Chennai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Chennai May 14, 2013

Dhoni's monster hit

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils in Chennai

The six
Before the advent of Twenty20, a six used to be an incident you saw very few times in a match. This IPL, there have already been more than 550 sixes, and the frequency of big hits means that few shots stick in the memory. One of those few will be MS Dhoni's towering hit off Siddarth Kaul in the 18th over. Kaul served up a slower ball on a length, and a well-set Dhoni absolutely hammered it over long-on. It didn't just clear the rope, it nearly cleared the stadium itself, landing on top of the roof. It wasn't just the bowler who was disheartened, as a member of the ground staff had the tricky challenge of retrieving the ball from its lofty perch.

The reprieve - 1
M Vijay hasn't had the best IPL season so far, and could have had another low score today. In the third over, with Vijay on 2, Ashish Nehra got the ball to seam away and Vijay nicked it through to the wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav. The ball went through low and to the right of Jadhav, whose tardy effort wasn't enough to pouch the catch.

The reprieve - 2
That wasn't the only chance that Jadhav missed off Vijay. In the seventh over, with Michael Hussey and Vijay switching to top gear, Vijay dabbed the ball past point and pushed for a quick second. It looked as if Vijay was going to make it in time, but just as he was about to complete the second, his bat got stuck in the turf. The throw came through to Jadhav, who was unaware that Vijay hadn't quite made his ground and didn't bother trying to break the stumps. Luckily for Jadhav, Vijay was run-out in the next over, a direct hit by Ben Rohrer.

The reaction
When bowling, a poor delivery has never stopped Nehra from feeling distraught with the fielder when the ball is smashed for a boundary. It was on display again in the 19th over, when he offered a short and wide hit-me ball to Dhoni, who promptly slapped it behind point for four. Nehra, disregarding the fact that he had bowled a wayward ball, had a go at the third-man fielder, screaming at him to move squarer.

The soft dismissal
Delhi Daredevils' chase was already in disarray when Rohrer walked to the middle in the ninth over. Things got quickly worse, as Rohrer too joined the procession, dismissed in the softest of fashions. He flicked a harmless, short of a length ball on the pads from Albie Morkel perfectly to R Ashwin at square leg. Ashwin barely had to move, and the ball looped gently to him as Daredevils' hopes plunged further.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harish on May 15, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @ Joe Pushparaj, the banner read, "A Big Whistle to you Chennai. It's your support that makes us roar."

  • Christy on May 15, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Sad 2 c Viru's career flickering out in this fashion....

  • kdevil on May 15, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Y there was no 6 measuring meter for yesterdays match.................Chris Galye 112m is the biggest for nw .

  • Jayesh on May 15, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    About 'The reaction', Nehra's reaction to the third man fielder, was when he bowled a way ward delivery to Bravo and not Dhoni.

  • Mohit on May 15, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Hi Sid, under the heading 'The reaction', the batsman that hit the four was Bravo and not Dhoni

  • kirubakaran on May 15, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    @John Raj Joy- At other side it's was 124 mts sixer by Abile [hope biggest of all]

  • Rajesh on May 15, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Each Inning MSD plays, the more value he adds for himself for the next auction- can anyone tell me what are the retaining rules? he is sure to be retained by CSK. If so, how will MSD know what he can actually go for if the other teams picked him up. These are all completly grey areas in IPL auction

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    They should start measuring the length of the trajectory to get the real measure of Sixes..cos this Dhoni six had as much elevation as it had distance. so, instead of a straight line from point of impact to point of destination, they should start measuring trajectories from here on to make it more dramatic. :-)

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    one thing forgotten to be mentioned. I noticed some banner was used - [couldn't read the words and phrases] at the end of the match while players showed to the fans around the ground, would have been better if it was mentioned here.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Naa it was 109m, the one which went to roof top

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