Chargers Hand Mumbai Second Defeat In A Row
Deccan Chargers 135-6 (Kulkarni 3-27) beat
Mumbai Indians 125-8 (Tendulkar 37) by 10 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
The Deccan Chargers beat the Mumbai Indians by ten runs to hand the tournament favourites a second straight defeat in a low-scoring encounter at the Wankhede Stadium.
No batsman could score more than 27 for the Chargers but their score of 135 for six proved to be enough despite Dhawal Kulkarni returning figures of three for 26.
Sachin Tendulkar top scored for Mumbai with 37 in 42 balls as they struggled with the bat, only closing on 125 for eight thanks to a late blast from Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh.
Pollard was dismissed in the final over - from which the Mumbai side had needed to score 26 to win - for 24 in 13 balls while Harbhajan was unbeaten on 17 in 12 balls.
Youngster Anand Rajan, trusted to bowl the final over by Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara, returned three for 27, dismissing Tendulkar, Pollard and Tirumalsetti Suman for 14.
No other player reached double figures in another disappointing batting effort by Mumbai, who were dismissed for 87 in their previous outing.
Earlier, the Chargers made a poor start when Michael Lumb was bowled by Lasith Malinga for nought but hit back with Sunny Sohal making 20 and both Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan hitting 27.
Dhawan, moved down the order to bat at number seven, was unbeaten having faced just 18 balls, hitting two fours and one six as the Chargers set up a winning score.
Kulkarni removed Sangakkara, Bharat Chipli (10) and Daniel Christian (18) before Amit Mishra thumped 18 runs from six balls including an explosive final over from Munaf Patel where the two players, as well as Kulkarni, got involved in heated discussions.
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