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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Calm Rohit stars as Mumbai Indians steal win over Deccan Chargers

Rohit Sharma anchored Mumbai Indians' chase of 139 against Deccan Chargers brilliantly at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Monday night as Dale Steyn ended on the losing side despite a brilliant bowling performance. Mumbai Indians needed 18 runs to win from the last over of the match bowled by Dan Christian, but Rohit hit two sixes, including one in the last delivery to steal a five-wicket win for his team and get them back to winningw ays.

There was also a hint of controversy in the dismissal of Deccan Chargers' captain Kumar Sangakkara; but despite that unfortunate event, this was the kind of match the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League desperately needed.

Steyn gave the Chargers the perfect start when he brilliantly caught T Suman off his own bowling and then bowled an excellent maiden over to his South African counterpart Richard Levi before clean bowling him with a swinging yorker to leave Mumbai Indians tottering at 10 for 2 after four overs. The fourth over of Mumbai Indians' innings bowled by Steyn saw him showcase his wide range of deliveries including good length, slow ones, bouncers and a slightly short delivery. The young left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma (0-18) also kept things tight at the other end and conceded only nine runs in his first three overs.

The introduction of Christian into the attack though eased the pressure on Mumbai Indians as Rohit hit him for a boundary and a massive six over deep extra cover in his first over that cost the Chargers 14 runs. Rohit was also lucky when on 23, his attempted heave over midwicket off an Anand Rajan delivery just evaded a diving Steyn at third man.
Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the IPL Twenty20 match against Deccan Chargers. (AFP/Getty Images)


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