Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Chennai May 1, 2011

The comedy of errors and the Sohal show

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers in Chennai

White's contagious form
Cameron White has been struggling to get bat on ball for quite some time now. Even a forward defensive appears like an achievement at the moment. In such a frame of mind, there can be days when the contagion with the bat spreads to other areas of a player's game. Two deliveries after M Vijay's dismissal, Michael Hussey pulled a long hop from Pragyan Ojha straight to White at square leg. It came at a catchable height, White got both hands to it, and dropped it. Hussey went on to add 36 more in a 60-run stand with Suresh Raina that laid the foundation for Chennai's innings.

Morkel goes massive
Despite a late flourish from Chennai, Deccan had managed to keep them to 139 with nine balls to go. Ishant Sharma had conceded 23 off 21 deliveries and would have looked to end on a tight note against new man Albie Morkel who had faced just three deliveries. But Deccan were taken aback by what came next. Morkel smashed the next three deliveries, all on a length, into orbit over long-on. Each six was bigger than the previous one, and the last two were the biggest in the IPL, at 109 and 114 metres. Chennai surged to 165, and tellingly, their winning margin was 19.

The comedy of errors
What happened off the last ball of Doug Bollinger's first over is something that would have had few parallels even on a school ground. Shikhar Dhawan cut towards point and trotted out of his crease. Sunny Sohal, meanwhile, had assumed that there was a single, and rushed towards the other end. Dhawan was ball-watching, and Sohal had almost crossed him before he realised what was happening. He turned back, and both batsmen were now aiming to make the same crease.

The point fielder, in his haste, went for the striker's end. Had he hit, both batsmen would have been caught short, but he missed. The man backing up at midwicket, fumbled while trying to collect the ball as well. He recovered, and seeing one batsman try to make his way to the non-striker's end, lobbed the ball to Bollinger, who was some way from the stumps. Bollinger gathered cleanly but his first attempt to disturb the bails did not find them. Panicking, he threw the ball at the stumps, but astonishingly, missed again from close range. At that moment, Chennai wouldn't have found a needle in a haystack full of them. Sohal was on 13 then and went on to add 43 more.

The one-trick show
Right from the start, Sohal had made his intentions clear. He was going to back away outside leg stump, and hope to clear cover. Sometimes he missed, sometimes he connected, and mostly the results were hilarious. On either side of a six and a four in a Morkel over, Sohal played two shots that made the big screen flash: "You can't teach that." He made lots of room only to find the ball eating it up and hurrying on to him. One the first occasion, he fell away and managed to edge the ball wide of Dhoni. On the second, he got it in the same direction, this time off a delicate dab. Both times, he collected boundaries. Morkel went for 20 in that over, and Chennai weren't finding Sohal's effort funny at all.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • digital_crusader on May 3, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Why did they hold Daniel Christian till last over. He should have taken the strike before 15th over. Instead they allowed to pressure to build by allowing White to consume precious scoring opportunities for none.

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    The most ugly cricket from Sunny Sohal. His luck alone yesterday ensured he got to a half century. Somehow Chennai seems to inspire likes of Valthathy, Pandey and Sohal. Even though the first two did it beautifully and cannot be compared to yesterday's ridiculousness of an innings from Sunny.

  • cricket_lunatic on May 2, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Please leave that poor guy Sohal, after all DC would've crumbled to ruins if you take his contribution to the total.....

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    after all of this good openions should he continue play cricket??? shame on him

  • DalesGuy on May 2, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Sohail's batting was outrageously ugly! Poor execution by bowlers too for the first 3 overs. They did not try yorkers at all if I remember right.

  • Denzel_Smith on May 2, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Bad choice of domestic players, pathetic form of foreign players......whats happening to the Chargers. Should have won the match easily......Buck up and get back to winning guys.

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @rustyryan:only chennai has unbeaten home record in this season's ipl. rajasthan were beaten by kkr in jaipur!!!

  • gannyboy on May 2, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    It was a terrible approach by the Chargers no body really applied themselves but how good was Dhoni's Captaincy last night when the last six overs were to be bowled he had 2 overs of Ashwin and 3 overs of Bollinger up his sleeves and we all know how good these 2 guys are.

  • rkumardgr8 on May 2, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @rusty -- No team is unbeaten at home except CSK in IPL 2011. If you remember RR is beaten by KKR at Jaipur.

  • indianzen on May 2, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Its Chennai's cup once again.. Its Dhoni's Captaincy once again... Again MI VS CSK will be the final... watch out... all other team's envy...

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