Rajasthan v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Eliminator, Delhi May 22, 2013

Sammy's stunner

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

The catch
This was a game-changer and an unbelievable take on top of that. Shane Watson had started powering them into the boundary when he decided to go over it. After hitting the legspinner Karan Sharma for a pull to the deep midwicket rope, Watson pulled harder and in the air this time. It would have cleared Darren Sammy by several feet but the fielder jumped high as if on a spring and took it over his head.

The shot-I
This was a pitch on which almost all batsmen struggled to time it, but Biplab Samantray just killed this one in the 19th over of Sunrisers' innings. Kevon Cooper bowled it slow as well, but Samantray stepped forward and went through with a checked lofted drive. It landed a couple of inches inside the long-off boundary.

The shot(s)-II
Three overs of legspin from Amit Mishra had gone for eight. Royals were five down. Another legspinner Karan Sharma was on. Brad Hodge swung the third ball from outside off over long-on. The fifth was angled in; he swung it over deep square leg. Game-changer again.

The kiss
During his opening over, James Faulkner had a go at that moustache twirler Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan's response was to walk down the pitch and smilingly blow a kiss towards the fast bowler. The two kept on with the chatter, and Shane Watson had to intervene at one stage. He had a long talk with Dhawan, to no avail. Rahul Dravid had to step in to calm matters in the end.

The start
Vikramjeet Malik moves it around all day in the Ranji Trophy for Himachal Pradesh in Nadaun and Dharamsala but he'd played just one game this IPL season before being drafted in for a knockout match. To open the bowling. And what a start it was for Malik. There was no swing, but he was wise enough to provide neither pace nor width. A wicket with the last ball of his first over, and another with the third ball of his second. Job done.

The celebration
Sammy had made the baby-rocking celebration, dummy in mouth, famous this season, following the birth of his daughter. Brad Hodge had no dummy at hand, but after carting Sammy over long-on for the match-winning six, he took off his helmet, put his bat down, got down on his knees and rocked his arms. "I have got children too," he dead-panned at the presentation.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    From what I hear, the Eden Gardens pitch might turn out to be a flat pitch and high scoring match. RR should have plans for Pollard. Sources tell that Cooper's bowling is easily picked by players who have played him before. This may be the reason why he was not effective against Bravo, Pollard and Sammy. My playing 11 would be: Watson, Dravid, Rahane, Samson, Hodge, Shah, Binny, Faulkner, Malik, Trivedi, Singh.

  • Chenna Krishna on May 23, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Yet again, Vihari played his part as usual, it seems he got a goal not to hit four or six, taking 8 balls to score 1 and getting out, what a play, can only be done by Sir Vihari, Sammy getting run out made the big difference in score, anyway SRH played overall well except few players not to be picked next time, we all know who they are

  • Kasinathan on May 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    SRH lost the match 1. Poor batting 2. Vihari 3. White . After K Sharma was clobbered he should have brought Sammy or Perera. 4. Steyn lost his cool in the last over he bowled. LESSON: SCORE MORE RUNS, 130+ may be good in your home ground. For a play off you need 150+. They fought gallantly till the last over. Kudos. Next season strengthen your batting. Kashinath

  • Chris on May 22, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    i like darren sammy, but pretty sick of that celebration...GO ROYALS!!

  • Tejas on May 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    West Indian players like, Gayle, Bravo, Sammy, Narine,Pollard....are adding a lot of value and entertainment to this IPL..they are the soul of this year's IPL.. But at end of the Day, RR with all the class of Mr.Cool original...Dravid...all of those hoopla is is of no use...Way to go RR...good luck!

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    U missed Hodge imitating Sammy :P

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Few days back, I told a Friend that "HE" is the saviour, the silent guardian, the Dark Knight, & "HE" would be needed in the KnockOuts!!! That is Brad Hodge!!!