Deccan Chargers lifted themselves off the bottom of the IPL table and salvaged some pride as they beat Mumbai Indians by seven runs at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday night.
Mumbai were heavily fancied to record their ninth victory of the campaign and return to the top of the standings, but allowed themselves to get bogged down by Deccan’s spinners on a turning pitch.
The home side could manage just 125 for eight in reply to Deccan’s 135 for six on a night when few batsmen scored at better than a run a ball.
JP Duminy set the tone for Deccan’s defence as he took advantage of the turn on offer to remove Aiden Blizzard and concede just three runs in his first two overs.
Ishant Sharma then bowled an inspired spell to dimiss Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma and put Mumbai on the back foot, and although Sachin Tendulkar batted deep into the innings he never dominated the bowling.
Tendulkar was eventually trapped lbw by Anand Rajan for 37 from 42 balls, leaving Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard too much to do at the death.
They gave it a good go, hitting 40 in quick time to leave just 13 runs required from the last three balls, but Rajan held his nerve and had Pollard (24 from 13) caught at third man to secure the two points.
Only a late surge from Shikhar Dhawan had ensured that Deccan finished with a run rate above six an over after his teammates had managed a total of just four boundaries among them before the left-hander came to the crease.
Dhawan finished with 27 from 18 deliveries, and was helped along by Amit Mishra as the little legspinner-cum-slogger hit the last four deliveries for four off Munaf Patel.
That meant that the last over cost Mumbai 23 runs, and at least gave Deccan something to bowl at after their top order had underwhelmed against Mumbai’s star-packed line-up. Cricket365