Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Gayle's cool fall, and Sreesanth's reprieve

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur

Sidharth Monga

April 29, 2013

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Chris Gayle watches a sweep shot race to the boundary, Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 29, 2013
Chillin' like a villain: Chris Gayle make his fall seem cool © BCCI
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The view
The best view - as you will know if you have played snooker - is from the same level as the ball is. In the first over of the match, Chris Gayle tried to sweep Ajit Chandila, slipped, and landed on his face. However, instead of looking embarrassed he lay down there and watched the ball travel all the way to the square-leg boundary for four. As if watching TV from the bed.

The reaction
When Shane Watson removed Gayle with an innocuous shortish delivery outside off, he didn't exult as bowlers who get Gayle should. Gayle had already scored 34 off 16, but this was still a huge wicket. Watson just smiled with his face brighter than ever. It began as a smile of relief, then glee, and it stayed just as wide until he had walked past Gayle and to the cordon.

The reprieve
In the 12th over, AB de Villiers lobbed Stuart Binny straight to deep cover, but Sreesanth was too charged up, ran in too far, completely misjudged the catch, and watched it lob him like a tennis player after playing a poor approach shot. And no, he couldn't have lost it in the setting sun because the sun was behind him.

That was not the reprieve, though. The reprieve was for Sreesanth. His captain, Rahul Dravid, threw him the ball and asked him to right the wrong. He responded with a wide half-volley, but de Villiers lofted it to the deep cover again, and this time James Faulkner took the catch easily, despite the sun being in his eye. Sreesanth was relieved, and followed it up with six dot balls in a row.

The slower balls
Faulkner has been bowling back-of-the-hand slower balls well, but as with all good and bad things excess is not good. In the final over of the Royal Challengers innings, with the visitors stuck and the final kick nowhere in sight, his slower ball became predictable, and R Vinay Kumar smote two of them over long-on for massive sixes. When Faulkner corrected the length, Vinay smote that length ball too. Not how you wish somebody on a birthday.

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Posted by sane1 on (April 30, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

The Feature of Rahul Dravid's Captaincy and the Royals Management has been their willingness, to break a winning combination, to rotate players, to give the Bench Warmers a chance. Also, Dravid's willingness, to shuffle the top order, to surprise the opposition. It is not just the wins for the Royals, but the manner in which they have been going about it. Hats Off. And Dravid, it is a pleasure to see him, brimming with confidence on the field. Cant help but imagine, if he had got better support, when he was the Indian captain, what difference he would have made to Indian Cricket

Posted by sane1 on (April 30, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

The Feature of Rahul Dravid's Captaincy and the Royals Management has been their willingness, to break a winning combination, to rotate players, to give the Bench Warmers a chance. Also, Dravid's willingness, to shuffle the top order, to surprise the opposition. It is not just the wins for the Royals, but the manner in which they have been going about it. Hats Off. And Dravid, it is a pleasure to see him, brimming with confidence on the field. Cant help but imagine, if he had got better support, when he was the Indian captain, what difference he would have made to Indian Cricket

Posted by Nampally on (April 29, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

A determined RR downed RCB's batting dominance. I certainly agree Watson's dismissal of Watson was the first play of the day. Without Gayle, RCB did not have any dominant batsman with huge S/R. My second play of the day was RR's batting showing guts with consistent S/R around 130 or above by Dravid, Samson, Watson & Hodge which chased down the RCB total. Of course Samson had a S/R of >150. Best play of the day was RR showing when there is team spirit even relatively unknown guys can rise to the occasion. You don't win single handedly via Chris Gayle's batting!

Posted by Javed_17 on (April 29, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Excellent team rajasthan is. I am extremely impressed with the performance with the ball they received the wood then returned the like of it to the opposition really impressive stuff.. In the first season of ipl relatively unheard of players : yusuf pathan, 'sir' ravindra jadeja made their mark as t20 specialists on a rr side, now it seems its samson's turn. Well done son

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