112dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Gibbs and Ojha star in Deccan's win

The Kingsmead crowd was witness to a hard-fought contest between two evenly-matched teams and, after several twists and turns, Deccan Chargers, winners of last year's wooden spoon clinched a tense battle against Mumbai Indians

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HH Gibbs
58(44) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 24 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
4 4 2 6 13 9 7 13
JP Duminy
47(40) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 1 6 1 6 14 6 9

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O4
M1
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PP Ojha
O4
M0
R21
W3
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | MI: 156/7 (13 runs required, RR: 7.80)

  • Pinal Shah1 (1b)
  • Zaheer Khan4 (6b)
  • RP Singh4-0-27-2
  • Fidel Edwards4-0-27-2

So three matches into the season, Deccan have won more than they did whole season last year. They bounced back well even after losing all their momentum in the middle and late overs. They bowled well, and won the game practically with just three bowlers - edwards, RP, and Ojha.

In fact this is a game that will be remebered for superb bowling in good batting conditions, especially the two slingers at the death. Edwards gave away 16 for two wickets in his last two overs, and Malinga went for just six and three wickets in his last two, including a double-wicket maiden. In between Ojha proved to be the difference between the two teams, taking three wickets in three overs - Sachin, JP Duminy, and Dhawan.

And for that very reason, Ojha gets the Man-of-the-Match award. He says: "I was very nervous, bowling to the best batsman in the world [Tendulkar]. My team backed me, they thought I could do it, so it was good to pull it off."

Tendulkar, the losing captain, says: "Till the 10-over break we were doing well, and we lost our momentum. This time the time-out has gone against us, but hopefull the next time it goes our way."

Glichrist, the winning captain, says: "It's a little milestone for us. We have got more points than we did last year."

On that note, okay bye.

19.6
1
Singh to Shah, 1 run, Pinal Shah makes room, RP follows him, and he flicks it into the on side, and Deccan are celebrating, it's three wins in three for them
19.5
1
Singh to Khan, 1 run, goes for the short one, Zaheer makes room, and flat-bats it straight over the bowler's head
19.4
0
Singh to Khan, no run, and this is the game secured, slower ball, beats a swing from the batsman
19.3
W
Singh to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, and there RP gets his wicket, that surely has to be the game, it's a fulltoss, and Harbhajan's bat twirls in his hands as he gives it all his power, and the ball flies to long-on

Harbhajan Singh c Smith b Singh 20 (8b 1x4 2x6) SR: 250.00

19.2
6
Singh to Harbhajan Singh, SIX runs, can Harbhajan do it? his second six, sees the length ball, goes inside-out, clears Gibbs at long-off, his second six
19.1
1
Singh to Khan, 1 run, and he nearly gets one, just back of a length, on the stumps, Zaheer makes room again, slices it towards third man, but lands safe

22 required in the last over. Deccan are the favourites. RP will get himself to get a wicket or two with batsmen throwing their bat around

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Mum Indians 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4SR TendulkarST Jayasuriya
2nd82SR TendulkarJP Duminy
3rd6S DhawanJP Duminy
4th13JP DuminyDJ Bravo
5th15DJ BravoAM Nayar
6th24Harbhajan SinghDJ Bravo
7th10Harbhajan SinghZ Khan
8th2Z KhanPR Shah