Saturday, April 25, 2009

deccan chargers vs mumbai indians:Chargers win to make it three in a row

deccan chargers batting highlights
mumbai indians batting highlights

The Chargers are looking unstoppable in South Africa. What a turnaround from last time. They have now won three in three games. They held their nerves against Mumbai Indians to win by 12 runs. Gilchrist, Gibbs and Smith set up the game, posting 168. Mumbai chase was well on course with Tendulkar and Duminy striking it with uncanny ease. But after the 10-over break, wickets fell and the Deccan spinners pushed back Mumbai. In the end, the Mumbai chase fell short by 12 runs. A spinning masterclass from Pragyan Ojha and disciplined back-up from Venugopal Rao ensured Deccan Chargers consolidated their position at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table with a 12-run victory over Indians/1414' target='_blank'>Mumbai Indians here on Saturday.

Chasing 169, Mumbai looked destined for victory when they entered the final 10 overs of their innings needing 85 to win with nine wickets in hand and star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and JP Duminy at the crease.But Ojha's 3-21 swung the match as he had Tendulkar caught at short extra cover by Herschelle Gibbs for 36, then removed Shikhar Dhawan and Duminy (47) in consecutive overs.Fellow spinner Rao squeezed the batsmen at the other end, allowing just 21 runs from his first three overs as Mumbai managed a meagre 24 runs in the five overs after the 'strategy break'.Dwayne Bravo and Harbhajan Singh led spirited resistance, but when Fidel Edwards removed fellow West Indian Bravo for 21, Mumbai's fate was sealed and they ended their innings on 156-7.An opening stand of 63 between Adam Gilchrist and Gibbs set Chargers up for a big total after they won the toss and elected to bat under sunny Kingsmead skies.Even after Gilchrist had fallen for 35 to the bowling of Bravo, Gibbs continued the assault on Mumbai's bowlers with Dwayne Smith as Deccan reached 124-1 in the 13th over.But when Smith was bowled by Sanath Jayasuriya for 35, his dismissal instigated a collapse and none of the batsmen who followed reached double figures. Top scorer Gibbs was run out for a feisty 58 as Deccan made 168-8 in 20 overs.


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