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ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians
April 25, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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