Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Mumbai

Deccan lose close game, again

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

April 29, 2012

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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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Lasith Malinga and Robin Peterson celebrate one of Mumbai's strikes, Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Mumbai, April 29, 2012
Lasith Malinga sunk the Chargers with 4 for 16 © AFP
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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.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
Deccan Chargers 63 8 2 38/1 18/4 0/3
Mumbai Indians 63 7 1 31/2 24/1 0/9

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Posted by Phoenix_Vodka 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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by Hush78 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 matches.how 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 pitch.so who would you call more dangerouse a consistent match winner or a guy who performes on green tops with a negative batting approach.

Posted by ranga_s 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..

Posted by   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

Posted by gimme-a-greentop 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...

Posted by pai11 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by Robin-Hood 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Deccan has been tormented throughout the IPL's 5 years thus far as they are not able to hold any matches in their hometown in Hyderabad. They are more like the current Pakistan team who unfortunately do not have any means to play in front of their home crowd. Indian talent has been the problem with Deccan since the the start. I was really surprised as to why didn't they retain Gilly, Rohit and Symonds last year ? why didn't they bid higher for players like Ambatti Rayadu and Venugopal Rao who could have brought in some valuable local support. Also the decision to sell KP, RP Singh, Harmeet and Ojha have come to haunt them big time. The owners have not invested at all in planning and management, especially with respect to the local talent available. With very little to cheer about this year I would say they are showing signs of a team who would be sold of sooner or later. I must confess I was a die hard Deccan fan who has been disappointed by the team over and over again.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

I don't understand why Lasith Malinga was not selected Man of the Match ...Strange adjudicators to decide the Manage of the Match awards....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

trust me did little champs is way better than dis ipl matches dis year

Posted by TsoroM on (April 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Steyn has been at his absolute best in this IPL. And it seems he is always charged up when he plays against Mumbai. @ MAK123, also have a look at the over he bowled to Richard Levi in their first game between the Chargers and Mumbai. Steyn deserves a bit of luck and whole lot more support from his teammates... And no offence, but Mishra was awful last nite! I personally think he gave away what was still a competitive match with that dropped catch and the over he went for 14 on!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

I really feel Ankit should have played instead of Amit Mishra yesterday. Asish is proving himself as a right inclusion with 3 wkts in 2 games( he almost got another 2, tough chances tough)... He should be tamed enough to continue his good bowling....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Chargers had a harsh decision by umpires. Chipli was out of a no - ball( Franklin's foot landing at the edge of bowling crease, but still umpires ruled it in favor of bowler). Had it not happened, atleast 120-130 runs DC would have made and scenario would have been different. Also if Amit had caught that missed one, even the chase of 101 would have been tough for MI. Anyway, Chargers now has to focus on winning. Bring in Akshat Reddy/Ravi Teja instead of Chipli & Kedhar instead of Jaggi/Jhunjunwala. It will give more balanced team. Theron should be played instead of Christain. If these changes are made and a good team effort comes up, Chargers are hard to beat. Pls utilize ur potential to max extent and start winning again. Still Chargers have chances, if they win 6 of the remaining 7 games. Difficult but possible one too!!! Come on Chargers, win and prove yourselves that u r a tough team to beat..

Posted by All_IS_WELL on (April 30, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

malinga can bowl any kind of wickets . but dale steyn can bowl green fast wickets .

Posted by anshu.s on (April 30, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Deccan's batting is a issue,what does it say about a team whose best batsman this IPL is S.Dhawan who on his best day can score at best with a strike rate of 120.Most of the Indian batsmen in the squad are not known for there fast scoring,for eg- D Ravi Teza,Tanmaya Srivasta,Ishank Jaggi,Abhishek Jhunjhunwala or hit and miss plyers like Sohal and Bharat Chipli.Most farcical selection was that of some Kenyan player called Tanmaya Mishra who is classified as an Indian player.Deccan owners have been mislead by there advisers regarding selection of both Indian and foregin players.

Posted by Atharvshri on (April 30, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

It was very sad to see the Deccan Team without Sangakkara... How can someone like White take charge of the team when he himself is out of form. Very strange to see the below statement before start of the match

Toss 7.30 pm: Cameron White is leading Deccan Chargers today, Kumar Sangakkara has been left out. White said Sangakkara and Lehmann thought the XI they selected today was the best XI, and Sangakkara was not in it.

We have lot of expectations from the team, I do not if I should be suggesting anything but according to me the combination should be

1. D.Harris 2. P.Patel 3. S.Dhawan 4. K.Sangakkara 5. JP Duminy 6. Sunny Sohal 7. A.Jhunjhunwala 8. D.Steyn 9. A.Mishra 10.Ankit Sharma 11.Veer Pratap

Posted by pai11 on (April 30, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@Robin-Hood: one simple question.. if you were to watch a spell of fast bowling, what would you pay for? Malinga polishing off the tail or Steyn tormenting the top-order players without mercy??? MI "top-order" players were clueless against him mate...

