Chennai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Chennai April 22, 2013

An irritated Dravid, and an off day for Jadeja

The Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, in Chennai

The direct hit

Rahul Dravid may be 40 years old, and retired from international cricket, but already in this IPL he has shown sparks of brilliance in the field. There was the reflex one-handed catch of Robin Uthappa against Pune Warriors earlier, and this time, with Chennai Super Kings seeming cruising to victory, he produced a slide-rule throw from backward point that caught Man-of-the-Match Michael Hussey short of his ground, and pulled Rajasthan Royals back into the game.

The misfields

Soon after that terrific bit of fielding, and with the match heading for a tense finish, Dravid misfielded in the covers to concede the extra run, which brought Dhoni back on strike. Dravid kicked the air in frustration at the mistake. Dhoni hit the next ball for four, increasing Dravid's annoyance. To top it off, the next delivery came towards Dravid and should have been a single. He collected cleanly and tossed the ball up, in disappointment at his previous miss. In an attempt to snatch the ball with his right hand, he only succeeding in slapping the ball away and conceded another run.

The wide

Ravindra Jadeja had a sensational game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, taking three wickets and scoring a 14-ball 36 on a track everyone else struggled on. Things didn't work out as well for him today, as Shane Watson whacked him around the stadium. His first two overs were taken for 27, and the first ball of his third was clubbed for six by Watson. Jadeja was clearly under pressure, so much so that his second delivery was hurled so far outside off that it would have been a wide even in a Test. More displays like these, and the Sir Jadeja jokes will quickly die out.

The offbreak

"Two things you should never do: cut a spinner and pat a burning dog," Matt Prior famously said. Ajinkya Rahane learned the value of that cricketing advice in the eighth over of the match. Chennai Super Kings' trump bowler R Ashwin, who has bowled plenty of legspinners this season, got a flighted offbreak to spin in a long way. Rahane shaped for the cut but the sharp turn was too good for him, and the ball crashed into the stumps, to end a breakneck opening partnership. "Ash good as it gets," said the giant screen.

The evasive action

With Watson in a murderous mood, it wasn't only the Super Kings bowlers who were at the receiving end. In the fifth over, Watson hammered a flighted delivery from Ashwin straight back down the ground. It was a flat hit that screamed towards the umpire, who seemed set for a painful blow. At the last moment, though, he leapt as though performing a jumping jack and the ball zipped between his legs for four. The next delivery was almost punched back - not with as much power though - and the umpire had to duck to get out of the way this time.

The miss

Watson could have been dismissed as early as the fifth over. After powering his way to 32, he pushed the ball to the right of Suresh Raina at extra cover and set off for a non-existent single. Raina is one of the best fielders in the tournament, and he was onto the ball quickly. He had only one stump to aim at, and missed - with Watson already having given up.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinod on April 23, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    though glad that CSK won it, i really felt for Rahul Dravid. those misfields from the great man were very uncharacterisitic of him!!! and about Rahane, although he appears to be in good form, most of the time he gets out to great balls which were never bowled in the rest of the innings.

  • soumyas on April 23, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Siddarth Ravindran..." More displays like these, and the Sir Jadeja jokes will quickly die out".... No way, Actually the "Sir Jadeja" Jokes started sarcastic way on internet, because of his bad performance over 3 years and yet getting selected for Indian team... But after couple of gud performances by Jadeja, Dhoni and some commentators started using it authentically...Anyway he is most over hyped cricketer in India.

  • Prince on April 23, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    "Do not cut a spinner?.. whadya talking about man??"" --- Brian Lara

  • Kumaravel on April 23, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    csk didn't feel the bite in the bowling. guys went on and on and no one couldn't stop them really

  • Ali on April 23, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    never cut an off spinner ---- I did it once -- a glorious shot that was sure to be a 4 .... I thought I hit is so hard, the silly fielder had no chance .....

    I was trying to force the opposing team to take out the silly fielders , so there would be less of a chance of a bat/pad catch when I defended ..

    the ball stuck in the silly fielder's hand...

    he was shocked ... after the game he told me, he never saw the ball , he only felt the pain as it hit his hand , and that he would not be able to bat for a few days ...

    but... the rule was maintained

    never cut an off-spinner ...


  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    'More displays like this'....u can't be so inconsiderate

  • zeus on April 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    This is the best combination for CSK this season. Hope they settle with this soon:

    Hussey, Vijay, Du plessis, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nannes/Morris, Sharma

  • Ashif on April 23, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    @Sach_Vir you're right mate. That was a very poor bit of play there. Looking at the context those 3 runs Rahul leaked in 2 misfields were so critical. It also took the sheen off of his superb run out.

  • Jo on April 22, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    good to see it getting under skin for even big name cool heads. It would 've been a last ball finish, had Dravid stopped those singles. But you know, you can only see the difference at the end of the game, not at those kind of stages.

  • TR on April 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    The "Sir" tittle was given because his name figured in the Indian team very for a long time with no performance by him. Another player in similar situation was Rohit Sharma but people chose NohitSharma instead of the 'Sir' for him. Also 'Sir' has mystical power when said as 'Sir Ravindra Jadeja' ... say it 1008 times.