Rajasthan v Pune, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 5, 2013

Marsh c Finch, and Samson's skill

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors in Jaipur
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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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  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Fantastic match right from the start. Pune batted and bowled like champions under their able captain but it was Rahul Dravid's day yesterday. we saw a glimpse of those shots which made Rahul legendary. Ajinkya Rahane seemed to have been inspired by him. Why not? Even we guys sitting a thousand miles away watching the match on tv got inspired!!!!

  • Suchith007 on May 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Fantastic match right from the start. Pune batted and bowled like champions under their able captain but it was Rahul Dravid's day yesterday. we saw a glimpse of those shots which made Rahul legendary. Ajinkya Rahane seemed to have been inspired by him. Why not? Even we guys sitting a thousand miles away watching the match on tv got inspired!!!!

  • Suchith007 on May 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    The way Rajasthan Royals have been picking players who have great talent but haven't had the opportunity to get themselves known to the world since the first edition of IPL is superb. Swapnil Asnodkar was Rajasthan's main opener in 2008 or 2009 and he scored quick runs with Smith at the top and sometimes even outclassed smith, not sure what happened to him now. Similarly Siddharth Trivedi / Pankaj Singh / Dishant Yagnik / Sanju Samson etc. Even Ravindra Jadeja wasn't such a big name in 2008 when he played for Royals. Sincerely appreciate the Royals selection committee for bringing out these talents which is great for Indian Cricket. Mohit Sharma has also been a great find for CSK. Did anybody even know who Mohit Sharma was before this IPL ?

    IPL would be much better and more exciting and competitive if Pakistan players are allowed again. Vividly remember Sohail Tanveer demolishing CSK at the Sawai Man Singh stadium who was also the bowler of the tournament

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Take a bow..Sir Rahul Dravid....a true legend....awesome batting which deserved MOM...& innovative captaincy....hope he'll play again after IPL 6....praying RR qualifies 4 CLT20....Love U Jammy...

  • Tash7 on May 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Oh what a match this was! I remember switching off the TV when it looked like Rajasthan was getting clobbered by Uthappa and Finch. The next time I switch it back on, Rahul Dravid was playing possibly the classiest innings I've seen from him. 40-years of age, retired from the cricket scene and then plays like this- it was a treat to watch! However, that was just the beginning, as Rajasthan went on to achieve that mammoth 179 target with relative ease, courtesy of Stuart Binny, Rahane as well as a few power shots from Samson...All in all- Captain's Knock Dravid! Shine on- you truly rock! And well done Rajasthan! I hope you reach the playoffs!

  • on May 6, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    The Real cricket match after a long time. Finch and Uthappa had a wonderful partnership and that was a killer act then romantic partnership between Dravid and Rahane came. No Muscular Shot. It was all about proper cricketing shot and Technique. Top Class I would say. Loved to watch Dravid played such an amazing knock and then Samson's cover drive on the very first ball. Absolute Classy. No hard Hitting. No Huge shots but still they maintained the Run Rate of 9 from the very 1st over till the end. Only once in 15th over the run rate jumped to 10.50 but 1 over from Angelo Mathews did work for the Royals. Keep it up Royals. A lot to do ahead.

  • on May 6, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    i supporting RR and MI in this IPL

  • Achus11 on May 6, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I think Sanju's 4 on first ball should have been mentioned as well for which he even got the nayi soch award. It was one of the best shot in most critical situation of the match.

  • on May 6, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, by far is the best Captain in IPL 2013. He played in the true spirit of 2013.

    Winning matches through pure team work. Giving youngsters a chance. Rotating the players effectively to suit conditions.

    All in all ...fantastic!

  • riverlime on May 5, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    clean, precise strokeplay from the technical mastery of Dravid. Sublime.

  • on May 5, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Watching IPL only because of Dravid and much happy with the Dravid performance till now and now new talent like Sanju Samson also looking gud next big think for indian Cricket

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    congrats to RR,Oh Dravid we will really miss you in future,a true classic player with great style.we thoroughly enjoyed your stay at the crease.best of luck to RR.

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Sach_vir..r u kiddin me...he stepped out for that shot...he made it overpitched...and more importantly he go straight...

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on May 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    The shot from Rahul Dravid you are talking about was off a over pitch ball. Any standard batsman would have hit that. To me shot of the day came from Sanju Samson - look at the 4 he hit between cover and extra cover.

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    for me shot of the match was the straight six from dravid...just a push with a damn straight bat....awesm to watch

  • on May 5, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    love u dravid........................

  • Abitha on May 5, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Thanks IPL 40 year old running like a 20 year old and 20 year old playing like a forty year old (in experience) Well played Rahane . One question for selectors Can a player be swapped now Say Rahane for Vijay? Kashinath

  • Abitha on May 5, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Thanks IPL 40 year old running like a 20 year old and 20 year old playing like a forty year old (in experience) Well played Rahane . One question for selectors Can a player be swapped now Say Rahane for Vijay? Kashinath

  • on May 5, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    love u dravid........................

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    for me shot of the match was the straight six from dravid...just a push with a damn straight bat....awesm to watch

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on May 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    The shot from Rahul Dravid you are talking about was off a over pitch ball. Any standard batsman would have hit that. To me shot of the day came from Sanju Samson - look at the 4 he hit between cover and extra cover.

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Sach_vir..r u kiddin me...he stepped out for that shot...he made it overpitched...and more importantly he go straight...

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    congrats to RR,Oh Dravid we will really miss you in future,a true classic player with great style.we thoroughly enjoyed your stay at the crease.best of luck to RR.

  • on May 5, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Watching IPL only because of Dravid and much happy with the Dravid performance till now and now new talent like Sanju Samson also looking gud next big think for indian Cricket

  • riverlime on May 5, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    clean, precise strokeplay from the technical mastery of Dravid. Sublime.

  • on May 6, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, by far is the best Captain in IPL 2013. He played in the true spirit of 2013.

    Winning matches through pure team work. Giving youngsters a chance. Rotating the players effectively to suit conditions.

    All in all ...fantastic!

  • Achus11 on May 6, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I think Sanju's 4 on first ball should have been mentioned as well for which he even got the nayi soch award. It was one of the best shot in most critical situation of the match.