Pune v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Pune April 11, 2013

A first-ball ripper, and Sreesanth's blues

Plays from the IPL game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore

The first-ball ripper
Bhuvneshwar Kumar troubled the Australia top order with his swing in his recent debut Test series. He was at it again this evening. The first ball of the match started across the left-handed Kusal Perera and swerved in sharply to catch him napping in the crease and plumb in front.

The blank moment
T Suman saved what would have been another Rahul Dravid boundary with a swift run and slide from long-on. Even as he recovered, he realised he had no clue where the ball had gone. He looked right, left and at the boundary, but it was nowhere to be seen. The long-off fielder was nearby, and he helpfully pointed out that the ball was safely lodged in the ground inches behind Suman.

The catches
Angelo Mathews did the honours first time, plucking a stinging Ajinkya Rahane drive low at short extra cover. A few overs later, it was Ross Taylor's turn. Dravid fairly smashed one to Taylor's left at extra cover, but the fielder casually put his left hand out and converted a certain boundary into a big wicket. The sharpest take of the evening belonged to Dravid, though. With Warriors racing away in their chase, the 40-year old threw himself to his right at short midwicket to halt a Robin Uthappa rocket, coming down hard on the practice pitch, but holding onto the ball.

The meltdown
When Sreesanth loses it, he really does - his second over went for 21 runs. After already having been hit for six by Uthappa, Sreesanth bowled a no-ball, which was put away through extra cover for four. The free-hit was gift-wrapped as a high full toss on the pads, which Uthappa walloped over deep square leg for six more

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • raj on April 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Sreesanth's downfall is his brain! This is the most important aspect in any sport or walk of life. He has all physical skills but lacks the mental strength - that is why batsman outdo him at higher levels.

  • Vincent on April 12, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    He is in consistent in his head!? Otherwise he is great bowler with all the talents and techincally correct actions n rest. Who will it be by being a MIRROR to him..?

  • varun on April 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Sreeshant cannot bowl. His inclusion in the champions trophy 30 probables is patehtic. It would be better to ask Sachin or Dravid to bowl in his place

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    sresanth is not great! he's an ok bowler.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Bowlers do have bad days - in T 20 especially. Dale Steyn was ransacked in a few games last year. So it was a bad one for Sree yesterday. On the good side, he is bowling fast and will always get wickets. He shd be in the mix for test matches. That is where he will make a difference....Shd go to South Africa along with Umesh Yadav, Pathan, Bhuvaneshwar and Ishant.... An attack of Umesh, Bhuvaneshwar, Sreesanth and Ishant along with Ashwin can win us 1-2 tests in SA.

  • Rohit on April 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Sreesanth although a good bowler needs some counselling.... Sumtimes he seems to be trying too many things....in cricket there are days when you can get wickets just by doing the basics and keeping it simple...i still remember the match when he bamboozled the south africans in south africa....sreesanth with a better temperment cud have been the swing bowler india always needed....

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    sreesanth should play county cricket in england or somethin thats what zaheer khan did back in the days sreesanth is a good bowler though

  • Yogesh on April 11, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Sreesanth is like the Ajit Agarkar of modern times. Good for one match in ten, then mediocre to plain lousy in the other nine. RR has a good history of selecting decent players cheaply, wonder why they went in for Sreesanth?

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    S Sreesanth a great talent. But as pointed in the article looses his cool and rhythm when he is hammered round the park. Pity such a great bowler being wasted just due to lack of self controlling. Act BCCI. Please do something!

  • thomas on April 11, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Royals lost cause of Sreesanth

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