Mumbai Give Tendulkar Perfect Birthday Present
Mumbai Indians 172-4 (Sharma 56no) beat
Deccan Chargers 135-8 (Malinga 3-9) by 37 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Hyderabad
Mumbai Indians displayed their all-round strength in a comprehensive 37-run victory over Deccan Chargers at Hyderabad, taking a fifth Indian Premier League 2011 victory.
With this win, they moved up to the top of the table with ten points while Deccan are at the opposite end, in tenth and tied at four points, tied with three other teams.
Chasing 173 for victory, Deccan began shabbily when instead they needed a stable start. Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan returned to the pavilion without doing much and the score read 41 for two in the 6th over. Soon enough it became 54 for three as Cameron White was run out.
That was the second run out for Deccan out of their top four batsmen, Sohal being the other one. In the tenth over, Bharat Chipli was sent back by Keiron Pollard as Mumbai continued to bowl and field tightly. Even so, the home team were in the same position as their opponents at the halfway mark in the innings at 70 for four, only needing someone to finish this off.
Kumar Sangakkara, their captain and one big batting hope was still batting, and it was assumed that he would see them through. He made 34 runs off 28 balls with three fours and was playing with calm, before compatriot Lasith Malinga produced an accurate and quick ball, like he often does. Sangakkara’s stumps were crashed and he was out bowled, with Deccan reduced to 93 for five.
Earlier Dhawan too had fallen in the same fashion, having made 25 runs, bowled by Malinga. It was more than a turning point in the second innings as the next two wickets fell in the space of eight runs and two overs. The slow pace of scoring inevitably meant that Deccan were now staring down the barrel and despite the fact that they weren’t bowled out by Mumbai, they could only rack up 135 for eight in the 20 overs.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar’s side was put into bat on his 38th birthday. Although the maestro missed out celebrating even a half-century, he did provide an entertaining start to the innings alongwith Davey Jacobs. They put on 47 runs in only 5.1 overs before Jacobs was first out.
Tendulkar’s was the big wicket though and it came immediately after the first strategic time-out. The score was 70 for one at that point but Mumbai fell into mayhem as they lost three wickets for zero runs in five deliveries. Amit Mishra had snapped up both Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu, while Pragyan Ojha got Keiron Pollard for a first ball duck.
At 70 for four though, Andrew Symonds was joined by Rohit Sharma and together they showed enough composure to dig their team out of the hole. Sharma completed his second half-century in as many matches, finishing unbeaten on 56 off 34 balls with five fours and three sixes.
Symonds meanwhile had a good workout at the crease too, also ending 44 not out from 33 balls as Mumbai set up a not-too-easy target.
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