Rohit Sharma steers Mumbai Indians past Deccan Chargers in a thriller

Earlier having won the toss, Deccan Chargers set a target of 139 after opting to bat first AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Visakhapatnam: Apr 9, 2012

Mumbai Indians (MI) have managed to beat Deccan Chargers (DC) by five wickets in a thrilling contest as Rohit Sharma scored a heroic fifty to guide his team to chase the target of 139 runs.

Defending 139 runs, Dale Steyn rocked the Mumbai Indians batting as he removed T Suman in his first over followed by wicket of his fellow countryman Richard Levi for just 3 runs.

In the middle order, Rohit Sharma along with Ambati Rayudu consolidated Mumbai s innings with 48-run partnership the highest of the match.

After Rayudu s exit, Rohit continued to belt the Deccan bowlers. Kieron Pollard too joined the party but was sent back to pavilion by Daniel Christian after scoring 24 runs.

But a last-ball six by Rohit helped Mumbai Indians chase the target in a thrilling match. The right-handed batsman scored 73 runs in the run-chase.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians, courtesy of Munaf Patel and Lasith Malinga s wily bowling have managed to restrict Deccan Chargers to a moderate score of 138 runs) in the ninth Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 match in Visakhapatnam.

Munaf was clearly the stand-out bowler for the visiting team with four wickets conceding just 20 runs. Malinga grabbed three wickets conceding 27 runs.

Brief Score Deccan Chargers 138 for 9 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 41, Daniel Christian 39; Munaf Patel 4 for 20, Lasith Malinga 3 for 27) lost to Mumbai Indians 142 for 5 (Rohit Sharma 73, Kieron Pollard 24; Dale Steyn 3 for 12) by 5 wickets.

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