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Harbhajan Singh smashes Indians to 172

Harbhajan Singh smashed a quick 49 from just 18 balls to help the Mumbai Indians reach 172-7 after they suffered a middle order collapse against the Deccan Chargers.

The Indians enjoyed a good start to their innings despite losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (8) in the third over after he was trapped LBW by Jaskaran Singh.

Tendulkar, who’s averaging 64 in this years tournament was joined at the crease by Dwayne Bravo and the pair built the foundations of an excellent partnership before Bravo (23) was dismissed in the 7th over by RP Singh.

The partnership had reached 40 when Bravo picked out Andrew Symonds at long off to give the Chargers a vital breakthrough. Two balls later, Saurabh Tiwary followed Bravo back to the dug out after he was caught by Adam Gilchrist to leave the Indians 68-3.

The Indians stutters continued when Ambati Rayudu (6) was stumped by Gilchrist to give Pragyan Ojha his first wicket of the innings and then Rajagopal Sathish (3) was caught by Tirumalasetti Suman to reduce the Indians to 92-5.

Kieron Pollard (1) become the sixth Indians batsman to be dismissed when he was caught by Suman at third man to give Jaskaran Singh his second wicket of the innings as the visitors innings was in danger collapsing with the score 93-6.

Although the Chargers had picked up six wickets Tendulkar remained at the crease, joined by South African Ryan McLaren the Indians skipper reached another IPL half century but he was unable to push on after he was caught by Gilchrist to leave the Indians 119-7.

With the Indians in big trouble Harbhajan Singh came to the crease and his innings of 49 help the Indians reach 172-7 giving them the perfect opportunity to record their fifth win in this years tournament.

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