Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai December 20, 2013

Shehzad's sold a dummy

Plays of the day from the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka

The villainous clod
Tillakaratne Dilshan had run Kusal Perera out earlier in the innings, and the universe contrived to ensure he would suffer the same fate as penance, when it placed a soft clod of dirt exactly in the spot where Dilshan grounded his bat when attempting another quick single. Dilshan hit the ball to midwicket in the 15th over and called his partner through immediately, and though he expected to comfortably make his ground, his bat hit a soft spot in the earth just centimetres from the popping crease and jerked out of his hand. The throw from the fielder found its mark and Dilshan's smooth progress was cut short.

The dummy
Rugby and football players often earn an advantage through feinted movements, but Kumar Sangakkara brought "the dummy" to cricket in somewhat amusing fashion, much to Ahmed Shehzad's chagrin. Having hit the ball wide of long-on, Shehzad turned quickly and sprinted back for a second, but when he was about halfway down the pitch, Sangakkara faked a return take and moved his gloves to the bails as if he was about to remove them. Shocked by the apparent speed of the throw, Shehzad dived hard at the crease, only to realise the ball had only arrived a few seconds later. Sangakkara wore a grin that became a chuckle when he saw Shehzad's expression of annoyance.

The perceptive decision
It's not often a batsman is lbw after middling the ball, and almost as rare for an umpire to give a batsman out when only the bowler appeals. Ahsad Raza bucked both those conventions when he sent Sharjeel Khan back in the second over, a decision that proved as correct as it was courageous. Sharjeel came forward to push a Lasith Malinga length delivery towards cover, and though he hit the ball exactly where he intended it to go, the ball had flicked the top flap of his pad on its way to the bat. Malinga's appeal was belated and unsupported, but it was enough to move the umpire to raise his finger. His judgement was proved precise on review.

The futile diving take
Thisara Perera thought he had taken a blinder in the 17th over, when he took two brisk steps and dived to his left to intercept an aerial leg-side flick from Ahmed Shehzad. On first look he seemed to have taken the catch cleanly, but when Shehzad stood his ground, the umpires sent the decision upstairs - as is their wont on such occasions. The replays couldn't provide a conclusive decision either way, so Shehzad batted on.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ashok on December 25, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    PAK & SL looked like a short circuited bulb.. glow at times and at times not... consistency is missing from both the sides. If you want to be a better team, show consistency...

  • Johann on December 23, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    It is the time to lean from Indians, so that we can win at least at Flat pitches!

  • Johann on December 23, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    At the end of the day I got realized that it is easy to bash others but not easy to win even at flat pitches.

  • Azhar on December 22, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    The way SL have played so far, they are certainly the favourites to win this series. The main problem with Pakistan team is the captaincy of Misbah. He is too defensive and laid back and does not make changes according to the situations. He seems to come with a written script and continues with it irrespective of the game situation. Afridi found his batting form after a long time but Misbah keeps bring him at 7 or 8. His handling of bowlers leave much to be desired. He himself kept taking singles till the end in the 2nd match and never tried to lift the scoring rate. We need to find a younger more aggressive and intelligent captain real soon to convert this team into a tough fighting unit.

  • Jawwad on December 21, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It's good on Sanga to bring amusement to somewhat boring affair. I really like him.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Dont sweat the small stuff....Im sure sangakara can become a great gilchrist ....:)

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Dont worry Hassan Hussain,,,,,,These are some flat tracks and still Pakistan is able to take 8 wickets yesterday and all 10 in the first one,,,,, Bhatti is a young gun with a bright future ahead of him and Tanvir is getting better with time....

  • Vikram on December 21, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Sangakkara's prank sounds terrific.

  • Jerry on December 20, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Sanga is an old fox .. nice to see him play mind games while he was keeping ..

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Dilshan was really unlucky to be run out, and Sanga's dummy is a nice piece of play..for humor of course. wonderful cricket match overall

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