Vizag: Rohit Sharma's heroic and unbeaten 73 off 50 deliveries helped Mumbai Indians edge past Deccan Chargers by 5 wickets off the last ball of the match on Monday. This after Dale Steyn had damaged the top-order with his ferocious bowling that earned him three wickets.
Sharma was in peak form with shots all around the ground despite support from only a few Mumbai batsman. The most notable partner for the batsman was Kieron Pollard who himself had a stoic knock of 24 with three sixes.
The match looked like in Deccan's kitty once Steyn's four overs finished with just 12 runs being given. The going was tough for Mumbai once openers Richard Levi (3) and T Suman (5) were made to walk back.
Sharma and Pollard though, managed to respect Steyn and dismantle almost every other bowler by the 15th over mark.
Despite Pollard's wicket, Sharma continued with his attack and the match was taken to the last over. Dan Christian, the bowler, could not perhaps handle the pressure and Sharma made him pay, smacking him for two sixes and a win.
Earlier in the day, Munaf Patel's torrid spell helped him claim four wickets and enabled Mumbai to stop Deccan on 138.
Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara was back to lead the side in the only match of the day but toss is all that went his side's way. Munaf claimed a wicket each in his opening two overs to mute the volume from the spectators here.
Shikhar Dhawan was the only man who managed to repel the opening onslaught as he smashed his way to 41 before falling to Lasith Malinga. His knock used just 21 deliveries. Daniel Christian stayed at the crease for sometime after Dhawan departed but was eventually removed by Munaf, his third.
Hopes were pinned on Sangakkara but he scored 14 before an uproar in the field cost him his wicket. The ball went past the bat to knock the stumps and then rebound from wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik's pads and hit the stumps again. The on-field umpires perhaps, missed that the ball kissed the bails before the rebound and declared the batsman not-out.
Skipper Harbhajan Singh, Munaf and a few other players protested animatedly and the umpires eventually decided to go to the television umpire who reversed the decision.
Ther rest of the batting was ordinary as well with nine wickets falling by the end of the 20th over.