Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 14, 2013

Dravid's relief, and Sreesanth's appeal

Plays from the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur

The appeal
Sreesanth was on fire with accurate swing and seam, but his appeals weren't quite on the mark. In the 10th over, he hit R Sathish on the pad with a ball headed down leg. For good measure, Sathish was well down the wicket too. Sreesanth yelped out an appeal so outlandish he had to virtually look at extra cover because the umpire had immediately taken his position there to adjudicate should there be a run-out appeal.

The reaction
You could look at Rahul Dravid's face in Test cricket, and tell if he had been in a tough fight. Tonight, you could tell he was mighty relieved. In the 13th over of the innings, David Hussey - the only Kings XI Punjab batsman who looked comfortable - hit a slower ball straight down his throat at Dravid, who grabbed at it. The ball lobbed out, and Dravid's face had already started showing signs of disappointment when he went for the rebound. As he held on to the rebound, the mouth formed a circle, and a big sigh was heaved. He looked skywards and sighed again, and managed to squeeze in a broad smile.

The swing
Praveen Kumar is better known for his swing both ways with the ball, but he can also be a clean hitter. Today he did so when all others seemed to fail to pick the Kevon Cooper slower ball. Praveen had walked in at the fall of Azhar Mahmood to one of those slower ones, and picked the slower one bowled to him early. It was the first legal ball he faced, and as if playing golf he sent it sailing over long-off.

The replay
If you are a Bangalore boy, you can do far worse than emulating Dravid. Stuart Binny followed Dravid with an identical dismissal. Praveen had been given a fourth over at the top of the innings in a desperate Kings XI attempt to make a match out of this, and Dravid couldn't play it out. He followed one short of driving length and slightly away from his body, and edged it to the right of Adam Gilchrist.

Four balls later, Binny did the same, and Gilchrist dived to his right again to take it. "A flying Gilly, not a bad catch for a youngster @ipl," tweeted Brett Lee.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Phani on April 15, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I just don't understand, why Commentators kept on saying Rahane is anchoring the ship...Anchoring, if one can say, wickets falling at regular intervals & someone guiding at other end...in fact, i felt Rahane is lucky enough to have survived till the end..he is unable to keep the ball onto the bat..unable to find the odd boundary..Kept on presurizing the team..if not for Watto, Sanju..this would be an disastrous outing for Rahane

  • Sharath on April 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Cannot quite understand y Faulkner was MOM.. shud hve been sreesanth or trivedi as both of them took Top order wickets and were more economical.. Or it cud hav been Rahane or Samson.. donno what logic was applied in this case..

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Sreesanth is my man of the match today.not foulkner

  • Unni on April 14, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    It was good to see a young Kerala boy finishing the game in style. Would love to see Sachin Baby in the playing eleven! Happy for Dravid & Royals! Hopefully they can keep up the good work! But I truly feel sorry for Kings XI....They're a very good unit !! Bring in Shawn Marsh!! Please! Gilly you need to start scoring some runs!!

  • Matrix on April 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    This young man Sanju Samson will go places. He has the temprament of a good middle order batsman. Good for India

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    sanju did an amazing job..played sensible cricket and so did rahane. good work by the seamers. good comeback by sreesanth with a good spell and 2 wickets. only if he had been consistent like this in every game,but he has improved a lot than his previous seasons. only the pune match dint work well rest all he was economical and contained well. not to forget faulkner's presence in the team and also shane watson's explosive start nice team work..good win ..good work guys.. sanju deserves an applause

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