Mumbai v Kochi, IPL 2011, Mumbai April 15, 2011

Tendulkar does a Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Mumbai

The eager beaver moment - I
Kieron Pollard was pummelled for 43 runs in his three overs, after not getting a chance to bat. He was trying his best to make up for his poor bowling in the field, running down balls with energy in the deep. So when Ravindra Jadeja hit Ali Murtaza straight down the ground in the 19th over, Pollard went charging to his left from long-off and even put in a full-length dive to try to prevent a boundary. But what he did not realise, amid the adrenaline rush, was that it was long-on's ball and the fielder there already had it covered. Not only did Pollard get in long-on's way, he also ended up parrying the ball to the boundary.

The eager beaver moment - II
Pollard almost made up for his error off the next ball, which Jadeja had lofted for what looked like a straight six. Seeing that the ball was flying too high even for his monstrous height, he leaped in the air, got one hand to it and almost contorted his body enough to take the catch. But gravity took over, and Pollard started falling down close to the boundary. Realising that if he held on to the ball he would concede a six, he hurled the ball back in to play, toppled to the ground, and got up quickly enough to keep the batsmen to a single.

Tendulkar does a Dhoni
The innovative batsman that he is, Sachin Tendulkar plays almost every shot in the Twenty20 book, except may be the Dilscoop and the falling-over lap shot that Brendon McCullum plays. During his maiden Twenty20 century, he added the helicopter shot to his repertoire. Twice on Friday, he tried the shot that MS Dhoni has patented, and each time, he got a boundary. In the 16th over, he got underneath a Vinay Kumar delivery that was full on leg stump and hoicked it wide of long-on, swinging the bat in a full circle, and still managing not to look as agricultural as Dhoni does. The next attempt in the 19th over was completely Dhoniesque. Thisara Perera bowled it full and Tendulkar helicoptered the ball with a huge backlift past long-on, ending up with one leg in the air.

The let-off(s) - I
Tendulkar would not have had the opportunity to do a Dhoni, and Vinay Kumar might have ended up with better figures than none for 48, had the DRS system been in place for the IPL. Vinay troubled Tendulkar on numerous occasions with the new ball, and was unlucky to have two close lbw shouts turned down by umpire Paul Reiffel. Having beaten Tendulkar with an outswinger in the second over of the game, Vinay rapped him on the pads next ball, only to see his appeal rejected and the ball go down to fine-leg for four leg byes. With the first ball off his next over, he again beat Tendulkar and trapped him in front of off stump. Replays showed that both deliveries would have hit the stumps. Tendulkar went on to add 89 runs after the reprieves.

The let-off - II
The match might have taken an entirely different course had Rohit Sharma held on to a chance at slip off the first ball of Kochi's chase. Lasith Malinga fired in a yorker right away, Brendon McCullum jabbed at it, and the ball flew low towards Rohit, who took ages in getting down and grassed the sharp take. McCullum was Man of the Match for the 81 runs he made after the reprieve.

Vinay does a Malinga
Even as he was being taken for runs, Vinay still managed to stun Tendulkar with the first ball of his second spell. He stopped midway through his delivery stride like R Ashwin does, and slung in the ball with a side-arm action à la Malinga. Tendulkar was so surprised with Vinay's change of action he just stabbed the ball away. Vinay repeated the action twice in that over, but both attempts ended in wide deliveries outside off.

The last-minute change
Just as the coin was about to be tossed, Kochi coach Geoff Lawson came running out to the middle, pulled Mahela Jayawardene aside and whispered something to him. Apparently, VVS Laxman had pulled his back just before the start and Kedar Jadhav was replacing him. The captains had already exchanged the team sheets and Jayawardene went up to Tendulkar to inform him of the additional change.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bheem on April 16, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    No worries. Sachin and Mumbai will soon return to their winning ways. Though well played Kochi.

  • Nitin on April 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I disagree with the helicopter shot assessment. Sachin has played this shot, successfully 4 years before Dhoni made his debut. It was in england, against england in 2002. The video can still be found at Youtube. Here is the link:

  • Rahul on April 16, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    In order to win the team should be greater than the sum of its parts... For all the plaudits being given to Dhoni, didn't CSK lose against KXIIP a couple of days back defending 184? MI bowling yesterday was pathetic and thats that. The fact that Sachin got a century and hence MI were hit by a jinx is a fallacy which people should get out of.

  • harish on April 16, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Vinay was amazing with his variations. He should have has Sachin twice and with that his figures would have been completely different. Hope he gets his due sooner than later.

  • Sam on April 16, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    People who think like WISESHAH are people who dont understand the game. For someone who had played cricket and understand the game will never make such statemnts and for those who still want to argue should get there stats right before making any statements. And remeber cricket is a team sport. No individual is above the other, some have good days and some have exceptional days, not to mention of bad days.

  • joel on April 16, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Tendulkar was responsible for the loss, for two reasons. One , he played deliberately for a century, by accelerating too late and also playing the last ball for a single instead of a boundary as any other player would have done. Two, his captaincy in bowling sucked. why give Pollard another over when his bowling was being targetted by the in-form batsmen? Their best bowler, Munaf Patel, 3 overs for 15 runs, still had another over to bowl!!

  • S on April 16, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    For the masterful innings it was, is anybody going to call the glaring self interest of the final ball, where Tendulkar put his century above the team, which may have cost them the game? Chance to score a boundary or six and he delicately bunts a length ball to long off for an easy single and bask in glory. Understandable... for a mere human he confirmed himself to be.

  • Rahul on April 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    It is amazing to see all the vitriol directed at Sachin for scoring a century and ending up on the losing side. What does one expect him to do? Scoring 100 off 66 balls and people still keep commenting that his not getting out led to big hitters not getting a chance. Wow! Would these so called big hitters do any better than scoring 100 of 66 balls?

    Also, sridh2010's comments appear to be nothing but spite as is apparent from:

    "Now the trend is after sachin score 100 other player also score in that pitch easily."

    Dear Srid2010 ... can you please explain if this is so the case for every century, why no other player has an equivalent number of centuries as Sachin.

    Its not good to castigate a player for playing exceptionally and then end up on the losing side. MI lost yesterday both because KTK played well and about 8 players from MI simply did not put in their shift. Probably these players thought they just by turning up for the match, it was already won ... Reality check boys!

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Isn't it a crime if a team wins after Sachin scores his maiden IPL century??

  • Milind on April 16, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Helicopter shots were brilliant. I was like DAMN this is unreal.

    Next I want the Marillier scoop (Dilscoop for some), switch hit, Eoin Morgon's reverse reverse sweep

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