Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma shared a vital 5th wicket partnership of 102 to help the Mumbai Indians recover from a top order collapse to register a comprehensive 37 run victory over the Deccan Chargers.
The Chargers, faced with a run chase of 173 lost their way and never troubled the Indians total thanks to another impressive bowling display from Lasith Malinga (13-3) who picked up another wicket wickets to help restrict the home side to a total of 135-8.
Sharma (56) and Symonds (44) came together in the 10th over after the Indians had slumped to just 70-4 but they contributed a vital partnership which helped the visitors set the Chargers a tricky run chase.
Sharma lead the way with a quick fire 33 ball half century as he and Symonds smashed 70 runs during the last 5 overs to tip the balance in favour of the visitors.
Amazingly 40 of those runs came from the last 12 deliveries which saw Dale Steyn concede 16 runs before Daniel Christian suffered a miserable final over which cost the Chargers 24 runs.
The Chargers, faced with a tricky run chase after Sharma and Symonds scintillating partnership got off to the worst possible start losing Sunny Sohal (5) at the end of the 2nd over after he was run out by Kieron Pollard.
Malinga increased the pressure on the home side by knocking over Shikhar Dawan’s (25) leg stump in the 6th over before Cameron White (1) and Bharat Chipli (6) departed without troubling the Indians to leave the home side 70-4.
With the top order back in the dug out, Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Christian needed to rebuild the Chargers innings and although they enjoyed a 23 run partnership, Malinga returned in the 14th over to splay Sangakkara’s (34) stumps.
Christian (21) and Dwaraka Ravi Teja (1) soon followed as the Indians became just the 3rd team in 11 matches to successfully defend a total at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Davy Jacobs got the Indians off to a good start; the opener, having been recalled after missing the previous two games scored a quick fire 32 from just 20 deliveries before he was caught by Pragyan Ojha at mid on to give Ishant Sharma the break through.
The wicket keeper scored 5 fours and a six to give the visitors the early impetuous after they were put into bat by Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
Despite the loss of Jacobs, Sachin Tendulkar, celebrating his 38th birthday, kept the pressure on the Chargers by dispatching Sharma for consecutive boundaries at the end of the 6th over.
Having put the Indians into bat and seen them get off to a rapid start, Sangakkara brought Amit Mishra back into the attack in the 9th over and the decision paid off almost immediately when Tendulkar (28) hold out to Dale Steyn on the long on boundary.
With Tendulkar gone the Chargers increased their momentum two deliveries later when Ambati Rayudu (7) picked out Dawan at deep square leg to leave the Indians 70-3.
Amazingly the Indians lost their third wicket in the space of 6 deliveries when Ojha struck at the start of the 10th over to dismiss Pollard (0), whose attempted paddle sweep looped up into the air allowing Sangakkara to take an easy catch at short square leg.