Plays of the day May 19, 2008

The battle of the Under-19s, and last-over blues

Cricinfo staff


Glenn McGrath wasn't best pleased when his appeal against Bharat Chipli was turned down (file photo) © Getty Images
 

Australian way doesn't impress Pidge
When Bharat Chipli edged one behind off Glenn McGrath, he stood there and waited for the umpire to make his decision, in the time-honoured Australian way. Steve Davis, Australian himself, said no, and a snarling McGrath was left to snipe constantly at Chipli until a miscued pull ended his stay. Even then, McGrath appeared to be saying "not out, not out" to taunt the young batsman.

Goswami wins Under-19 spoils
It was a contest within a contest, two of India's victorious Under-19 team facing off against each other. Sreevats Goswami won it handily enough, taking Pradeep Sangwan for a six and three fours in the over. It was just about the only thing Bangalore savoured on a night when they were once again outclassed.

Last-over blues
Bowling himself for one hugely expensive over probably cost Virender Sehwag and Delhi victory in their last game against Kings XI Punjab. This time, he bowled out McGrath and Farveez Maharoof and left the final over to Rajat Bhatia. With Misbah-ul-Haq on strike and in a rampant mood, it wasn't an inspired gamble. The 24 runs Bhatia conceded at least gave Bangalore something to defend.

All we need is just a little patience
Dale Steyn was working up considerable pace in his second over, with Gautam Gambhir not scoring off the first four balls. But just as Bangalore started to dream of a maiden, Gambhir showed off his orange-cap powers with a dazzling straight drive and an elegant push through cover.

Are you Jonty in disguise?
Chipli may have done no more than rile McGrath with bat in hand, but at least he could claim the catch of the match, a stunning dive to his left at point to send back Sehwag. The only problem was that Delhi already had 91 on the board by then, with Sehwag careering to 47 from just 19 balls.

On the ball
Cameron White has been a major flop with bat in hand, but he does bring some Australian virtues to Bangalore's fielding. When Gambhir cut one to deep backward point and set off, White's throw to Goswami was just about perfect. Gambhir didn't even wait for the umpire, jogging all the way back to the pavilion.