Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Pune April 17, 2013

Bhuvneshwar's ripper, and Rahul's persistence

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Pune Warriors and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune
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Bhuvneshwar's ripper

In every match he plays, there is at least one Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery that makes you stop and say 'wow'. Often, it is the way batsmen are caught by surprise that magnifies the impact. In his second over, Bhuvneshwar bowled Parthiv Patel with a delivery that did not do what the batsman expected it to - swing back in. The next ball did, though. It swerved back sharply into Cameron White, with the same result. White was stuck on the crease and was in no position to keep it out.

De Kock's disappointing start

Quinton de Kock was considered good enough for the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara to drop himself in favour of the 20-year old South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman. White, the stand-in captain, said Sangakkara would not have played in Chennai against Chennai Super Kings (on April 25) anyway, so effectively, de Kock had three games to get going. He started disappointingly in his first game, making 2 off 8 before holing out to Mitchell Marsh at cover.

Perera's carelessness

Sunrisers held back big-hitter Thisara Perera, but they had to send him with the score at 41 for 5 in the tenth over. Perera had half the innings to himself, but his approach did not take that into account. He almost yorked himself trying to drive his first ball, went for another drive off his third and got away with a single to third man. He was out off his fourth ball, going for another big drive and edging to the keeper.

Rahul's persistence

In the tenth over, Karan Sharma tried to turn a Rahul Sharma legbreak to the leg side, but it popped up in the air close to the crease. Rahul's appeal for leg-before to umpire Asad Rauf went on and on. He paused, then started shouting again. He took a break once more, and would have probably resumed but Rauf was convinced. Rahul's team-mates did not seem too interested in the appeal but, as replays showed, the ball had hit the flap of the pad in front of the stumps.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TRAM on April 19, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Mark my words: Bhuvaneshwar and SDhawan are the future of India.

  • sportslover86 on April 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I want to see BK and PK bowling together on a seaming track. Both are able to produce some great wicket taking deliveries.

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @ TNAmarkFromIndia : why no perera, he is the leading wicket taker for SRH in this edition

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 18, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    They need to get Luke Wright in. Chuck Suman and bring in the off-spinner Parvez Rasool. This is what the team should be:

    1. Robin Uthappa 2. Aaron Finch 3. Luke Wright 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. Steve Smith 6. Mitchell Marsh 7. Abhishek Nayar 8. Parvez Rasool 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Ashok Dinda

    Aaron Finch could be captain. He led the Melbourne Renegades side.

  • Johnny_129 on April 18, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Congrats on an excellent performance to Mishra. Mishra comes across as an old-fashioned, hard-working cricketer with some talent. Indian cricket needs more players like Mishra (and Pujara) instead of the modern day attitudes such as Rohit and Kohli - In saying that, Kohli is performing on the field so that's commendable. However, if he does not practice humility then he will struggle during the inevitable tough times. Furthermore, he does not serve as a good role model for youngsters whereas Mishra does.

  • GRVJPR on April 18, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    @Abhishek_Banerji Piyush has also done well just like mishra. Both are among the best economy and highest wicket takers.

  • Yoker111 on April 18, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Luke, Mattews, Samuels and Mendis needs to be in the Pune playing 11.

  • on April 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Ross taylor is failing and Mitchell Marsh should be dropped, in for Samuels and Mendis.

  • Winsome on April 17, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Plays of the day should include Pune's brainfades. It was quite something to watch that level of stupidity. Marsh started it and boy didn't he know it. The look on his face after he got back to the dugout.

  • on April 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    still some Piyush chawla is preferred over Mishra when it comes to representing the country

  • TRAM on April 19, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Mark my words: Bhuvaneshwar and SDhawan are the future of India.

  • sportslover86 on April 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I want to see BK and PK bowling together on a seaming track. Both are able to produce some great wicket taking deliveries.

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @ TNAmarkFromIndia : why no perera, he is the leading wicket taker for SRH in this edition

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 18, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    They need to get Luke Wright in. Chuck Suman and bring in the off-spinner Parvez Rasool. This is what the team should be:

    1. Robin Uthappa 2. Aaron Finch 3. Luke Wright 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. Steve Smith 6. Mitchell Marsh 7. Abhishek Nayar 8. Parvez Rasool 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Ashok Dinda

    Aaron Finch could be captain. He led the Melbourne Renegades side.

  • Johnny_129 on April 18, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Congrats on an excellent performance to Mishra. Mishra comes across as an old-fashioned, hard-working cricketer with some talent. Indian cricket needs more players like Mishra (and Pujara) instead of the modern day attitudes such as Rohit and Kohli - In saying that, Kohli is performing on the field so that's commendable. However, if he does not practice humility then he will struggle during the inevitable tough times. Furthermore, he does not serve as a good role model for youngsters whereas Mishra does.

  • GRVJPR on April 18, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    @Abhishek_Banerji Piyush has also done well just like mishra. Both are among the best economy and highest wicket takers.

  • Yoker111 on April 18, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Luke, Mattews, Samuels and Mendis needs to be in the Pune playing 11.

  • on April 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Ross taylor is failing and Mitchell Marsh should be dropped, in for Samuels and Mendis.

  • Winsome on April 17, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Plays of the day should include Pune's brainfades. It was quite something to watch that level of stupidity. Marsh started it and boy didn't he know it. The look on his face after he got back to the dugout.

