Chennai v Delhi, IPL 2011, Chennai May 12, 2011

Dharamsala revisited, and the dugout catch

Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils in Chennai

Dharamsala revisited
MS Dhoni and Irfan Pathan have some history in the IPL. Dhoni had pulverised Irfan for consecutive sixes in the final over against Kings XI Punjab to take Chennai Super Kings in to the semi-finals of IPL 2010. Irfan had been largely economical today, having gone for 28 with only two deliveries left in his fourth over, again the final one of the innings. Knowing that anything on a length against Dhoni would disappear, Irfan targeted the blockhole. It was going to be a high-risk strategy, and as it turned out, the fifth delivery turned in to a low full toss. Six over midwicket. Irfan stuck to his guns and again went for the yorker. Another full toss. Six over deep square leg. The 12 runs helped in the end as the winning margin was 18.

The one that didn't swing
Before he was taken apart by Dhoni, Irfan had been hard to get away, getting controlled movement with the new ball. His first ball went away from Michael Hussey, and was taken for a single. Hussey watched from the other end as the next two sharply came back in to M Vijay. On strike for the fourth ball, Hussey did not commit fully forward, waited for the ball to move away and cracked it past extra cover. The fifth one straightened and was played out quietly. The sixth one was the sucker punch. It kept the batsman guessing on the back foot. Hussey expected it to move away, but it went straight on. He tried to bring the bat down late but the ball had already struck him plumb in front.

Aaron checks in
Varun Aaron had impressed with his pace in his first IPL game against Punjab. Today, he did so with the steep bounce he got. Consistently bowling from short of a good length, his second delivery flew to the wicketkeeper above head height. Vijay, who had already swung Ajit Agarkar for two sixes, was pegged on the back foot with well-directed bouncers. Aaron was unlucky to have Vijay dropped in the covers, but he got Suresh Raina with the bouncer. The first ball he bowled to Raina was short outside off and beat the batsman on the cut. The third ball was aimed at his throat, Raina instinctively went for the pull, and Irfan accepted the catch at long leg.

The dugout catch
Chennai caught safely in the field today, and even off it. Venugopal Rao lofted Shadab Jakati over Raina at long-off. Raina thought he had a chance, went backwards and lunged for the ball but it went over him and in to the Chennai dugout. Raina overbalanced and flew in to his sitting team-mates, bringing Faf du Plessis down. A metre away, Suraj Randiv wondered what the fuss was all about as he calmly stood up and took the 'catch' cleanly with a smile on his face.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Soorya on May 13, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Badrinath is a killer batsman he has 5 50+ scores and it is good to know that is he selected for the west indies tour, did you know that Gambhir is the captain for that tour

  • vinod on May 13, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    @harshalb what to do mr selectors from hindi heartland gave chance to tamil player ....eventhough i don't i don't want to start a regional debate ....lets leave all to the selectors :P

  • vinod on May 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    badri is a class batsman .....age should not be factor ...still he has a lot cricket left in him .....even mike hussey had his debut only at age of 30 took almost 11 years for him to convince the aussie selectors..age will not be factor for a class player ......

  • Harshal on May 13, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    What is this hype over Bhadrinath? The guy is already 31 years old, what more is he going to do? Those who tout tout his first class record should check out Ajinkya Rahane's, 22 years old, 5000 runs at average of 67 with 17 centuries. Guys like him deserve a chance too but let us leave this to selector than starting a regional debate.

  • Harshal on May 13, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I am amused by Chennai fans hype over Bhadrinath. Perhaps because there hasn't been any decent Tamil batsman after K Srikkanth. Anyways...he will go to WI and will be found out soon.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Curious case of Saha. He comes ahead of Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo at 6. Havent found any particular six hitting prowess in his previous outings. Dhoni perhaps his ways of indicating favorites. No wonder Saha also gets selected for WI ODI squad as a reserve WK. So guys best way to get into team India is via CSK. Ask Saha and Gony (2010). Badri got the nod deservedly so and so did Ashwin.

  • a on May 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Agree with @blade_pakkiri. Request cricinfo administrators/editors to enforce *some* level of English spelling. Please. @Karthi_2K11 thanks for pointing out Badri's stats. He's really adapted well to T20. This is obviously his best IPL season both in terms of Avg and SR. Compared with some senior Indian middle order players struggling to adapt to T20 and embarrassing themselves in the process, Badri has become a solid performer and a mainstay of the CSK side. Well done Badri.

  • Matthew on May 13, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    As a CSK supporter it's pleasing to note that all of Chennai's top & middle order are in good form i.e. Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Badri & Dhoni. And of late when it comes to bowling, all our bowlers have been picking up wickets. These factors are a major plus point for CSK as the tournament nears its business end.. GO CHENNAI!!

  • Giridhar on May 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Why is Saha playing? Is Saha a better batsman than Anirudh? Why not select a specialist bowler or batsman instead of Saha, when he is not going to keep?

  • Ankith on May 13, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    To Thiyanan...i saw badri in a party in chennai...recently during dis yrs IPL...

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