Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Hyderabad April 7, 2013

A temperamental bail, a rare Gayle fail

Plays of the day from the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore

The wicket

The last time Hanuma Vihari bowled in a Twenty20 game was more than three years ago. So when he had Chris Gayle caught behind off his first ball, it should have been a bigger surprise to Vihari himself than to his team-mates, the fans and commentators. Leaving aside the surprise element, it was a good enough first ball to dismiss a batsman of Gayle's quality.

The groove

There could have been a run-out in the 14th over of Sunrisers Hyderabad's innings. Vihari had pushed the ball to mid-off from where the throw from Gayle had him short by a few inches. But the bails took time to get off the groove on which they were set, saving the batsman from the long walk back.

The 100% effort

Vinay Kumar is an agile fieldsman and he gave a good account of himself when he slid full length near the backward point rope and saved a certain boundary. That was not all. He picked himself up, sprinted to where he had pushed the ball and arrowed in a throw to Arun Karthik's* gloves as Amit Mishra was caught several inches short of the crease. It was at par with Gurkeerat Singh's catch earlier in the day, given the dramatic nature of both efforts.

The pick-up

Royal Challengers Bangalore were getting out of the woods through their captain's will. Virat Kohli had put together a fourth wicket partnership, and began to ascertain his dominance, smashing Ishant Sharma out of the ground. It went 95 meters deep into the stands, a shot oozing with Kohli's natural confidence.

The golden arm

Kumar Sangakkara had used Vihari for one over very successfully, but Ashish Reddy too turned out to be a one-hit wonder. In his only over, he got rid of the dangerous Kohli off the last ball. Reddy showed good reflexes to take a low return catch, but surprisingly that was his last ball of the match.

* April 7 7.45pm The wicketkeeper's name has been corrected

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Raj on April 8, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Cabral- Lol! This is Twenty20 cricket. Give a chance to Sammy in the playing X1 and see for yourself. Ponting, Gilchrist, Sanga are just eating up spots and not fit for Twent20 and I would not rate them as captains. Dhoni and Warne are captains and deseve to play on the captaincy material alone. Also, the key for IPL is the performance of Indian players. CSK does well year after year.. Why? They have consistent performers in Dhoni, Raina, Badri (unsung hero!), and Ashwin. Vijay picks up the slack once in a while. A Gayle or Pollard can take you only so far. End of the day, it is a team sport. So you need solid performers in the 7 Indian players. An Albie Morkel is more valuable than a Morne Morkel in Twenty/20 or even a Tendulkar for that matter. So bring Sammy.. He is going to be the A Morkel for Sunrisers.

  • david on April 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    i guess as the scores in this IPL all seem to be on the low side, and i think were the wickets have something in them hence the tightness in the games. as i have not watched any of the games its all i can think of to suggest

  • Prasanna on April 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Any reason why almost all the matches are going to the last over ?

  • James on April 8, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @CricketpunditUSA: I agree with your point about Sangakkara and Mahela. However, I am not so sure about Sammy- despite his performances, I dont think he deserves to play for the WI. In fact, Bravo, Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Cooper and Russel are all better allround options bowling medium pace. I also suspect that most teams missed a trick by appointing overseas captains. Gilchrist and Mahela may be okay, but the others dont seem upto captaining a team with 7 local players and three players from other countries. Retired guys like Gilchrist are at least available for the entire tournament.

  • Vinod on April 8, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    i felt it was great captaincy from Kumar Sangakkara as usual. the 'luck god' smiling at him this time :-)

  • Sidath on April 8, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @CricketpunditUSA: You seriously don't seem to have any cricketing common sense. Sanga is a wonderful captain and he captained SL brilliantly and brings tons on experience to the game. He has captained the SRH excellently although he is still to make an impact with the bat which I believe will happen in the future games.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    @CricketpunditUSA Are you like for real? Sammy is a good all rounder, but he can not be even compared with sanga as far as the captaincy is concerned.

  • Raj on April 8, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I beg to differ. I don't think Sanga belongs in Twenty20, let alone being the captain. Mahela is a captain and not Sanga. These guys should bring Sammy into the fold. He can hit the balls and bowl some cruicial overs and will be more valuable. He is a good captain marshalling a side like West Indies and winning a cup is not an easy task. Sanga can be in the playing 11. I believe Cameron White despite his two sixes should not be there and should compete with Sanga for the spot unless Sanga can do the keeper duties.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Ah, it was a pleasant experience being out in the crowd. Kohli's six into the crowd really stood out. And Ashish's catch was brilliant!!