Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Hyderabad April 24, 2011

Rohit, Malinga lead Mumbai to impressive win


Mumbai Indians 172 for 4 (Rohit 56*, Symonds 44*, Mishra 2-14) beat Deccan Chargers 135 for 8 (Sangakkara 34, Malinga 3-9) by 37 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Deccan Chargers had the chance to retain Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds, but let both of them go, and paid the price on Sunday. The pair came together with Mumbai wobbling at 70 for 4 in the 10th over, having lost three wickets for the addition of no run in six balls, and proceeded to pulverise their former side in a 102-run stand that came off just 65 balls. Mumbai followed up the pyrotechnics of their Deccan imports with a typically clinical show in the field, to surge to a four-point lead at the top of the IPL table.

Having galloped to a strong score, Mumbai seized control with three pieces of brilliance, all of which involved Lasith Malinga slinging the stumps down. The first was a stunning yorker that the aggressive Shikhar Dhawan did well to save his toes from, though his leg stump was not so fortunate. Cameron White came in at Dhawan's fall and sucked the momentum out of the chase after struggling to get bat on ball in his short stay. It ended when he pushed his seventh ball to mid-off and set off on an ambitious single. Malinga swooped on the ball and fired in a throw that clattered into the stumps at the non-striker's end to catch White short. Kumar Sangakkara fought hard against the tide, before Malinga returned to blow his middle and off pegs out with a superfast, low full toss. The chase was as good as over when Davy Jacobs stumped Daniel Christian while standing up to Munaf Patel.

In reality, Deccan never recovered from the Rohit-Symonds show, especially the last two overs that bled 40 runs. Symonds began the closing brutality by smashing Dale Steyn's length bowling for two fours and a six in the penultimate over. Rohit then took over, flaying Christian for three sixes and a four in the 20th. Christian invited trouble by serving up two full tosses and two length balls at a hittable pace. Rohit, who finds a new plane when he is batting in the IPL, tucked in with emphatic blows down the ground, the last of which left Christian floored in his follow through.

Mumbai's innings followed three distinct phases. The first was guided by Jacobs' enterprise against the new ball, while Sachin Tendulkar played the support role. It's not easy to take the spotlight off Tendulkar, especially so on his birthday, but Jacobs managed it for the first five overs. He began with a reverse slap off Amit Mishra in the opening over, before thumping Pragyan Ojha for a straight six. He proceeded to shred Ishant Sharma's shoddy lines for fours on either side of the wicket, and scrambled Christian's lengths with quick feet to loot two more boundaries.

Tendulkar survived a close shout for lbw in the first over before trotting inside the line to Steyn's first ball to whip him through midwicket. Thereafter, Tendulkar seemed too eager to impose himself by charging out to Ishant and Steyn, who both hit speeds around 145 kph and gave him nothing to drive. Still, Mumbai managed to reach 47 in the first five overs, before Deccan hit back.

Jacobs fell attempting an ambitious heave off Ishant, but Tendulkar counter-punched with two boundaries in the same over. However, the advent of spin with spread-out fields stalled Mumbai's progress. Mishra struck twice in three balls, beating Tendulkar in the flight and enticing Ambati Rayudu to hole out. Soon after, Kieron Pollard miscued an against-the-turn paddle off his first ball, to leave Mumbai reeling. It was time for their middle-order muscle to rescue them.

Symonds and Rohit checked in cautiously as Mumbai went boundary-less for 40 balls, but switched gears rapidly thereafter. Rohit began the assault by sweeping Ojha for four before Symonds forehanded a short ball from Christian through long-off. With Rohit timing his drives particularly well, Ishant kept trying to tuck him up, but Rohit responded with a couple of strong pulls. Around that time, the owners of the Deccan Chargers franchise must have begun wondering if they had got it horribly wrong at the auction. By the end of the game, they must have been kicking themselves.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dru on April 26, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I can work out why Rohith and Kholi havent had a chance at test cricket for India while guys like Pujara, Raina, Badrinath have got ago. Make no mistake the three noted have great potential but Rohith and Kholi have done it at an international level playing proper cricket but still dont make the cut at test level. Another notable selection issue is Marsh and Waner for the 50 over game for Australia - surely these two must be in the starting eleven for the Australian side. Valthaty - where have they been hidding this guy???

  • Sampath on April 26, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Without malinga rohiths fifty in vain..they never give credit to main trump malinga...comeon.

  • VJ on April 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has got plenty of talent and we all witness that only in IPLs but when it comes to the biggest stage, he is failing dramatically..He has a tight competition ahead as already we have got some inn form batters back in the dressing room...Marsh, he is a clas act..cant forget the innings he played wit Sanga in 1st IPL !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    @rohan bue, soory mate. from ur comments it appears u understand cricket as just fours & sixes. Its apparent when u compare rohit sharma with ravindra jadeja & vijay & recommend valthaty & tiwary. First learn few nuances abt batting & bowling & then write ur comments.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I have read so many comments regarding rohit failing on international level, but those who understand nuances of cricket rather than statistics will agree he's the complete batsman in the current crop. He can shift gears effortlesly. His only blemish for this criticism is his failure in recent times. people argue selectors giving him many oppurtunities bcos they know his talent. Recently yuvraj in his post world cup interview with headlines today, when asked whom he regards as acomplished batsman in next gen- he said its rohit sharma & added it would b injustice 2 his talent if he dint score min 10000-12000 test runs. that itself spks volume abt this guy. To me, after sachin he's goona b next best bat from mumbai. Com' mon rohit prove ur critics wrong.

  • Bheem on April 25, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and Sean Marsh look like such amazing talents! It's a pity neither one has yet cemented a place in their national colours... but thankfully both still have time to come good.

  • Ashutosh on April 25, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    I have no doubt on rohit's talent. He is a very talented and stylish batsman and one day surely he is going to prove this on international level....instead of criticizing him we have to hope & encourage him for better...because he has the capability to bear the pressure & decorate the inning....He can surely adorn the indian one day, 20-20 as well as test squad...

  • Najaf on April 25, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @blondblackberry In cricket it is very difficult not to have individual brilliance in a match. That is why "Man of the Match" awards are given. In the 5 wins so-far, it was four different player who won MoM in Mumbai. Rohit's brilliance is yet to be honored (in that way). If you watch the matches without prejudice you can see every individual have contributed towards the victory, some with bat, some with ball and others in fielding. And if this is not a team effort, please enlighten us with what is. Yes, Mumbai 'may' fumble at the final hurdle, but that is the sad state of the tournament. Eagerly waiting for the day IPL will truly become a "premier league" with final table toppers walks away with the championship.

  • karthy on April 25, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    mumbai indians wil lose this time also.they relay on few players to win rather play as a team.champion teams are those who play as a team m.i. are not this one.

  • kapilesh on April 25, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    CSK may be the most consistent team of ipl but it was never as dominant as Mumbai in last two Ipl .MI Is looking invincible at the moment .

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