Pune v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Pune May 11, 2013

No escaping Malinga's yorker

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians in Pune

The do-over

Lasith Malinga has not been as effective with the tailing yorkers this season, but in his third ball today he bowled a superb inswinging delivery that struck Robin Uthappa in front of middle and off. As he turned around to bellow an appeal though, he saw the umpire's outstretched arm and learnt a foot fault had robbed him of a wicket. He couldn't get Uthappa next ball, which was a free hit, but delivered an almost identical yorker the ball after, this time from behind the crease, and he got his man.

The drop

Glenn Maxwell, Mumbai Indians' million-dollar signing, has done little more than twiddle his thumbs at matches this IPL, as he sat on the sideline for his franchise's first 12 games. He finally debuted against Warriors, but when he came on to bowl in the 16th over, he struggled to prove why he was such a vaunted commodity at the auction. He bowled a cheap over - conceding just six runs, but was unable to hold on to a straightforward return chance from Kane Richardson, which had come to him at chest height.

The recovery

With Kieron Pollard having been rested for this match due to illness, it fell to another West Indian to provide an impressive take on the boundary, and Dwayne Smith did so - only he made it tough for himself by misjudging the strength of the stroke initially. Bhuvneshwar Kumar aimed a six over long-off from the last ball of the innings, and Smith, who had been stationed on the ropes, began running in as soon as he saw the ball leave the bat. He quickly realised he had underestimated the shot, and started to back-pedal as the ball descended from the top of its arc. Still not having made enough ground, he stuck out his left hand and managed to reel the ball in, essentially preventing a last-ball six.

The delivery

Warriors needed early wickets to have any chance of defending their paltry total, and having been recalled to the XI, Ashok Dinda delivered a peach to give his side the best possible start. Angling it in and shaping it away slightly in the air, Dinda's first ball pitched on a length and moved a little more - enough to beat Smith's blade and collect the off stump, which went cartwheeling towards the keeper.

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

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  • Shiw on May 12, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Well I was hoping to read about Pseudo Fight between Yuvi and Harbhajan for sure. Dissapointed

  • johnathonjosephs on May 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @dinosaurus, Plays being one ball or a certain moment in the match. It really has nothing to do with overall performances in the match. On another note, its really discomforting to see Malinga being degraded to not bowling with the new ball. I understand that Johnson is in prime form, but in my opinion, his opening partner should be malinga

  • dinosaurus on May 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Meanwhile, Johnson bowled 4 overs, no maidens, and took 2 for 8. Not quite good enough a performance to make plays of the day!

  • Shiw on May 12, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Well I was hoping to read about Pseudo Fight between Yuvi and Harbhajan for sure. Dissapointed

  • johnathonjosephs on May 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @dinosaurus, Plays being one ball or a certain moment in the match. It really has nothing to do with overall performances in the match. On another note, its really discomforting to see Malinga being degraded to not bowling with the new ball. I understand that Johnson is in prime form, but in my opinion, his opening partner should be malinga

  • dinosaurus on May 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Meanwhile, Johnson bowled 4 overs, no maidens, and took 2 for 8. Not quite good enough a performance to make plays of the day!

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  • dinosaurus on May 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Meanwhile, Johnson bowled 4 overs, no maidens, and took 2 for 8. Not quite good enough a performance to make plays of the day!

  • johnathonjosephs on May 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @dinosaurus, Plays being one ball or a certain moment in the match. It really has nothing to do with overall performances in the match. On another note, its really discomforting to see Malinga being degraded to not bowling with the new ball. I understand that Johnson is in prime form, but in my opinion, his opening partner should be malinga

  • Shiw on May 12, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Well I was hoping to read about Pseudo Fight between Yuvi and Harbhajan for sure. Dissapointed