Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 29, 2012

Deccan lose close game, again


Mumbai Indians 101 for 5 (Rohit 42, Steyn 2-10) beat Deccan Chargers 100 (Dhawan 29, Duminy 25*, Malinga 4-16, Harbhajan 2-13) by five wickets
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After their first win on Thursday following five consecutive losses, Deccan Chargers were back to being what they have been this IPL season - dismal and disappointing. Once again, a decent start proved to be a false dawn. Once again, they had only themselves to blame. On a greenish Wankhede pitch aiding fast bowlers, Chargers allowed Harbhajan Singh figures of 4-0-13-2. They contrived to lose regular wickets, hitting wide balls straight to fielders. And they did not have another bowler remotely in the class of Dale Steyn, who tormented the home batsmen nearly every delivery he bowled.

Not that Chargers did not try, initially at least. Their captain Kumar Sangakkara, with 83 runs in five games at a strike-rate of 95.40, sat out the game. Chargers made three more changes. Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel even managed to add 37 by the sixth over, which was not a bad start given the appreciable swing and bounce RP Singh was getting.

And then they fell apart. Six wickets went down in the space of 7.3 overs for 29 runs. Parthiv checked his drive to an RP slower delivery but ended up chipping it to mid-on. With Cameron White, JP Duminy and Daniel Christian available, Chargers sent Ishank Jaggi at No. 3. After looking clueless against pace for six deliveries, Jaggi tried to attack Harbhajan and found mid-off. White slashed his first delivery to third man; Christian was to cut his fifth straight to point.

In between, Dhawan, having watched his side implode, charged out to Harbhajan, only to be stumped for 29. It was to be the highest score by a Chargers batsman tonight. Harbhajan kept the pressure up, firing some in, tossing many up, and varying his pace.

Though Duminy tried to ensure Chargers at least played out their 20 overs, their lower order crumbled against Lasith Malinga by the 19th. It wasn't an easy pitch to bat on by any means but Chargers needed something truly special from Steyn to even challenge Mumbai Indians.

Steyn tried as hard as he could. He knocked back Richard Levi's stumps first ball of the chase with a pacy outswinger. He could have had Rohit Sharma four times in four deliveries, but the ball beat the outside edge each time. Steyn came back in the ninth over, with a forward short leg to Dinesh Karthik, who immediately nibbled one through to the wicketkeeper.

Steyn could have had a third wicket, and Chargers could have still made a match of it, had Amit Mishra not put down a straightforward chance off James Franklin at third man with 36 needed off 44. The scorebook recorded a spell of 4-0-10-2, but it did not reveal the extent of the pressure Steyn created, even in a chase of just 101.

Rohit's luck, though, was to earn him an invaluable 42 runs, and ultimately prove decisive. He was beaten on the drive, he was beaten on the cut, and he was beaten on the defensive push. Inside edges eluded the stumps. An airy push went just over extra cover, a clip just past midwicket. But today, Rohit had more lives than a cat. By the time he finally threw it away, holing out down the ground off Duminy, Mumbai Indians needed only 26 off 36.

The home side handed the visitors another chance, when Franklin gloved a hook to the keeper, but Mishra was to again give it away. A wide, a full toss and a short ball in his poor 18th over that went for 14 finally shut the door on Chargers, leaving them with their sixth loss in seven completed games.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Karan on May 2, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    MI has not chosen a good team so far this season. They hve not experimented, & keeping in mind that pitches are slow at Kolkata against which MI faces 2 matches, inclusion of Ojha would be a plus. If pollard is fit, that would again be a gain. If not plz, plz plz for the sake of your fans choose a side which is not lop-sided with bowlers. It's all about batsman & whn u have likes of malinga, u only need to worry bout 16 overs which can be bowled by atleast 6 players in the side. that shold not be a problem. My pick for MI for rest of the matches. With or W/o Pollard.

    Blizzard, SRT, Rohit, Rayadu, Franklin, Karthik, Levi,Bhajji, Ojha, Malinga, Munaf

    If pollard is playing obviously they should include him. Open wid Karthik, who has done well in past at that position.

