Plays of the day April 21, 2008

Daddy Cool's day out

Cricinfo staff


Shane Warne's still a top spinner (file photo) © Getty Images
 

You hit, I york
Karan Goel had already smashed Munaf Patel for sixes over midwicket and long-off when the forgotten man of Indian fast bowling produced a magnificent yorker at 139.5 kph. It uprooted the off stump before Goel's bat was halfway down, and a pumped-up Munaf celebrated with a few expletives that won't win him a Spirit of Cricket award.

Daddy Cool?
Shane Warne is more than just captain and coach, he's the elder statesman of this Rajasthan Royals team. Bringing himself on with Kumar Sangakkara going berserk, Warne landed his third delivery well wide of off stump. Sangakkara swung with the turn, but didn't connect cleanly, and the return catch was nonchalance itself. Genius doesn't burn out, or fade away.

All fall down
Another Warne topspinner, and an ill-judged sweep from Yuvraj Singh. The ball takes the edge and goes high into the night sky. Darren Lehmann has enough time to eat a pie, sip on a pint and light a fag, but when the ball comes down, he drops it. Warne, his old mate, looks away.

O brother, where art thou?
Five balls into his spell, and after being slammed for two sixes by Yuvraj, Yusuf Pathan comes face to face with his younger brother. It may have been the 16th over of the innings, but Irfan just quietly played out two balls. No sibling rivalry headlines then.

Half a bat is better than none
When James Hopes, his Queensland team-mate dropped one a little short, Shane Watson decided on the kitchen-sink approach. The ball sailed over long-on for six, but half of the broken bat nearly cleared the inner circle as well. Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, was seen holding on to the pieces later.

Young gun smokes away
Ravindra Jadeja was one of the stars of India's Under-19 World Cup win, and after Warne had raved about his talent, he demonstrated it with some dazzling strokes as Rajasthan cruised home. Watson was content to let the young man be the main aggressor and he did that to telling effect, thumping Piyush Chawla over long-on for six before two deft deflections off Brett Lee had the crowd dancing in the stands. The cameras searched in vain for Ms Zinta's missing smile.