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

Rohit, Malinga lead Mumbai to impressive win

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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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  • stormy16 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???

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

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

  • Cheyy 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 !!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Quazar 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.

  • ashuloyal 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...

  • Najja 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.

  • blondblackberry 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.

  • kapilesh23 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 .

  • stormy16 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???

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

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

  • Cheyy 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 !!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Quazar 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.

  • ashuloyal 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...

  • Najja 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.

  • blondblackberry 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.

  • kapilesh23 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 .

  • rohanblue on April 25, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Saurabh Singh, rohit sharma got more than enough chances in the past, bt he always failed, he proved that he cnt play quality bowling, the 2 centuries he scored was against zimbabwe and another 1 against srilanka(lanka playing without their major bowlers like malinga , murli), after 61 odis he has an average of 27, rohit is nt fr international cricket, his timing is only limited to the dead slow pitches in india, we all saw what happened to him against steyn in sa......

  • on April 25, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    If it hadn't been for the third umpire's three clinical decisions the Deccan Chargers would have had a different story to tell. It is impossible for the leg umpire to decide on such a difficult situation. In Don Bradman's times the third umpire was not there(Television), surely he must have got the benefit of doubt on such situations innumerable times. From that point of view Sachin Tendulakar is the greatest batsman of all times, not the Don, meaning no offence to his greatness. Surendra Sharma

  • Finn92 on April 24, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    What is it about the IPL for Sharma, whenever I see him bat in it he looks as good as any but as soon as he's playing for India it's so different. He could do great things for India but he seems to go in his shell and crumble under the expectation and pressure. It's totally the opposite in the IPL, question is does he deserve another chance after wasting so many?

  • on April 24, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Yehhh again vectory for mumbai indian continues the party time for them well done and happy bd to sachin

  • on April 24, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    @rohanblue- i agree with the fact that rohit didnt grab his opportunity on the international level, but what surprises me is the fact that you have compared him to murli vijay and jadega... dude can you name me one youngster in india (or even world for that matter) who has such effortless and yet effective and classy strokeplay! he is a natural talent born to bat no matter whether you play him in national side or not.... form is temporary man, but class in permanent!!!

  • on April 24, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    congratulation to my team MI,excellent performance so far,as long u do the basic correct in cricket the end result going to be good,malinga make a big difference in this team,MI will win this IPL,all the players look in good form,i would like to see the Caribbean star pollard more up the order,good to take a shot open the batting with sachin to get in the runs scoring,dont wait for him at the later stage,we all know what he and gayle can do,so i be glad to see him in action before the next round start,,,sachin is a great cricketer which i look up to,Happy birthday sachin

  • InsideHedge on April 24, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    The Slinga should have a statue of him built outside of Wankhede. The man is a treasure!

  • InsideHedge on April 24, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Happy Birthday to Sachin. Thank-you for giving *US* fans a birthday present: a MI win! Rohit Sharma oozes CLASS. Message to all the haters out there: get off his back! Symmo is a great buy and you can tell he's a great mentor for Rohit, the two bat so well together. Smart move by Sachin to send Pollard ahead of both and not in between. 2day, Pollard didn't come off with the bat but it's just a matter of time. However, he really needs to work on his bowling. MI winning despite messing up some of their overseas buys. Jacobs proved his worth 2day, a rapid start and a top stumping which alone justifies his keeping ahead of Rayudu. Another top bowling and fielding display by MI.

  • luvhackerr on April 24, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    well done dc by giving away all match winning players 2 other teams....shame on dc selectors

  • rohanblue on April 24, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    a request to indian selectors, plz plz dnt give chances to players like rohit sharma , murli vijay, and ravindra jadeja on the basis of ipl performance, they never fail in ipl, and always fail in international cricket, all of them r only club players, nothing more than that, plz consider valthaty or manoj tiwary.....

  • 44johter on April 24, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    i wonder when pollard will get to play a real innings.

  • on April 24, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    i bet MUMBAI INDIANS r going 2 win this years' IPL....4r the god.....SRT...!!!!!

  • narvan on April 24, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    WELL DONE MI. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SACHIN,WISH YOU VERY LONG & HEALTHY LIFE. Rohit provides much more stability in middle order for MI.that MI lacks in their LAST SEASON.maliga is great asset for mumbai indians.

  • on April 24, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Happy Bday Little Master.. And all the best for winning the IPL 2011

  • Balumekka on April 24, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Malinga proving to be the best T20 bowler in the game. What a talent!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 24, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    The difference is the MAN from GALLE. Guess WHO he is.

  • on April 24, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    What more? Sachin Got his Orange Cap back on his birthday!!! Happy Birthday Sachin... you deserve to be called "SIR"!!!

  • Predator89 on April 24, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is the most balanced side in IPL4.Rohit started to show his stuff at the right moment he proved it against Chennai and today he was involved in a vital partnership with Symmo. Finnaly Symmo got to bat :) Malinga is in form of his life bowling the unplayable deliiveries.Their fielding is awesome that's the reason they won against Chennai.All the best MI :) Happy Birthday Sachin :) :) :)

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  • Predator89 on April 24, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is the most balanced side in IPL4.Rohit started to show his stuff at the right moment he proved it against Chennai and today he was involved in a vital partnership with Symmo. Finnaly Symmo got to bat :) Malinga is in form of his life bowling the unplayable deliiveries.Their fielding is awesome that's the reason they won against Chennai.All the best MI :) Happy Birthday Sachin :) :) :)

  • on April 24, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    What more? Sachin Got his Orange Cap back on his birthday!!! Happy Birthday Sachin... you deserve to be called "SIR"!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 24, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    The difference is the MAN from GALLE. Guess WHO he is.

  • Balumekka on April 24, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Malinga proving to be the best T20 bowler in the game. What a talent!

  • on April 24, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Happy Bday Little Master.. And all the best for winning the IPL 2011

  • narvan on April 24, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    WELL DONE MI. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SACHIN,WISH YOU VERY LONG & HEALTHY LIFE. Rohit provides much more stability in middle order for MI.that MI lacks in their LAST SEASON.maliga is great asset for mumbai indians.

  • on April 24, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    i bet MUMBAI INDIANS r going 2 win this years' IPL....4r the god.....SRT...!!!!!

  • 44johter on April 24, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    i wonder when pollard will get to play a real innings.

  • rohanblue on April 24, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    a request to indian selectors, plz plz dnt give chances to players like rohit sharma , murli vijay, and ravindra jadeja on the basis of ipl performance, they never fail in ipl, and always fail in international cricket, all of them r only club players, nothing more than that, plz consider valthaty or manoj tiwary.....

  • luvhackerr on April 24, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    well done dc by giving away all match winning players 2 other teams....shame on dc selectors