Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Delhi April 6, 2013

Hodge's match-winning run-out

Plays of the Day from the match between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in Delhl

The drop
With a reputation for being a fast mover and fine catcher, David Warner often traverses the straight boundary for Delhi Daredevils. But in the 13th over he dropped a straightforward chance from Rahul Dravid, and ended up conceding a six. Warner climbed into the air about a metre from the long-on rope to intercept Dravid's mis-hit off Andre Russell, and having got two hands to it, palmed it over the ropes. Warner benefited from some reciprocal generosity in his own innings though, when Dravid dropped him.

The welcome
Mahela Jayawardene strangely held Johan Botha back until the 15th over, but when he did come into the attack, he was savaged so severely, he didn't bowl again. With Royals at 108 for 2 in 14 overs, Stuart Binny decided it was time to surge, and though his first boundary - an edge to third man - was somewhat fortuitous, a slog sweep into the stands next ball, and an advancing bludgeon over long off straight after, ignited Royals' death-over dash.

The ball
Unmukt Chand, the hero of last year's Under-19 World Cup, had a rough introduction to the IPL when a fantastic Brett Lee away-seamer uprooted his off stump with the first ball of the tournament. He was in danger of collecting another golden duck when Samuel Badree rapped him on the pads first ball in Delhi, but he survived, only to be bowled by another terrific delivery in the sixth over. Sreesanth pitched one on off stump in the sixth over, and moved it in off the seam just a fraction, and Chand could not get near the ball as it passed between bat and pad and took middle stump out of the ground.

The catch
Jayawardene had set himself up to be there at the close with a measured 19 from 15 deliveries, but as soon as he made a mistake, a little magic in the infield ensured he would not play the kind of innings that had given Delhi hope in the tournament opener. Spotting a full, straight delivery from Rahul Shukla, Jayawardene aimed a big drive, but ended up getting a thick outside edge that flew square. The ball's trajectory would have taken it several metres to the right of Ajinkya Rahane at backward point, but he moved quickly and launched himself horizontally, heels kicked in the air, to complete a stunning two-handed take at full stretch.

The throw
Despite a miserly 18th over of Daredevils' innings, and a quiet start to the 19th, the hosts would have felt in control as long as Warner remained at the crease. A fine piece of fielding from acting captain Brad Hodge, however, dislodged Royals' chief tormentor and yielded the floor to Kevon Cooper's last-over heroics. Warner bunted one into the off side and took off, but as quick as he is between the wickets, he had hit the ball too close to Hodge at cover, who swooped on it instantly. Hodge then let rip with a fast, flat off-balance throw, and despite having no more than one-and-a-half stumps to aim at, and hit middle to find Warner metres short.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • R on April 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Correction "The Ball" : The second line should read as "rough introduction to IPL 2013" rather than "rough introduction to IPL". If memory serves me right, Unmukt Chand was also cleaned up by Lasith Malinga 2nd ball a couple seasons ago when he was being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket (the year Sehwag played out a maiden over [from Malinga], reportedly after 5 years. I think it was 2011).

  • Vivek on April 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @ sam ...yeah RR is a good team havin a gud team spirit .. But against teams having genuine match winners like Gayle, Pollard , Dhoni they need a match winner of that kind who can take away the game away from the opposition..... for eg. Gayle will win atleast 5 games for RCB. If they manage to pull out atleast 4 from the rest 11 matches they will be in the play offs. RR has missed such a game winner in the last one or two seasons....Thats why they always end up one or two wins short of making it to the play offs.... Watson will be back for the Mondays match against KKR & lets hope he will be fit through out the season...

  • Sameer on April 6, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Would someone know when on earth does Watson plan to return???? He is the only hope along with Dravid Rahane and Hodge against KKR, MI, CSK, RCB and DD(with Morkel KP and Sehwag)

  • Vishal on April 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I am just glad RR came out on winning side this time. One doesn't really remember too many IPL matches, but the loss against Delhi last year was still fresh. And if that's me, I am sure the players remembered it well. Hope that is put behind now. Halla Bol !

  • Srinivas on April 6, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    In fact, Dravid could have been generous and rightly asked Hodge to talk as the Captain at the post match presentation. I honestly feel, this match was won on the field by Captain Hodge and his troops rather than Captain Dravid and his batsmen. Respect to Hodge here. Hope he didn't get upset with Dravid here. RR way to go, THE TEAM....Halla Bol Halla Bol....

  • Srinivas on April 6, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Lot of credit should go to Hodge for the way he maintained his composure at the end. Cooper, however undid the damage he caused his team initially. He coould have bowled with some intent to startwith. My Dravid as always, class apart. Halla Bol Halla Bol.....