Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Hyderabad

Tendulkar v Steyn

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

Abhishek Purohit

May 1, 2013

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Sachin Tendulkar is bowled by Ishant Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Hyderabad, May 1, 2013
The one that came in too much © BCCI

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.

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Posted by sandeep1978 on (May 2, 2013, 18:04 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.

Posted by plmk on (May 2, 2013, 6:35 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

Posted by Anwaruzz on (May 2, 2013, 4:39 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.

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (May 2, 2013, 4:30 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.

Posted by bijuphilip on (May 2, 2013, 3:52 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

Posted by AvidCricFan on (May 2, 2013, 2:04 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.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 0:44 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.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 23:30 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.

Posted by couchpundit on (May 1, 2013, 22:54 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.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (May 1, 2013, 21:54 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.

Posted by Nampally on (May 1, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

In every match at least one Umpiring blunder becomes the play of the day. It was not an exception even in this match. I would rate Dhawan's brilliant 73* as the first play of the day which decided the match in SRH's favour. The second play of the day should be the SRH bowling which restricted even Pollard to a S/R of 75 & Smith to S/R of 85- both sub par for IPL. Third play of the day was lethargic MI bowling who failed to do their job on the very same pitch where SRH bowlers handcuffed all the great names in the MI batting line up. What made the difference? Dhawan's superb knock!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

whenever sachin gets bowled its obviously extravagant movement or the ball keeping very low. It's never that he just missed a straight one, that's impossible for him.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

How could anybody see triumph in a score of 14? This match proves that the Sachins of the future are already here via the batting in this match of Dhawan. Don't speak of one or two shots Sachin hit and be blinded by the reality that without him Mumbai might have done better. Stop the idol worship. He's got to go. Like, now!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Sachin was looking to hit on up on the offside. He was anticipating an outswinger and the bounce. The ball came in and was slightly lower. Since the had already got committed into the shot, missed it. This was the wicket he could have hanged out and score his normal game. Pollard weakness appears to have been discovered. Last 2 matches not able to timing or finds difficult to shot of length balls of medium pacers

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 1, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@pull_shot agree with you. That last test in SA is million times worth than all these T20s combined.

Posted by pull_shot on (May 1, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

sachin has won most battles against steyn whether it's in IND or SA whether it's tests or odi's. 200 in odi's, 111 in wc 2011, 2 hundreds in 2011 test series in SA, 100 in nagpur test where steyn got 7 wickets. But i still remember that spell in 3rd test in SA where steyn look like he can get sachin atleast 5-7 times in 5 over super spell of swing bowling. I can never forget 6 of pullshot in wc match vs steyn

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