Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2010, Chennai April 15, 2010

Hot and cold fielding

Some of the fielding highs and lows from the game between Chennai and Delhi at the MA Chidambaram stadium

The fielding in the IPL has been a mishmash of the terrific and the amateurish. The game between Chennai and Delhi at the MA Chidambaram was no different. Here are some of the fielding highs and lows.

Missed calls
Players have often complained that it's hard to hear calls over the crowd's cacophony, leading to two fielders going for the same catch, such as M Vijay and Thilan Thushara during the match against Mumbai Indians in Chennai. Today it was Gautam Gambhir and Amit Mishra who both wanted to latch onto a miscue from Matthew Hayden in the first over. Gambhir moved to his left from mid off while Mishra ran across from mid on. Mishra bailed out of the attempt at the last moment, but a distracted Gambhir couldn't hang on to what was a simple chance, which would have given Hayden his second consecutive duck.

The bumbling outfielder
Michael Hussey was gifted a boundary in the eighth over when Mishra casually attempted to pick up the ball with one hand at deep midwicket. He botched what was a regulation stop, but slowed the ball down a bit and made a desperate dash to pull it back but it dribbled over the rope. There was another blunder from him off the penultimate delivery of the innings: he made good ground to nicely position himself under the ball at deep square leg, but managed to spill it and give four runs to S Badrinath.

The shot-stopper
Though he was ordinary in the outfield, Mishra was tigerish when it came to fielding off his own bowling. In the 13th over, he flung himself to the left to block a drive from R Ashwin, and raced to wide mid-on two deliveries later to keep the batsmen to a single. There was more: in his next over, Mishra again sprinted to wide mid-on and sent in a slide-rule throw that ran out R Ashwin, who perhaps not expecting a direct hit wasn't in top gear.

Low blows
There was some sharp catching from Delhi as well. Paul Collingwood grabbed a nick from Albie Morkel at first slip which needed the third umpire to verify that it was held cleanly. Umesh Yadav didn't do much with the ball, but plucked another low chance at sweeper cover to dismiss the dangerous Suresh Raina in the ninth over.

Bailey bails out Jakati
George Bailey looked out of his depth when he got his chance with the bat in this tournament, but he has been Chennai's regular substitute fielder whenever a foreign player goes off the field. He showed why coach Stephen Fleming sends him on in the eighth over: Shadab Jakati moved from third man towards deep backward point to stop a Gambhir cut shot but could only fumble a few yards from the rope. Bailey who had run to his right from deep point was alert, though, and put in a dive behind Jakati to prevent a boundary and save his team two runs.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sudharshan on April 16, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    I would like to mention that though everyone talks about the spinning track, and dhoni not doing his captaincy/ batting well enough (i dunno enof to comment on that), i just want to add that no one has given badrinath the due credit. Though his innings can't be termed as one of the best, it is noteworthy and deserves some credit; without his 30 runs, csk would have been nowhere ! Another issue is i dunno y dhoni would ever want Balaji in his team, here is a guy who bowls at 125s and suddenly starts bowling at 135s when the keeper is keeping to the stumps! God save Balaji!!

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Great work

  • Ankan on April 16, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    at karthik_spunk, lol. i can only laugh at your wisecracks. Wasn't it you who were jumping in joy when KKR was in a similar problem and chennai won easily? Wasn't it you who were shouting India won under the captaincy of ganguly because of laxman, dravid, tendla a& kumble only? pity we have such cricket lovers!

  • Syed on April 16, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Well played DD, from 6-3 to win a match on that sort of wicket, it requires some strength, once again CSK showed that if Vijay & Raina goes cheaply then there is no one to Bail them out

    This close loss by chennai has once again opened the IPL wide...i think within rwo days we will be able to know how are coming IN & who are going out

    I hope MI RCB DD & DC qualify for the semifinal simply because i dont likes CHIKA (SRIKANTH)

  • karthik on April 16, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    It's All Becoz of Dhoni ,chennai had lost and i think he wants to come @ 1st-down in T20-worldcup also like last year and make india to lose badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dhoni has got d name as winning captan only becoz of Sewhag,Gambhir,yuvaraj and uthappa ,those had played n grabbed the T20 worldcup for us.

    Thnks for the match fixing IPL troops :)

  • Vikrant on April 16, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    it was great to see a spinning track for this match.. Was fed up with batsmen hitting sixes @ 2 or 3 per over... This low scoring encounter was thrilling to watch,,, esp. Delhi's chase.. Doug Bollinger was very good indeed.. and managed to save his hair (from being pulled) too ;)

  • Anurag on April 16, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    what abt hayden's was a superb..surprising to see no mention bt tht.

  • Vivek on April 16, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    all the teams must learn from the Mumbai Indians...they have got only 4 run outs in the tournament and inflicted 13 on other teams...quite a remarkable stat

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    mishra needs to improve on his fielding, he cant do schoolboy stuff. If he has to comeback into d indian side, he also needs to concentrate on his feilding also.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Over all, fielding has improved in this IPL by various players of different teams. Now, points table is turning over for almost all the teams except the |Mumbai Indians| who are comforable. The deciding factor from here onwards would be fielding and those who grab catches and throw for even a single would be in final 4. Batting has to complement high standards of fielding. Bowlers are upto the mark and chipping up wickets besides good line and length. Lets wait and watch for the remaining important matches.

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