Mumbai pips Hyderabad, inch closer to semis

Published: Monday, May 19, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: The resurgent Mumbai Indians defeated Deccan Chargers by 25 runs to score their sixth straight win and edge closer to semi-final berth in the DLF Indian Premier League T20 tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.

Local outfit chasing a stiff 179-run target were restricted to 153/7 despite fine efforts from Venu (57 off 38, 4X4s&3X6s) and Ravi Teja (37 off 27, 2X4s&3X6s).


Windies pacer Dwayne Bravo, who played his last tie for Mumbai side, shone with the both willow and cherry. His rearguard action (30 off 17 with two hits to fence and as many over it powered Mumbai to a healthy 178/7 and returned to pluck three wickets including the prized scalp of Afridi. The Windies all-rounder earned Man-of-the-Match award for his effort.

Bravo got the first breakthrough when Shahid Afridi(0) heaved the very first ball only to be caught by Thornely running backward from cover to deep-cover.

The change bolwer Fernando, playing his maiden match for Mumbai, struck twice in his first over to swing the momentum in favour of Indians. He dismissed Adam Gilchrist (13) caught by Pinal Shah at backward point off an upper cut and two balls later trapped

Rohit Sharma with an in-swinging length ball to reduce the hosts to 20 for three in the fifth over.

Venu and Ravi Teja resurrected Hyderabad innings with a rapidfire 74-run stand in just eight overs. Bravo, who bowled a fine first spell of three overs with new ball, returned to complete his quota in the 18th over and gave his side a much needed breakthro' removing dangerous looking Venu caught Shah at point and followed it up with a wicket of Ravi Teja two balls later to halt the Hyderabad victory charge.

Earlier Jayasuriya laid down a fine platform for Mumbai with a rampaging 15-ball 36 (6X4s&2X6s). The home crowd came alive only when Jayasuriya who got down on one knee and swept another leg stump delivery to be caught by R P Singh in the deep square leg. Sachin (23 in 19, 4X4s) looked in good knick before an inside out shot off Afridi found Silva's safe pair of hands at mid-off.

Afridi pegged Mumbai back trapping Thornley plumb infront with a well deceptive googly. Uthappa too left the scene early after being holed to Afridi at the mid-wicket fence off Venu.

Abhishek Nayar (38 off 24) and Bravo revived innings sharing a strokeful 54-run stand. However Hyderabad battled back in the death overs thro RP Singh. RP consumed Nayar in the 18th over and removed Bravo and Shah in the final over.


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