Rajasthan v Pune, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Marsh c Finch, and Samson's skill

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors in Jaipur

Siddhartha Talya

May 5, 2013

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Mitchell Marsh hits a powerful six, Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Jaipur, May 5, 2013
Mitchell Marsh was caught by his own captain, beyond the boundary © BCCI
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The misdirection
Rajasthan Royals were sloppy in the field, and also with the ball. Three bowlers began their spells with wides down the leg side - Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and Kevon Cooper, who bettered everyone with five wides.

The catch
Mitchell Marsh smashed Cooper flat over his head, only to be caught, by his own captain Aaron Finch behind the long-off boundary. The ball seemed to be heading into the crowd before Finch intercepted it, taking it in front of his face with his coach Allan Donald pulling himself back as the ball approached before applauding the effort.

The dismissal
Sanju Samson has already made an impression with the bat this IPL; today he showed some skill with the gloves. Robin Uthappa, having scored his second straight half-century, was looking dangerous as the death overs approached but his stay was cut short by a laser throw from Samson. When Uthappa tried to sneak a leg-bye from the non-striker's end, Samson quickly took off the big glove, and took out middle stump with a perfect throw which caught Uthappa well short.

The drive
It's been a while since Rahul Dravid retired from international cricket but he offered a glimpse of what everyone's been missing, with a classy half-century. The shot that stood out was a cover-drive, inside-out off Angelo Mathews in the 10th over, that he played through extra cover. It also brought up 2000 runs for him in the IPL.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Suchith007 on (May 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Please bring on badree instead of cooper, the guy has some serious skill

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

I really enjoyed the match. For me the highlight was Rahul Dravid's batting. I wonder why he retired so soon? His partnership with Rahane was so exciting. Both proved you don't need to slog like hell to score in T20. Pure classic cricket shots!!! It was a treat to watch.

Posted by Lovetesh on (May 6, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

I like RR because they gave chance to local talent like here Binny and Samson taking the team to victory. Many other teams like CSK, MI, RCB, KKR are too dependent on their star players. Some players in RCB and KKR neither bat in higher order nor bowl. They are just fielders. Teams like RR, KXIP and SRH gave ample chance to local players.

Posted by Yasin123Patel on (May 6, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Pure class by dravid. It is always amazing to see him play like this. True legend. He is the best indian batsman along with sunny gavaskar. I rated him above sachin because he always play well when india is in trouble unlike sachin. And he has a better defensive technique than sachin and even one of the best in the world. I am a big fan of dravid. And now he get more respect from fans after retirement and he deserve this.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

take a BOW mr. WALL....u have obliged us for nearly 17 years by playing the most coolest and the gentle cricketing art..the entire cricketing fraternity owes u a lot...true flag bearer of sportmanship..!! we wanna see u play for many more years.!!

Posted by Edassery on (May 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Timeless STEEL, truly! And even better than some of the Indian players who are still playing for India (e.g. Tendulkar, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj,... you name). I pity overrated players like Gambhir and his team man Bisla who took on Dravid the other day on the field.

Posted by NareshPodi on (May 6, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

I am watching IPL because of Dravid,Kohli and Rahane. This match is awesome display of classy shots. Watched entire match and highlights again and again.

I think Rahane and Samson would be the Next 'Dravids' of Indian team. ALL THE BEST for them to play much better cricket for INDIA.

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

RAHUL DRAVID should be taken up by BCCI as batting coach. He is so perfect in everything he does. Time for the youngsters to take heed of what this guy can offer Indian cricket in retirement. Rahane is probably the biggest follower of this guy.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Looks like dravid is suffering from short term memory loss. He seems to have forgotten that T20 is youngsters' game while the other oldies seem to take that advice seriously. If their is one 40year man who deserves to play in Ipl 7, it's dravid. Oh, what a display of batsmanship. His strike rate was better than finch, uthappa, yuvi, Matthews and rahane. And all proper cricketing shots, no slogs. Unless you look at scorecard, you can never tell that he scored at a faster pace than his younger compatriots. And how many times have we seen him completing a fifty with a six. Boy, how I wish the time could stop at that very moment. Plz never stop playing RD. cricket will be poor without you.

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