Mumbai v Deccan, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 14, 2011

The game-turning spat, and Rajan's initiation

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers in Mumbai

Welcome, Michael Lumb
He had opened the innings for Rajasthan Royals in the previous season but Lumb, before this game, had yet to make an appearance for his new team. When he did, he took strike against the wrong bowler. Just his second ball this IPL season, Lumb made room while simultaneously stepping out to Lasith Malinga. It turned out to be a full delivery that he failed to make contact with, and out went the stumps. What a return.

Dhawal or Malinga?
You couldn't make out who was who. That's pushing it a little, but Dhawal Kulkarni would be proud of the yorker he bowled to dislodge Daniel Christian. It was fired in the blockhole on middle and Christian was done in for pace more than the length, failing to get his bat down in time and you know what happened next.

Rumble at the Wankhede
Had this game been a Hindi movie, you'd think the country's seemingly paranoid film censor board would have edited out its most pivotal scene. The verbal exchange between Amit Mishra and Munaf Patel in the final over of the Deccan Chargers innings marked a decisive turn in a game that Mumbai Indians had controlled until then. Mishra went for the pull, got a top edge that landed just short of the fine-leg boundary, something was said by someone and Munaf lost control.

It took the umpire to separate the two, and there was more two balls later when Mishra slashed one past third man. This time, there was a collision and another flare-up. More unpublishables. The result: Mishra won the battle. A full toss followed, it was duly dispatched. Last ball, Munaf pitched on a length and out it went over midwicket. Mumbai never recovered completely from there on.

The Duminy cameo
This time, with the ball. Kumar Sangakkara revealed later that the ploy to bring Duminy on in the first over was to test out Aiden Blizzard. The signs of it working were there the first ball Blizzard faced Duminy. He came round the wicket, landed it on middle and got it to shoot away just as Blizzard closed the face. Not only did it beat the batsman, but also keeper and slip. The first ball of Duminy's next over, the bowler had his reward. Blizzard decided to counterattack, slog-sweeping at a length delivery that spun away to knock back off.

Rajan's day out
Anand Rajan was a surprise choice in the XI, and in his first IPL appearance he didn't disappoint. In just his second over, he got T Suman with a slower ball and then the big one, Sachin Tendulkar trapped lbw trying to improvise.

His biggest test, though, came in the final over. He was bestowed with the responsibility to restrain Kieron Pollard. A six first ball, and the nerves kick in. A wide down the leg side, the nerves show. A four over square leg, it's crisis time prompting a mid-pitch conference. But there's relief, finally, when Pollard miscues one to third man to decide the game. In the end, figures of 3 for 27 don't make for bad reading at all.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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