Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 8, 2013

The 150 kph delivery

Plays of the Day from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur
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The bat
Shane Watson, playing his first match of the season, was unhappy with his bat and changed it after missing a pull against Brett Lee in the first over. After mis-timing and missing a few more balls, Watson hit his first boundary with his new blade, launching Lee over extra cover with a powerful drive. He tried to repeat the shot next ball but made contact with the bottom of his bat and spooned a catch to short cover. He won't be using that bat again, for it had cracked on impact during the dismissal.

The delay
They were everywhere at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Bugs. The problem was so severe the organisers had to fumigate the area with repellant, and some of those fumes made their way on to the ground, creating an unpleasant smelling mist-like effect. The umpires decided to stop play for a while in the 13th over, until the haze cleared.

The most expensive over
Sunil Narine had taken two wickets in his third over to pull Royals back. In his fourth, however, Narine went for 18 runs, the most he's ever conceded in an over in the IPL, and the second most he's ever gone for in his T20 career. Dishant Yagnik put the finishing touches on it, slog-sweeping a flat six before reverse-sweeping past short third man.

The speed
Shaun Tait, aka the wild thing, warmed up with a wide down leg side and then another outside off. But after he found his radar, he began to hurry batsmen with his speed. The last delivery of Tait's second over was the quickest of this IPL: it was measured at 150.1 kph. The ball pitched short of a length and angled across Gambhir, who wafted at it off the back foot and was beaten by sheer pace.

The catch
There have been some stupendous catches in this IPL season - Pollard against Super Kings, Rahane against Daredevils and Gurkeerat against Warriors. Dishant Yagnik's effort behind the stumps today, while not as visually spectacular, was exceptional for the technique he exhibited. Gautam Gambhir had charged down the pitch and slashed hard at a length delivery, the top edge sending the ball flat and fast towards Yagnik's left*. He moved nimbly, and then leapt full stretch to take the catch with both hands above his head. He stayed balanced as he landed and tumbled, ensuring the ball stayed caught.

*05.00GMT, April 9: The article had previously said the ball went to Dishant Yagnik's right

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    You guys are forgetting the fastest bowler in the world at the moment - KKRs Merchent De Lange - he consistently bowls at 155+ these days! Wish he was 100% match fit to play!

  • dummy4fb on April 9, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    I think it is still early days and bowling coaches and captains maybe asking their fast bowlers, not to go on all out pace, to preserve them till the playoffs. Malinga bowled well below 140K's today

  • bbnn on April 9, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Yesterday Rahul Shukla bowled 146 Kmh

  • derpherp on April 9, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Its a sad day for fast bowling when one 150km/h delivery makes a news article.....

  • dummy4fb on April 9, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Excellent Analysis ! Good match and what not. Leave Kallis Alone.

  • jango_moh on April 9, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    wat about umesh yadav..... he's bowling consistently in the mid 140s...

  • jonesy2 on April 9, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST--- nannes, MJ, binga, there are plenty of speed merchants. steyns not even that fast most of the time. the IPL is missing cummins and pattinson though

  • iamstupid on April 9, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Morgan just proved dhoni's theory of taking the game to the last over. Smart decision by dravid to bowl cooper 2nd last over. Most expensive bowler RahulSharma was saved from bowling last over.

  • dummy4fb on April 9, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    The Catch - Gautam Gambhir had charged down the pitch and slashed hard at a length delivery, the top edge sending the ball flat and fast towards Yagnik's right." Ball went to Yagnik's LEFT and not RIGHT....

  • Pontiac on April 9, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Yeah, Tino Best would be great in IPL, and y'know he's also a guy who knows what he's doing coming in say with balls left in the innings too. I have always been confused as to why some West Indies players are in IPL and some other ones are not.

    I think there might be some really good action in the CPL later this year.