It was short, it was pitched wide of leg stump, it hit David Warner high on the pad, with the batsman on the hop. Ben Hilfenhaus probably didn't think he had too much of a chance when he turned around to appeal, but let out an impressive bellow anyway. Umpire Vineet Kulkarni raised his finger. Sunrisers Hyderabad had already lost Shikhar Dhawan earlier in the over, and Warner's dismissal left them with two of their top three in the hut inside three overs. For a team as top-heavy as Sunrisers, it was a sickening blow.
The slower ball
Mohit Sharma delivers the back-of-the-hand slower ball so perfectly that the seam comes out upright, and often remains that way after pitching. This delivery was quite potent on a particularly sluggish Sharjah pitch. Having conceded only 11 runs in his first two overs, Mohit came back to bowl the 18th over, with Aaron Finch in the 40s and looking to launch. Out came that slower ball and Finch picked it late. He had almost completed his across-the-line swing when the ball pitched and hit middle stump.
Against Kings XI Punjab, when the match was already lost, Karn Sharma had hooked Mitchell Johnson for six, over the roof of the East Stand and out of the ground. With Sunrisers going in to this game with five specialist bowlers, Karn had the responsibility of batting at No. 7. In the 19th over, Hilfenhaus banged one in short at Karn. He clearly hadn't watched him deal with Johnson. Karn hooked once more, and the ball cleared the East Stand roof once more. Next ball, Karn launched Hilfenhaus over cover for another six, and eventually finished on an unbeaten 7-ball 17.
Dale Steyn was fired up, and Brendon McCullum didn't have too much time to react to a well-directed bouncer that rose towards his head. McCullum went for the pull, and connected sweetly. For a moment it seemed as though he had picked out Venugopal Rao at deep midwicket, but the fielder had walked in some five yards from the rope, and the ball just about cleared his outstretched, leaping form. The stump mike at the bowlers' end picked up Steyn's furious reaction. "Stay on the rope, for heaven's sake!" was the gist of what he said, but he expressed himself in altogether more colourful manner.
The checked six
Ishant Sharma had watched CSK's bowlers make good use of the slower ball and cottoned on to how effective it could be. He seemed to have fooled Dwayne Smith with one of these, full and straight. Smith, into the shot too early, checked his bat-swing, and it seemed as if the ball would land in long-on's hands. Instead, it sailed way over his head and landed quite a few rows back.