Javinder Singh | cricket20
The Mumbai Indians suffered their second batting collapse in as many games to hand a 10 run victory to the Deccan Chargers at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The defeat leaves the Indians hopes of finishing in the top two hanging by a thread after they were restricted to a total of only 128-8 by the Chargers who tasted victory for just the 4th time in this years tournament.
Faced with a run chase of only 136 the Indians struggle from the get go with Aiden Blizzard (1) falling in just the 3rd over after he was bowled by JP Duminy.
Ambati Rayudu (2) and Rahul Sharma (2) quickly followed and all though Sachin Tendulkar remained at the crease the Indians slipped further and further behind the run rate.
Andrew Symonds struggled to score 8 runs during his 19 delivery innings which was brought to an end by Amit Mishra in the 12th over to leave the Indians 54-4.
Tirumalasetti Suman (14) and Tendulkar (37) soon followed has the tension increased inside a disbelieving Wankhede Stadium as the Indians failed to go down with a fight.
But, to their credit Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh stepped forward to inject some life into the game, by dispatching Ishant Sharma for 16 runs to set up a tense finish with the Indians needing 26 runs from the final over.
Despite conceding a six from his first delivery, Anand Rajan remained calm to seal victory for the Chargers to spark wild celebrations from the visiting bench.
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.