Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 29, 2013

A one-handed stunner, and Rauf's lucky escape

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai

The six
Dinesh Karthik is an attractive batsman to watch when in full flow, and he was at his stylish best when he picked Praveen Kumar for a six over fine leg. He charged out to Praveen in the fifth over, picked the length and swung him with a swivel flat into the stands. Among all sixes struck in the Mumbai Indians innings, Karthik's whip stood out.

The wake-up call
Dwayne Smith's innings was of two halves. During the first, he struggled to get bat on ball and limped to 8 off 20 balls. The second, during which he made up for his initial troubles, began with a thunderous straight drive off the leg-spin off Piyush Chawla, absolutely drilled past the bowler. Smith's last 12 deliveries produced 25 runs.

The banter
Manpreet Gony bowled an expensive spell but there was a moment's relief when he bowled Kieron Pollard, off a full toss that the batsman dragged onto his stumps. Gony celebrated and gave Pollard a send-off, only for replays to show he had bowled a no-ball. Pollard smiled, walked back towards the crease and gave back some, though it was all in good spirit.

The catch

Against Chennai Super Kings in an earlier clash, Pollard had timed his jump to perfection at deep midwicket to catch MS Dhoni in the final over of the chase and help Mumbai Indians to victory. He bettered that effort against Kings XI Punjab. Shaun Marsh middled Pragyan Ojha as he tried to clear long-on, but didn't get the elevation he would have liked. Pollard was patrolling the boundary, standing at the edge of the rope, and held out his huge right palm and clasped the ball with a leap before ensuring he retained his balance as he came down.

The escape

Umpire Asad Rauf was in the firing line when Azhar Mahmood smashed one back past Pragyan Ojha. Rauf ducked, just in time, as the ball flew over his head and crashed into the boundary. He could still afford a smile after that escape, and motioned to the dug-outs to bring out a helmet for protection.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sam on May 1, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @nafzak Probably you didn't see Pollard's century against Australia earlier this year in Australia or his century vs Australia at home last year. He is a fine batsman with a proper defensive technique. Much better batsman than Darren Sammy (who is a pinch hitter) and Dwayne Bravo.

  • Mohamed on April 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Pollard is a great fielder. He is also a great batsman against weak bowling attach as in IPL or in T/20 when teh rules are relaxed and favour big hitting batsmen. Unfortunately, he is at best and average batsman and all rounder agaist a decent attack and even worse against quality competition in teh longer version.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    This was a luck in favor of not forget that no-ball not given by umpires..that bowl would have changed the result in favor of Kings Eleven...As that no-ball would have not only provided 1 run but an extra ball as well so much for turning the game in favor of Kings XI..but at the end..excellent fielding by Pollard, Great batting by Rohit and Awesome bowling from Ojha and Bhajji..and at the end Excellent slogging by PK....All n one game...

  • Rohit on April 30, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Its high time umpires are made to wear helmets... With powerful hitters like gayle...pollard.. Dhoni etc the ball is hit with unimaginable force..... We dont want an unfortunate incident to realise the danger umpires face....

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    I'm a Mumbai Fan, still i liked the way the punjab XI brought it to the last ball of the game. Poor decision from David to ball the last over.He was having four seamers,whose one bowler can be left for last 2 overs. Wonderful batting from Rohit Sharma which proved an 'indian' is enough to blast in a team rather than a west 'indian'. Looking at mumbai , again a great decision to drop punter 'n' provided a best balanced team. Good selection of visitors: DWS, KP ,MJ, LM from Sharma'ji'. Well played both teams ,carry on for the rest of the tournament.................

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Asad Rauf had lucky escape. But I remember the incidence in world cup 1996 semi final between WI and AUS. Leg umpire was hit by sweep shot played by Richie Richardson. And, he had indirect revenge too. That shot was almost a four, but became a single run. Eventually WI lost by margin of 5 runs. Consider that shot being 4 and Richie Richardson having strike for final over!

  • Rakesh on April 30, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Glad Rohit is proving his distractors wrong. He is much more talented than some of the TN [layers that get selected. Problem is he gets selected in the wrong format. He is test player. T20 is a bonus.

  • charlie on April 30, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    To say that Smith and Pollard almost lost the game because of slow batting , is unreasonable criticism of two guys who are known for their aggressive play and who have done it for the team so many times before . Credit should be given to the fielding team for their bowling efforts to bowl out the bigger name players for so little . In this cricket especially ,one batsman holds when the going is tough and the other tries to push the score and this was an obvious strategy for MI . It's not every day a batsman can knock around bowlers the same way . It could have been worse ,had Smith fallen early ! Then what ? There are too many vairables in cricket to predict an outcome ,or to judge in retrospect ; so all is well that ends well .

  • Saket on April 30, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @ Prabhjot Saini ..! well, pk also got away with one wide, if you remember then there would have been an extra ball with extra run. and pollard might have hit that for six...! Better don't go into such talks....! Umpires did make mistakes in both innings and the earlier one went unnoticed as it was not at the end of the innings..... wides & no-balls are never decided by players so, it was not a call of mumbai players.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    The first play of the match was during the toss itself. Rohit Sharma, the too eager and too young captain tossed the coin way too soon, with Mbangwa catching the coin mid air saying "not yet, not yet", introduced the match referee and then allowed to toss again.