    Karthik, SRT, Rohit, Rayadu, Franklin,Pollard, Levi/Peterson,Bhajji, Ojha, Malinga, Munaf

    Drop Levi down the order & see whethr he can b useful there. If not Peterson is doing a decent job @ no. 7, not ideal but useful..

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    This is too andrew 27794, and others who are contiually critical of australian players White, Christian & others, go in and have a look at their stats. I agree their not playing at their best at present but who is in the D.C.s,their stats show their in the top 5 or 6 players in runs and wickets, so please tell me otherthan about 3 other players, who is playing well enough not to be dropped.Christian didn't play about 3 games and still gets the blame, next you will be blaming Dan Harris and he's only played one game.

  • Harsha on May 1, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I think Malinga was denied his mom by some show off bowling by styne in a green top.argument of Malinga or styne should be looked from who win more matches for his side than who bowls fast and excitingly on some pitches. Comments on Malinga finishing the tale also tells you why he finishes for his side and win many matches we have seen Malinga come at end and finish it off for sl or mi.but how many have you seen it from styne? Specially outside south african pitches where seamer friendly.also when dc got out for 101 mi knew styne is the only treat and they defensive again styne which helped him a great deal apart from who would you call more dangerouse a consistent match winner or a guy who performes on green tops with a negative batting approach.

  • Ranga on April 30, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Irrespective of the wicket and everything, DC needs to field the following team if they need to win

    Dhawan, Patel, Sangakkara, Duminy, Sohal, Sharma, Gony, Reddy, Steyn, Theron, Singh

    May be they earn more by pre telling they gonna lose by this much or at this point...Otherwise why on earth would some one change the winning team which apparently won a game after 7 games...I think too much Australian biasness creeping in to the camp...Otherwise can't figure out why Lehmann give stupid Christian chances over and over when there's a perfectly capable Theron sitting out...May be he feels it's not good to let SA over power Australia within the camp..

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    well played at the end by MI...! its a nice to see bajii getting is form back... still MI need to get a solid middle order batsman at the nxt auction.. their is no point in playing with players like Levi, Jacobs as openers... instead use franklin or a young indian batsman.. Mali deserve the man of the match bcoz he was the highest wicket taker in this match or even Sharma deserves it (Steyn is a great bowler bt the wickets he took didnt let DC win at the end... poor selection..)... I feel really sorry for DC.. their mngt is horrible,so is their coach.. they should hav played with the same team that they won the match earlier with... if players r out of form and dropping catches, coach should take the responsibility.. i

  • Kendal on April 30, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Levi is going to start getting a complex soon..that first ball was one of the most unplayable deliveries I have ever seen. Levi vs Steyn 8 balls, 1 run, 2 clean bowled...

  • shailesh on April 30, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @Robin-Hood: get your facts right mate. MI did win a match against KXIP in Mohali without Malinga... "IF" sachin Played.... these ifs and buts dont work.. anything might have happened... you are claiming as if Sachin set the stadium on fire in the match.. and the point was not of who is lucky star but who deserved the MOM. as far as I know MOM are not given to a player just coz he is lucky.. it is given for stand-out performance on the given day...

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I don't understand why the selectors still go for Amith Mishra who was very costly in almost all the matches played so far ......He's been partly responsible of the poor show of DC & many dropped catches as well.

  • Robin on April 30, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @pai11, steyn bowled most to Rohith Sharma not to Sachin. If sachin faced steyn's first over, you could see the first 4 bowls mid off boundry line. Then u'd say just another bad day in the office. DC recorded only win without Steyn. DC lost all their matches when Steyn was playing. MI lost all the matches when Malinga was not there. So who's the lucky star? Frankly both are great bowlers, malinga's yokers and steyn's busy bowling action.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Malinga is a Match winner.You can go back to the won matches let it be SL matches or MI matches where most of the matches were won thanks to Maling's fearsome bowling...

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