Posted by DSINDIAN on (April 30, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Absolutely non competent cricket from both teams..MI never looked to accelerate and improve net run rate...and deccan seemed to come for practice match...Also my suggestion to all MI fans pls dont watch post 8 pm matchs @ WANKEHDE stadium...As playing loud music is banned after 10pm in mumbai...so the match seems to be Dead without any music or announcements in second innings..(even the Cheer girls dancing without music (looks stupid).DY Patil was better...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 30, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Lucky harbhajan(Got wickets of 1 rookie and one hurry batsman) Poor steyn (MI will mostly get him in next auction/player transfer) Pathetic Coach (who is responsible for bringing in second rate Dan christian) ----- Other domestic players barring dhawan(No words)

Posted by chilled_avenger on (April 30, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

All those who are saying that Malinga should have won the Man of match probably do not appreciate World class bowling and instead only look at the stats! Malinga did take 4 wickets but 3 of them were actually tailenders and when he took those last 3 wickets,DC was already struggling at 90/7. Malinga got support from nearly all of his fellow bowlers like Bhajji and Franklin and he only cleaned up the tail except for White. Steyn on the other hand got little support from other bowlers but still made a match of it despite defending a low total and he took 2 top order wickets. And he even got at least one catch of Franklin dropped of his bowling! You should have seen the way Steyn bowled yesterday,Malinga was nowhere close to Steyn's class!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Bad Luck Styen. He should be in RCB or DD, to get reward with wins after that much effort in 9 matches.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

why no comments on Amit mishara? the worst bowler of IPL12...i wonder how he got a chance to play in test.................

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 30, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

i think that it is clearly evident that Sanga is a team player,as he could have carried on playing for as long as he wanted being captain.Instead he acknowledges he is in a dip of form and put the team first by dropping himself..i am not surprised by the teams performances considering the coach...poor cricketer and poor coach...

Posted by MAK123 on (April 30, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Goodness me!! that was the best spell I have ever witnessed from Dale Steyn! The over to Rohit Sharma could be compared to the one Michael Holding bowled to Geoff Bycott

Posted by andrew27994 on (April 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

I think the one of the major problems that DC have is the right team combination. If you notice Duminy always comes to bat at No.5 and by the time he is settled the innings comes to an end with a dismal total so he must bat at No.3. This was the same position he was given by MI. Christian is of absolutely no use to this team. He was one of the most expensive players in the 2011 auction but has not perfromed to their expectations. Theron did not bowl badly in the last game and he is a useful lower order batsman. His contribution helped DC win their first game. So I think DC must give priority to their SA players.

Posted by vak1997 on (April 30, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

well bowled steyn!! awesome!!

Posted by andrew27994 on (April 30, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

I think if DC want to start winning matches they have to do the following: 1) Play both Steyn and Theron and remove Christian 2) Promote Duminy at No.3 because he is a much better batsman than what he has proved in this tournament and usually after him there's no one in the lower order who can stick with him. 3) Improve your fielding for God's sake 4) Do not even think of bringing in an extra batsman like Darren Bravo in the team as he isn't at his best form. So the 4 overseas players for DC should be Steyn, Theron, White and Duminy.

Posted by Robin-Hood on (April 30, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

As a bowler which one is important to the team? taking wickets or making batsman scary and show aggressiveness to the batsman. Malinga took 4 for 16 with the smile on his face without any aggressiveness to the batsman and Steyn got 2for 10 with anger and aggressive way. Malinga took C/White,most important wicket on the crucial time,that was the turning point of the game. So how come Steyn got the man of the match award. Funny game and funny decisions.

Posted by Robin-Hood on (April 30, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

When DC won the last match they should have gone with the same team and give much needed moral boost and keep the momentum going to Sanga and the team instead replacing the Sanga. In this case even Sanga play next game(most unlikely) he has lost his trust on this team again. Sanga is a specialist in pace bouncy wickets. I can't see any logic why they decided to keep Sanga out. You can't say C/White brought the game until the 17 th over and his captaincy was good. We have seen Sanga has taken the game until the last ball and lost many games coz of poor Aussi attack. Surely Sanga should play for a different franchise next season. No captain can make this DC a wining team. Worst management and the worst coach Darren Lehmann.I feel sorry for the Sanga and Steyn and new kid on the block, the young Indian promising bowler for future Pratap Singh, he will be good find for India. That's only thing DC can proud about thanks to Sanga brought him on the stage.

Posted by anver777 on (April 30, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

I was not sure whether i was watching a T20 game or a test innings !!!!! Also feel sorry for the large crowd that have come to watch some entertaining cricket not this type of low scoring affair !!!!!! Over to Groundsman & co.......

