressed at the master's technique, that he started shadow-playing the straight arc of the bat that only Tendulkar draws while playing his stroke.

Flop of the day

All the buzz around Netherlands coming in to the game was to do with ten Doeschate, the only Associate player with an IPL contract; the only big fella among the little guys; the only one in a team of Bas Zuiderents and Peter Borrens worth watching. When he came to the wicket at 70 for 2, opportunity and the big stage called out his name. Less than half an hour into a brief, unremarkable innings, ten Doeschate was lulled by one of Yuvraj's lollies, which dipped on him. His expansive strike down the ground carried only as far as Zaheer Khan on the long-off fence. When he bowled later in the evening, he was munched for 23 runs in his first two overs.

Invisible men of the day

Who would have thought guys called Szwarczynski and Barresi could be anyone other than deep defenders for a 1990ish AC Milan? Who could foresee that at this World Cup, Szwarczynski and Barresi would belong to a tribe that includes the pairs of Watson and Haddin, Pietersen and Strauss, Sehwag and Tendulkar, and Tharanga and Dilshan? Netherlands openers Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi, both South African born, put together 56 in 15 overs. When they crossed 50, like Cold War spies exchanging briefcases, they met each other at the centre of the wicket, quietly tapped gloves, nodded and went back to their ends. No one noticed; no one applauded.

Mess of the day

Virat Kohli steered a Peter Borren delivery towards an unmanned backward square leg and raced for what he thought was a possible double. His partner Gautam Gambhir seemed to have settled for a single. But at the behest of Kohli's call, Gambhir turned back and set off for the second run while Kolhi, who had taken a few strides, suddenly stopped having noticed ten Doeschate's swift charge from deep square leg. By then Gambhir was stuck halfway down the pitch. Unfortunately for Netherlands, captain Borren, standing mid-pitch failed to cleanly collect the throw, and his fumble allowed Gambhir to scamper home. Fortunately for Netherlands, Borren made quick amends in his next over, beating Kohli's defence and hitting off stump.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo; Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Anurag on (March 10, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

@ Shrastogi : The risk is not the flak from the fans but of making a fool of yourself, as you have managed to do here. You have exposed the extent of your knowledge or rather the lack of it. No one is above criticism, not even great Sachin, but it has to be well founded. Your comments here lack sound analysis. Next time, do your home work and then comment.

Posted by RadhaKrishna on (March 10, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

good victory,though it as visible that team india wanted to finish this early only for the run rate,just in case..but still good victory..it is good to see that nehra is fit..and one delivery he did bowl at 141 KPH,which means that indian bowlers still have pace and sting in them...may be, they are keeping it reserve for the big days..but still it was good to see using them the old ball..this wld be decisive aginast rsa..rsa has best attack with the new ball,but against old ball,we all know,pakistan rocks..and now even india is catching them..my X1 wld be -sachin,viru,gambhir/kohli,yuvi,dhoni,raina,yusuf,bhajji,ashwin,nehra,zak..it is better to keep raina in this game n drop either gambhir or kohli...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

@ pappadu....I am a Pakistani Fan of Sachin Tendulkar. Please dont teach Sachin how to bat. Sachin is himself a greatest institude of batting, people learn from him. He doesnt need to learn anything from anyone who hasnt played a single test match. Its like someone saying Wasim Akram can't bowl swing or Jonty Rhodes can catch the bal or Imran Khan can't lead a teaml. Please dont be disrespectful to Sachin Tendulkar, I request.He has played most International matches than anyone in the world, you cant teach him and point out his mistakes.

Posted by Manesh on (March 10, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

As long as India win matches, I do not care ... :)

Posted by Priya on (March 9, 2011, 23:58 GMT)

The bowlers did well. The batsmen's attitudes were deplorable. You could see the difference between the way Ind batters batted to day and when Taylor, Oram & N Mac were taking Pak bowling apart. The NZ ones watched every ball carefully and hit them in the last moment staying way back in the crease. Wide balls were left alone. Gambhir, Sehwag and Tendy perished to unnecessary slices!

Posted by Deenesh on (March 9, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

India is not Australia. They don't dominate the weaker teams, but they lift thier game against the big teams. Don't judge this superstar team with thier performances against associate members.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

I am a neutral Pakistani. I am really disappointed by Indian Batting in last 2 games again minnows. I thought that was their stregnth. Sehwag said he will play full 50 overs in every game? What happened. Indian team still needs to learn that Sachin Tendulkar is a human being, he will not perform in every single game. I think Inidans players are unnecessary pressurized by their own publics criticsim.I hope they will come back strongly against South Africa( I wish another 200 from Sachin against South Africa). But still Inidan players need to realise that Sachin cant win you alone.You all have to perfrom.And Bhajji needs to understand that instead of making faces and actions and fighting with media and opponent players , you need to concentrate on your bowling.If you cant take wickets on spin wicktets in Aisa anymore then its time to retire like Saqlain and Kumble.Dhoni looks defensive.I want the same Dhoni back who won 2007 world T20.

Posted by Vicky on (March 9, 2011, 21:42 GMT)

People here are commenting for every good and bad. I am quite sure that most of them not even played at school or college level but giving their EXPERT opinion here on top cricketers of the country. I want to give one as well JUST WATCH N ENJOY!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

I hope Dhoni picks Raina against SA and West Indies to see how he performs and seals Yuvraj for no4. With Virat Kohli, at least two run outs are guaranteed. I hope atleast he doesn't get picked in the knock out stages especially when we are chasing big totals.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Ah all these South African players.With Botha put to pasture Ten Doeschate is the top Port Elabeth player.

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