Pretoria, South Africa: Rohit Sharma’s outstanding allround performance steered Deccan Chargers to a 19-run win over the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Sharma topscored with 38 in Deccan’s 145-6, then took 4-6 in two overs, including a hat trick, with his part-time offspin to restrict Mumbai to 126-8.
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Left-arm fast bowler Rudra Singh removed Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriyga in consecutive balls in the second over, and Tirumalsetti Suman, another part-time offspinner, added 2-14 from his four overs.
“It’s fantastic for us,” Deccan captain Adam Gilchrist said.
“Rohit, Suman ... unbelievable! There was plenty of character from everyone. We didn’t play well today, but it’s nice to know that we can win games like this when we’re not at our very best.”
Deccan’s victory lifted it to 10 points, tied with league leader Delhi Daredevils, but second on run rate. Mumbai remained second to last, with only three wins from eight matches.
Deccan struggled for partnerships before Sharma put on a 33-run stand for the fifth wicket with Venugopal Rao, who made 28.
At 85-4, Sharma tried to accelerate the scoring, but mishit a Lasith Malinga full toss and was caught by Dwayne Bravo running in from long on. Rao was run out in the final over by a Bravo throw to wicketkeeper Pinal Shah.
Dhawal Kulkarni was the most economical of Mumbai’s battery with 1-21 off four overs.
Mumbai’s chase made another bad start.
Jayasuriya went first off Singh for 5, caught sublimely by Ryan Harris in the gully running in from third man. Singh then bowled Tendulkar next ball for 2 with a swinging delivery which uprooted his middle stump at 7-2.
JP Duminy, with 52, looked set to anchor Mumbai to a successful chase. He shared a 53-run partnership for the third wicket with Shah, 29 off 19 balls. The promising stand ended when Shah hit a Suman full toss straight to Dwayne Smith at long on in the ninth over.
When Suman induced Bravo on 13 to sky a ball to Harris, Mumbai was in trouble at 97-4.
Then came the hat trick.
First, Abhishek Nayar was bowled for a duck making an attempted sweep. Harbhajan Singh came in and was bowled first ball looking for a big shot with the last ball of the 16th over. Returning in the 18th over, Sharma cleaned up Duminy, who padded the ball onto the stumps to leave Deccan on 108-7.
Saurabh Tiwary was stumped by Gilchrist for 3 to complete Sharma’s four-wicket haul.