Knight Riders v Royals, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 29, 2014

Kallis' honesty pays

Plays of the day from the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals
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The over
Rajasthan Royals had made slow progress to be 25 for 1 at the end of five overs before receiving a boost in the sixth - the last over of the Powerplay - as Morne Morkel leaked 20 runs. But apart from a wide delivery that cost his team three runs, he didn't do much wrong. Morkel's second delivery was slogged through mid-on by Sanju Samson without much timing, the third went to the fine-leg boundary off the inside half of the bat, the fifth was top-edged to fine-leg boundary again and the last teased the fielder to the midwicket boundary.

The replacement
Shakib Al Hasan was included over Chris Lynn for his value as a wily bowler and he bowled an economical spell of 4-0-23-1. But fielding is where Knight Riders would have missed Lynn. The other night, he took a screamer at the boundary to win them a match. A similar chance flew off Ajinkya Rahane's bat towards Shakib at deep midwicket. Unfortunately, Shakib misjudged it completely, first running in, then, only managing to get a hand. Had he jumped, he could have taken the catch. The shot went for six runs.

The boundary
Hitting a four is a non-event for most top-order batsmen. But not if you are Gautam Gambhir. Since April 4, he had played five matches - four of them in this IPL - and had just a single run. The wait for a boundary - for any runs really - must have been excruciating for Gambhir. He came close to getting there in the first over of the Knight Riders' innings as he pulled Stuart Binny to deep square leg and made it eventually in the second over, to his relief, punching one through point. The first one was followed by a confident one in the third over - a one-bounce four through midwicket - and finally the monkey was off his back.

The referral
Jacques Kallis quickly put his bat under his shoulder and walked off after getting a faint inside edge to the wicketkeeper off a Shane Watson delivery. He didn't wait for the umpire to raise his finger. Fortunately for him, he got immediate return on his 'being honest' policy as the replays showed the bowler had overstepped.

The knock
In an age where the fielders and bowlers appeal for anything close, it was strange to hear silence follow a loud woody knock as the ball flew past the outside edge of Kallis' bat. The wicketkeeper had his hands on his head, the slip fielder had the same expression and the bowler too had despair writ on his face. The sound was heard loud and clear in the replays too with the only thing being close to the ball being the bat.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    i'm differ with the reporter. I think Lynn may not take the catch again and again. shakib is the best performer of KKR team. They haven't too many power hitter in the team. That's why they depend on shakib in SUper over.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    its the fantastik match

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Hats off to Kallis for his sportsmanship !!!!! he got a 2nd chance, but unfortunately couldn't make us of that & fell cheaply..... though Gambhir scored few runs at a decent pace, he was not totally satisfied with his effort & it showed with his body language in the KKR dugout !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    i'm differ with the reporter. I think Lynn may not take the catch again and again. shakib is the best performer of KKR team. They haven't too many power hitter in the team. That's why they depend on shakib in SUper over.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    its the fantastik match

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Hats off to Kallis for his sportsmanship !!!!! he got a 2nd chance, but unfortunately couldn't make us of that & fell cheaply..... though Gambhir scored few runs at a decent pace, he was not totally satisfied with his effort & it showed with his body language in the KKR dugout !!!!

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  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Hats off to Kallis for his sportsmanship !!!!! he got a 2nd chance, but unfortunately couldn't make us of that & fell cheaply..... though Gambhir scored few runs at a decent pace, he was not totally satisfied with his effort & it showed with his body language in the KKR dugout !!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    its the fantastik match

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    i'm differ with the reporter. I think Lynn may not take the catch again and again. shakib is the best performer of KKR team. They haven't too many power hitter in the team. That's why they depend on shakib in SUper over.