Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011, Delhi April 26, 2011

A dazzling throw, and Mithun's front foot

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore

Impact moment of the day
Virat Kohli had played the ball towards deep midwicket and he and AB de Villiers returned for the second run, taking on the fielder because he needed to get to the ball from deep square leg. That fielder was David Warner, though, who covered ground at incredible speed, reaching the ball quicker than the batsmen anticipated. He picked it up while on the run and aimed at de Villiers' end, challenging one of the fastest men in cricket. The throw was flat and fast from nearly 60 metres out and it crashed into the stumps at the bowler's end with de Villiers barely in the frame. The ball went to Warner several times after that, and the batsmen did not even think about a second.

The referrals
Tillakaratne Dilshan had flung the ball high in celebration, after catching a stinging slash at point from James Hopes, who was single-handedly dragging Delhi to a competitive score. Abhimanyu Mithun had reason to be relieved, for the ball was full, wide and rather average. The umpire wanted to check whether Mithun had over-stepped, though, and replays showed that he was not behind the line by a fraction. Hopes, on 43, survived. Eleven runs later, Hopes edged Mithun to the wicketkeeper but the ensuing celebrations were dampened again when the umpire checked for another over-step. This time Mithun was okay, by the tiniest of margins.

The ambush
Dilshan made a duck, and Chris Gayle had not scored a run. Yet Bangalore were 26 after two overs, due to an astonishing blitz from Kohli, who struck six fours in his first ten balls. Dinda suffered first, getting cut in front and behind point, but Irfan Pathan suffered most. Kohli feasted on his friendly pace and, in the absence of movement, clipped through square, glanced to fine leg, drove through extra cover and flicked through midwicket. Every shot was timed impeccably, and placed with precision.

The final lifeline
A seesawing chase had decisively swung Bangalore's way. They needed two off five balls with three wickets in hand. And then Delhi had a glimmer of hope, as Daniel Vettori spooned an off-drive flat towards Pathan at mid-off. A wicket would have dismissed the last set batsman and left the finish to unaccomplished tailenders. Pathan moved to his right and dived forward, he got both hands to the ball but couldn't hold on as he was off balance. With that drop, Delhi was truly sunk.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Delhi's thinking is awful...they try the formula of what won them against Punjab, that will not work day in and day out....that too with just one bowler, Morkel...they shud re-think the strategy to atleast move from the bottom of the table....what is Colin Ingram doing...where are the domestic talent....look at Valthaty, Syed Mohammed, what is Irfan doing in the team?? Lots of questions to think....

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Mumbai,Kolkota,Bangalore,Chennai will be in Semis... Pune,Punjab will miss out semis on Net Run Rate giving tough competition... Rajastan,kochi will miss out semis with few lesser points giving good competition... Delhi,Deccan will fight for last places... And Mumbai will win the title this time....

  • hasher on April 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Where Is Colin Ingram They Lack A Batsman At Number 3. Finch Has only scored 45 runs From 5 matches and Mathew Wade Has Scored About 10 Runs From 2 Matches They Should get that Batting Line Up Strong Varun Aaron Should Replace Irfan Pathan Who Is Totally Out Of Form And still has To Get The Winning Touch

  • Venkat on April 27, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Sehwag's captaincy.. He even had two slips in the 9th over.. He wanted to take wickets to win the game.. He brought morkel back immediately after warner direct hit and virat got out.. He brought him again at the right time n got saurabh and mithun out. He does not have the resources, that is the problem. Not his captaincy!

  • Jeremy on April 27, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Warner once again shows Aussie brilliance, this time in the field! The Aussies are having a brilliant IPL season this year. look at M. Hussey, Hopes, Warne, Gilchrist, Tait, S. Marsh. Warner is brilliant with the bat too!

  • Venkat on April 27, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Delihi, Hyd and Kochi are the teams with the least Indian talents available and it amply shows in their performance. Atleast for kochi their overseas batsmen are plugging the leaks for them thus far. Pune has also been an underperformers after the initial wins. The final 3 (Mumbai is default 1st spot) should be tussle between remaining 5 teams. My bets are Mumbai, Punjab, KKR and CSK

  • harsha on April 27, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Irfan Pathan.What an IMPACT player?.Why do they play him though? Tuskers are not reluctant to bench either Murali or Sreesanth.Is it Ego or lack of replacements

  • Harish on April 27, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Delhi is truly sunk. I can't see them consistently beating the other teams to end up even in the top 6. What a set of astounding decisions - letting Gambhir and AB go, and getting in Pathan and Umesh Yadav. They have been sold some dummies.

  • V.L on April 27, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    @George Binoy Warner just got lucky. The throw may have been accurate but how many times can he hit the wickets from that distance?

  • Hari on April 27, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Oh Irfan, my dear Irfan where are thou??? :(

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