Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Chennai April 6, 2013

Pollard v Bravo Part II

Plays of the Day for the match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Chennai

The gamesmanship chronicles
MS Dhoni went after Kieron Pollard in the 18th over of the chase, crashing a six and a four off the first two deliveries. Pollard ran in a third time in the over, but did not send down the ball. Dhoni saw that, and when Pollard ran in a fourth time and actually bowled, the batsman backed away to leg, shouldering arms. Pollard broke into a wide grin at Dhoni's riposte and after a few seconds of a grim expression, the batsman afforded himself a smile as well, and then proceeded to remove his pads and redo his shoelaces, making Pollard wait and wait.

The compatriot clash
Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, Trinidadians both, went up against each other, not for the first time, and sparks flew. Pollard pushed a yorker back to Bravo, who picked it up, threatened to throw it at the batsman, and also had lots of words for his compatriot. Not to be outdone, Pollard pointed his bat at Bravo, asking him to go back and bowl. When Pollard tried and missed a scoop, there was another charged-up exchange. Pollard was the clear winner in the contest that mattered, though, taking 22 off the 11 deliveries he faced from Bravo.

The reaction
Sachin Tendulkar got a golden duck when he was trapped leg-before by Dirk Nannes. As rare as that occurrence is, what followed was rarer. Even as umpire Vineet Kulkarni raised his finger, Tendulkar screamed in disbelief and anger. He walked away shaking his head, pausing to exchange a few words with his opening partner Ricky Ponting which suggested he was not impressed at all with Kulkarni's call. Replays showed the decision was nowhere close to being a shocker, the ball pitching just on leg stump and straightening to hit the batsman in front of leg.

The maiden strike
Ankit Rajpoot had an impressive domestic season for Uttar Pradesh, but he would have never come up against a batsman of the stature of Ricky Ponting before. First ball of his second over in the IPL, Ponting gave the fast bowler the charge but missed. Second ball, Rajpoot dug in a sharp bouncer. Ponting being Ponting, he immediately went for the pull, and an edge settled into slip's hands. Rajpoot couldn't have hoped for a better maiden wicket in the IPL.

The tailender's response
It was the last over of the Mumbai Indians' innings and Pollard desperately wanted the strike after hitting one to long-off. He charged back for what would have been a tight second, but Harbhajan Singh had already settled for the single. An upset Pollard pointed to himself, letting Harbhajan clearly know who should have had the strike. Probably that revved Harbhajan up. He gave the next ball an almighty swing, sending it soaring high in the air and beyond the deep midwicket boundary.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RAJARAMAN on April 8, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Nothing shocking about SRT's dismissal ... he would have got out soon anyway ... why all this gimmick over nothing ... just accept the decision and move forward

  • Kaustav on April 7, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    It's the IPL & franchise world which brings out such uncharacteristic behavior from people. In his career sachin might have got similar decision in test or odi but never reacted like this...

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Who says the decision was a shocker?....the ball had pitched on leg stump and would have hit leg...even though just....but anyway mi won so no point in debating on that decision

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    It was a surprising decision from umpire on Sachin's dismissal.However I liked the way Harbhajan hit a six on the next ball when Pollard asked him to give the strike.

  • Hitesh on April 7, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    The decision was a shocker..the ball pitched outside of the leg stump but Sachin's should not have reacted in this manner. Apart from his cricketing skills, his fans adminire him for his on-field and off the field behavior..

  • Aruhn on April 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Sad to say, the great master has clearly been losing his respect every possible way...seems failures have affected his inner-calm and balance and he probably fears its close to beyond repair... 1. Disappointing ODI retirement apparently enforced by father Time & BCCI. (A hero like him should've retired to a weeping crowd...that's memory! ) 2. Absolutely no runs in Test cricket past two years, and once again missing his timing in retirement (4-0 vs. Oz was a great chance to go out on a high ) 3. Today's behavior on umpire's decision (he's been a role-model for great on-field behavior for decades ) 4. The way he was needlessly involving in Ricky's on-field captaincy, in an attempt to somehow contribute and feel important... Don't what other shames in store for him...hope not !!

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I think for an lbw decision ball shouldn't pitch outside leg stump. So it is an obvious notout and since all stumps are visible umpire should go in favour of batsman

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Tendulkar cannot be an asset for MI as he is consuming more number of balls and thus decreasing run-rate and adding pressure on others to hit every ball.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    The decision was a shocker it pitched just on the boundary of the legstump line....there was no hawkeye...but it would ve missed leg stump.....had it been someone else they might ve hurled their bat at the umpire

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    You could see the intensity is more this year. Even Sachin loses his temper. I simply love watching this year edition. It is only going to get better.

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