Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Delhi May 21, 2013

Vijay slips, Ashwin does a Sahara

Plays of the day from the IPL qualifier between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Delhi

The slip
This was literal. In the seventh over of the innings, when M Vijay went to sweep Pragyan Ojha he had to stretch a bit as the ball was tossed up wide outside off. As he stretched, the back foot gave away a little, and he slipped. Still he managed to go ahead with the shot, placed it well, and got up to take a single. He managed a smile as he crossed Ojha, but if you look at the freeze shot a few frames ago, those eyes suggested he had jumped from the plane but couldn't quite place the parachute string.

The warning
In the 13th over of the first innings, Nigel Llong called up Rohit Sharma for a chat by the end of which Rohit was seen signalling to his boundary fieldsman. Turned out the umpires had spotted the fielders bouncing the ball hard into the practice pitches, sending the ball to the keeper on the second bounce. It helps you get any little reverse swing you can get in 20-over games, and can also help you make it soft.

Later in that over, Dwayne Smith was seen throwing almost on the full.

The pullout
We are not talking what Sahara did earlier in the day. It was R Ashwin stopping after his front foot landed. The non-striker was in the crease, the striker had not committed to any shot, and Ashwin went back to bowl. The next two balls, though, were sent back to the opposite ends of the ground: first Smith hit a flat six into the sight screen and then he paddled the next one to fine leg.

The reaction
When Dinesh Karthik was given out lbw off Ravindra Jadeja, he not only showed his bat to the umpire, he shouted at least three times: "bat, bat, bat". It seemed then that he got a rough decision, but the replay failed to show a clear edge.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Logan on May 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    The many comments that I have read suggests that critics are trying to find consolation in using terms such as "They lost the game ,rather than the opposition winning it", "Luck on the side of winners", "If only the losing team won the toss"."Using spin against a certain player & pace against another "Well people why do we complicate the game of cricket. To be winners you need to be consistent, a good strategist, team work & not self glory. Be both good in your backyard & the oppositions, thinking players and a leader that can bring out the best in you. Flucks & luck are not consistent and are far in between. This is what the CSK represents. With the current players they will be hard to beat. I can almost put money on VM & MH getting 100 run partnerships. Whistle podu .CSK can make it 3 of 6

  • vas on May 22, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Ashwin might have leaked 14 runs in his first over when Smith was in his belligerent mood. But in his next over he went for just 3 runs. After the dismissal of Smith, Ashwin along with Jadeja changed the momentum by restricting the scoring and built up pressure and MI started losing wickets. @orangtan, Karthik was fined for showing dissent.

  • Senthil on May 22, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    This is usually what happens when a team that is thought of as great suddenly runs into a truly great team. Somewhere in their heads, a lot of bowlers have it in their heads that they can bowl short to Raina and bother him. Guess what? Not when he has already got going. That off-side six off Mitchell Johnson was stunning. Nobody plays lofted shots on the off side better than Raina. Malinga would have been studied by Fleming and Dhoni and dismantled even before he bowled his first ball. Any surprise that Mr. Cricket gets stuck into him?

    That whole business of throwing the ball hard into practice pitches tells us how cheap some cricketers can be, and how desperate when up against the real deal.

  • Orang on May 22, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Why wasn't Dinesh Karthik cautioned for protesting volubly at the umpire's decision declaring him out lbw ? It seems the spirit of cricket is totally absent in the IPL; umpires and match referees look the other way ??

  • Ashok on May 22, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Decisive Play of the day was a brilliant 140 run partnership between Hussey & Raina which sealed MI's Fate. The next best play of the day was a sparkling innings by Smith for MI. In bowling Bravo's 3 wkts. for 9 runs in 3 overs, was easily the best bowling effort of the IPL 6. CSK played with lot of heart in easily the best performance of the year so far. MI was crushed badly * will be hard to come back from this low!

  • Mukunthan on May 21, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Thinkgood :- Agreed that Ashwin has had an off tournament this season, but he hasn't been as bad as you portray. He has 15 wickets with an economy of 6.6.

  • Nilesh on May 21, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    I think the laws need to consider making the pullout ball a no-ball (without a free hit) and add 1 run to the batting side. It is not fair to the batsmen especially as it is done for strategic reasons and not for any cricketing reason. This will also discourage this practice. It is OK to delay bowling the ball a second or so although going back to bowl should be a no-ball.

  • John on May 21, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    R.Ashwin is a classical Test Bowler. he is becoming irrelevant to shorter format. I think Dhoni is persisting on him in the CSK's playing XI with a bias. He is in the mold of S.Venkatraman from erstwhile Madras. Great spinner but suited only to test matches.

  • Abhishek on May 21, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    First that appeal against Dravid.. And now shouting bat, bat, bat when he did not hit the ball.. Karthik's integrity lies questioned..

  • Tejas on May 21, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Well..first of all..This match is between Chennai and Mumbai...not Delhi. Please correct it on the Top.

    Karthik trying everything that he save his wicket...but without any success!! Desperate times needs desperate measures, I guess. Chennai was too much for Mumbai to handle in this situation.

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