Hyderabad v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 19, 2013

Steyn gets his 'frenemy' Kallis

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad

The prophecy
This had been set up as a contest between two South African greats by the men themselves. Before the match, Dale Steyn attached a picture of Jacques Kallis to this tweet - "My enemy tonight!" Kallis replied with "What you mean tonight. Ain't I always?" Steyn signed off with "Haha, at the bar yes! Tonight u my Frenemy! #tightenurgrid". And true to his word Steyn would pick up his opposite number, off the first ball he bowled to him itself. Steyn unleashed a quick ball onto Kallis' pads. Kallis looked to flick it leg side over deep square-leg, but instead went to the fielder in the deep.

The set-up
South Africa v South Africa was not over yet. In came Ryan ten Doeschate at the fall of Kallis, and Steyn gave him a torrid time. After leaking four leg-byes, Steyn beat the batsman on the cut with a pacy delivery. The third was banged in short of a length, and all ten Doeschate could do was get behind the line and bring it down. The fourth was a brutal lifter which came screaming at the throat. Ten Doeschate jumped, fended blindly and managed a fortunate single to square leg.

The sucker blow
After the workout Steyn gave him, ten Doeschate faced up to Amit Mishra next. Mishra and fellow legspinner Karan Sharma, had been all over the visiting batsmen, tying them down with legbreaks, googlies and topspinners. Mishra tossed one up generously wide outside off. Ten Doeschate, sensing an opportunity after the Steyn barrage, prepared to cut it. To his surprise, it was the googly and spun in sharply to strike him in front. Gone.

The celebration
There was no guessing the length Steyn was going to bowl at Yusuf Pathan. A 147 kph bouncer arrived on target in the 19th over and had Yusuf ducking for cover. Yusuf knew what the next one would be. He was in position when a short one arrived outside off, and pulled it for a flat six over deep midwicket. He then put down his bat, raised his arms straight over his head, and clapped his gloves together, seemingly applauding his own stroke. Before starting his run-up for the next ball, Steyn clapped softly, smiling at Yusuf. The battle was on.

The run-out
Who else but Gautam Gambhir again? He cut Mishra in the point region and sprinted for a single. He hadn't accounted for backward point's dive, though. Kallis did. Kallis took a few steps, saw the fielder had stopped the ball, and shouted "no". But Gambhir was more than half way down the pitch by then, and had no chance of getting back.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashok on May 20, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Surely the best & decisive play of the day was Sammy's swash buckling batting in the 19th over to WIN the match in great style with Two Sixers to boot! That was game, Set & match which advanced SRH to the playoff. A team least fancied with no big names except for Dale Steyn. It was a culmination of magnificient bowling by 3 pacemen led by Steyn & 2 spinners which kept the opposition at or below 130 runs in all home games except the one against CSK. Each match had separate heroes rising to the occasion. SRH's progress into Final depends entirely on their batsmen, bowlers & Fielders showing up as a Team. "Team Effort" got them into last 4 & if they play as a Team they will advance FAR!

  • Sifiso on May 20, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Pity the battle between Pathan and Steyn really got going when Steyn only had 3 balls left in his spell. I would have loved to see Steyn have a go at Pathan for at least one more over. Damn you T20 cricket! :-)

  • Fergus on May 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Check RTD's birth place - Port Elizabeth. He's a true saffer, just not one good enough to get into their representative sides. Made use of his Dutch ancestry to play for Netherlands (like most of their side!).

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Ten Doeschate is a South African, he only plays 4 Netherlands

  • Reece on May 19, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Ten Doeschate grew up in SA..., good stuff from steyn great pace.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    wow DADAROARS getting rather mad there, just by the way, he is from SA.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Abhishek Shetty : Ryan ten Doeschate is a South African by Birth.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    He was born in SA..... like so many players. He is pretty good, should have stayed

  • Roger on May 19, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Ryan Neil ten Doeschate (born 30 June 1980) is a South African-born cricketer who plays internationally for the Netherlands due to his Dutch ancestry.He was born in Port Elizabeth and raised in Cape Town.

  • anirban on May 19, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Doeschate is South African by birth

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