Pune v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 4, 2011

When Uthappa, Ryder and Munaf flew

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians in Mumbai

When Robin flew

When the wonderfully named Aiden Blizzard edged a cut he would have been actually happy to see Robin Uthappa, the keeper, go for the catch. The ball was going towards an established slip catcher in Graeme Smith, but Uthappa's reflexes took over. He took one step towards his left and flung himself with an outstretched left hand to hold on to a stunner. He then gave his signature bow to the crowd. Uthappa had started as a wicket-keeper in Brijesh Patel's academy many years ago, as a podgy kid. Some old habits die hard.

When the Kiwi flew

Sachin Tendulkar had just survived a close shout for lbw when he backed away and drove Yuvraj Singh inside-out to the left of short extra cover. It seemed a safe hit but Ryder anticipated superbly, glided to his left and lunged out to pouch a good catch. Shh… don't make any jokes about stodgy, podgy men flying.

When Uthappa sank

Tendulkar tapped the ball very close on the leg side and wanted a run. However, his young partner Ambati Rayudu refused to comply to the suicide pact and didn't budge. Tendulkar turned but by then Robin Uthappa had dashed across to the ball. Surely, a run out? Robin missed the stumps and quickly sank to the ground in agony.

When Symonds played tennis

It was a bouncer from Jerome Taylor and it was climbing over Andrew Symonds. There were several options available to him at that point: a horizontal cut, a pull, an upper cut, a Brendon Taylor ramp shot, a good old slog but he chose to get inspired from tennis. Up went the bat, like how a racquet would be positioned for a smash- and top spun the ball down to long-on.

When Yuvraj nearly got decapitated

It was a fierce snorter from Lasith Malinga; the ball kicked up viciously towards the throat of Yuvraj who somehow managed to arch back and get his body out of the line of trouble. Alas, the bat was held up like a periscope and the ball rammed into it and ricocheted to third man where more surprise awaited us. Munaf 'Jonty' Patel rushed to his left, slid on the ground and held on to a good catch. Times, they are changing.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • William on May 5, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    @Anuragg Singh ...WRONG...lol, go read the rule book again, then break out your protractor and measure the angle of Malinga's delivery. Then look up who has the most wickets, his economy rate and strike rate this season, and then his overall performance in the IPL, then come back here and apologize to Lasith Malinga.

  • Rahul on May 5, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    When the top and inform players like yuvraj and uthappa one of whom is a skipper are not ready to byte the bullet and go up the order to capitalize on batting power play and face most of 20 overs then deservingly the team is going to languish at the bottom. If you are going to send terribly out of form smiths and paines along with jhunjhunwalas and mohnish mishras up the order there is not surprise the scope board more often then not shows 40 - 4.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Those events were wonderful when saw Live at ....Stadium !!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    good going jonty patel....

  • Jack on May 5, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Jesse Ryder took a ripper of a catch this World Cup -- can't remember who it was against though. Check it out on YouTube - he throws his arms up like Superman afterwards.

    Don't let looks deceive; that boy can field.

  • Cricket on May 5, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I think it is a country style... like Pak has the list of fizzingfast bowlers unearthed every time... Australians get these list of medium pacers... and Srilankans this list of sling bowlers Murlai, Malinga, Perrara, Angelo...

  • Bhagya on May 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    @Anuragg Singh::Are you an Asian??????You should be proud to have Malinga in asia.He is a great bowler..And don't be jealous.We Srilankans are talented ppl.That's why we keep produce these great extraordinary players...Sanath,Murali,Mendis and Malinga...I love these guys..

  • KALPANA on May 5, 2011, 7:30 GMT


  • hosni on May 5, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    @Anuragg Singh:doesn't all the srilankans do that?...remember murali?

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Malinga is the worst bowler ... He uses his physical incapability to get all those wickets .. his arm nvr reaches 30 degree which is mandate in bowling action .. .he should be banned frm cricket .. .

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