Presenting 'Tashi Shopa'
A spellbinding performance by the students of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) was a welcome change in a tournament where the entrees have normally featured the introduction of cheerleaders wriggling to popular Bollywood songs. A group of TIPA artistes slipped in, dressed in fur head to toe, moving in a synchronised rhythm to the Tibetan drum tunes before ending the performance with clockwise and anti-clockwise pirouettes in the air, which brought not only the crowds but also the players to a standstill. Performed by 14 young men, the opera-like act is called 'Tashi Shopa', one of the oldest dance forms in Tibet. Literally it means 'lucky dance' and is performed occasionally only when the Dalai Lama returns home from a foreign visit.
Sanga reverses his own fortunes
Batsmen will tell you the shot that proved fatal would have been successful nine times out of ten. But nine times out of ten Kumar Sangakkara would not have attempted the ill-judged reverse-sweep that cut short a brilliant innings. Thankfully, his long-time ally, pal and countryman Mahela Jayawardene to carry the home team to a strong total.
It was a very high catch, and there were plenty of moths swarming around under the floodlights. But RP Singh never was in a secure position to pouch the skier from Jayawardene as he wobbled at midwicket like the insects around him and finally fell down yards away from the ball's landing point.
Common sense, Yuvraj!
As soon as he hit the shot Yuvraj Singh knew it would land in the hands of the long-off. So he sighed, let out a groan, but forgot that with only one ball left it was important to get the well-settled Jayawardene on strike. Instead he stood his ground for a moment, waved the bat like a hand-fan, completely ignorant, and, uninterested in responding to the desperately charging Jayawardene's call. In the end the Sri Lankan remained stranded at the non-striker's end, seven runs short of becoming the only batsman to score two centuries in one IPL.