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Plays of the Day from the third ODI between India and West Indies, in Kanpur
November 27, 2013
Getting a batsman bowled is usually the most direct manner of dismissing him, but when Marlon Samuels was bowled by R Ashwin, he didn't walk. MS Dhoni was celebrating as was the rest of the Indian team after an offbreak slipped between Samuels' bat and pad but the batsman stood his ground. Just to be sure, the third umpire was called for, and replays showed the ball spinning straight through to the top of middle stump. Samuels was on his way.
Kohli's wicket has arguably become the most prized one in ODIs, and West Indies needed to get him early if they were to have a chance of defending their modest total. Kohli had begun ominously, with three boundaries, when Ravi Rampaul sent down a delivery just outside off. Kohli was in two minds whether to play or leave, and by the time he decided to leave, the ball kissed the face of his bat to present an easy catch to the keeper.
Sunil Narine was introduced into the attack early as the 10th over to try and dismiss the struggling Yuvraj Singh. Narine did send back Yuvraj, but only in his final over, when Yuvraj had reached a half-century and the match was no more a contest. Dwayne Bravo, who took the catch at slip, didn't break into one of his exuberant jigs, and you wouldn't have guessed from Narine's deadpan expression that he had taken a wicket either.
The no-look throw
In the 20th over of the West Indies innings, India were still looking for a way to prise apart the Samuels-Kieran Powell partnership. Samuels pushed a ball back to the bowler Suresh Raina, who tried to catch the non-striker by surprise. He stopped the ball and flicked it between his legs towards the stumps. It didn't work, though, as not only was Powell well within the crease, the ball went away for an overthrow.
The not-so-costly drop
In Visakhapatnam, India's fielders put down a slew of catches contributing to West Indies' series-levelling victory. In Kanpur, the out-of-form Samuels was regaining his touch and looking for a century when he nicked to Kohli at first slip. Kohli, usually a terrific fielder but not among the safest in the cordon, put down a low chance to his right. Samuels was on 60 then, but the mistake didn't cost India too much as he was dismissed soon after.
Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Siddarth Ravindran
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