If you're a legspinner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, be prepared to bat at No.5. On Thursday, to everyone's surprise, Amit Mishra walked in at that position and didn't quite satisfy his role as the pinch-hitter scoring 15 off 21. In Jaipur, with Sunrisers reeling at 7 for 3 after two overs, the team management didn't fail to surprise again, promoting Karan Sharma. For the second time, the experiment failed, as Sharma tried pulling Faulkner and got a top edge to fine leg. Any legspinners left to promote?
Rahul Dravid, one of the game's safest catchers, pulled off one of the tournament's headline catches when he showed off his reflexes at midwicket against Pune Warriors, taking a one-handed catch. His reflexes weren't as sharp today, when he stretched his right hand at extra cover and failed to catch Ashish Reddy. Dravid appeared to move a bit late towards the ball and only ended up patting the ball away. It was a chancy innings by Reddy, who was dropped again, by Stuart Binny, three balls later.
Darren Sammy delayed his arrival for the IPL to be at home for the birth of his daughter, who he calls Princess Skai. Never shy of showing off his colourful celebrations, usually a dance move, Sammy had a treat for his little girl when he reached his fifty, his first in T20s. He took out the baby pacifier tied around his neck and sucked on it, bringing his arms together for a cradling action.
The half-hearted appeal
Shane Watson was starting to look dangerous against the spinners, punishing anything marginally short. When Mishra bowled a flatter one, Watson pounced it down the pitch and the ball brushed the stump, knocking the bails down with Dravid out of the crease. Mishra appealed half-heartedly, appearing unsure whether he got a finger to the ball. Shortly after, Sunrisers withdrew the appeal. Should be good for their Fairplay points.