Bottom placed Deccan Chargers put up a valiant fight with their bowlers but went down to Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
Chasing a target of 101, Mumbai Indians struggled along for the most part but finally achieved the target with 11 balls to spare after Rohit Sharma top scored with 42.
The win took Mumbai Indians to the third spot in the points table with 10 points from nine matches while Deccan Chargers, who suffered their sixth loss of the season, remained at the bottom of the table with just three points from eight matches.
Deccan Chargers' bowlers put on the most inspiring performance of the season but unfortunately their batsmen had given them too small a total to defend.
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (2-10) struck off the very first ball to get rid of his compatriot Richard Levi. Steyn was also adjudged Man of the Match.
Sachin Tendulkar failed to fire as he scored a run-a-ball 14 before edging to Dan Christian at first slip off pacer Veer Pratap Singh.
Sharma, however, kept Mumbai Indians on track with his measured 48-ball innings. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 19 to take the team home safely.
Earlier, asked to bat first, Deccan Chargers batsmen struggled on the Wankhede track before being bowled out for 100 in 18.4 overs.
Deccan Chargers found run scoring difficult on the Wankhede track and openers Shikhar Dhawan (29), Parthiv Patel (19) and Jean Paul Duminy (25 not out) were the only three batsmen who could get to double figures.
They were troubled by Sri Lankan speed merchant Lasith Malinga, who was the pick of the Mumbai Indians bowlers, bagging four for 16.
Mumbai Indans skipper Harbhajan Singh also ended his poor run with the ball, bagging two for 13 from his four overs while New Zealand all-rounder James also picked up two for 18.
Harbhajan was not impressed with the performance of the batsmen. “We did not play any better than Deccan, both teams batted poorly, a different wicket from what we have played at the Wankhede. Not good for T20 cricket. I came today and saw the pitch and said whoa, what to expect here, we never know what to expect from this track ever,” he said
Deccan Chargers stand-in captain Cameron White said the toss was crucial. “It was an important toss but we did not play too well. One thing you don't want to do is to have Steyn's overs remaining with the game finished,” he said.
Steyn was again dejected. “Would have been happier had we won. I totally disrespected Levi with that celebration after his dismissal, should have my match fee taken off. We could have made 15-20 more runs to make things difficult for the opponent,” he said.
Mumbai Indians next face Pune Warriors while Deccan Chargers take on Super Kings in Chennai.
Parthiv Patel c Patel b Rudra Pratap 19
Shikhar Dhawan st Karthik b Harbhajan 29
Ishank Jaggi c Patel b Harbhajan 2
Cameron White c Rudra Pratap b Malinga 0
Jean Paul Duminy not out 25
Dan Christian c Sharma b Franklin 5
Bharat Chipli c Harbhajan b Franklin 1
Ashish Reddy c Sharma b Patel 10
Amit Mishra c Franklin b Malinga 1
Dale Steyn c & b Malinga 3
Veer Pratap Singh c Sharma b Malinga 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3) 5
Total (all out in 18.4 overs) 100
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Patel, 5.3 overs), 2-41 (Jaggi, 7.2), 3-44 (White, 8.1), 4-59 (Dhawan, 11.1), 5-64 (Christian, 12.1), 6-66 (Chipli, 12.6), 7-82 (Reddy, 15.2), 8-90 (Mishra, 16.6), 9-100 (Steyn, 18.3)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-13-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-20-1 6.66
Munaf Patel 4-0-23-1
Lasith Malinga 3.4-0-16-4
James Franklin 3-0-18-2
Robin Peterson 1-0-8-0
Richard Levi b Steyn 0
Sachin Tendulkar c Christian b Pratap Singh 14
Rohit Sharma c Jaggi b Duminy 42
Dinesh Karthik c Patel b Steyn 2
James Franklin c Patel b Ashish Reddy 13
Ambati Rayudu not out 19
Robin Peterson not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 9) 10
Total (for five wickets in 18.1 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Levi, 0.1 overs), 2-31 (Tendulkar, 5.5), 3-45 (Karthik, 8.3), 4-75 (Sharma, 13.6), 5-81 (Franklin, 16.1)
Dale Steyn 4-0-10-2
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-28-1
Dan Christian 3-0-14-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-29-0
Ashish Reddy 2.1-0-11-1
Jean Paul Duminy 1-0-8-1
Toss Mumbai Indians, who chose to field
Result: Mumbai Indians won by fuve wickets
Player of the match: Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers)
Umpires: A.K. Chowdhury and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath