Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 1, 2013

Tendulkar v Steyn

Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad

The shots
Great fast bowler against great batsman. Sachin Tendulkar easily won the mini-bout against Dale Steyn. Tendulkar was punching the outswingers crisply but finding the field when Steyn angled in a couple with a scrambled seam. The first one was whipped powerfully in the air, but finer than Tendulkar intended, to the deep square leg boundary. The second went exactly where the batsman wanted it to, a smooth forward stride followed by an authoritative loft over mid-on.

The delivery
Tendulkar was timing almost everything off the front foot, when he decided to back away to leg against Ishant Sharma. It was short of a good length and Tendulkar was lining up to crash it through the off side. The ball jagged in sharply after pitching, though, and Tendulkar had no time to prevent his stumps from being knocked over. It did stay a shade low, the effect getting magnified by Tendulkar's familiar extravagant crouch, but it was the movement that beat the batsman.

The decisions
Umpire Sudhir Asnani blew hot and cold. Dwayne Smith missed an attempted sweep to a full Amit Mishra delivery and made it look worse by losing his balance and falling over after being hit on the pad. Asnani immediately raised his finger but replays showed Smith had gloved the ball into the pitch before the pad came into play.

Asnani traversed from howler to cracker on the decision scale next. The last ball of Steyn's spell swung in low and full to hit Kieron Pollard on the pad after a missed scoop. Steyn pleaded and pleaded, making it seem like there had never been an lbw so plumb. Outside the line of off, Asnani signalled immediately, and replays showed he was spot-on this time. Pollard had been struck inches outside.

The innovation
Mumbai Indians needed the last over to go for some runs, and Ambati Rayudu stepped up with successive fours off Thisara Perera. The second of those was a late adjustment superbly executed. Rayudu got down one one knee, wanting to slog over the leg side, when Perera bowled it really wide outside off. Rayudu checked the slog-swing of the bat, and turned his wrists to lift the ball over backward point for four, with third man also up in the circle.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sandeep on May 2, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Some geniuses on this page have commented that SRT deliberately crouches to show that the ball has kept low. It just shows that they have never played cricket in their lives. It takes less than a second to react to a ball. Do u think that in less than a fraction of a second , sachin decides that he is going to get bowled and hence will crouch down? Ridiculous.

  • Muthu on May 2, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    How come there is no mention about Dhawan's Innings, dont you think its worth the mention. Think the editor was more focused on the MI Failure that the SRH Success

  • Anwar uz on May 2, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Sachin is gone and so is MI. MI has banked on two old war horses, Sachin and Ponting, and both have miserably failed repeatedly. I think in the next edition of IPL they won't make the cut and so will many other yesterday giants.

  • Deepak on May 2, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    from last few years Sachin after getting bowled, gets low down. Probably he wants to indicate to the media that it was a very low ball. And commentators pick from that and start praising the Baller /blaming the pitch. Its goining on and on. Its becoming a very sad & dragged end to a great carrier.

    Not sure do pvt organizations like Reliance give more opportunities to falling star.

  • biju on May 2, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Ambadi rayidu is so unlucky,he should haved played in indian team couple of years before,now he is with wrong group,any other team except csk he would have opened the innings , csk dhoni makes sure he never get a chance, dhoni best player with worst captaincy

  • Anit on May 2, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Whats the point in going gaga over a 14 run inning. Tendulkar is a player now who had great past records. There is not much to right about his performances in the last 2 years. He is past his self life in competitive cricket. I don't mind him playing IPL as long as some team is willing to pay him. However, he should not be in representing the national team based on his performances of over two years now. No matter how great a player one is. A time comes in every sports person's time to call quit. One much recognize that time and move on. If one doesn't, they should be shown the path to move on.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    It was not famous crouch of Tehdulkar, he was unbalanced as the ball swung in and he had no time and he almost stumbled. It was awkward for Tendulkar and he knows whats happening but does not want to hang up his boots. Feel sorry for him.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    It was poor shot selection from Sachin. Misreading the swing and getting out is normal. But Sachin made it seem like the ball kept low. There was no need to pull that gig. Like others have mentioned, there are two 'plays' about Sachin who is actually a low scoring(at a poor S/R) burden at the top for this MI team and no mention about Dhawan's knock. IMHO People reporting or commenting about cricket should shed their fan-boy instincts.

  • Naveen on May 1, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Good lines "the effect getting magnified by Tendulkar's familiar extravagant crouch, but it was the movement that beat the batsman"...tendulkar instinctively does this every time he is castled as if he is towering 6'7" was done in by low bounce. nice to see people can write honest opinion about tendulkars fallacies.

  • giri on May 1, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Have you guys noticed when Sachin gets out the commentators praise the bowler and the ball that is bowled to Sachin like what a ball, great pieace of bowling, blah blah, for even an ordinary ball by an ordinary bowler! But never saying that he played an horible shot and terrible play. That makes me laugh, really.

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