West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Antigua June 13, 2011

Mishra survives the axe, and Sammy's reflexes

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between West Indies and India in Antigua

Violent hit of the day
It nearly decapitated Amit Mishra. It was a slightly short delivery from Mishra and Andre Russell backed away to axe it with a flat bat. The ball shot through like a missile at Mishra, who showed excellent reflexes to yank his head away from the line of fire. The mind went back to a hit that R Ashwin took on his head in the IPL.

Lessons learnt from another day
When Kieron Pollard flayed Manoj Tiwary for boundaries, Suresh Raina got into the act. He pulled off a trick from MS Dhoni's hat and placed himself at a straightish mid-off. A long-off and mid-off were both in place. When Dhoni did that in the 2010 IPL, Pollard hit one straight to mid-off. Today, Pollard showed he had learnt his lessons and quietly played out the rest of the over.

The clanger of the day
Manoj Tiwary, who looked out of his depth as an opener today, edged a length delivery straight to Darren Bravo, who dropped a sitter. It went in and popped right out. His team-mates, though, didn't allow him to wallow in disappointment. Kemar Roach rushed to him at the end of the over and patted him. And so did Pollard.

Nonchalant catch of the day
When Parthiv Patel hit one on the up it, flew low to the left of Darren Sammy, who was bowling from round the stumps. Sammy leaned sideways and put his left hand out very nonchalantly and the ball stuck to his palms. He turned around, held the ball high in the air and looked triumphantly towards the dressing room.

Umpiring drama of the day
S Badrinath had a horror day with the bat. Andre Russell kept bouncing at him and Badrinath kept hopping and weaving out of it. He tried to play an upper cut but the ball passed very close to the gloves. West Indies were convinced that it went off the edge and the umpire Norman Malcolm nearly gave them the official license to celebrate. The left hand seemed to move, as if he was about to raise it, before he stopped it and nodded his head. Agony for West Indies, reprieve for Badrinath, who, however, eventually fell to another bouncer.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo