Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Dubai April 25, 2014

Anderson's teaser

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians

The precision driver

With a number of high-profile names in the squad, Mumbai Indians' local recruits do not get much screen space. However, in the 19 balls that Aditya Tare played, he offered a glimpse of his talent, threading the cover boundary four times. The first two were timed perfectly between cover and point, then the other two were pushed between cover and extra cover. It was a shame that he decided to go aerial after playing those gorgeous drives and holed out at mid-on.

The teaser

Corey Anderson had just hit Suresh Raina for his first IPL six off the 45th delivery he faced in the tournament, but when he tried to repeat the shot off a much quicker Ben Hilfehaus, he ended up top-edging towards midwicket. With the height the shot gained, he looked set to be caught as two fielders converged, but it landed right in between them to cause confusion, and Anderson survived.

The jaffa

New year, new franchise, hardly any runs behind him… All Michael Hussey needed was to spend some time in the middle; he has enough experience and skill to make up for a slow start if he settles down. What you don't want in a situation like that is an unplayable delivery. Hussey had just missed a straight delivery outside off from Hilfenhaus before he got one that pitched on middle and leg. It deviated just enough to beat the outside edge and knocked the off stump back.

The acceleration

It was Dwayne Smith's first innings against his former franchise and it seemed he wanted to pay his respects as he played out a maiden from Pragyan Ojha. His first run came off his 10th delivery. From the third over onwards, it was business as usual though. He swung the ball straight towards the sight screen as soon as he realised he could reach the pitch of the delivery. In the fourth over, Zaheer's slower ball was given the same treatment and the chase was on.

The drop

Pollard's fielding portfolio is probably replete with pictures of him flying in the air to complete exceptional catches. So when Faf du Plessis top-edged a sweep to deep midwicket, it was almost assumed to be out as soon as Pollard started taking his position under it. Call it over-confidence or just an anomaly, the ball simply popped out of his huge hands. That is at least in line with the trend of the season.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on April 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    pollard should me made to play in the upper order as he loves to play spinners. mi should nt move out pollard as they hav very less potential players. pollard is a all rounder... hez nt gting proper quota of bowling. if u all forget coz of him we wont the ipl 2013. :)

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    mumbai should drop Hussey & Pollard for next few matches and should bring DUNK and Lange

    biggest mistake by mumbai was not to retain Smith & Maxwell

    Mumbai will end Last in points tally

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    When a player goes for a catch, and knows that there could be other players, especially positioned not too far away, may also go for it,why can't he / they shout "I shall". Even if more than one person yells out, at least others who are going for the catch will be aware of it. At least it will avoid injurious collisions. Completing the catch successfully will be a bonus.

    In South India, ball-badminton games of five-a-side each is quite popular (at least it was in my younger days), and this loud signal was so common and successful.

    May be, it is not in the fielding coaches' manual?

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    When "drop-down" pitches are not available, players are good enough to compensate it with "dropped down" catches! So kind of them, no?. But, please discard that widely displayed generosity, at least when you guys come back "home".

  • Ali on April 25, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    MI losing smith has been very costly,,,

    He is highly underrated in this format !

    He has just that little bit of extra upmh that improves a team

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