V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: It was yet another dismal performance from the Deccan Chargers. It suffered its fifth straight defeat at home as Mumbai Indians notched up its sixth straight win by 25 runs in the DFL-Indian Premier League cricket at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Sunday.

Sri Lankan pace bowler Dilhara Fernando’s double strike in the fifth over of the innings — forcing the dangerous Adam Gilchrist to slash to third man and trapping Rohit Sharma leg before — effectively short-circuited whatever hopes the host had entertained.

Before this eventful over, Dwayne Bravo helped the momentum shift sending back Shahid Afridi for a duck — mistiming a big hit to send the crowd into stunned silence.

Then, it was a question of the inevitable being only delayed by the fighting knocks from Venugopala Rao (57, 38b, 4x4, 3x6) and D.B. Ravi Teja (37, 27b, 2x4, 3x6).

The scores: Mumbai Indians: 178 for seven in 20 overs.

Deccan Chargers: A. Gilchrist c Shah b Fernando 13, S. Afridi c Thornely b Bravo 0, R. Sharma lbw b Fernando 6, C. Silva c Takawale b Nayar 17, Y. Venugopala Rao c Shah b Bravo 57, D. Ravi Teja b Bravo 37, N. Zoysa (not out) 10, H. Das (run out) 2, R.P. Singh (not out) 3; Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-3, nb-1): 8. Total (for seven wkts in 20 overs): 153.

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-20, 3-20, 4-56, 5-130, 6-136, 7-145.

Mumbai Indians bowling: Nehra 4-0-29-0, Bravo 4-0-24-3, Fernando 4-0-38-2, Raje 2-0-19-0, Nayar 3-0-18-1, Thornely 1-0-8-0, Jayasuriya 2-0-13-0.

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