The partnership of peril

Modern fielding methods dictate it is better to have back-up. So both Tim Southee, from deep square leg, and Harbhajan Singh, from deep midwicket, hared after a Manish Pandey flick in the 13th over. It should have been a relatively straightforward save, but neither fielder pulled out. Southee's concentration was on the ball, as he slid to pick it up. Meanwhile Harbhajan was hopping about trying to avoid a collision. This time, at least, two really wasn't quite better than one.

Practice makes perfect

It should have been a run-out. A Robin Uthappa nurdle was picked up by Ambati Rayudu running in from midwicket. The non-striker, Gautam Gambhir, had been looking for a single and just about realised the danger he was in when the throw came in. The ball looped over him, the stumps and the startled umpire, and sat snugly in Kieron Pollard's hands at cover. That was the sighter because the next ball, too, came at the West Indian. A bouncer from Mitchell McClenaghan hurried Uthappa and his pull shot became a top edge. Pollard, who knew his bucket hands were working perfectly fine, was there again lapping up the catch.

Capital luck

Rohit Sharma was worried about the dew at the toss. He probably did not want the ball slipping out of his bowlers' hands while they were trying to defend a total. Turns out he should have been more worried about his fielders. He was the first culprit, dropping Gautam Gambhir at midwicket. The Knight Riders captain, who was on 30, went on to complete his 27th fifty - the most by anyone in IPL - and then offered another chance on 55. With Gambhir slogging away, a Jasprit Bumrah slower ball induced the top edge, and a Jasprit Bumrah blunder made sure it did not become a wicket.


Brad Hogg is 45 years old. His sense of humour has already set him apart in commentary circles. But he's just not ready to give up playing. And why should he, after the run-out he pulled off in his second over? Parthiv Patel had come down the track, looking for a single towards midwicket, but hadn't hit it hard enough. Hogg recognised the opportunity, abandoned his follow-through and sprinted across the pitch, past an uninterested Rohit. He slid, grabbed the ball and sent in his throw, giving wicketkeeper Uthappa plenty of time to break the stumps despite Parthiv's dive.

The dual dupe

In the 10th over, Hardik Pandya earned his team five runs by doing absolutely nothing. He had stepped outside leg in the hopes of freeing his arms, but chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav followed him a little too enthusiastically. The ball was nowhere near the batsman's reach - or the wicketkeeper Uthappa's - and it skipped away to the fine leg boundary. The next ball yielded six runs thanks to a little deception from Rohit Sharma this time. He had chipped the ball to long-on for a couple, and just as he was returning to the batting crease, he looked back to see the throw coming straight at him. Rohit ducked and Uthappa, who had been blinded, was in no position to collect the ball which raced away to the third man boundary.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo