Sanju Samson used the depth of the crease well to counter spinners against KKR © IANS (File Photo)
Sanju Samson used the depth of the crease well to counter spinners against KKR © IANS (File Photo)

 

May 5, 2014

 

In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game played between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata’s captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. There was a tinge of grass on the wicket which surprised many, but the track has played true till the completion of 12 overs.  It was Ajinkya Rahane who showcased some fine stroke-play by playing shots with equanimity, balance and poise.

 

The way he stood tall in the crease to play shots against Umesh Yadav just showed the true quality of the batsman on view. Kolkata bowlers didn’t help their cause by bowling both sides of the wicket.  Shakib-Al Hasan and Sunil Narine were introduced early into the attack. Yet, Rahane continued to essay some beautiful shots on the back-foot and looked in sublime touch.  He was finally run out for a well-measure innings of 30 from a mere 23 balls. Sanju Samson replaced him at the crease and looked in fine touch. He used the depth of the crease particularly against spinners very well. At the other end of the spectrum, Karun Nair too played well. Even the former Essex all-rounder, Ryan Ten Doeschate came into the attack and he did a fine job with his brand off off-cutters rather then bowling seam-up. After the completion of 12 overs, they look set for a good score on the board.

 

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