Two former Deccan favourites led the Mumbai Indians to a 37-run win over the Chargers in Hyderabad on Sunday.
The Mumbai middle order has been rendered largely obsolete for much of the competition thus far, with Sachin Tendulkar scoring runs aplenty at the top of the order.
However, having helped their team to victory over Chennai earlier in the week, Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds again stepped up to the plate against Deccan when their captain couldn’t do it all himself.
Back in the fray in place of James Franklin, Davy Jacobs (32) joined Tendulkar (28) in giving Mumbai a steady start having been put in to bat, with an opening partnership of 47 in a touch over five overs before the South African was dismissed.
Mumbai looked to be setting themselves up for a big score before Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu (7) and Kieron Pollard (0) were dismissed in the space of six balls.
The flurry of wickets brought together Sharma (56*) and Symonds (44*), fresh from a 87-run partnership against Chennai, and the pair proceeded to punish their former franchise with a great display of hitting.
Chasing 173 for victory, the Chargers were always facing an uphill battle, and when Sunny Sohal was run out in the second over the home ground knew they were in for a long night.
Shikhar Dhawan (25), skipper Kumar Sangakkara (34) and Daniel Christian (21) all had their moments as they briefly threatened to explode, but with Laisth Malinga (three for 13 in four) in superb form and the Mumbai fielding once again of a high standard, the Chargers fell well short. Cricket365