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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on April 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

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

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