Hyderabad v Chennai, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 8, 2013

The red herring in a Super Kings assault

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings

The flick
Chennai Super Kings had already had two fruitful overs before Ishant Sharma delivered the fifth. Murali Vijay's trio of consecutive sixes heralded his side's charge in earnest and, of the legside strokes, the third was the prettiest. Having savagely pulled Ishant into the stands, then heaved him over midwicket next ball, Vijay relied on timing to carry the third over the ropes. Ishant strayed onto the pads again, though this time slightly fuller, and instead of swinging hard, as he had done previously, Vijay brought his bat down in a languid arc, connecting the ball with his bat's sweet spot and launching it into the distance with a flick of the wrists.

The drop
Suresh Raina had already begun strongly, having put a fifty-run stand alongside Michael Hussey, but in the 12th over, he offered a chance that would turn out to be a crucial moment in the match. Amit Mishra pitched one slightly shorter and, although the length was right for the cut shot that Raina played, the ball was too close to his body. He hit it at shin-height to Karan Sharma at point. Karan got his hands to the ball but couldn't hold on, and Raina would hit 73 from the next 34 balls, to take the match away from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The red herring
The highest first innings total in five previous matches in Hyderabad this season had been 130 and, after the first over of the match, there was little to suggest this match would end the streak of low-scorers at the venue. Dale Steyn steamed in to deliver Sunrisers' best over of the innings and his tight, swinging length deliveries did not concede a single run as Michael Hussey failed to beat the infield. That was as good as it got for the hosts in the entire game though, as the bowlers' discipline deteriorated dramatically, with even Steyn finishing poorly in the final overs.

The fielding position
It was difficult to fault MS Dhoni's captaincy as Super Kings strode towards a playoff berth, but his field placement for Parthiv Patel, as R Ashwin bowled to him inside the Powerplay, was innovative to the point of being experimental. Dhoni essentially doubled down at mid-on, placing two men no more than a couple of metres away from each other there. What was more remarkable was Suresh Raina's stance, as the straighter of the two fielders. Instead of walking in with the rest of the field, Raina turned side-on looking towards point and crouched slightly, ready to tear after the ball if Patel struck Ashwin down the ground.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Boromeo on May 9, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    The article missed the highlight of Dhoni's two time lucky and third time dismissed. First ball dropped by Steyn, a sitter and also waist high No-Ball. Second Ball, another edge to fall in no man's land. Third ball is a super catch by Karan Sharma. Beauty is all were full tosses. Ironically the succeeding two more full tosses was despatched by Raina for 4 and 6. In that over alone, of the 7 balls Perera bowled, 6 were full tosses and one ball was yorer length which got Hussey

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Raina,was always better than kohli in limited overs cricket.Especially,in ODIs.In 2008,when he batted at no. 3,his scores were 101,84,116*.That *84 was against pakistan.He batted well in New-zealand .In 2011,he batted well in ODI series against england their soil.He batted well in Australia in last match of CB series.He performed well in west-indies. The best thing about him was that unlike any other batsman at no. 3,he was pretty aggresive and attacking.But unfortunately,a player of his calibre is wasted just because Indian Batsmen have lots of talent.MS,Raina,Kohli and Viru-Gauti(in their days)made world's best batting line-up. Even,Rohit use to perform when the batting collapses.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Raina is easily one of the best limited overs batsmen.. too bad he flopped in tests..

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Hmm If its not going to be the MSD's day then its going to be the whole teams day. That's where MSD formula pushes the whole team [which ever the team he leads] of him just well in front of the opposite team [what ever the team stands], look at the scorecard both bowling and batting every body got chance to the listing.

  • Venkat on May 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    another trophy in the kit for MSD

  • subhash on May 9, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    What a champ t20 player raina is....ever mr consistent in da t20 version or da limited overs match suz a gret player 2 hav in ur team

  • dhana on May 8, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    well done raina >>>>>>>>at last vijay comes into the party he will make more runs in next match

  • Senthil on May 8, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Top team toying with an opposition they had on the mat. CSK's fielding was experimental in placement etc., but trust Dhoni to try new things whenever he can. He has all players with big reach and big hands in the outfield and makes it very difficult to hit in the air and get away for other teams. If SRH had chased this like they were chasing 180, I think they actually could have saved the NRR blushes, if not actually mount a real challenge. Chasing such big scores usually needs some mad hitting up at the top, and Sanga missed a trick by delaying the onset of Perera in the batting crease. No matter what he does, he could have been crucial in keeping the RRR manageable.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    lovely csk batting raina hussey dhoni .....

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    The field position was brilliant. What a thinking sirji!!

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