Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi May 10, 2013

Sehwag is hit, AB can't hear a thing

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore

The look
In the second over of the game, Chris Gayle defended one off the back foot, off the bowling of Irfan Pathan. The powerful forearms, the heavy bat, the good timing sent the ball scurrying past mid-on for four. It was almost unreal. Irfan was bemused, and had a smile when he looked at Gayle that suggested both disbelief and grudging acknowledgement at the same time.

Next ball, Irfan had Gayle playing on, and reacted with ecstasy.

The reprieves
Virat Kohli had yet to score a run when he got a jaffa from Morne Morkel. It was short of a length, on off, held its line against the angle, bounced too, took the edge, and went through to the keeper. Only that he overstepped by a measly inch. For a change, though, no replays were required to call this one.

Soon Kohli would pull one to the right of Virender Sehwag, and still wouldn't get out. Sehwag dropped him on 14. With every boundary in his onslaught, Kohli made Sehwag and Morkel regret their lapses.

The no-shot
The last four overs of the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings featured some crazy hitting, cute paddles, reverse shots… and an offering of the pad. In the 19th over. By AB de Villiers. It just so happened that de Villiers shuffled across to play the ramp, then saw a full ball going down leg, and at the last moment grew some concern for his exposed leg stump and tried to cover it with his foot. He was hit on the boot, and wasn't offering a stroke. You have now officially seen it all.

The hits
At the best of the times, Virender Sehwag has let the helmet earn its cost when accurate bouncers are bowled at him. And these are not the best of times. So when bounced on a slow Delhi pitch by Ravi Rampaul, Sehwag did the same: take the eyes off, and duck into it. The first one hit him on the shoulder, and the second got him right in the head. To his credit, Sehwag maintained his humour. During the over break, when the physio came into make sure he hadn't been hit badly, Sehwag feigned collapsing.

The non-appeal
You would think at the higher levels of cricket the vociferousness of the appeal wouldn't make much of a difference to a decision, but today it might just have. Off R Vinay Kumar's first ball, Unmukt Chand hit the leather off the ball, a nick that was heard around the world through the stump mic, but two people didn't hear it. One was AB de Villiers, the wicketkeeper. He didn't appeal at all, and was in the process of sending the ball back to the bowler when he saw Vinay go for a huge appeal.

The keeper's reaction might have played a part in the umpire not raising his finger. Chand deserves some body-language points for not giving away a hint of guilt.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cosmic on May 11, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    With last night performance it seems Sehwag has signed his death penalty. Getting hit twice, inability to judge a slow ball, dropping a catch and misfield indicates his hand-eye coordination has slow down. With so much talent available it would be very difficult for him to return to International cricket (all forms).

    I am particularly upset with his attitude that he would not change his batting style. He seems to be playing for himself and not for the team. Going out there and start hitting the ball isn't working for him anymore.

    He needs a serious self introspection if he wish to return to the Indian team !

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    i prey to god to regain the form of sehwag.

  • vas on May 11, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    In T20, every time the on field umpire calls a no- ball it should be checked by the third umpire. Wrong no- ball call can cost the team maximum (1+6) 7 runs. It could be the difference between winning and losing.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    It is extremely sad to see Sehwag struggle to find his form . I cant help feeling that his hand eye coordination has become so awry that he has become a liability for the team than an asset . We are not likely to see another Sehwag in world cricket and it pains me to see Sehwag struugle . It is high time Sehwag realises that he should gracefully retire from all forms of cricket .

  • S on May 11, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Sehwag will be back and with a bang, you read it here first

  • Venkat on May 11, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    wat is happening to sehwag???

  • raghu on May 10, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    That wasn't the only bad decision by the same umpire, the ball in the 19th over (Rampaul's last over) which he called a no ball was certainly NOT a no ball, the extra ball went for a six. That could've very well taken the game away from Bangalore. Umpires need to be more alert, imagine this happening in the finals where decisions can take the whole series from a team.

  • Ramo on May 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Once agin, what has the umpiring been like! And they think that the DRS isn't as good as umpires.mlove the IPL, but there must be refels,other wise IPL without fair r Cricket is pointless cricket. kXIP have already lost one game due to poor umpiring, and has probably not just lost them a game, but also a playoff place! How Sad!

  • giri on May 10, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Selectors were not fools to drop Sehawag from Indian team. He has lost his prime as well as his temperament to play the game, even last year he was superb but this time looks he has got nothing to offer. A sad ending to a great firework.

  • Kasinathan on May 10, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    People talk about Umesh Jadav for joining the 60 club!!!!!!!! [In four overs] But one bowler crossed the 99 mark just with ONE BALL? That one NO-BALL WAS WORTH 99 RUNS FOR RCB THROUGH VIRAT'S BAT. Now who is in the wrong side Morkell or Jadav.Here Warner erred He could have finished Jadav's quota before Abd arrivedJadav is known for bowling short during the death overs. My choice for the final overs would have been Irfan and Albie A close battle still BAD LUCK DD Kashinath

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