Punjab v Deccan, IPL 2011, Dharamsala May 21, 2011

Sloppy Punjab pay the price

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers in Dharamsala

The reprieve Part I
He went on to make 95, when he should have been run-out first ball. Shikhar Dhawan rushed for a single, Ryan McLaren picked up, dived and didn't miss the stumps at the non-striker's end by much. Dhawan was miles out of his crease. As it turned out, he won the game for Deccan Chargers.

The reprieve Part II
D Ravi Teja should have been out for a duck too; instead he made 60 and had plenty of luck on the way. He swung hard at his third delivery, got a top edge and Paul Valthaty, running in from the deep on the leg side, got to it, spilled it and then dived. A complete mess.

Asad Rauf does his bit
Umpires these days rarely decide against a referral when the appeal for a run-out is a close one. McLaren had done a splendid job trying to prevent a single off his bowling, running forward, sliding and aiming accurately at the non-striker's end. Ravi Teja appeared to have made his ground, except that replays showed his bat had popped up as he tried to slide it in on the dive. Asad Rauf didn't refer it to the third umpire, much to the surprise of the fielders, and there was more frustration in store when the next two deliveries were edged for boundaries.

Harris' nightmare
A horrible day for Ryan Harris. Forget that he conceded 35 in four overs. He twice dropped Ravi Teja while at long-on, the first off a miscue and the second struck cleanly at him. The first drop cost 21 runs, as Ravi Teja smacked Piyush Chawla for two sixes and a four. The second cost just two as Abhishek Nayar held his nerve the next ball to break the trend. It wasn't over for Harris, though. Facing a hat-trick ball from Amit Mishra in the chase, he couldn't resist the temptation to slash at a googly and edge straight to second slip.

Christian shows how it's done
Mishra's first victim was McLaren, who slog-swept one cleanly only to find Daniel Christian prowling at deep midwicket. He reacted quickly, running to his right and diving forward to pluck the catch inches from the ground. It summed up Deccan's performance on the field - they caught everything that came their way - and reminded Punjab of their sloppiness.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo