Mumbai Indians 101-5 beat
Deccan Chargers 100 by 5 wickets
Indian Premier League 2012, Mumbai
In the second thrilling match of the day in the Indian Premier League 2012, Mumbai Indians beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets at Mumbai.
With this win, they have lifted themselves up to third in the league table that is increasingly close with teams tightly packed and unable to break away.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to field first, on what looked like a pitch suited for bowlers. And it turned out to be so, providing assistance to them all they way through, resulting in a low-scoring game.
Deccan's batting has let them down throughout and it was so today as well as they were bowled out for 100 runs. The highest stand of the innings was indeed the opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel, worth 37 runs, as Kumar Sangakkara was not available for the game.
RP Singh broke their partnership in the sixth over and then Harbhajan Singh accounted for both Dhawan and Ishank Jaggi to peg them back. They never really recovered and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Cameron White was out for a duck while Daniel Christian also failed to get going. JP Duminy held up one end, staying unbeaten through the end, making 25 runs off 24 balls with three fours, but he just didn’t get any support as Lasith Malinga cleaned up the tail.
The Sri Lankan slinger took four for 16 in 3.4 overs to wrap up their innings in the 19th over. Dhawan was the top scorer with 29 runs off 32 balls, including three fours.
In reply, Mumbai got off to the worst start possible as Dale Steyn bowled fellow countryman Richard Levi off the very first ball.
With him charged up, Deccan were not going to make it easy for Mumbai and they didn't let up the pressure until the very end.
Steyn bowled a magnificent spell of two for 10 in his four overs, accounting for Dinesh Karthik as well. Veer Pratap Singh got the important wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, out for 14 runs as Deccan bowlers struck some vital blows in the middle order.
But Rohit Sharma held fort once again, making it possible for Mumbai to stay in the hunt. He played a pivotal knock off 48 balls, scoring 42 runs, with four fours and one six as he led them towards victory.
After he was out in the 14th over with the score on 75, James Franklin and Ambati Rayudu came together to make sure the winning runs were scored in the 19th over.
Franklin was fifth out in 17th over, but Rayudu stayed until the very end, unbeaten on 19 off 15 balls.
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