Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Mohali April 10, 2013

'They're not playing run outs any more'

Plays of the day from the match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, in Mohali

The mystery call

In the seventh over of the chase, with Super Kings coasting, Kings XI Punjab seemed to have found an opening when Ryan Harris arrowed in a throw from mid-off that seemingly had Michael Hussey run-out. Hussey had put in the perfect dive, stretching flat out but looked fractionally short. The third umpire watched endless replays and though there was no conclusive evidence that Hussey was in, the giant screen flashed 'Not out'. Even Hussey and Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming were surprised by the decision. Rarely has a batsman got such a generous benefit of doubt. As Adam Gilchrist said at the post-match ceremony, "They're not playing run outs any more".

The triple threat
On the fifth ball of the 11th over, Super Kings had three chances of getting a wicket. First up, the bowler R Ashwin belted out a loud lbw appeal against Gurkeerat Singh, only for it to be turned down. The ball rolled off the pads in the direction of square leg, and there was major confusion over whether to take a leg-bye. The non-striker David Hussey hesitated, and would have been run-out by yards if MS Dhoni had hit direct. Dhoni missed, and there was an overthrow. Hussey motored back for the second, and though there was a direct hit this time, he made it in time. Rarely has there been a more action-packed delivery.

The drop
Super Kings pride themselves on being one of the better fielding sides in the tournament. With the likes of Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Michael Hussey and Ravindra Jadeja in the line-up, it is a well-earned reputation. M Vijay is also usually a safe fielder, but he put down a regulation chance at mid-off to reprieve Kings XI's most important batsman, David Hussey. In the sixth over, Hussey moved away from the stumps and mistimed the ball towards Vijay. It went flat towards the fielder, but Vijay didn't move forward quickly enough, and by the time he reacted it was too low for him to clasp the ball properly. Chris Morris, on IPL debut, was the unlucky bowler, and covered his face in disappointment at missing out on his first wicket in the tournament.

The attempt
There have already been some spectacular catches this season, and Bravo nearly added to the list with a stunning effort. Ashwin bowled a legspinner which Gurkeerat hammered towards long-off, and the ball seemed destined for a six; Bravo, who was a few metres in from the rope, hared across to his left and towards the boundary before leaping with his right arm outstretched. While in mid-air, he nearly latched on to the ball, but his extraordinary effort only ended up saving his team two runs, as the ball dribbled to the boundary for four.

The innovation
Towards the end of the innings, batsmen will run for everything, even for byes when the ball goes straight through to the keeper. To counter that, Dhoni decided to keep wickets with only his left glove on, allowing him to collect the ball and throw immediately. The strategy, previously used by Dinesh Karthik in the IPL, paid off for Super Kings in the final over. When Parvinder Awana failed to connect on his fourth ball in a row, Praveen Kumar decided to try steal a bye, but Dhoni's dead-eye throw caught him well short.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Senthil on April 11, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Had this been a closer game, we would have remembered more of the moments. The 2nd half was very clinical sedate, and dropping a catch, missing a stumping and getting that touchy run out call were not great to watch, but were the only punctuations in CSK's relentless display. With the kind of batting to come, nobody really would have doubted the outcome, but when a team is already down, this sort of thing is even more disappointing. Hope KXIP can shake this off and get a move on.

  • Yayathy on April 11, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    The same technique was used by Dhoni well before IPL against Newzealand. There he used to remove his glove moments before collecting the ball

  • Senthil on April 10, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    So Dinesh Karthik already used this technique of using "keep wickets with only his left glove on" so that they can use the right hand to accurately throw down the stumps. I thought this is the first time and unique. Anyway, I m really impressed with this technique. I hope more and more wicketkeepers will start to use this technique not to concede byes during the end overs. Great Innovation. IPL really gives many innovations :-)

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    They may be kings, but Punjab were no match for the 'Super Kings'.. Moreover, CSK is the only team in which 5 batsmen have crossed 1000 runs in IPL.. Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Badrinath! Would have loved a tight finish, but as a CSK fan I am certainly not complaining..

  • Raj on April 10, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Really??! I saw the replays without Audio. I came to the conclusion it was too close to call and hence NOT OUT since the benefit of the doubt always goes to the batsman. It is definitely not as controversial as you make this out to be. It was a boring one sided match and this was the only item we could highlight.. It is getting the attention because of that fact , may be...

  • malik on April 10, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    I wonder why the hawk eye technology used in tennis cannot be used for run outs in cricket. To justify wrong decisions as part of the game or that there are worse situations is not logical. Decisions must be as correct as possible.

  • Parthiban on April 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I really do not know why most of them make loud noise on the run out appeal as there were more situations worse than this and has given not out. It is all in the game. Even given out, CSK would have won the match quite comprehensively.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Surprising how such shocking decisions cannot be over-ruled given that Mike Hussey's wicket at that stage could have had some impact on the match. Unfortunately, this is not the first time such decisions are being made. We have seen quite a few of these during the recently concluded test series in SA and in India. Make us wonder what more Technology has to do to help the 3rd Umpires??

  • Pranav Kumar on April 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    In one way, Raina was in my Fantasy Team, so I wish Hussey had been out. :( In the other, as a CSK fan, I enjoyed watching the 'Not Out', haha.

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