Vishakapatnam, Apr 10: Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh had heaped praise on young Rohit Sharma after he hit a last-ball six to help Mumbai beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets at the YS Rajashekhara Reddy Stadium at Vizag on Monday.
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Rohit Sharma, smashed an unbeaten 73 off 50 balls which also included a last ball six to ensure Mumbai register their second win in the fifth edition of IPL.
"We were right under the target. We knew that the boundaries were short and later on the bowlers would be under pressure. We have got the batsmen who can clear any boundaries. We should have finished it a little earlier," said Harbhajan.
"It was a gem of an innings. He stayed calm and took us through safely. He has matured as a player," the feisty off-spinner said.
Rohit, admitted that staying calm was the key to win the match.
"The idea was to stay calm. That is what I have been doing for India. When (James) Franklin came in, we needed 19 runs in the last over. I knew we could do it in the end. The dive on the second last ball was what saved us. We needed this win very badly. We lost the second game and needed to win this to gain momentum," he said.
Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara felt that the team was 15-20 runs short but gave full credit to Rohit Sharma, who played brilliantly.
"We were probably 15-20 runs short. Rohit batted brilliantly. (Amit) Mishra, (Dale) Steyn and (Ankit) Sharma bowled well. Dan Christian was left with a tough job in the last over," he said.