Posted by KK_Cricket on (April 30, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Absolutely agree with a few others here.. If any of DC batsmen had shown some patience and tried reaching 130, the result would have been different.. Why is Duminy batting so low? He is one of the only 2 good batsmen in this team.. And for everyone's sake, please drop Dan Christian.. good for nothing player.. I would rather play Theron instead of him in every game.. And also try Daniel Harris.. He is a match winner and should be tried.. And please, drop Amit Mishra... good for nothing player... Always looks dull and without any energy what so ever.. Give Sohal and Gony consistent run.. Results would be visible soon...

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

if ankit sharma would have played insted of mishra would have won the match....mishra he is done nothing on the feild...if team want one spinner to go ahead means go with ankitsharma. sunny sohal should include in team to get better results....

Posted by satanswish on (April 30, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

The most boring T20 game you can ever see. So much struggle to score 100 runs by both teams.

Posted by kishore_4DC on (April 30, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Though I dont like ridiculing DC team, I don't see a positive thing to feel motivated and support them. If not for a flash in the pan game against PWI, they have been very very consistent losing every match they played. And even the game vs PWI it's only one man show, White. Well, an international player hyped so much, delivering on just one match - No good Mr.white. DC team not able to play full 20 overs, shows their batting weakness in black and white. They are defined losers ! forget about scoring 150 + or say we should ve scored another 20 runs.. this is all good for post match gossip ! Even God cannot understand how this team can win a match ? So what next, BCCI or IPL body please scrap this DC team. shame to see such management who just trades players, they are not playing for cricket - pure trading. I shifte myself to DD, coz they invested to get good players, they show spirit, their captain, sehwag turned in 4 good performances.. cant ask more. appreciate gambhir too..

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

The man of the match should have been Lasith Maling,not Dale Steyn ... I don't understand the basis ....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

What is happening with Rohits team mates Raina & Kohli in this IPL ? They are totally flop till today. But nobody is bothering about it. But Rohiit even a shot played in the air people starts critising him. This is not good atall. No body can perform in all matches. See all matches of DC. You will find how Stayn is struggling too. See Gayle, Gambhir, AB, Rahane, Sehwag etc etc. In all their innings they got life, they played miss hits, edges etc etc.....It is T20 cricket. From first ball you have to look for runs. Dear friends. Support Rohit. He is the right candidate for Dravid's place. I am very happy as he is too selected for WI A tour. There he is gettng opportunity to play in four day International matches. Here also I think he is the right candidate for Captaincy than Pujara. Anyways. All the best for Rohit by heart.

Posted by Balumekka on (April 30, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Totally agree with Rajiv Ananth.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

I extreamly sory hearing comments on Rohit after every match. What he is doing wrong ? 230 plus scores for his team with extra ordinary fielding efforts of 9 catches till today. For T20 format what can be impressive contribution from a claas player ? MI won 5 matches. Rohit played 3 match winning innings including last ball 6 of Christian. Why everybody is more interesting in critising him ? Who is 100% perfect in this format ? Rohit was among orange cap holders in first IPL. He was the player of the tournament in second IPL. In team India he is doing well as we saw in last ODI against Pakisan. In almost every interview after MI match every international player praise Rohit about their wish of watching Rohit playing Test mach. Theb why we always crtisise Rohit. Stayn bowled extra ordinary today. But it doesnt mean Rohit played bad. Chaising 100 Rohit contributed 42 is very important. Perhaps match winning.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

white had 4 seamer overs under 5 runs and he goes for spin

Posted by cooldxve on (April 30, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

I don't understand what's wrong with the DC selectors. Ankit Sharma, Juan Theron, Manpreet Goni played well in the last game but were dropped in this one. Instead they played the none-rounder Christian, and two tail-end batsmen Jaggi & Chipli. I feel bad for Steyn. He bowled his heart out but it went in vain. He needs another good pacer to support him, and Theron is the ideal choice. Sunny Sohal should also get a chance instead of Veer Pratab Singh. COME ON DC SELECTORS WAKE UP. YOU HAVE STILL GOT 2% CHANCE TO MAKE IT INTO THE PLAY OFFS. DON'T LET IT SLIP AWAY!

Posted by rsurya on (April 30, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

What a man Steyn is. Wat a delivery he bowls. Master class. When will India produce a bowler with atleast half a quality of steyn.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

DC is picking playing 11 as if there are only 15 players to choose from. Local coaches may be better in IPL because they are usually aware of the local talent. Lehmann probably recommends Aussies who cannot play because of the restrictions. Why was there such a fanfare about Tanmay Mishra from Kenya when he played only one game and didn't bat? Well, DC is out of contention of the top 4, they must fight to avoid the last place, and for that too they need to win 4 more games! Hyderabadis have been lucky so far to miss this dismal show in their city.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

I feel sorry for Steyn for being wid such a pathetic team !

