Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Pune April 30, 2013

Dhoni sweeps a fast bowler

Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Pune Warriors and Chennai Super Kings in Pune
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The howler
In their previous game, Chennai Super Kings suffered because of bad umpiring. This time they benefitted when Wriddhiman Saha was caught plumb by Bhuvneshwar Kumar without having scored a run, but the only man that mattered, Subrat Das, disagreed with everybody else watching the match. This is perhaps the biggest conflict of interest: a BCCI product doing its best to make a case for DRS.

The sweep
MS Dhoni playing a sweep is rare enough, but today he kept sweeping Ashok Dinda. The first time he faced Dinda, he went down on one knee and dragged the ball from wide outside off to send it to fine leg for four. Two more attempts followed, with Dhoni missing one, and the other being sent to midwicket for four. The plan to bowl full and wide with a strong off-side field was well and truly foiled.

The overthrow
This was hardly an overthrow, but Dhoni and Suresh Raina stole it. Both the batsmen were happily settled in their respective creases when Dinda, the bowler, failed to collect cleanly, and the ball rolled onto the adjacent pitch. The batsmen sprinted and were helped by a miss from Robin Uthappa, the wicketkeeper. Eventually this was worth more than just one: Dhoni got the strike back and smacked the remaining two balls of the innings for a four and a six.

The let-off
Allan Border won't be proud of Uthappa. In the first over of the chase, the ball slipped out of Ravindra Jadeja's hand, and bounced outside the cut strip. Uthappa started charging towards it, but then let it go. Bowling the first over of an innings for the first time in IPL, Jadeja wasn't complaining. When England toured India last year, Jonathan Trott hit a similar delivery for four in the Nagpur Test. It had slipped out of the hand of … Jadeja.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Dhoni should come out with a fragrance line: Bludgeoned by Dhoni, Smashed by Dhoni & Hammered by Dhoni. Nothing would reach the crowd sooner and would sell by the dozen!!

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I have been wondering why Dhoni holds himself back? A better strategy would have been to have a go at it earlier. He should come at two down, and keep Badrinath to bat till the last over if needed.

  • catsalive on May 1, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Ali_Chaudhary. Tendulkar has won more matches than Dhoni in IPL ? Come on, give me a break. Mumbai has lost matches which they should have won easily because of sachin and a classic example is the IPL finals. Sachin is a gr8 player no doubt, but his ability to perform in crunch situations and when the team is in tatters is below par. This is no just in IPL. Guys like Laxman and Dravid have done better than him in crunch situations. When there is no pressure, as a opening player he is a delight to watch, but the guy cannot play with the tail like VVS can. That's why sachin can never be termed as the world's best.

  • Cricketer_Panki on May 1, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Of all the cricketers i have seen bat under pressure, no one comes even close to the confidence that Dhoni has in his own abilities.... He always seems to know how to build an innings, how and when to change the tempo of an innings...which bowlers to target .... which bowlers to keep out... i mean is that a brain or a computer..... All hail King Dhoni...

  • ladycricfan on May 1, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Why do people compare Sachin and Dhoni? Sachin is a pure batsman. Dhoni is a wicket keeper batsman and captain. Both were/are best in their own fields. Sachin era is (nearly) over. This is Dhoni era now. Appreciate both.

  • sarangsrk on May 1, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @Ali_chaudhary...if match winning factor is rubbish, you should watch some other sport like tennis where an individual's success and failures also speak of his total success. Dhoni has done it time and again for India and CSK when it matters most. Whats the point of scoring 600 odd runs in a WC and then failing in the final when you need it most? his 45 runs yes'day were the diff between a below par total and a challenging total. CSK might still have won even if they had 130 on board but 160 made PWI desperate for runs from start. Btw..plz get your facts right about Cook/Lara, Gilly/Dujon, Andy Flower/Mongia, Akmal etc. These comparisons are rubbish. I am a big fan of all of these and ofcourse, Sachin but its a team sport in the end and personal records always come second to a team win.

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Tendulkar may have all the records....but Dhoni showed how to win matches.

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Bcci has to start another tournament 40/40, excusively for Sachin,Gilchrist,, Sangakara and Ricky Ponting.