Super Kings v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 22, 2014

Dhoni tears into Steyn for new record

Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ranchi

The boundary glut
The Chennai Super Kings openers did not run much; their first six scoring shots were boundaries. Dwayne Smith began the flurry, carving over cover, driving straight and square driving behind point to take three fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Faf du Plessis matched him in the second over - from Dale Steyn - by flicking, driving and chipping over midwicket for boundaries. Twelve runs had come off each of the first two overs and the batsmen had barely broken a sweat.

The mix-up and the run out
In the third over, du Plessis pushed the ball to mid-on, and Smith hared down the pitch for a single. Du Plessis had taken a couple of steps forward before he said no; Smith turned but was so far out of his crease that he gave up in the hope that Shikhar Dhawan would miss the stumps. He was reprieved. In the next over, Smith smashed the ball back at the bowler Karn Sharma, who dived to his left and grazed the ball with his hand before it uprooted a stump at the non-striker's end. Du Plessis had backed up too far and there was no reprieve for him.

The welcome
In his second game, Parvez Rasool experienced how harsh the IPL could be for a rookie. Bowling the final over of the Powerplay, he watched Smith dispatch his first three balls for six - two straight and one over midwicket. The shots were characterised by great balance and minimal flourish. Despite conceding 21 in his first over, though, Rasool bounced back to finish with 4-0-35-0.

The mistake
Boundary riders have taken some stupendous catches in this IPL but the opportunity Aaron Finch had to catch MS Dhoni at long-on required no extreme heroics. Dhoni had pulled Bhuvneshwar flat and hard, timing it well but without the height to comfortably clear the fielder. Finch back-pedalled and positioned himself on the edge of the boundary to take the catch but the ball bounced off his palms and over the boundary. Sunrisers paid dearly for Finch's error.

The slaughter
Dhoni and AB de Villiers once shared the record for hitting the most runs in an over off Steyn - 23. Not anymore. Dhoni was scoring at less than a run a ball at the start of the 20th over but he finished with a strike rate of 139. Steyn disappeared for two sixes, two fours and a brace of twos as Dhoni converted a competitive total into a formidable one by plundering 24 runs in the over.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vas on May 23, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    In Indian slow pitches, fast bowlers are the easiest to hit, unless you are Malinga, the Yorker specialist. The ball comes to the bat at nice pace after the bounce and will disappear to the fence. Steyn had some memorable 19th and 20th overs though in the SC. He famously defended 7 runs in the 20th over against NZ in the T20 wc. But if the batsmen were AB or MSD even Steyn has to swallow his pride.

  • Android on May 23, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    DALE STEYN is the most OVERRATED player in this IPL n ROBIN UTHAPPA is the most underrated. ...

    Uthappa deserves to be in the INDIAN TEAM. ..

  • RAJARAMAN on May 23, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Well ... enough of CSK, trying to make IPL-7 as interesting as possible ... meaning playing below par to keep the guessing game alive (of which two teams will be going for play-offs) ... it is going to back-fire

  • Suren on May 23, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @Naresh28: No Zak, No Srinath, No Kumble, No Kapil ... India's best strike bowler is Ishant Sharma period. Check with MSD ;)

  • Naresh on May 23, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Yes after Zaks there has been no one in Indian team who can be called the leader of the attack. Before that we had Srinath and Kumble together. The current crop needs one to stand up and say "I will lead the Indian bowling attack" Either Umesh or Aaron needs to lift their game and claim that spot. Zaks is finished now. As far as Dhoni's batting is concerned he now has lots of WKY batsman breathing down his throat - but when it comes to hard hitting he takes it.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    This is only about the first innings. What about the second?

  • Ishwor on May 23, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    It's sad to see world's premier bowler Steyn taken apart regularly at death overs. I reckon he has been uncompromising in pace that's costing him runs. Pace in initial overs is fine for the pursuit of swing but he should use variations in the death overs for outwitting the best batsmen like D' Villiers and Dhoni.

  • Android on May 23, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    You are talking about Mahendra singh Dhoni. Steyn is a good test bowler and a an average odi bowler. He cannot bowl yorkers at all.

  • Android on May 22, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    it was like 24=444444, its Dhoni's respect to final over. Dhoni=finisher.

  • Android on May 22, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Dhoni the most feared batsman even for the best bowlers in the world at depth. Either it is blue or yellow jersey, Dhoni has a heavenly batting lineup. but I'm sorry for u MSD u never get a world class bowler on ur side. INDIA much needed a bowler who can control his bowling as he wishes!!

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