  • on April 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    still some Piyush chawla is preferred over Mishra when it comes to representing the country

  • Nampally on April 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I have 3 turning point plays of the day. 1. When SRH rallied from 44 for 6 in 10.4 overs to 119 total . 2. When Pune started the innings to come within a brace of victory with score of 107 for 6 . 3. Mishra in one over finished off the Pune batting from 107 for 6 to 108 all out! One lesson to be learnt is "Never say Die" attitude pays rich dividends. SRH fought all the way to snatch victory from the Pune Warriors. PW were so close to winning TWICE - yet so far to lose by 11 runs. Well Done guys.

  • SamAsh07 on April 17, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    It was de Kock's first game and he's just 20. I don't think anyone coming from a domestic tournament to the IPL would've expected so much crowd, noise, buzz etc. The atmosphere is hard to swallow on your first run so I can see he had those "debut nerves" and it was clearly evident in the way he batted. I'm sure he'll come back strongly if given more chances, put faith in your youngsters if you want them to unleash their potential. I learnt this from Gilchrist with Mandeep Singh's latest performance being the prime example.

  • Burrp on April 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Excuse Me...! Did any one pressed 'Self Destruct' button for Pune!!!??? Pune had completely Asphyxiated from 101/4 in 17 ov to 108 all out in 19 overs. SRH had pulled a ripper of a match. Thanks to the bowling performance again. I am not sure how many times SRH will fail in batting. They are not able to post 140+ also. Some one has to lift the team in batting wise. One or two off days in bowling is fine but it is the batting which is causing a big concern. Hope the team addresses this well. SRH will play next match on Apr 19 and then a week time for the next match. Points table will be shuffled a lot and SRH has to strike the bull's eye in the second round else it is very difficult. Good Luck SRH!!!!

  • on April 17, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    SRH we love you bunch of guyssss... awesome

  • Rohit_06 on April 17, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    As i had said earlier angelo mathews shudnt be in the team..... Ross taylor shud be made the captain...... All mathews had to do was rotate the strike and score singles... But what he did was try to prove thayt he is a good hitter of the ball... With steyn spell being pedesstrian PSW seemed determined to commit suicide to others bowling... Congrats PSW you were successfull

  • Simster23 on April 17, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Also. Mishra's all-round display, 30 off 24 and 4/19, including a hat trick.

  • Rohit_06 on April 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Psw dont desrve to be in the ipl..... With such a batting line up 120 shud have been a cakewalk..... But what happened is that all the psw batsmen tried to show that how good a striker of a ball they are when all they needed was to just rotate the strike... Psw batting harakiri can be gauged from the fact that although steyn didnt get any wicket and went for 30 runs / still lost.... Just needed a sensible head in the middle order....

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  • Rohit_06 on April 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Psw dont desrve to be in the ipl..... With such a batting line up 120 shud have been a cakewalk..... But what happened is that all the psw batsmen tried to show that how good a striker of a ball they are when all they needed was to just rotate the strike... Psw batting harakiri can be gauged from the fact that although steyn didnt get any wicket and went for 30 runs / still lost.... Just needed a sensible head in the middle order....

  • Simster23 on April 17, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Also. Mishra's all-round display, 30 off 24 and 4/19, including a hat trick.

  • Rohit_06 on April 17, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    As i had said earlier angelo mathews shudnt be in the team..... Ross taylor shud be made the captain...... All mathews had to do was rotate the strike and score singles... But what he did was try to prove thayt he is a good hitter of the ball... With steyn spell being pedesstrian PSW seemed determined to commit suicide to others bowling... Congrats PSW you were successfull

  • on April 17, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    SRH we love you bunch of guyssss... awesome

  • Burrp on April 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Excuse Me...! Did any one pressed 'Self Destruct' button for Pune!!!??? Pune had completely Asphyxiated from 101/4 in 17 ov to 108 all out in 19 overs. SRH had pulled a ripper of a match. Thanks to the bowling performance again. I am not sure how many times SRH will fail in batting. They are not able to post 140+ also. Some one has to lift the team in batting wise. One or two off days in bowling is fine but it is the batting which is causing a big concern. Hope the team addresses this well. SRH will play next match on Apr 19 and then a week time for the next match. Points table will be shuffled a lot and SRH has to strike the bull's eye in the second round else it is very difficult. Good Luck SRH!!!!

  • SamAsh07 on April 17, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    It was de Kock's first game and he's just 20. I don't think anyone coming from a domestic tournament to the IPL would've expected so much crowd, noise, buzz etc. The atmosphere is hard to swallow on your first run so I can see he had those "debut nerves" and it was clearly evident in the way he batted. I'm sure he'll come back strongly if given more chances, put faith in your youngsters if you want them to unleash their potential. I learnt this from Gilchrist with Mandeep Singh's latest performance being the prime example.

  • Nampally on April 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I have 3 turning point plays of the day. 1. When SRH rallied from 44 for 6 in 10.4 overs to 119 total . 2. When Pune started the innings to come within a brace of victory with score of 107 for 6 . 3. Mishra in one over finished off the Pune batting from 107 for 6 to 108 all out! One lesson to be learnt is "Never say Die" attitude pays rich dividends. SRH fought all the way to snatch victory from the Pune Warriors. PW were so close to winning TWICE - yet so far to lose by 11 runs. Well Done guys.

  • on April 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    still some Piyush chawla is preferred over Mishra when it comes to representing the country

  • Winsome on April 17, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Plays of the day should include Pune's brainfades. It was quite something to watch that level of stupidity. Marsh started it and boy didn't he know it. The look on his face after he got back to the dugout.

  • on April 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Ross taylor is failing and Mitchell Marsh should be dropped, in for Samuels and Mendis.