Royals v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 15, 2014

Pietersen survives a run-out...again

Plays of the day from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in Ahmedabad

The run-out that wasn't
In the previous match between the two sides this season, umpire Sanjay Hazare had erroneously shot down a run-out appeal against Kevin Pietersen without referring to the third umpire when the Delhi Daredevils captain was well out of his ground. Hazare was subsequently stood down for the rest of the tournament. Pietersen was the beneficiary again tonight.

In the third over of the chase, he went for a quick single, and Unmukt Chand hit the stumps direct. There was no immediate appeal from the fielders, unlike the previous game, and Pietersen seemed to have made his ground, until replays showed his bat was stuck inches short of the crease when the ball hit. Umpire S Ravi smiled at a Royals fielder as he walked towards the stumps, but did not go to the third umpire.

The struggle
Kevon Cooper had no idea which way Imran Tahir was turning the ball, but still managed to take successive boundaries off him. First ball of the ninth over, he had a powerful swing at what he thought was a legbreak but it was a sharply spinning googly. Undaunted, he had another swipe at the next one. This was indeed a legbreak, and took the outside edge to race to the third-man rope. Tahir went back to the wrong 'un third ball, and Cooper had little idea about it again. He swung his bat all the same, not as hard this time, and lifted it over the bowler for four more.

The forehand
Siddarth Kaul had pitched it up in the 15th over, and Sanju Samson had lofted him for six over long-off. Kaul was not giving Samson that length again, and went short of a good length next ball. The third one was properly short, and climbed around shoulder-height just outside off. Samson took a step forward and flat-batted it furiously, rolling his wrists like a tennis player applying top-spin. The ball flew towards the sightscreen.

The fielding blooper
Ajinkya Rahane worked a full toss off his pads behind square leg. Kaul sprinted across from fine leg, and seemed to have it covered as he put in a slide. However, he had overdone the effort, and instead of ending behind the ball, he slid further away from it. He tried to stretch out his right hand and stop it, but it was in vain as the ball rolled away for four.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    fifth-ump have got it exactly right ... at the moment, KP is the oppositions's best weapon ... which is really very sad.

  • Surinder on May 16, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    fifth_ump has bit the nail on the head. Royals wanted to keep Pieterson at the crease.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    what can you expect from a team whose first up bowlers are Duminy and Shukla. dont even know who Shukla is, but must be damn good bowler to be up there opening for devils. seriously its a joke

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    KP needs to retire - he lost the flair he used to have some time before the tour of Australia. Look at who is ahead of him in the batting in this tournament (runs/averages/strike rate, which ever you prefer), and he's not up to it as captain or batsman. his numbers would have been even worse if the two runouts had been counted, not that he went on to get a massive score anyway.

  • Vasanth Kumar on May 15, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Looking at KP's innings I get the feeling that the Royals did not appeal, for a good reason.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Aah so former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is being given chance after chance by poor umpiring and still can't score for toffee. Surely England will never win another game in the next 10 years without this level of genius?

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