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Batting Powerplays continue to befuddle the skippers

The batting Powerplays have become a headache for most teams and no one is more eager to solve the puzzle than India captain MS Dhoni. HT reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2011 00:09 IST
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The batting Powerplays have become a headache for most teams and no one is more eager to solve the puzzle than India captain MS Dhoni. The Indians were at the receiving end twice — losing too many wickets trying to score maximum runs from the five overs.

Against South Africa last week, Dhoni promoted Yusuf Pathan to bat the opposition out of the game when India were 267 for 1 after 40 overs. But the plan backfired and they lost nine wickets for 29 runs.

It's not just Dhoni who is trying to find the right way to utilise the Powerplay. Even New Zealand stand-in skipper Ross Taylor is unsure when to take the Powerplay, despite his team having the best track record in scoring maximum runs in the five overs.

"When is the best time to use the Powerplay, I don't think any team has mastered it but at the same time I don't think any team has been particularly poor at it either," said Taylor, who took the Powerplay against Canada soon after Brendon McCullum reached his century. "It is logical to take the Powerplay when you have two set batsmen at the crease."

McCullum perished soon after but the team still managed to score 74 runs from the five overs with Taylor scoring 45.

However, the big-hitting New Zealander insisted that teams would have to be more innovative with Powerplays in the knockout stages to be effective.

"Powerplay is just not all about scoring a lot of runs. Quite often it's getting their best bowler back and using them up for the Powerplay and then catching up with what you might not have got in the Powerplay later on — maybe against lesser bowlers."

Perhaps Dhoni is also thinking on the same lines.