Hyderabad v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Hyderabad

The run-out that should have been

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad

Sidharth Monga

May 17, 2013

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Amit Mishra traps Shane Watson lbw for 78, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day, October 19, 2008
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The non-appeal
In the sixth over of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings, Biplab Samantray dabbed one towards point, took two steps down the pitch and came back in. Ajinkya Rahane swooped in sharply, and casually flicked the ball onto the stumps. The ball hit the stumps, but Samantray was only steps down, and was expected to have made it back. However, you could see he had been a bit lazy and didn't quite slide the bat in. Except that Rahane was more worried about conceding the overthrow and went after the ball as opposed to appealing. The third umpire wasn't called to adjudicate, but the replays showed Samantray was comfortably out. He added 47 off 34 in his second life.

The first over
Rahul Dravid has relied on his spinners to squeeze in a cheap first over as the opposition batsmen watchfully get their feet in. In this game, though, Dravid had a bit of a problem. Both his spinners were in police custody for alleged spot fixing. Dravid pulled off another surprise, though, by asking Brad Hodge to bowl the first over. Yet again, Rajasthan Royals got away with another cheap first over as Hodge went for just three runs.

The interaction
Amit Mishra took slowing the game down to a whole new level. Shane Watson had just walked in, Royals had lost two quick wickets, and Watson was eager to face. Mishra stood at the top of the mark. Watson waited. Then he smiled at Mishra, suggesting he is ready. He smiled bemusedly again. Mishra reacted to the overtures with a smile of his own, suggesting, "It's coming, it's coming." No phone numbers were exchanged.

The interview
The commentators' interviews with a player on the field have ranged from the hilarious to the ridiculous, but this time they came close to costing a side a wicket. Darren Sammy had moved to slip, which Ramiz Raja didn't notice, and started asking a question even as the bowler ran in. To make it worse, the batsman edged it, thankfully for Ramiz and Sammy sufficiently wide of slip. Ramiz said something to the effect of, "Oops this came almost right at you." Sammy just chased after the ball.

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Posted by Nampally on (May 18, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

@crickarr: Thanks for the correction. You are right. That was the only home game they lost big time & CSK did win by 77 runs after scoring 223. They are good at defending low scores because the Hyderabad wkt. is spin friendly & for some reason the curator gave a pitch which did not assist Mishra or Karan vs. Chennai. SRH batting is the weak link. Unless Dhawan scores, the batting is in doldrums. Recently P.Patel has also added some pop. I only wish they get one good batsman like D.Miller. Even a player like S.Smith who does not get regular chance for Pune, will be a good addition. Sadly Duminy is not available due to injury. Players like Rayudu, a local product, moved away due to being neglected. If they do make the play off how SRH plays in Kolkatta or Delhi will depend upon the pitch. Clearly neither Ishant nor Perera are economical. Karan, Ashish, Steyn & Sammy will have to carry the bowling. Dhawan, Patel, Samantray, & the 3 foreign player have to come big to put up a good show!

Posted by crickarr on (May 18, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

@Nampally, AS much I remembered, CSK scored 223 vrs SRH, at hyderbad. They are gud at defending low totals, but where ? only at Hyderabad. But outside that their batting is not gud enough to post a defendable total to chase and I do'nt think they can do that well outside their comfort zone. Eden might suit them, but then it depends on what kind of opposition they get. MI and CSK can counter their attack successfully. And RR is also no push over even though they are weakened by the absence of their leading spinner. SRH has a big task in hand. But first they should cheer CSK to beat RCB

Posted by Rex. on (May 18, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

The moment White got out I thought SRH were gonna win. If you've observed SRH lost with bigger totals and White came good with the bat in those :P

Posted by unni001 on (May 18, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

RR batting failed miserably.Except for Dravid and at the end Cooper,all the others were found wanting technically.The top four batsmen should have maintained a healthy run rate so that the batsmen lower down would have batted without any pressure.RR should field their top four batsmen at the top .

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Doesn't Sachin Baby's switch hit count as a play?

RR batted well. White's field placements were brilliant. This match showed that Biplab Samantray must be in the squad. Kevon Cooper smashed the ball over the boundary and denied the placements

Posted by spookygobee on (May 18, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

Sunrisers deserve to be in the playoffs. I can remember somebody commenting hadrabad as "same old wine in new bottle" during there first game. They dont have big shots except steyn, yet playing as a team, compliment each other. Total opposite of RCB. Better if sanga got going but they'l do otherwise as well. The most important player for SRH is Thisara, in my view. Genuine, big hitting all rounder. May not score 175 off 100 balls or take 5 for 15, but score 25 runs off 10 balls, take 2 for 30 in crucial stages, save 5-10 runs on the field and one of the safest pair of hands in the out field.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (May 18, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

SRH is perhaps the best team in this this season that could consistently defend a low total. They certainly deserve a qualifier berth with their strong bowling and a decent batting line up. They deliver as a team with a good balance of local and overseas skills. ATB to SRH!

Posted by Nampally on (May 17, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

Most important play of the day was SRH won the match & are ahead of RCB sitting in the qualifying 4th spot. No team gas scored more than 130 vs. SRH in Hyderabad. SRH were true to their traditional home winning streak & keeping their opponents <130. Fine bowling by Mishra & Steyn was the second play of the day. Sanga & white are equally out of form - White's Duck was the third play of the day- unfortunately a disappointing one. At least Sanga is a better captain than White. Why is Sammy - known for his steady bowling- not given more bowling than just one over? Last play of the day was total collapsed of the RR batting. Only Cooper's lucky slogging carried them over 100.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (May 17, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

The interaction - took place at the beginning of the 10th over. Alan Wilkins - who btw is my favorite commentator ever said "Shane Watson just taking his time. He's just keeping Mishra .. 'You can wait' he's saying 'wait for me to be ready'. Then Mishra runs up to the crease to bowl but pulls out at the last minute. Sunny G: "Uhh ... well, Mishra doing the same - returning the favor. 'If you can make me wait, then even I'll make you wait'. That's why he's got a smile on his face - Shane Watson. He's knows what's happened." Alan: "(Laughs heartily) Ready now then ... (laughs) I like this". Clearly Sid Monga was watching some other feed cos a) Watson was not eager to face b) It was great to see them smiling at each other ... 'No phone numbers were exchanged' makes it sound like it wasn't friendly after all.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

I agree with others, vihari needs to bat lower down the order. In 15 games he scored 234 runs off 257 balls @91.05 strike rate, for coming at #3 its not worth it now to have him anchor as he cannot accelerate & score runs at the end to bring his SR up. Look at KXIP vs DD match last game, DD lost by 7 runs. Mahela scored 39 off 42 & Irfan scored 1 off 7. If these guys just scored at 100SR then DD couldve won the match easily as sehwag/rohrer/morkel can in & hit some big boundaries. So please dont have vihari bat that high, send in biplap/sammy/white or perera to maximize powerplay overs if a wicket falls. Maybe next year he will improve SR but right now the team needs as many runs as it can get & not 40 off 40 or 45 of 40. If you play 5+ overs worth hit at 120SR!!

@baseballsucks - we know youre SL fan but there is only 4 overseas spots & sanga is performing worse than vihari with 88SR!!! Even though white has not scored much & has 2 ducks. The team is winning games so why change?

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