Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 27, 2013

Sammy's pacifier celebration

Plays of the day for the match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Jaipur
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The promotion
If you're a legspinner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, be prepared to bat at No.5. On Thursday, to everyone's surprise, Amit Mishra walked in at that position and didn't quite satisfy his role as the pinch-hitter scoring 15 off 21. In Jaipur, with Sunrisers reeling at 7 for 3 after two overs, the team management didn't fail to surprise again, promoting Karan Sharma. For the second time, the experiment failed, as Sharma tried pulling Faulkner and got a top edge to fine leg. Any legspinners left to promote?

The drop
Rahul Dravid, one of the game's safest catchers, pulled off one of the tournament's headline catches when he showed off his reflexes at midwicket against Pune Warriors, taking a one-handed catch. His reflexes weren't as sharp today, when he stretched his right hand at extra cover and failed to catch Ashish Reddy. Dravid appeared to move a bit late towards the ball and only ended up patting the ball away. It was a chancy innings by Reddy, who was dropped again, by Stuart Binny, three balls later.

The celebration
Darren Sammy delayed his arrival for the IPL to be at home for the birth of his daughter, who he calls Princess Skai. Never shy of showing off his colourful celebrations, usually a dance move, Sammy had a treat for his little girl when he reached his fifty, his first in T20s. He took out the baby pacifier tied around his neck and sucked on it, bringing his arms together for a cradling action.

The half-hearted appeal
Shane Watson was starting to look dangerous against the spinners, punishing anything marginally short. When Mishra bowled a flatter one, Watson pounced it down the pitch and the ball brushed the stump, knocking the bails down with Dravid out of the crease. Mishra appealed half-heartedly, appearing unsure whether he got a finger to the ball. Shortly after, Sunrisers withdrew the appeal. Should be good for their Fairplay points.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 28, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    I hated the fact that RR let them go beyond 100 runs after having them at 29/6 with their wayward bowling. I was really angry. But sammy's celebration made it worth watching and my anger melt away. Though I'm a staunch RR fan, I'm happy that sammy got a fifty and I got to see that celebration. No matter which team they belong to, you just love the West Indians. Btw fair play points for SRH? Wouldn't mishra know that a ball struck so hard by Watson touched his fingers or not? It was a fake appeal. SRH should lose fair play points. And the fact that mishra made this appeal against such a senior and fair statesman of the game-Dravid, makes his sin even more unforgivable. They took their appeal back only to save themselves some embarrassment as the fact that the ball didnt touch him was clearly visible on screen. If the screen could not show conclusively that the ball touched his fingers or not, I doubt they'd have taken their appeal back.

  • on April 28, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    I hated the fact that RR let them go beyond 100 runs after having them at 29/6 with their wayward bowling. I was really angry. But sammy's celebration made it worth watching and my anger melt away. Though I'm a staunch RR fan, I'm happy that sammy got a fifty and I got to see that celebration. No matter which team they belong to, you just love the West Indians. Btw fair play points for SRH? Wouldn't mishra know that a ball struck so hard by Watson touched his fingers or not? It was a fake appeal. SRH should lose fair play points. And the fact that mishra made this appeal against such a senior and fair statesman of the game-Dravid, makes his sin even more unforgivable. They took their appeal back only to save themselves some embarrassment as the fact that the ball didnt touch him was clearly visible on screen. If the screen could not show conclusively that the ball touched his fingers or not, I doubt they'd have taken their appeal back.

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  • on April 28, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    I hated the fact that RR let them go beyond 100 runs after having them at 29/6 with their wayward bowling. I was really angry. But sammy's celebration made it worth watching and my anger melt away. Though I'm a staunch RR fan, I'm happy that sammy got a fifty and I got to see that celebration. No matter which team they belong to, you just love the West Indians. Btw fair play points for SRH? Wouldn't mishra know that a ball struck so hard by Watson touched his fingers or not? It was a fake appeal. SRH should lose fair play points. And the fact that mishra made this appeal against such a senior and fair statesman of the game-Dravid, makes his sin even more unforgivable. They took their appeal back only to save themselves some embarrassment as the fact that the ball didnt touch him was clearly visible on screen. If the screen could not show conclusively that the ball touched his fingers or not, I doubt they'd have taken their appeal back.