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Match Review of Deccan Chargers vs. Mumbai Indians



Indian Premier League Match review
Date : 14th May 2011 Match No. : 59
Teams : Deccan Chargers vs. Mumbai Indians
Venue : Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires : S. Ravi & S. K. Tarapore Third Umpire: Simon Toffel
Toss : Deccan Chargers won the toss and elected to bat

Playing XI

Deccan Chargers
  • Kumar Sangakara ©
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Ravi Teja
  • J.P. Duminy
  • Dan Christian
  • Amit Mishra
  • Raiphi Gomez
  • Dale Steyn
  • Bharat Chipli
  • Pragyan Ojha
  • Sunny Sohal
  • Ishant Sharma
Mumbai Indians
  • Adien Blizzard
  • Sachin Tendulkar ©
  • Ambati Rayadu
  • T. Suman
  • Keiron Pollard
  • Andrew Symonds
  • Munaf Patel
  • Lasith Mallinga
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
After a big defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab, the Mumbai Indians were ready for the next battle of the IPL. They were ready to host to the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers in the 59th match of this season. It was a house full at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai cheering for the best looking team so far.

The journey for the Indians this season has been the best of all the previous seasons. Their performance in all the departments has been extraordinary and they look unbeatable. The Indians were desperate to win this battle to gain back the winning momentum which they lost after losing their last match to the Kings Xi Punjab.

The Chargers who are the winner of the IPL title 2009, have won only 3 matches this tournament. They have been one of the most inconsistent teams and have remained at the bottom on the points table for most part of the tournament. However, the visitors have a history of winning matches away from home.

The pitch at the Wankhede stadium has always been a batsman paradise. Team batting first should try to post a total of around 170-180 runs.

The Charger's captain Sangakara was lucky with the coin and after winning the toss decide to bat first. The innings was opened by Lumb, who was a replacement to Steyn and Sohal. The purple cap holder Latish Malinga struck once again for his team and gave this team an early breakthrough by removing Lumb on the 2nd delivery of the match itself. A shaky start once gain for the Chargers. Skipper Sangakara was the next man in. These two batsmen were initially finding it difficult to get going, but finally managed to blow few boundaries.

Sangakara could not handle pressure and fell victim to Kulkarni while trying to hit him after scoring 28 runs. Sohal also could not stick to the crease for very long and perished to Pollard after making 20 runs. The Chargers were now tottering at 53/3 in the 10th over.

Duminy and Chipli were the two new men at the crease. Run rate was a huge concern but as they had already lost to many wickets, it was difficult to take chances. The Deccan's problems worsened with Harbhajan Singh removing Duminy on a sharp stumping by keeper Rayadu. Chipli and Christian had to survive through the remaining overs to take the total to a respectable figure. Soon Kulkarni smartly changed his pace and removed Chipli leaving the Charger's at 5 wickets down for 77 runs.

Shikhar Dhawan a 20-20 specialist joined Christian on the crease. It was now left to Dhawan to hit some lusty blows and try to take the score beyond 100 runs mark. The Chargers reached their 100 in the 18th over. Christian once again was very ordinary and got out after scoring 19 of 23 balls. Once Christian got out, the left arm spinner Amit Mishra came to the crease.

The 20th over bowled by Munaf Patel was a compete action packed over. Mishra hit Patel for a boundary which led the latter get into a heated argument. The boundaries didn't stop thereafter and Patel landed up conceding 23 runs. Mishra hit 18 of just 6 balls hitting 4 consecutive boundaries taking his team to a respectable score of 135/6. 137 to win a very gettable total by the Indians army. Tendulkar and Blizzard once again opened the innings As it looked like a slow track, the Charger's bowling was opened by Duminy (a part time bowler) and Ishant Sharma. The Indians did not have a great start as they lost Blizzard early in the 3rd over itself. Tendulkar was now joined by Rayadu who has been in great form. Charger's spearhead Ishant Sharma removed Rayadu and Rohit Sharman in quick succession. The Indians were 3 wickets down at 25 in the 6th over.

Tendulkar along with Symonds tried to repair the innings. Symonds also could not reach the double figure and was removed by the spinner Mishra after just scoring 8 runs. The run rate and wickets both were a huge problem for the Indians at this stage as they were four wickets down for 54 runs in the 12th over. The Charger's were actually charging with their bowling not letting any partnership settle.

Sachin and Suman together put up 27 runs taking the total to 81 before Suman got out to a smart stumping and the Master blaster followed thereon after scoring 37 runs. The Indians were in deep trouble with all specialist batsmen back in the pavilion, they still need 53 runs off 24 balls.

Pollard and Harbhajan Singh who are capable to hit the ball were at the crease. Pressure kept building and some superb bowling effort by the Charger's made things further difficult for the Indians. 42 runs were required of last two overs. Both these batmen did hit some handsome shots but they were not good enough as the Indians fell 10 runs short of their target.

Result: Deccan Chargers won by 10 runs

The Awards

Man of the match
Amit Mishra for scoring 18 off 6 balls with 1 wicket

Maximum Sixes
Sunny Sohal for hitting two 6's

Kingfisher Fair Play Award
Chennai Super Kings top the chart

Orange Cap (The leading run scorer)
Chris Gayle-Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Purple Cap (The leading wicket taker)
Lasith Mallinga- Mumbai Indians

Question of the day
Does Mumbai Indians only rely on Sachin and Mallinga?



Last Updated on 16 May 2011





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