Punjab v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Mohali May 6, 2013

Kohli gets a mouthful, Neser gets a welcome

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore

Induction of the day
Michael Neser was preferred over Luke Pomersbach as Kings XI Punjab opted for an extra quick bowler but things did not go as planned for him. In his first over, Neser stuck to the team strategy and bowled a bouncer to Chris Gayle. The big Jamaican was ready for the short stuff, backed away and hooked it for six. Neser went for length to end the over but Gayle swung over mid-wicket to record back-to-back sixes against the rookie, whose eventual figures of 4-0-62-0 were one short of the record for the most expensive figures in the IPL.

Speed of the day
Piyush Chawla must have thought he could stem the run-flow by rushing through his overs but that translated into bowling a lot quicker, too. His fastest delivery was a ball of 122.4 kph, which Gayle only managed to inside edge. Ironically, it was about the same pace that Praveen Kumar was bowling throughout.

Denial of the day
Having got rid of the Royal Challengers Bangalore openers, Kings XI squeezed their opposition in the middle overs. Cheteshwar Pujara did not want to get too bogged down so when Virat Kohli dug out a Praveen yorker, he called the captain through. They had to hurry through the single because Praveen was quick to react. As Pujara struggled to make his ground at the non-strikers' end, Praveen flicked the ball onto the stumps. Replays showed the bails came off as Pujara's bat was on the line but he was given not-out. To add insult to injury, the batsmen also ran an overthrow.

Drop of the day
Virat Kohli got a mouthful - literally - when he found himself in prime position to end Miller's aggressive knock. For the second time in the innings, Miller top-edged as he tried to slog down the ground and the ball seemed to kiss the low floodlights as it hurtled towards Kohli at extra cover. He was well under it and waited for it to come down but as it reached him, it burst through his hands and ricocheted onto his face and hit him on the mouth. He did not appear to lose any teeth but his ego took a knock as Miller marched on.

Misfield of the day
Only because it came from the man who never gets it wrong. With pressure on the Royal Challengers' fielders, AB de Villiers was the man stationed at deep mid-wicket to ensure the boundary rope was not breached. Miller pulled to him and de Villiers fumbled to allow a single to become a two as Kings XI got one closer to the total.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Well we should stop hating n criticizing Virat all the time....yes he made some mistakes..yes his attitude is quite too much...but he is a great team player..when he plays for india he gives more than a 100% and he has done that from last 3-4 years..be it ODIs , test matches or T-20's...IPL isnt end of the world..as a indian n a fan of indian cricket team i like kohli a lot..hez the future of our team..stop making him a scape goat and also lets support him..he has to change his attitude a bit , but by booing and thrashing him , we are going to take away his confidence which may affect his performances at international level too..!!

  • venu on May 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    If we go by runs and pure statistics then not just Virat, Raina is better than Rohit. I don't say Rohit equals Mark waugh but he is something similar to MW. Cricket looks so simple when they are firing. Talking about Virat, let him score couple of hundreds on bouncy/pacy wickets in test matches outside India and then think of comparing with Sachin. Scoring 200+ hundreds, doesn't mean he will pass Sachin. Like someone mentioned, Sachin is beyond statistics. Do we have anyone apart from Steyn/Ajmal who is bowling to Virat even on flat tracks(Imagine sachin playing Donald, Mcgrath, walsh, ambrose, marshall, waqar, wasim, warnie, mcdermot, quadir, saqlain, lee, Pollock and to an extent great Imran) The thing that seperates Virat from Rohit is the attitude and his confidence. Don't mean to say Rohit is less confident. Remember only Sampras can serve an ace on the second serve(That is called attitude and confidence) By the way, from a fan of Sachin&Becker & most importantly a fan of bowling

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Looks like people have forgotten that Virat had won Under 19 world cup.. much before he was part for 2011 world cup winning team.. Just because RCB lost few matches he doesn't become bad captain or similarly MI won few games Rohit sharma doesn't become good captain.. No doubt Virat should focus on his batting & control agression.. He is better than Rohit Sharma.. Reminding again.. When Virat was playing U19, Rohit had played for national team, even now Rohit doesn't have place in all 3 formats..

  • Prem on May 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Kohli's catch drop may cost them the IPL.................... & It should be so.....

  • John on May 7, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Nareshpodi... I agree to all that you said, but like someone else said here, humility is the greatest virtue which he lacks big time. His aggression and bad demeanour will only get him this far. If he has to emulate his peers and heroes, he has much to learn. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kapil are our very best, there is so much to learn from them. 200 Centuries ? ha ha ha ha

  • Cricket on May 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Kohli is undoubtedly one of India's best batsmen. He has the technique, the stroke play, the aggression/passion, the hunger for runs and the ability to adjust to every situation. However, I don't think he is ready for captaincy. He has a great cricketing mind and awareness, but I believe he has tasted a lot of success and this captaincy position came at a time when he was at an all time high and he has lost his way a little. He needs to readjust his thinking and I think there is some time to go before he is mature enough to lead a team. He is only 24, he has enough time to mature. RCB made a mistake putting so much on him at such a time in his career. Right now, he should just be focusing on his batting like his contemporaries.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Kohli, all the comments posted here are highlighting his talent and comparing with Great Man(Sachin). I think that is not appreciable to compare... Kohli, you may have seen him playing and scoring centuries consecutibely, but let me remind you that most of the runs he scored are in Asian conditions where the pitches are flat, low bounce and easy to bat on.... And great man, played and scored in all kind of pitches and against all the teams all situations... and many more... He may score 200+ centuries in more than 400 ODI's :P that is not considered greatness by any means.....In the coming years, the pitches are going to be dead and nothing left in for the bowlers.. Even the countries like Australia(except Perth), New Zealand, West Indies have lost those bowler friendly pitches.... Sachin is the batsman of his or any other generation... He is more than the statistics.

  • vishwas on May 7, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @s_rayaprolu absolutely, modern day indian players , especially the two names you mentioned are show off when it comes to fielding department... still what i think is we need to stick to our basics and we should not adopt to the other nations, we are good at our techniques and wee need to improvise in that....yuvraj was the best at his peak, JADEJA is best when it comes to fielding in indian team right now....

  • Ibrahim on May 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Kohli yet again prooved that he is not a captancy material. He was not able to control the situation at all after 13th over. This also showcased the bad bowling lineup RCB has. It has been proved since many seasons. Surprisingly no one seems to take a note of it. Bowlers like Vinay kumar and RP Singh cannot be bowled during the death overs. With their pace, batsman can hit big shots at will. Zaheer khan has to be brought back before it gets too late for RCB. Giving captaincy to ABD should be the best decision RCB can do at this moment.

  • Subbarao on May 7, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    These virat kohlis and suresh rainas are only show off people. They exhibit more than their performance. Learn a thing or two from Rahul Dravid how to be humble

  • No featured comments at the moment.