India v Australia, 4th ODI, Ranchi October 23, 2013

Kohli's costly drop

Plays of the day from the fourth ODI between India and Australia in Ranchi

The drop
India put down five catches in the game, but none was to prove as costly as the first one in the sixth over. Australia had lost their openers early for the first time in the series. Like Phillip Hughes the previous ball, the in-form George Bailey was surprised by the bounce Mohammed Shami generated. He prodded at his first delivery which went low to Virat Kohli's left at third slip. Kohli went too eagerly at the ball and it bounced off his wrist. After the drop, Bailey went on to top-score for Australia with 98.

The hit
MS Dhoni had joined the bowler Suresh Raina in appealing loudly for leg-before against Bailey in the 31st over. Even as the ball rolled towards third man, the batsmen scurried for a single. Wise to their efforts, Shikhar Dhawan had a go at the striker's end. Dhoni was still busy with the appeal and had no clue what was happening behind him till the ball smacked him on his leg. Wincing in pain, Dhoni clutched his leg and called for treatment and to add to the blow, umpire Vineet Kulkarni ruled Bailey had got an inside edge.

The reverse sweep
In the batting Powerplay, R Ashwin tried to contain Glenn Maxwell with his deep fielders on the leg side and bowling from round the stumps. Maxwell countered by picking one from outside leg stump and cracking a reverse-sweep so hard it carried for six over the deep-cover boundary. No leading edges, this was a proper strike. The next ball was given the same treatment, and sailed over the infield for four in the same region.

The bouncer
Mitchell Johnson has used the short ball liberally through the series. First ball to Shikhar Dhawan, and third ball of India's innings, Johnson decided to see how much bounce there really was on offer in Ranchi. He banged it hard into the surface and the ball flew, past Dhawan, who had managed to sway out of the line, over a hapless Brad Haddin leaping as high as he could to crash into the boundary after only one bounce. Johnson reined himself in a bit and ended the over with three successive short-of-a-length deliveries.

The throw
Rohit Sharma defended Clint McKay into the covers in the fourth over of India's innings. James Faulkner fielded the ball and lobbed it towards the keeper. Rohit was standing casually in his crease when he saw the ball descend on him and instinctively, he attempted to defend again to protect himself. Haddin was right behind him, rushing up to collect the ball but it missed both men and rolled off to the boundary. Seeing that the batsmen were never attempting a run, the umpires conferred and called the ball dead.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on October 23, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @gyanesh.dan ; It was none other than Mr. Sunny Gavaskar. He said that Raina is a brilliant fielder right after he dropped a dolly. These people are making a mockery of Cricket commentary and insulting the legacy of great commentators like Tony Greig. :(

  • Ashok on October 23, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    My First play of the day was the selection of XI by Dhoni which replaced Ishant Sharma with Shami. This was a long overdue move which paid off rich dividends & would have led to easy Win for India had Kohli hung on to the Bailey's catch off Shami. My second play of the day was very poor Indian fielding with butter fingers which allowed the Aussies to escape hitting the lowest total of the series. Final one was Faulkner's shot at Rohit Sharma- which should have been given a boundary because the throw was meant to surprise catching Rohit out of the crease & ball was still in play.

  • vas on October 23, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Kohli is an energetic fielder. May be he finds standing still at slips not to his liking. He should field at point or cover or somewhere where his athletism is needed. Well done shami. At last we get to see an Indian bowler bowling Yorkers successfully. Looks like next match is also going to be spoilt by rain. If the weather continues to be bad why can't they move the match to some other ground?

  • Gyanesh on October 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    if a brilliant fielder drops a simple catch he is a good fielder, if a good fielder drops a simple catch he is a ok fielder, if a ok fielder drops a simple catch he is a poor fielder, :) SO the commentators should say He is a good fielder if a brilliant fielder drops a simple catch... LOL

  • Gyanesh on October 23, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    i dont understand why the commentators say He is a brilliant fielder after they drop a simple catch.... LOL

  • Sammy on October 23, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @Blade Runner - India may drop catches, but ALWAYS hold on to the World Cup! Now, lol at you.

  • Matrix on October 23, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Kohli needs glasses may be.

  • R on October 23, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Since the beginning of this series, I have been crying myself hoarse pitching for the inclusion of Mohd Shami and to give him an extended run in the team. The guy has performed more often than not and to be fair to him, he deserves an uninterrupted stint in the team, if only with a view on the next world cup. And lo, the first game he is included in the team in this series, he bowls perhaps the spell of the series so far. 3 wickets and a dolly put down (George Bailey, first ball) in his first spell. Had the catch been accepted, it might well have spelled doom for Australia.

  • John on October 23, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    First,Kohli dropped one, then Ashwin dropped another, then UV dropped one, then Dhoni joined the club by dropping the easiest one, then again Raina dropped one. At the end, Dhawan didn't wanna feel excluded n he dropped one too. And of course, India is still the best fielding side in the world according to Indian fans n commentators. lol

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