Kolkata v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 14, 2013

Morgan asks Perera to go bare-knuckle

Plays from the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata

The mistake
Young Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Hanuma Vihari might have got Chris Gayle with his first IPL delivery, but giving him the second over today - ahead of two specialist spinners - proved to be a mistake. Bowling to Indian opening batsmen, Vihari delivered from round the stumps and flat. Manvinder Bisla took him for two fours, Gautam Gambhir one. Kolkata Knight Riders never struggled for momentum after that.

The eye
Eoin Morgan had a Sachin Tendulkar moment when in the 18th over he asked the bowler Thisara Perera to remove all the bandages on the fingers of his bowling hand. Perera had no choice but to oblige. Morgan must have begun to sight the ball much better: the next four legal deliveries went for four, six, four, four.

The yorkers
Slower balls might be all the rage nowadays, but Sunrisers at least would have realised today that there is no substitute for a good old-fashioned yorker. They were assaulted ruthlessly by Morgan and Jacques Kallis in the last five overs as the bowlers went through the whole catalogue of their variations, but Ishant Sharma finally produced two yorkers to end the innings. Kallis faced both of them, and could manage only one run.

The catch
The fielding in this IPL has been a bit of a mixed bag, but there has been a quite amazing highlight reel of some sensational catches. Yusuf Pathan added to it today with one overhead at long-on. Cameron White had just about got going with back-to-back fours in the 11th over of the chase, but Yusuf cut short that resurgence with his highness. White had thought he had hit Kallis for a six, but he hadn't reckoned for the tall Yusuf, who jumped about three feet in the air and caught it at full stretch.

The miss
It was inconsequential for the match, but could end up having a bearing on whether Sunil Narine gets the purple cap. Perera tried to hit Narine for a second straight six, but mis-hit flat for what looked like a sitter for Morgan at long-on. However, Morgan lost the ball in the lights, and instead ran for cover lest the ball lands on his head. After that, he seemed to point that the flood-light tower is a bit low. He will get a taste of lower lights when he plays in Mohali in two days' time.

The celebration
For a man who said before the start of the match he doesn't know why the hell injuries keep chasing him, Manoj Tiwary is not the most cautious player on the field. Twice he took catches in Sunrisers' chase, and twice he kicked the ball hard in jubilation. The last thing an injury-prone player would want to do is get hit by a hard cricket ball on the ankle when celebrating a catch.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Phani on April 15, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    If we observe closely, none of the srilankan player are performing at their best in this IPL. ( except for one innings of Mahela)....does it have anything to do with Players not allowed in Chennai.....? Sanga, Mathews, Dilshan - horrified performances, Mahela, Malinga, Murali, Perare - Very Much below par...Fingers Crosssed!

  • Lester on April 15, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Sanga should drop himself as he did last year and give the captaincy to Darren Sammy who is a natural leader and also a good all rounder

  • Prasad on April 15, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Who thinks Parthiv Patel is a specialist batsmen and more so ever in T20s? He has no strokes at all, just the slash to the square of wicket on off and a shot which is mixture of leg glance and dab. And the start in this match is the best he can give. And you want to chase 180. LOL

  • amit on April 15, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    I thinks all player of kkr play well in this game. In KKR team there is 12 players b/z kallis is a good batsman nd a good bowler. Tiwari takes 3 catches nd Yusuf takes 1. Only white is in form in opposition..there is lack of in batting strength in SRH... Morgon done very well nd Bisla is also batted well.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Yeah True... Kallis IS the man of the match... Without him 180 was inmpossible and 3 for 13 in 4 overs is absolutely brilliant in this spin-friendly pitch.

  • deon on April 14, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    gambhir m.o.m?? kallis much better strikerate and 3 wix for nuthn! is that why its called the indian premier league? :-)

  • suresh kumar on April 14, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    sangakkara is a good captain, but not a good t20 player. He need to realize the reality of his team's batting powerhouse as neither in the team including white does not possess enough batting fire power and he needs to step up in coming days to carry the team forward. How long does the team wins by only having one classical batsmen who fails regularly and one occassional power hitter?. May dhawan in later stages of ipl could provide enough firepower at the top.