Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Kolkata May 3, 2013

The surprise No. 8

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata

The surprise

Rahul Dravid sent in James Faulkner at No. 3 and you thought that was the surprise of the day. But as Rajasthan Royals' batsmen started falling one by one, everyone expected to see Dravid walking in. Samson came in to bat, then came Yagnik, then Owais Shah, surely Dravid was the next in line? Apparently not. He came in to bat at No. 8, possibly the lowest he has ever batted. He struck his first ball for four, missed the second and charged back for a quick couple off the last ball of the innings. Three balls. That's it for the legend.

The buggy algorithm

Shane Watson had been making smooth progress and looked set for another important innings, until Sunil Narine was introduced in the 11th over. Watson got a leading edge off the first delivery, then survived a very good shout for lbw to one that was going away, then survived another shout to one that came into him, and was finally trapped in front off the fifth ball. What does one expect of lesser batsmen when an international biggie like Watson still has no algorithm to decode the mystery?

The drop

While the rest of Royals' batting line-up was struggling against spinners on a pitch that magnified the effect, Sanju Samson, all of 18 years, was stroking the ball beautifully. But then he tried to go leg side to a Sunil Narine wrong 'un and got a thick leading edge that ballooned towards short cover. Manvinder Bisla, the wicketkeeper, called for it and comfortably got under it, only to see the ball pop out of his hands. Bisla couldn't believe it, Eoin Morgan, who had tried to catch the fumble, couldn't believe it, the bowler couldn't believe it, but reaction of the day came from team co-owner Juhi Chawla, who stared with a blank expression like she had seen a ghost.

The wide

Manvinder Bisla had just been beaten by a Brad Hogg wrong 'un which he didn't read as he went for a sweep. The next ball he tried the sweep to a chinaman that was down the leg side. He missed that one too and the keeper was unable to stop it cleanly, allowing the batsmen to change ends. The umpire, CK Nandan, didn't signal anything, which means it would have counted as runs for Bisla. The batsman, though, signalled to the umpire that he hadn't touched it after getting to the non-striker end. A polite request was all the umpire need to call it a wide belatedly.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rahul on May 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Dravid and the RR Team management doing too much of an experimentation and thus losing this game to KKR. Good work by the KKR bowlers especially Senanayake, Bhatia and Narine. Ankeet Chavan and Hogg and no Chandila in the team is not good and why drop Hodge? If RR want to play such experimental cricket then they can bid their chance of being in the Top 4 goodbye. Rahul Dravid, man you are too good to be receiving this bad a publicity. Please get back Chandila and Hodge and please bat your normal position. Good luck friend.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Pathetic team selection cost the match for RR

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    He had no intention to bat but what would he do if all of them get out quickly?

  • Prem on May 4, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Great gentleman though he is, Dravid unfotunately is no genius as a captain. This was a blunder of his (and he has a few this IPL) to bat so low when the pitch was turrning so much.

  • Ashok on May 3, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Worst play of the day was Dravid batting #8 on a spinners's wicket! Dravid is the best player of the spin bowling. Ideally he should have either opened with Rahane as he did earlier in IPL or bat no later than #4. Dravid's blunder cost RR the match. Luckily Samson & Watson gave some respectability to even a low RR total. Watson was LBW to Narine on his second ball but the Umpire saved him for 3 more balls before he was out- LBW. Watson cannot play spinners & sadly thinks sweep shot is the answer. Watson's total lack of understanding re: proper way to play spinners, was the second bad play. Young Samson's knock was the 3rd play of the day. Samson needs to be considered for the future Indian team along with Mohit Sharma.

  • Lakmal on May 3, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Why not giving a word of praise for Senanayake? He did a a vast damage.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Why isn't the bisla, gambhir,rahane, dravid aggressive moment not mentioned?

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