Mumbai Indians are on a roll as they registered their 7th win in 8 matches when they crushed the Deccan Chargers by 63 runs. Rayudu and Tiwary were the stars with the bat for the Mumbai team and ensured that they got to a big total of 178 which proved to be too much for the Chargers in the end. This is the 4th consecutive loss for the Chargers putting them in a position where they need to win 5 out of the 6 matches if the defending champions want to book a semifinal berth.
Deccan Chargers Innings
Chargers needed their openers to fire if they were to chase down the Mumbai Indians score. They got off to a pretty decent start making 30 runs in 4 overs but Zaheer struck with his first ball when Gibbs tried to charge him and only managed to top edge it to Sachin who looked very frustrated for some reason after taking the catch. VVS came in only to run himself out as he had a mix up with Ryan harris who was running for Gilchrist. Gilchrist was bowled by a beautiful Yorker on the middle stump. It was again left to Symonds and Rohit Sharma to bring back the innings back on track but Pollard’s superb return catch sent back Rohit and Symonds was cleaned up by Mclaren. It was an allround performance with Zaheer Khan, Kieron Pollard and Ryan McLaren picked up two wickets apiece which signaled a premature end to the Deccan innings with 10 balls to spare. PHOTOS
Mumbai Indians Innings
Earlier Sachin won the toss and decided to bat first. Gilchrist opened with Sharma which didn’t work as 12 runs came off the over. Mumbai got to 50 in the 6th over and they looked to be running away with the game but the Chargers got back beautifully when they took 3 in 3 overs with Ojha taking 2 and Rahul Sharma taking the prized wicket of Sachin. All of a sudden from 52/0 in 6 they were reduced to 62/3 in 9. But yet again Rayudu and Tiwary got their act together to steady the innings. The chargers were guilty of putting up a shoddy display in the field as they grassed several catches . The chargers have been the worst unit when it comes to giving away runs in the last 5 overs. They were averaging 12 runs an over before this match and it remained the same as Rayudu and Pollard got 64 runs in the final 30 balls. Rayudu hit six fours and two sixes in his unbeaten innings. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Ambati Rayudu