With sixth loss in seven competitive games this season, Deccan Chargers are the only IPL 5 team to have bad outing. Justified with their performance is there standing in the points table. Coming to this match after a solitary win, Deccan batsmen first failed to set up a respectable total on a pitch which the home team captain himself did not like.
High on morale after the last win, Deccan Captain Kumar Sangakkara decided to rest himself because he has did not have a successful IPL season. Apart from the captain some more changes were made in playing eleven. After put into bat by home captain, the opening duo added 37 runs. But once they fell apart other wickets collapsed like pack of cards. Duminy tried to be on the crease for long but felt short of partners and the whole team was out in 19 overs. The Deccan lower order collapse was authored by Malinga.
Needing just 101 runs to win, Mumbai had the might but given the pitch condition it would have been easy. The Deccan chargers started their defending a small total in style. Steyn sent back Mumbai Indians Richard Levi in first ball. Then he narrowly missed Rohit Sharma, as the ball bear the outside edge for four consecutive deliveries. Steyn had built the pressure on Mumbai batsmen in chasing a small total.
Rohit Sharma scored 42, the highest score by batsmen in today’s innings. Though the deccan team was defending a low score, their bowlers especially Steyn were on to the target. The Deccan loss would be attributed to batting failure rather than bowling failure.
Deccan needs a good turnaround if they still want to qualify in top four. For Mumbai Indians though they won the match, their batting needs to improve. Sitting at third spot, Mumbai will be happy with how their bowlers did especially injury returned Lasith Malinga. The captain himself grabbed two wickets. For sure Mumbai will look forward to be more consistent in winning the games.
I can understand why Kumar Sangakarra dropped himself, but I think he was wrong. He is a quality player and must give himself some time to find some form.