Kolkata v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Eden Gardens May 22, 2011

Rayudu's Miandad moment

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens

The mix-up
Jacques Kallis drove to mid-on and ran to the other end while his opening partner Sreevats Goswami's attention was directed at the ball. There was no communication between the pair and as Goswami turned his gaze to the other end of the pitch, Kallis had already run past him. Not for the first time were Mumbai Indians fortunate in this game.

Bhatia lands on his head
That must have hurt, though he recovered well to take three wickets. Harbhajan Singh mistimed L Balaji over mid-off and Bhatia, stationed there, back-pedalled a couple of times but lost his balance, spilled the chance and banged the back of his head on the ground. He was in some pain and went off the field for a break, though his return and his spell of three wickets almost clinched the game for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Balaji's Holding moment
Kieron Pollard was under pressure to step up against the increasing required-rate and appeared to have got an ideal ball to dispatch. It was bowled full on leg stump and Pollard aimed for the long-on boundary. It turned out to be a little fuller than he would have liked, and the leg stump went cartwheeling towards the wicketkeeper. It was the last time Balaji smiled tonight.

The trigger to the twist
Off the final ball of the penultimate over of the chase, Ambati Rayudu tried to sneak a leg-bye while Goswami, the wicketkeeper, aimed needlessly at the stumps at the striker's end, where James Franklin had comfortably made his ground. The ricochet produced an extra run, which meant Franklin would take strike in the final over. Gambhir gave Goswami a dressing down, and the captain's worst fears were to come true.

The Miandad moment
And Balaji would have felt like Chetan Sharma. In his attempt to get one into the blockhole - one of several in the over that failed - Balaji ended up doling out a meaty full toss to Rayudu when Mumbai needed four to win off the final ball. We knew where it was heading the moment he made contact, much like Javed Miandad did around two and a half decades ago. Gambhir was shocked, his coach Dav Whatmore speechless and so were 70,000-odd others as Mumbai pulled off a heist. "I was pretty relaxed, and I knew he [Balaji] was under pressure," Rayudu said later. "I was just blank, anywhere he bowls I thought I could hit a boundary."

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • steve on May 24, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    i think its time for MI to spend money wisely and get quality players as RCB and CSK has done, throw out pollard, blizzard, symonds, there are good indian players who can play better than these guys!!

  • steve on May 24, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    man of the match shuld have been either pollard (23 runs in 2 overs) or price (33 runs in 3 overs).

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    This incident remembering me the India's Australia tour in 2004 where Ausies needed 5 runs on the last ball, bowler was LBalaji and the batsman was BLee, there BLee hit six on that last ball to make Australia win...

  • Chandra on May 24, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Man of the match should have been Laxmipathy Balaji. He let MI score 51 runs in just 3 overs (a half century in 3 overs) and single handedly handed over the victory on a silver platter, which Franklin and Rayadu grabbed with glee. Well done, Balaji. Keep it up...

  • AnilKrishna on May 23, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    It was repeat of 2009(KKR Vs DC) for the knight riders. The culprit that time was Mashrafe Mortaza and the encore was rohit....

  • Siddarth on May 23, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    @stevedd What i meant was that if the situation demands it is perfectly okay to bowl such a line. It was a clever piece of bowling and was well within the rules set down for playing the game.

  • Deepak on May 23, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Javed Miandad hit that immortal six not one and half decade back, but 25 years earlier!

  • Raghu on May 23, 2011, 14:23 GMT


    the charm of a cricket match isn't in just scoring runs. Its a lot more than that. A cricket can be thrilling even if the runs scored are less. In fact the best limited over match of all time which was between SA and Aus (remember semifinal of the 99) was not at all high scoring game.

    Yes, 2020 is about scoring runs and thats how it was conceived, but every format evolves. Batsmen were scoring runs, now bowlers are finding ways to restrict them by bowling some lengths, batsmen will again counter it with their own ways.. This is the beauty of the game... not a guy running in from 22 yards gifting dollies to the guy at the other end and getting tonked to all corners all the time till eternity. get some perspective.


  • Shantanu on May 23, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Isnt in the IPL3 Dhoni hit a last over six to lead CSK into SF at Dharmshala ? So there is an encore this year. I think this IPL would be remembered for Gayle's pyrotechniques which singlehandedly propelled RCB to top. And off course for Shibani Dandekar's bubblism who must have pushed the IPL4's TRP ratings :-) Dont worry Balaji people would forget this last over.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    gosh give balaji the benefit of the doubt!!!! nobody would do that on purpose!!!! gambhir should have kept lee for the last over....he kept balaji instead!! never mind...you learn from mistakes!!!!!

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