Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Chennai April 28, 2013

Nannes' marathon over

The Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai

The byes
This is one of the rare instances in any cricket. Dirk Nannes bounds in, bowls short of a length, beats the pull, hits the top of off. Four runs to the batting side. That's because this was a free hit, and the ricochet bounced over the cordon for four byes.

The over
Marlon Samuels can finish his T20 full spells in the time it took Nannes to bowl the first over of the chase. He began with a wide down the leg side that MS Dhoni failed to collect, followed by a front-foot no-ball. The free hit hit the bails and went for four byes. One legal ball, 10 conceded, none off the bat. Three uneventful deliveries later, Nannes bowled another wide. The nine-ball over went for 18. Only six of them came off the bat.

The field
Kolkata Knight Riders were taken to the cleaners by Michael Hussey, but Gautam Gambhir showed he is an optimistic soul with the field he welcomed the new batsman with after finally getting Hussey out for 95. It was the 16th over, and Chennai Super Kings were 158 for 2, but Dhoni walked out to face Sunil Narine with a slip and a silly mid-off. Dhoni played out a dot, which he would have probably done anyway considering it was the last ball of Narine's quota.

The shot
In the 13th over of the Super Kings innings, Hussey went down on a knee to sweep, and Rajat Bhatia changed the delivery to bowl wide outside off. However, despite the premeditation, Hussey had enough time to change the shot, and drive it square, between point and cover-point for four. Hussey tried the sweep off the next ball too, Bhatia bowled wide and full again, but this time Hussey couldn't recover in time, and could get just the single off the full toss.

The wide that wasn't
In the 18th over of the first innings, with Dhoni's killer intent obvious to all, L Balaji bowled a perfect wide yorker, which swung in a touch, and bounced inside the white guide line for a wide. This being a batsman's game, though, Simon Taufel penalised him for it by calling it a wide. Balaji responded with a trademark grin, but he must have hurt inside. That was not the total cost of the call; the compensatory delivery, the seventh of the over, went for the first four of that over, ruining an otherwise good over.

The run-out that wasn't
Three balls after missing Jacques Kallis' stumping, MS Dhoni pulled off what should have been a spectacular run-out. Manvinder Bisla was taking it easy when Dhoni deflected a wide throw - with his back to the stumps - onto the stumps. The replays showed Bisla's bat was clearly in the air. Everyone agreed, but the third umpire C Shamsuddin, who saw hundreds of replays before ruling it not-out. One for those who knock Super Kings for the umpiring calls going their way.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bored on April 29, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Why the umpire gave it not out: He had two frames. Between frames, the action happened. First frame, bat in air. Second frame, Bat on ground. However, first frame: Bails not dislodged. Second frame: Bails completely dislodged. The one-frame-in-between would have solved it. But in this borderline scenario, I think the benefit of the doubt rightly went to the batsman.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Nannes is famous for bowling wide down the legside or wide up the offside. He never bowls the ball to the stick. There are conditions you need to bowl accordingly, if you follow ur own traditional methodology, this is what will happen

  • Sakthi on April 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Nannes is really good bowler, he will come back strongly. But issue with CSK is that if one bowler went for a lot other side also runs are leaking. Any way Morris is excellent find for CSK. If bravo and sharma did bowl well then CSK is the team to beat.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    This is not the 1st time umpiring decisions have gone against CSK. I can name 'n' no. of occasions when CSK was at the receiving end.

  • Matrix on April 28, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    International fast bowlers are riding just a hype. Indian fast bowlers such as Buvaneshwar Kumar and Dawal Kulkarni are doing far better job . This match between KKR and CSK is an eye opner for all teams and local fast bowlers are going to fetch nice price. That aside , CSK nees to fire its bowling coach Andy Bichel and get Venkatesh Prasan from RCB.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Out of the remaining 7 matches, if chennai wins just 3 then they are in the play-offs. They can experiment with faf, albie etc and even make changes in the batting order. The one area they've to improve is the death bowling. They are the most balanced and consistent team where the entire team contributes. Whistle podu!!

  • JAYARAMAN on April 28, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    It is extremely surprising to see in IPL 6 and also in earlier seasons, many bowlers of international repute bowling too any short balls and wides. All first class bowlers are expected to bowl on one side of the wicket mainly off side. Yet we see to many balls outside the leg stump and consequently declared wides.

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