CSK v MI, IPL final 2015, Kolkata May 24, 2015

The Faf flick, and an inspired bowling change

Plays of the day from the IPL 2015 final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings

The reverse flick

Surely Faf du Plessis did not plan it. He charged in from mid-on to try and prevent a single but as he bent forward to pick up the ball, he was almost side-on with the stumps at non-striker's. With Parthiv Patel struggling to make ground, du Plessis reverse-flicked the ball towards the stumps, more in hope than anything. To Parthiv's horror, the ball floated towards the stumps and took the bails off, sending the Super Kings fielders into a frenzy.

The free-hit

R Ashwin overstepping on his second delivery did not impress MS Dhoni. That ball was defended to the leg side but Dhoni charged towards it and fired a wild throw at the non-striker's end which wasn't too far from Ashwin. If there was a message there, it did not get across as Ashwin served up a juicy full-toss that was smashed over his head for a six.

The Eden connection

Rohit Sharma loves playing at the Eden Gardens; it's almost as if knows the dimensions like the back of his hand. Today, after not being able to score off his first two balls, he went for an upper cut that seemed to go high rather than long. Ashish Nehra, placed at third-man, was however helpless as the shot comfortably cleared the boundary and kickstarted a stunning counter.

The first ball

Not much had gone Super Kings' way after a successful opening over. Rohit and Lendl Simmons century stand had left them stunned. With all his bowlers being taken for runs, MS Dhoni tossed the ball to Dwayne Smith, who hadn't bowled in this IPL until today. Smith has had a below-par season and has been a liability in the field - he would drop a simple chance later - but produced the goods straightaway. Simmons tried to squeeze a yorker but missed it, the ball kissing the outside half of the off stump.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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