Kolkata v Punjab, IPL 2013, Kolkata

The bail that stayed on

The Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, in Kolkata

Siddarth Ravindran

April 26, 2013

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Gautam Gambhir was bowled for his first single-figure score of the season, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Kolkata, April 26, 2013
Azhar Mahmood responded to a dropped catch by bowling Gautam Gambhir next ball © BCCI

The fortune
One of the common sights this season has been stumps dramatically flying out of the ground, even when the ball has only made slight impact. At Eden Gardens though, at a crucial juncture in the game, not only did the stumps remain firmly lodged in, but even the bails didn't come off. An over after Jacques Kallis was dismissed during Knight Riders' chase, Piyush Chawla bowled a flighted, full delivery to Eoin Morgan. The batsman attempted one of his unique starfish sweeps and missed the ball, which went on to brush leg stump. The leg bail shifted a touch but not enough to fall over, and Morgan survived to take his team within two runs of victory.

The drop
Hardly a match goes by in the IPL without a sitter being put down. Today was no different. In the second over of the chase, Manvinder Bisla chipped a ball towards Mandeep Singh at cover. It wasn't a powerful shot, or one that required Mandeep to dive or move much to either side. It came to Mandeep around head height and should have been easily taken. Instead, Mandeep jumped as he tried to clasp it and it went through his hands. Bisla was on 1 at the time and went on to make 51.

The self-help
Azhar Mahmood was the bowler to be denied a wicket by that Mandeep drop. He responded in the best possible fashion, getting the opposition captain and in-form batsman Gautam Gambhir bowled with an inswinging delivery, making sure he didn't need the help of any of his team-mates for the dismissal. It provided much-needed relief for Mahmood, whose comeback game after a spell on the bench had started with a scratchy seven-ball 2 that extended his horror run with the bat.

The duck
Yusuf Pathan was one of the players Knight Riders built their franchise around when the teams were shuffled in 2011. He has struggled to live up to that top billing ever since, and today was no different. He doesn't bowl much these days, and his main contribution in the field was messing up a regulation stop to concede a boundary. To top off a game to forget, he fell first ball, nicking Mahmood behind after a half-hearted poke.

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Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

If any team is confident of chasing any target set by the opposition , it is CSK who is first in the list . In every match they have played so far , CSK has been chasing successfully six out of eight times . Even on the other two occasions , they would have succeeded but for minor mistakes made by them . CSK has enough batiing fire power to chase a target of even 200 . At best , opposition teams can only do their best and hope for luck to help them . CSK has been the cleverest franchise in their selection policy , which is paying them rich dividents .

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

KKR should create better tracks like RCB and Royals. Not sure what they can expect from Pathan and other big hitters, if they have such a crappy pitch at home. Should have hired text book batsmen like Dravid, Rahane. Not powerful hitters like Pathan. As you may know even Gayle was a failure in KKR.

Posted by TRAM on (April 27, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

All the good Indian fielders are with csk...:-) Shows how much importance Csk management gives for fielding.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

It was the Leg Stump that shifted a bit inward, but the bail did not get dislodged. It was a fine leg Glance by the Leg Stump !

Posted by SidsIPLTeam on (April 26, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Kolkata plays Chennai in Chennai next match. And they really need McCullum in place of Senanayeke. Chennai are very good players of spin. And thus far, Senanayeke has failed to pick-up wickets. So, in these desperate times, with Yusuf & Manoj not showing up, they need to strengthen their batting.

1. There is only one winning strategy vs Chennai. Be lucky, win the toss, bowl first, keep Chennai to a decent score and then chase it with the batting power. 2. No score is safe with Dhoni & Chennai's never ending batting line-up. So, no question with only one bowler Narine.

My XI: Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, McCullum, Morgan, Pathan, Twary, Bhatia, Narine, Balaji, Abdulla/Shami Ahmed

Posted by spitbombs on (April 26, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan is having a very bad time...lets hope he comes out of it and delivers for his team...Bisla played a gem of an innings after his last years cameo in the finals...Good time to get back in form, when his team needs him the most..

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

KKR should bench Pathan! Enough!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

hardly any of those multimillion dollar babies are performing. But todays KKR win is a good sign for us Mumbai Indians fans :P

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