Deccan wont a single of their remaining matches. Bet on that.. !!

Malinga again rocks wid Mumbai...Good luck ahead !

Posted by kunderanengineer on (April 29, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

The only win for DC this season came in the absence of Dale Steyn in the lineup. Try and figure!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

@Dwarkaprasad Chakravarty: "Dhakkan" can mean either a lid or something needing a push. Both meanings apply to Deccans. Can Darren Lehmann sit out a few matches and let somebody else be the coach? DC simply cannot pick the right playing 11. DC middle order really sucks.

Posted by MWaqqar on (April 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

when all teams start with same amount of money at the auction. Why is it that DC ends up with a team like this. I really feel for the lady who is the owner of DC. People like Lehmann have messed up for them.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

This game was not a close one as there were 11 balls left to play. DC needed 20 more runs just to make it a close game. To win, DC needed 30-40 more. DC could not finish twenty overs so that speaks volumes about the middle order. The score was simply too low for any class of bowler to defend. Yet there were a few chances that could have made the game more interesting. White dropped kind of easy chance Rohit offered. Then Mishra dropped another. Mumbai's fielding was excellent and that made the difference. Chipli has played 4 innings so far nad scored only 37 runs whereas Jaggi has played three innings and scored 15 runs.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

This is what happens when people who don't know a thing about cricket try to run a franchise. The owners made some disastrous choices with the foreign players they bought in the auction baring Sanga & Steyn. Sanga may not be as impressive a caption as say Dhoni or Mahela but the team can only be as strong as the weakest player in the first 11 and there are at least 5 players in the team who evidently can't bowl, can't bat & certainly can't field: I've lost count of the many dropped catches in matches they lost. It is obvious the situation is clearly effecting Sanga's batting as he is getting out uncharacteristically trying to slog the ball to long on instead of playing a straight shot.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

And this is what happens when Sangakkara isn't in the Deccan Team. I must admit that White really isn't that great. He only had one good knock.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

hmmm no one praising "bhajji"?

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Richard Levi is an overrated player,I cant see him making an ordinary club side.

Posted by montys_muse on (April 29, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Sunny sohal, ankit sharma and rusty theron shud play from now on instead of jaggi, chipli and christian.

Posted by Perera32 on (April 29, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

@Arpit Agrawal: Sanga didn't get dropped, he decided to sit out himself. Sanga must play in all of Deccan's games if they want to win any more matches. Even if Sanga doesn't perform with the bat, his experience and captaincy will play a vital role. Cameron White and Dan Christian are out of form and should not be playing. If Sanga played, DC would of had a decent chance to win this match, he is the best player in the DC team to play on Green bouncy tracks.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

i say DC deserved to win after an impressive performance untill 17 overs...from the start of 18th...i dont think they do..!! and even with white...i was impressed with his captaincy until 17th over the way he used his bowlers...but he gave away 18th,..i dunno y he went to mishra where ashish was having 2 and dan 1 over..!! and even the team selection....u are having players like jhunjunwala, tanmay mishra, and many domestic batsmen who are wating for a chance.why giving chances again and again to chipli, jaggi? yes...jaggi is impressive with his fielding...but still he is cluless..!! and choosing amith mishra over ankit sharma where he is the one who gave break through all the time DC needed..i dont understand..!! and choosing Dan over juon theron..after knowing that pitch is lush green..!! it just doesnt make and sense..!! i say WORST MANAGEMENT..!!

Posted by Robin-Hood on (April 29, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

You can't say this is a close game for DC. Seen many games they took to the last few balls or last ball when Sanga captained. There's no way they can rest Sanga even though he didn't score much runs. His captaincy and his presence make opposition a headache. This is not the problem with the captaincy or Sanga, this totally due to poor players in DC apart from Steyn. It's good he didn't play today to show DC owners loosing is not because of him. Cemeron scored O today. No captain can make DC win these players. Hope DC will not pick Sanga for next match either and DC will keep loosing. Sorry DC.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Great decision by Deccan to drop Sanga.. I think RCB should learn from it as well.. Dan is blocking murali..

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

The biggest problem with DC is team selection. They have played so many matches and it obvious that some players like Jaggi and Chipli will not work. Why do they drop players who are successful like Ankit Sharma here? Now one thing have become obvious: DC will end up last in the table and we need not follow this team.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

Amit Mishra can't bowl, can't bat, can't field. Why is he in the playing eleven?? Poor Dale Steyn, what a champion performer and a great professional, stuck with an underperforming team. The owners of Deccan are "Dhakkans" for having made a mess of the auction.

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