Daredevils v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Delhi May 10, 2014

Mishra's special ton

Plays of the day from the game between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla

The eager beaver
After being run-out in his last game, one would think Kevin Pietersen would be more circumspect about judging a single. But walking out as an opener for the first time in the IPL, Pietersen was his usually hyper self. He hit the first ball of the second over to mid-off and scrambled towards the other end. Had the throw hit the stumps, the Daredevils captain would have been short of his ground. Two balls later, Pietersen was lucky once again as the fielder at midwicket failed to collect cleanly. The infection spread to Quinton de Kock, too, who set off for a crazy run after dabbing the ball to mid-on on the last ball of the over.

The special ton
Amit Mishra's quest for his 100th IPL wicket finally came to an end when Pietersen mistimed a drive and smacked it straight to Shikhar Dhawan at cover. Mishra had been stuck on 99 wickets for the last four games and was even dropped from the side. He is now the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to get 100 wickets in the tournament, and he celebrated by gesturing the numbers.

The gymnast
Daredevils were running out of overs after the rain break and Dinesh Karthik was on the look out for quick runs. He found the perfect chance when Moises Henriques sent down a high full toss. Karthik mis-timed it but the shot had enough power to send the ball over the ropes, but Dale Steyn got in the way. The bowler, positioned at the long-off boundary, jumped backward, arched his back, grabbed the ball that was in the airspace beyond the rope and landed perfectly inside to pull off a stunner.

The desperate measure
David Warner was soundly beaten by Siddarth Kaul off the first delivery he faced and the next two balls bowled at him were wides down the leg side. Keen to get runs off the bat, Warner turned the next ball to deep square leg and set off for two runs. However, he slipped in the process, and the fielder had a good chance to get him out. A frantic crawl and desperate dive from Warner beat the throw from the deep.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo