Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
The Mumbai Indians hopes of securing a top two finish in the IPL group standings were boosted after they restricted the Deccan Chargers to a total of 135-6 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Dhawal Kulkarni (27-3) led the way picking up three wickets; and with support coming from Lasith Malinga (17-1) the Indians big hitting top order will feel confident of chasing down a total of just 137 with little fuss.
The Chargers suffered a torrid time with the bat after Kumar Sangakkara won the toss for the visitors and elected to bat first against the Indians.
Michael Lumb (0), playing in his first game of the tournament lasted just two deliveries before he was bowled by Malinga to give the home side the perfect start.
Although Sangakkara (27) and Sunny Sohal (20) enjoyed a 2nd wicket stand of 39 it proved to be the only highlight of the innings as the Indians dominated with the ball.
With the partnership building Kulkarni and Kieron Pollard struck twice within the space of 3 overs to remove the batsman to leave the Chargers 53-3 after 9.6 overs.
JP Duminy (8) quickly followed after he was stumped by Ambati Rayudu off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh as the Chargers innings slowly ground to a halt after Bharat Chipli was dismissed by Kulkarni.
With the pressure mounting Daniel Christian (19) and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 6th wicket stand of 28 before the Aussie was bowled by Kulkarni in the penultimate over.
Despite the lose Dhawan (27) and Amit Mishra (18) added 30 valuable runs from the final 11 balls but the Indians will remain confident of chasing down the total.