Munaf Patel inflicted maximum damage on Deccan Chargers as he finished with 4/20 to restrict the hosts to a modest total. Lasith Malinga claimed three wickets while Kieron Pollard dismissed two Chargers batsmen.
Electing to bat, Deccan Chargers got off to a dismal start as Mumbai pacer Munaf Patel sent back Parthiv Patel and Bharat Chipli early.
Munaf first got Patel caught by Rahul Sharma in his first over and then dismissed Chipli on the first delivery of the fourth over to reduce the hosts to 9/2.
Shikhar Dhwan then lifted the side with his fiery knock of 41 off just 24 balls. However, before he could convert his knock into a big score, Malinga ended his fight by getting him caught by Pollard.
Disappointed on losing the toss, Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh said, “We would have batted too had we won the toss. We’ll try to restrict them to 150 and Suman comes in for Suryakumar Yadav”
Deccan Chargers have dropped Daniel Harris and replaced Manpreet Gony with Anand Rajan. Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara said, “We are looking to play our best cricket. Daniel Harris sits out and Anand Rajan replaces Manpreet Gony”
It has been a topsy-turvy ride for both teams so far. Mumbai, who began on a rousing note in their opener against Chennai, were brought down to the earth by Pune in their next game at home. It was an eye-opener for Harbhajan and Co that one couldn’t take any team for granted in this format.
Team Hyderabad too didn’t have the kind of start that they were praying for as they were thrashed by a resurgent Chennai on Saturday night. The 74-run loss on Saturday was not what the home team had expected though they knew that Chennai are a tough team.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara, Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, B Chipli, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, DB Ravi Teja, Amit Mishra, Ankit Sharma, DW Steyn, Anand Rajan