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Chargers make it three wins in a row

Deccan Chargers’ great IPL run continued as they snatched a thriller against Mumbai Indians by 12 runs here on Saturday.

Finishing with the wooden spoon last year despite having a star-studded team, Deccan Chargers, led by retired Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, is looking a completely new outfit registering three consecutive victories in the process.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was the star for the Deccans as he finished with an incredible spell of 3/21 off just 4 overs. He sent three most important Mumbai Indians batsme- Sachin Tendulkar, J P Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan- back to the pavilion helping Deccan maintain their all-win record in the IPL-2.

Pragyan Ojha`s magic with the ball continued as he removed dangerous Jean-Paul Duminy for 47. Duminy would consider himself unlucky as he was holed out at mid-wicket off a fulltoss ball from Ojha.

But the South African batsman, who took the cricketing world by surprise ever since he took on the mighty Aussies in their den couple of moths back, justified his worth for Mumbai Indians as he played a intelligent and perfect T20 innings nudging the balls here and there, and in between coming up with attacking shots all of a sudden. His innings justified the predictions of the Pundits that he is destined to make it a big in international circuit in the coming days.

Shikhar Dhawan’s mercurial temperament let Mumbai down as he got himself out trying to play a slog shot off Pragyan Ojha only to lose his off-stump in the process. Ojha’s good show with the ball continued as he helped Deccan come into the match after ‘10-over-break’ with two valuable wickets. Mumbai Indians who were going pretty with 84/1 after 10 overs, suddenly found themselves 96/3 after 13 overs.

The ‘strategic break’ again came to haunt batting side in this IPL-2 as Sachin Tendulkar who was looking in superb touch suddenly lost his concentration and gave a simple catch to cover off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Sachin made 36 off 27 balls.

Sachin Tendulkar’s utility in T20 format of the game came out to fore as he has again shouldered the responsibility of carrying the Mumbai Indians’ innings on his own in the initial period of the match. If his match winning knock of 59 not out against Chennai in the first match of the IPL-2 was more of a cautious effort considering the seaming wickets of Newlands, this innings is a mixture of caution and aggression.

Chasing a modest total of 169, Mumbai Indians started cautiously as they made 84/1 in 10 overs. When they took the ‘strategic break’, they were sitting pretty as they needed another 85 runs in 60 balls with nine wickets in hand.

Sachin Tendulkar’s utility in T20 format of the game came out to fore as he has again shouldered the responsibility of carrying the Mumbai Indians’ innings on his own in the initial period of the match. If his match winning knock of 59 not out against Chennai in the first match of the IPL-2 was more of a cautious effort considering the seaming wickets of Newlands, this innings is a mixture of caution and aggression.

Captain Sachin Tendulkar, along with South African Jean-Paul Duminy, took the Mumbai Indians score past 50 in just 6 overs after losing opener Sanath Jayasuriya early on. Jayasuriya, who bowled well in the match, was out for just 1. RP Singh proved to be his nemesis as Jayasuriya decided to go for the pull, got a top edge and Gilchrist ran to his left to complete the simple catch. Sachin was the more aggressive of the two hitting 27 off just 16 balls with one six and three fours.

Some ridiculous batting by the Deccan middle-order batsmen coupled with brilliant bowling and acrobatic fielding by them helped Mumbai Indians snatch the momentum from the oppositions, who were threatening to take the game way from them at one stage. Finally, Deccan had to settle for 168/9, a score they must consider at least 20 short of what they hopped earlier considering their score of 135/2 after 12.4 overs.

It was West Indian allrounder Dwayne Bravo (3/34) who helped Mumbai return into the game with two wickets (Rohit Sharma & Laxaman) in the 15th over followed by a brilliant one-handed pick-up throw to send dangerous Gibbs who until then playing with a lot of authority and Common sense. Then came Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Maliga (3/19), whose late burst with the ball saw the Deccan tail surrender meekly.

Once Herschelle Gibbs departed it was seemingly a compertition by late order batmen to reach pavilion early.

They say cricket is a great leveler. And most often it proves to be true. Rohit Sharma, along with VVS Laxman, spoiled the start given by Gilly and Gibbs. Laxman again failed with the bat scoring a duck.

One stage the Deccans were going great guns scoring 124/1 with Gibbs and Dwayne Smith (35 off 22 balls) dispatching most of the balls into the stands. It was looking that they would post the highest total of IPL-2 or may be the first team to score over 200.

But one old war-horse Jayasuriya foxed Smith things have started to fall in line for Mumbai outfit. But that one over from Bravo, when he got Rohit Sharma and Laxman and the run out of Gibbs in next over, turned the match completely in their favour.

From 136/3 they suddenly found themselves 163/8 with little resistance from later order batsmen. The last recognized pair of Venugopal Rao and Ravi Teja, both scored 9 each, failed to carry forward the innings as they found Maliga and Harbhajan too hot to handle at the fag end.

Putting behind all the personal problems suffered recently, Herschelle Gibbs finally enjoying his cricket in the IPL-2 giving his team some blistering start. Today also, he fetched up his fifty off just 38 balls hitting marvelous 5 fours and two huge sixes.

Electing to bat, Deccan Chargers’ opening pair of Adam Gilchrist and Harshell Gibbs again had a nice time in IPL- 2 as they gave their team a flying start against Mumbai Indians. They helped Deccan reach 50 in just 5.3 overs without losing any wicket.

Just when it was looking the dangerous opening pair of Gilly and Gibbs would take the game way from the Mumbai Indians, Dwayne Bravo sent Gilchrist packing. Gilchrist tried to play a big shot but only managed a thick outside edge handing a simple catch to the keeper. The retired Australian wicket-keeper made a blistering 35 off just 20 balls with the help of 3 fours and the equal number of sixes.

source - zeenews.com
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