Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Hyderabad April 18, 2016

Dhawan falls twice in four balls

Plays of the day from Sunrisers Hyderabad's seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad

Shikhar Dhawan first fell literally. And then figuratively © BCCI

Two ways to dive home

In the eighth over of the Mumbai Indians innings, Rohit Sharma pushed Bipul Sharma into the covers and hared out for a non-existent single. Sent back by Ambati Rayudu, Rohit had to dive to regain his crease as the throw came in. The decision went to the third umpire after Naman Ojha collected skillfully on the half-volley and whipped the bails off. Replays showed Rohit's bat, landing on its shoulder, had bounced as he tried to scramble home, and was over the line but in the air when the bails lit up.

In the seventh over of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings, David Warner showed Rohit how it's done. He made a similar misjudgement after working Jasprit Bumrah towards midwicket, and had to fling himself at the crease when Jos Buttler rifled in his throw. But Warner made sure his hand kept a loose grip on his bat handle as he fell on the ground, and as a result the bat remained grounded, flat side down, as it slid past the crease.

The bridges of Mid-off County

Mustafizur Rahman finished his four overs with an economy rate of eight, but his figures were slightly misleading. He gave away only three fours, and all three were the result of misfields. First, Bipul let one slip past him at short fine leg in the sixth over. Then, when Mustafizur came back in the 15th over, he was twice let down by the fielders at mid-off.

Second ball of the over, Ambati Rayudu drove him down the ground and David Warner ended up diving over the ball. Four balls later, the left-handed Krunal Pandya drove to the right of Ashish Reddy, and the ball sneaked under his diving body and ran away to the long-off boundary.

Krunal's self-mortification

Krunal's follow-through, when he plays the big shots, is among the most expansive in the game. In the 14th over of the Mumbai innings, he clubbed the left-arm spin of Bipul for three successive sixes, and on each occasion his bat stopped just short of causing grievous injury to his own back.

A couple of overs later, he showed another side of his game against a Bhuvneshwar Kumar yorker, opening his bat face with surgical precision to squeeze the ball past short third man. This shot did not involve any follow-through at all, but Krunal ensured he got his share of bodily harm by smacking himself repeatedly on the thigh as he ran down the pitch.

Dhawan falls, and falls again

Mustafizur and Bhuvneshwar had bowled yorkers brilliantly in the closing stages of Mumbai's innings, and when Sunrisers began their chase of 143, the blockhole ball had rubbed off on Tim Southee. His second legal ball was fast and full, and tailed in late towards Shikhar Dhawan's feet. Trying in vain to get his legs away from this heat-seeker, Dhawan collapsed in a heap. Three balls later, he stayed on his feet, but fell in a figurative, cricket-scorecard sense, as another swinging yorker found its way through his across-the-line response and clattered into the base of his stumps.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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