Mumbai: Languishing at the bottom of the table, Deccan Chargers on Saturday turned party poopers beating title contenders Mumbai Indians by 10 runs in an IPL match in Mumbai.
The Chargers defended a modest score of 135 for six restricting the home team to 125 for eight in 20 overs. This was the second successive defeat for Mumbai who remain on 16 points while Deccan now have eight points from 12 matches.
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It was the expensive 20th over bowled by Munaf Patel that changed the complexion of the match. The India speedster gave away 23 runs which included a six hit by Shikhar Dhawan (27 not out 18 balls, 2x4, 1x6) and four consecutive boundaries hit by man of the match Amit Mishra (18 not out, 6 balls, 4x4 and 1/18 from 4 overs).
The final over also saw an ugly altercatyion between Munaf and Mishra after the latter was hit for boundaries. Both hurled choicest expletives at each other and it required the intervention from umpires to stop things from getting uglier.
From 112 for six in 19th over, the Chargers moved to 135 for six.
On a track that offered big turn to the spinners, Mumbai Indians batsmen including skipper Sachin Tendulkar (37, 42 balls, 3x4) were not in their element as they played as many as 60-odd dot balls.
After part-time spinner Jean-Paul Duminy got rid off Aiden Blizzard cheaply, Ishant Sharma celebrated his return to the Indian ODI team dismissing the in-form Ambati Rayudu (2) and the dangerous IPL specialist Rohit Sharma (4).
Losing three quick wickets with only 25 on board, MI couldn’t really recover on a pitch where strokemaking was difficult.
If Ishant provided breakthroughs up the order, little-known Madhya Pradesh medium pacer Anand Rajan removed T Suman (14) and Tendulkar and Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3x4, 1x6) to return with figures of three for 27 from four overs.
Pollard and Harbhajan Singh (17 not out) tried their best but it was a tall-order after the top-order put up a lousy show.