The Mumbai Indians did not have a tough target to chase. Yet they found themselves against an inspired Rohit Sharma to led the Deccan Chargers to an unexpected but resolute victory at Supersport Park, Centurion.
The Deccan Chargers have been slipping as the IPL 2 has worn on, but what they really needed was for someone like Herschelle Gibbs or Adam Gilchrist to fire. But fireworks were hard to come by at the top of the order and it was only after Rohit Sharma formed crucial partnerships first with Dwayne Smith and then, with Venugopah Rao that the Hyderabad team finally got towards setting Mumbai a reasonably defendable target. Sharma’s thirty-eight off thirty-six balls was the team’s top score and Rao injected a later flourish, making twenty-eight off seventeen balls.
Mumbai floundered as once again R.P. Singh found his groove and dismissed Sanath Jayasuriaya and Sachin Tendulkar off successive balls to leave Mumbai two down with just seven on board. But Pinal Shah set up a nice little partnership with Jean Paul Duminy and Mumbai once again looked to press matters for their win. Shah’s twenty-nine combined well with JP Duminy who decided to bat through for the Mumbai team.
But after Shah departed and Dwayne Bravo fell to a rash shot after trying to build the next decent partnership, Mumbai suffered the nineteen run loss as Rohit Sharma cashed in on their frivolous approach. Sharma’s hat trick included the wickets of Abhishek Nayyar and Harbhajan Singh off the last two balls of the sixteenth over only to return in the eighteenth over to take Duminy off the first ball to register his hat trick. While Bhajji and Nayyar were bowled, Duminy was caught behind after scoring a half century and looking good for more.