RCB v Mumbai Indians, Indian Premier League, Dubai April 19, 2014

The triple tag

Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Dubai

The drops
Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn't seem to catch anything at the start. Third ball of the game, Michael Hussey scooped a drive straight to Yuzvendra Chahal at backward point off Mitchell Starc, and the fielder put it down. Second ball of the second over, Aditya Tare drove weakly at an Albie Morkel outswinger. The outside edge went straight to slip this time, where Nic Maddinson failed to hold on.

The triple tag
Fielders regularly speed after balls in pairs now, one of them slides, stops and lobs up the ball to the other to make the throw. Here, three Royal Challengers man were after a Tare mis-hit over cover. Chahal reached the ball, and relayed it to the man closest to him. The fielder slipped but help was at hand, as another relay found the palms of a third man, who threw the ball towards the wicketkeeper. There might have been a run-out after all this teamwork, had Parthiv Patel not removed the bails without collecting the ball.

The strikes
Chahal continued to make up for dropping Hussey, on the field and with his legspin. He first had Rohit Sharma mishit a googly to long-off. The legspinner continued to toss the ball up, and the reward was the big wicket of Kieron Pollard, who slammed a full delivery for long-on to take a leaping catch.

The delivery
This was vintage Zaheer Khan. He'd already dismissed Virat Kohli and welcomed Yuvraj Singh with an away-going lifter that he thought had been edged, but Tare could not gather the high take behind the stumps. Zaheer did it all by himself next ball. It was fast, just outside off, and nipped in after pitching to strike a surprised Yuvraj plumb in front.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • charlesrayleggy on April 19, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    surprise stat! batsmen out for ducks are all those have immence esperience in tests. gambir, kallis, yuvraj, kohli, zaheer, vijay etc. all in all 11.

  • charlesrayleggy on April 19, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    surprise stat! batsmen out for ducks are all those have immence esperience in tests. gambir, kallis, yuvraj, kohli, zaheer, vijay etc. all in all 11.

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  • charlesrayleggy on April 19, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    surprise stat! batsmen out for ducks are all those have immence esperience in tests. gambir, kallis, yuvraj, kohli, zaheer, vijay etc. all in all 11.